Design Philosophy

Simply put, we design simple, meaningful and beautiful spaces and structures for you!

Architects are trained to be spatial visionaries. We believe that the engagement of an Architect creates a level of refinement and elegance in the spatial arrangements of your environment. We work with space like clay in our hands. We form, shape and sculpt it. We at Juicekitchen Design Workshop enjoy the challenge of realizing and synthesizing the unique set of design problems that exist for each project. No project is alike and we recognize this. Our environment in all its forms is precious, natural or man made. We have to shape our environment to work hard for us. We cannot waste it. We believe in utilizing the most accessible resources (both labor and material) to the greatest extent possible in order to achieve our goals. We look at the term sustainable in broad terms and not just in fulfilling measurable quantities.

Beauty, though often is in the eyes of the beholder, has to exist at multiple levels. Design has to be both beautiful and functional. Basically, it just has to work!

We live presently and believe in contemporary responses to our projects. This condition varies with every project and we do not subscribe to universal solutions. We aim to be sensitive, empathetic and creative. 


Service Philosophy

We believe that good design is a right for all. We are interested and aim to service projects of all scales and  budgets. However, from a scale of service point of view, we specialize in residential work (new construction and remodels) and small commercial interiors. 

We feel that it is our professional responsibility to advise, educate and collaborate with our clients and partners in the most effective way possible. We are fully invested in each project regardless of scale. All projects are important to us and our goal is to create the best possible solution each time. We are truthful and honest in our opinions. We feel that one of the most important aspects of providing a service is to establish a high level of trust and respect between parties. The design and collaboration process should be enjoyable, educational and fulfilling.

Ju Tan

Originally hailing from Singapore, Ju has made Santa Fe his home with his family since 2009. He received his Bachelor of Arts (Architectural Studies) in 1985 from the National University of Singapore before leaving for New York City to work as a junior designer in the firm of Buttrick White and Burtis Architects. He received his Masters of Architecture I from Syracuse University in 1993, winning the AIA Henry Adams Certificate and Medal for highest academic ranking in the graduate program.

He has lived and worked in the Architectural profession from New York City, Baltimore (MD) to Santa Fe (NM). From 2000-2008, Ju  lived and worked in Singapore, maintained a free lance design practice while teaching Architecture and Interior Design at the National University of Singapore and LaSalle College of the Arts respectively. During that time, he also became a respected and active set/event designer in the Singapore arts scene. Since 2009, while living in Santa Fe, NM, Ju has maintained connections in Singapore and continues to travel there for work and family.

Ju is a registered Architect in the states of Maryland and New Mexico.


  • Registered Architect, New Mexico, USA, License # 005025

  • Registered Architect, Maryland, USA – License # 12200

  • NCARB Certification - #52,697

  • M. Arch. I, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York 

  • Bachelor of Arts (Architectural Studies), National University of Singapore, Singapore


  • 2012-Present

    • Owner/Architect - Juicekitchen Design Workshop, LLC - focusing on Residential  and Interior Design Services and Consultancy.

    • Historic Renovations to 501/503 Webber St, Midline Chiroproactic, Santa Fe, NM - 2019 Heritage Preservation Award, Residential Category

    • Single Family Residence - East Side Santa Fe, NM - 2017 Heritage Preservation Award, Compatible New Construction

    • Ongoing - Additions and Alterations to Tesuque Residence

    • A+A to Single Family Residence - Los Caminitos, Tesuque, NM

    • A+A to Single Family Residence, Alto St, Santa Fe, NM

    • A+A to Single Family Residence, Jose St Compound, Santa Fe, NM

    • Renovations to Single Family Residence, Este Lane, Santa Fe, NM

    • Design for the New Adaptive Sports Program Shed, Ski Santa Fe, NM

    • Ongoing - Master Plan Proposal to the Santa Fe School for the Arts and Sciences

  • 2010-2012

    • Interior Design Consultant - Index Design P/L, Singapore

    • Design Consultant on various residential projects - CL.K Architects, Singapore

  • 2000-2010

    • Joo Chiat Place Residence

    • Sunset Heights Residence

    • Goldhill Rise Residence

    • Queen's Road Residence

    • Jalan Gelenggang Residence

    • Hansgrohe Flagship Store - Project Designer, in conjunction with Index Design Pte. Ltd., Singapore

