Cho & Urano is an architecture firm in Salt Lake City, Utah providing a full scope of services on projects of various types and sizes, and engaging in architectural research through experiments and theoretical projects.

We started in 2020 after winning an international competition with our project House for Our Mothers. Prior to that we worked in offices in Los Angeles, Beijing, Seoul, San Francisco, and New York.

We approach each project as a continuing investigation into relationships between architecture, structure, and landscape, using sketches, models, and collected images.

Our research has touched on a variety of subjects, including houses, housing, urban design, and infrastructure. It has been exhibited in Seoul, Los Angeles, and New York, as well as at the International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam, and has been published internationally in A+U, Shinkenchiku, and others.



Hansong Cho received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Seoul and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. She has managed numerous residential and cultural projects in New York for the offices of Kyle May, Toshihiro Oki, and Julian von der Schulenburg. Her personal work has been exhibited at the International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam, the Hunter East Harlem Gallery in New York, and was featured in a retrospective exhibition of Columbia University’s best housing projects produced over a 40-year period. She has served on design juries at RISD, UCLA, USC, and Texas Tech, and is an associate instructor at the University of Utah School of Architecture. Hansong is a licensed architect in the State of Utah.


Sasha Urano grew up in Honolulu and Salt Lake City. He holds a BA in Architectural Studies from UCLA, where he graduated with distinction, and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University. He has worked in a number of offices in the U.S. and Asia including Jones Partners Architecture, MAD, Mass Studies, and IDEO. Prior to co-founding Cho & Urano he spent four years as a project architect at Levenbetts in New York where he managed, among other things, a winning competition proposal for a public sculpture in Lower Manhattan and the renovation of a public library in Brooklyn. He has served on design juries at UCLA, USC, and Texas Tech, and is an associate instructor at the University of Utah School of Architecture.


  • Center for Bees featured in the Salt Lake Tribune, May 2023
  • Cho & Urano Receive Honorable Mention in Namdo Righteous Army History Museum Competition, 2022
  • House with a Corner Eave Wins Runner-Up Prize in Empowered Living Design Competition, 2021
  • Three Wall House and House with a Corner Eave Exhibited at AIA Utah Empowered Living Design Awards Ceremony, 2021
  • Salt Lake City Office Opened, June 2021
  • House for Our Mothers Published in A+U No. 592
  • House for Our Mothers Published in Shinkenchiku 2020:01
  • House for Our Mothers Awarded First Prize in Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition, 2020


Principal Use: Columbarium, Exhibition Space, Memorial Gardens, Library, Performance Halls, Offices, Cafeteria, Storage
Project Site: Ansan, South Korea
Total Floor Area: 10,000 sq m.
Design Period: 2021.03
Host: The City of Ansan
A pyramid stands with its largest face planted in the ground and dissolves to a point in the sky, suggesting a transition from earth to heaven—from the material to the spiritual world. It possesses both weighty physicality and a feeling of transcendence that the cube lacks, and for this reason it became the basic form for our proposal as we felt it to be a more suitable space for mourning.

Water is the essential symbolic element of the project, deriving from the nature of the disaster, and is used as a medium by which to commemorate the victims. It flows around the building and enters the interior as light. Light that is reflected in the water bounces upward to illuminate the expansive underside of the roof, animating the above-ground spaces with the water’s surface. Light that passes through the water enters the Enshrinement Hall, which sits below ground as stipulated in the brief. 250 watertight windows, one for each of the students who died in the accident, line the perimeter of the Enshrinement Hall giving views of the sky and a bluish, rippled light to the victims’ final resting place,
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