Julius Shulman Photography Archive

Eugene Choy, Gilbert Leong, Gin Wong, and Helen Liu Fong may not have the name recognition of Neutra or Schindler, but an exhibit at L.A.’s Chinese American Museum explores how these architects helped develop L.A.’s postwar architecture. Choy, the second Chinese-American AIA member after I.M. Pei, helped build many of Chinatown’s business buildings; Leong created “tract homes for aspiring suburbanites,” the curator says; Fong, the only female of the four, designed Googie architecture on freeway roadsides; and Wong, the only one still alive, helped develop the master plan for LAX. Breaking Ground: Chinese American Architects in Los Angeles (1945-1980) runs through June 3. • camla.org