    • Golden Village Cineplex, Katong Mall, Singapore - Concept Designer, in conjunction with Index Design Pte. Ltd., Singapore

    • Apartment Showcase Office Design, DLF Building, Panchkula, India - Schematic Design/Design Development, in conjunction with Index Design Pte. Ltd., Singapore

    • Friven & Co - Flagship Store

    • The Cutting Edge - One Studio Design Partnership

    • Various Residential Conceptual Design Services - In conjunction with CL.K Architects, Singapore

  • 1998-2000 - with Craig Hoopes and Associates Architects, Santa Fe, NM

    • Bowl House, Santa Fe, NM

    • Carlton/Gancarz Residence, Santa Fe, NM

    • Lensic Theater, Santa Fe, NM

    • Centerstage Theatre, Baltimore, MD

    • Design Review Board - Las Campanas, Santa Fe, NM

  • 1993-1997 - with Ziger/Snead Inc., Baltimore, MD

    • Numerous residential projects

    • Commercial Design Review - Inner Harbor Development, Baltimore, MD

    • Loyola College, Fine Arts Department Renovations, Baltimore, MD

  • 1993 - with Design Development Group, Baltimore, MD

    • Designer - Various large scale commercial developments in Asia

    • Robertson Walk, Singapore - Project Design Team

  • 1988-89 - with Buttrick White and Burtis Architects, New York City, NY

    • Designer/Draftsperson

    • Boathouse and Restaurant on the Harlem Meer

    • Binn Residence, E 81st Street, NYC, NY



  • 2016-17

    • "Tropicana - The Musical", Spare Room Productions, Singapore, Capitol Theatre, Singapore

  • 2014

    • "Delikatessen", Set Designer, Adobe Theater, Albuquerque

  • 2012-13

    • National Day Parade and Show, Singapore - Set Designer and Large Props Designer

  • Feb 2010

    • I AM AN EMOTIONAL CREATURE - Santa Fe reading of Eve Ensler's book. 

    • Production Design/Art Direction/Production Team

    • Lensic Theater, Santa Fe, NM, USA

  • 2009

    • Victor Victoria - Set Designer, Zebra Crossing Productions, Esplanade Theatre,  Production / Set Design

    • www.victorvictoria.com.sg 

  • 2009

    • National Day Parade and Show, Large Props Designer, Singapore

    • Singapore National Day Celebrations, Singapore

  •  2008

    • It's My Life! - Co-producer / Design Head (website: www.itsmylife.sg)

    • A process oriented original musical written for teens in Singapore

    • Producer, designer and coordinator of all design related activities

    • Teaching and mentoring of teen designers for the production

  • 2007

    • Turandot - Set Designer, The Singapore Lyric Opera, Esplanade Theatre, Singapoore

    • Jack and the Beansprout, Wild Rice Productions, Singapore Drama Centre, Singapore

  • 2005

    • The Marriage of Figaro, The Singapore Lyric Opera, Esplanade Theatre, Singapore

    • Oi! Sleeping Beauty!, Wild Rice Productions, Singapore Drama Centre, Nominated for Best Set, 2006 Life! Theatre Awards

    • IOC Conference, Esplanade Theatre

    • The Dim Sum Dollies - Singapore's Most Wanted, Dream Academy Productions, Esplanade Theatre, Singapore

  • 2004

    • Alladin!, Wild Rice Productions, Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel, Singapore

    • The Revenge of the Dim Sum Dollies, Dream Academy Productions, Esplanade Theatre, Singapore

    • Making the Grade, Methodist Girls' School Musical, University Cultural Centre, Singapore

  • 2003

    • Cinderel-lah!, Wild Rice Productions, Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel, Singapore. Nominated for Best Set, 2004 Life! Theatre Awards

  • 2003/04

    • Wild Rice Fundraisers, Set Design, Shangri-la Hotel, Singapore

  • 2002

    • Association of Singapoore Actors Concert - University Cultural Centre, Singapore

