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The image shows a man with a confident stance and a friendly expression, sporting short hair, dressed in a navy blue suit and light blue shirt. He stands with crossed arms, set against a warm, blurred backdrop that suggests an inviting and professional interior space.

Ed Shim

Job Title: Principal, Managing Director of New York

Expertise: Hospitality, Residential


Ed Shim, AIA, NCARB, is a Principal at HLW. In his nearly 20 years at the firm, Ed has led diverse projects, notably expanding HLW’s portfolio in the multifamily high-rise sector and shaping the evolving New Jersey waterfront skyline. Under his leadership, Jersey City alone has seen over 4.8 million square feet of office and residential development since 2014. With a focus on client and project management, Ed ensures consistent delivery and design excellence across architecture and interior projects. From conceptualization to construction, his expertise spans the entire architectural process. Ed prioritizes team collaboration, fostering strong relationships with clients and consultants to achieve successful outcomes.


All Work
New Jersey skyline with central focus on Urby building

Urby at Harborside

Jersey City, NJ

A modern curved glass building on the river in Jersey City, set against the iconic New York City skyline in the background. The partly cloudy sky adds to the serene atmosphere, and wooden posts protrude from calm waters in the foreground.

The Ellipse

Jersey City, NJ

Contemporary lounge area boasting an illuminated pegboard ceiling and glossy floor, with a green living wall featuring numerical art, flanked by industrial-style seating and vibrant planters.

351 Marin

Jersey City, NJ

Genesis House New York

New York, NY

Modern mixed-use development rendering featuring a street-level commercial space with sleek glass facades beneath residential buildings of contrasting red brick and dark metal cladding. Lush green planters add a touch of nature to the urban environment.

Urby Journal Square

Jersey City, NJ

Modern urban apartment building featuring a blend of brick and large windows, surrounded by a developing neighborhood with a skyline backdrop.


Jersey City, NJ

Modern urban landscape showcasing a mix of architectural styles with a prominent glass facade skyscraper, reflecting the cityscape under a clear blue sky.

225 & 235 Grand

Jersey City, NJ

Sunset bathes a modern skyscraper and surrounding cityscape, highlighting the contrast between the glass facade and the urban environment, with a view of a distant iconic tower.

70 & 90 Columbus

Jersey City, NJ

Aerial view of a modern multi-story residential building with mixed-material facade, expansive balconies, and integrated green spaces, surrounded by water on a clear day.

441 Canal

Stamford, CT

Twilight cityscape with high-rise buildings illuminated from within, showcasing varied architectural styles and grid street layout, highlighting urban density and mixed-use development.

705 Newark

Jersey City, NJ

Exterior of a modern car showroom at twilight, featuring vibrant neon-lit framing in green, red, and white, and large glass windows that reveal sleek automobiles and minimalist interior design.

BMW of Manhattan

New York, NY

Spacious corporate interior features an exposed concrete ceiling with suspended linear lighting, enhancing a modern industrial aesthetic. Rich navy walls contrast with warm wooden accents and a bespoke wall mural, while contemporary furniture provides casual seating areas for collaboration. Strategic placement of indoor plants introduces a natural, calming element within the workspace.


New York, NY

Modern office building at dusk with a fully glazed façade offering a glimpse of the multi-level, open-plan interior spaces, and warm artificial lighting that contrasts with the cool blue of the twilight sky. The building’s geometric symmetry and use of glass reflect contemporary architectural design principles.


Parsippany, NJ