CHROFI was founded in 2000 as Choi Ropiha following the win in the international competition for the re-design of the TKTS booth in Times Square, New York. The practice studio in Manly is now home to a team of 35 professionals headed by directors John Choi, Tai Ropiha and Steven Fighera.
Completed in 2008, the TKTS project has been widely recognised with awards including 2006 New York Art Commission Award, 2009 D & AD Award Environment Category, 2009 World Architectural Festival Award, 2009 People’s Design Award Nomination, Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, 2009 Chicago Athenaeum Architecture Award, 2009 AIA Jørn Utzon Award for International Architecture, and 2010 American Institute of Architects, National Honors Award for Architecture, and has been cited as New York's Building of the Decade.
Other projects of note are Lune de Sang, Harbord Diggers Redevelopment with Architectus & JMD, Stamford on Macquarie, $100M residential tower in Sydney, The Goods Line with Aspect Studios, Narrabeen House, Ballast Point, Manly 2015 Masterplan, Binhai New City International Competition (1st Prize) and 2002 Parramatta Road Master Plan Competition (1st Prize).
The partners have lectured at various forums including Sydney Opera House, University of Sydney, Sydney Town Hall and Queensland State Library. Publications include A+T Strategy:Public (Spain), C3 Energy Efficiency - a New Aesthetic (Korea), and numerous blogs, journals and newspapers. Group exhibitions include Abundant: Venice Biennale (Italy), Boston Society of Architects Gallery (USA) and Architecture 09: Boutwell Draper Gallery (Australia).
Appointments include Adjunct Professorship at University of Sydney, Sydney Olympic Park Authority Design Review Panel and the board of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.