  • 2000/01

    • Children's Voice Gold and Dinner Charity





  • 2012-Present

    • Owner, Juicekitchen Design Workshop, LLC, Santa Fe NM

  • 2002-Present

    • Independant Architectural + Interior Designer

    • Set Designer

  • 2007-2010

    • Contract Consultant - Index Design Pte. Ltd., Singapore, Office Management, Design and Technical consulting, Project Management

  • 2000-2007

    • Architectural Design Studio Master - 1st and 2nd Year Design Studio, National University of Singapore, Dept. of Architecture, Singapore

  • 2002-2004

    • ONE Studio, Singapore - Partner, Architecture and Interiors

  • 2001-2004

    • Interior Design Studio Master - Diploma Programme, LaSalle-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore

    • Final Paper Advisor - B.A. (Interior Design), BIAD (Birmingham, UK) Programme, LaSalle-SIA College of the Arts

  • 1998-2000

    • Craig Hoopes & Associates Architects, Santa Fe, NM, USA

  • 1993-1997

    • Ziger/Snead Inc. Architects, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

  • 1988-1989

    • Buttrick White & Burtis Architects, New York City, New York, Designer/Draftsperson


  • 2016 - Present - Design Club, Santa Fe School for the Arts and Sciences

  • July '01 - May '04 - LaSalle-SIA College of the Arts, Interior Design Department - Studio Leader, 2nd/3rd year design studio

    • Design and implementation of design problems.

  • July '01 - May '04 - LaSalle-SIA College of the Arts, Interior Design Department - B.A. (Interior Design) programme (conferreed by the BIAD, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK), Final Paper Development Module

    • Advisor to students' final research paper

    • Introductions to various design issues in theory and history

    • Guest design critic - Final Design Projects

  • July '00 - May '07 - National University of Singapore, Department of Architecture - Studio Instructor, 1st Year Studio

    • Design and implementation of studio design and skilling programmes for the 1sst year curriculum.

    • Accompanying students on their 1st year field trip to various neighouring Southeast Asian locations including Kuching (East Malaysia), Malacca (West Malaysia) and Angkor/Siem Reap (Cambodia)

  • Aug '07 - Dec '07 - National University of Singapore, Department of Architecture - Studio Instructor, 2nd Year Studio

    • Design and impementation of studio design projects for the 2nd year curriculum - emphasis on an introduction to site analysis and design response.


  • 2017 - Winner, Santa Fe Heritage Preservation Award for Compatible Best New Construction

  • 2005 - Nominated for Best Set, 2006 Life! Theatre Awards, Oi! Sleeping Beauty, W!ld Rice Productions

  • 2003 - Nominated for Best Set, 2004 Life! Theatre Awards, Cinderel-lah!, W!ld Rice Productions

  • May 1993 - The Graduate School Masters Prize for the School of Architecture

  • May 1993 - The A.I.A. Henry Adams Certificate& Medal for the highest academic ranking

  • 1991-93 - Graduate Teaching Assistant, Freshman Design Studio, History of Architecture Survery, American Architecture

  • 1991-92 - Full Graduate Academic Scholarship, Cutler Award (Florence, Italy)

  • c. 2012-15 - Volunteer and co-coordinator, Santa Fe Chapter, Architecture for Humanity

  • Sept-Oct 2008 - Volunteer - Casita Linda, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, http://www.casitalinda.org/

  • 2000-2001 - Volunteer, Children's Voice, Singapore

  • 1995 - Independant Illustrator

    • Developed 10 illustrations for "The Cultures of His Kingdon - Roger II and the Cappella Palatina in Palermo" by William Tronzo.

  • 1994-97 - Volunteer, Neighborhood Design Center, Baltimore, MD

  • 1990-93 - Syracuse University, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Architectural Design and History

  • 1990-93 - Architecture Symposium Committee, The Architecture Journal, Dean Search 1990, Syracuse University

  • Fall 1991 - Architecture Program Aborad, Florence, Italy, Syracuse University