Hong Kong-based Mentor
Gary Chang is one of the most influential figures within the architectural, interior and product design world today. With a passion for transformational designs that exemplify ultimate adaptability and sensibility, Chang’s work has focused on spatial flexibility and the interplay between art and practicality. The tiny apartment in Hong Kong in which he grew up sparked a lasting curiosity in maximizing compact space. Chang founded EDGE Design Institute Ltd. in 1994 and has since created such notable works as the Suitcase House in Beijing, his Kung-fu tea-set for ALESSI, and the transformation of his childhood and current 32m2 apartment.
Hong Kong-based Mentor
Stanley Wong (anothermountainman) is the recipient of more than 600 local, Asian and international awards for his art, design, photography and advertising works, including 2 One Show gold awards form U.S., D&AD yellow pencil from UK and Tokyo TDC award.
He came to international attention with his “red white blue” series, which he presented at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005 representing Hong Kong.
Many of his art works have been exhibited local and overseas galleries and museums for more than 100 shows included solo show in Tokyo ggg in 2015, and are now part of their permanent collection, including Hong Kong M+ and London V&A Museum. In May 2012, Wong was also awarded the Artist of the Year 2011 (Visual Arts) from Hong Kong Arts Development Awards and the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Awards 2012 from Hong Kong Museum of Art.
International Workshop Mentor
Elizabeth Diller is a founding partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R), an interdisciplinary design studio that works at the intersection of architecture, the visual arts, and the performing arts. The studio’s international body of work includes the adaptive reuse of historic infrastructure to create the High Line, and the renovation of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Most recently, the studio completed the Vagelos Education Center at Columbia University in New York and The Broad museum in Los Angeles. The studio is currently completing The Shed and the renovation and expansion of the Museum of Modern Art, both in New York; the Tianjin Juilliard School in China; the Museum of Image & Sound in Rio de Janeiro; and Zaryadye Park in Moscow. Diller is a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation’s “genius” award, the first awarded in the field of architecture. She is a Professor of Architecture at Princeton University.
Photo by Abe Morell, courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro
International Workshop Mentor
Richard Hassell is the co-Founding Director of WOHA, a design practice based in Singapore. He graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1989, and was awarded a Master of Architecture degree from RMIT University, Melbourne, in 2002. He has lectured at universities around the world, and served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology Sydney and the University of Western Australia. Architectural awards received by WOHA include the 2007 Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the 2010 International Highrise Award, 2011 RIBA Lubetkin Prize and World Architecture Festival awards in 5 di_erent categories in 2009, 2010 and 2016.
Four monographs have been published on WOHA’s projects to date. “‘Garden City Mega City”, a summation of their template for rethinking architecture and cities for the 21st century was published in 2016. “Breathing Architecture”, an exhibition devoted exclusively to their works opened at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Germany in December 2011 and Taiwan in 2012-2013. WOHA also curated the “Garden City Mega City” exhibition at The Skyscraper Museum in New York in March – September 2016, which thereafter traveled to Mexico for the Mextropoli Festival from March – April 2017. The show returned to the United States in February – April 2018 where it is currently on show at the Austin Central Library in Texas.
Mimi Hoang, AIA, is a principal of nARCHITECTS and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s GSAPP (Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation). Along with partner Eric Bunge, she co-founded nARCHITECTS with the goal of addressing contemporary issues in architecture through conceptually driven, socially engaging and technologically innovative work.
nARCHITECTS has been honoured with an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture, the AIANY’s Andrew J. Thomson Award for Pioneering in Housing, Several AIA Design Honour Awards, the Architectural League’s Emerging Voices and the Canadian Professional Rome Prize. Hoang received a Master of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a B.Sc. in Architecture from M.I.T.
Sam Jacob is principal of Sam Jacob Studio for architecture and design. Previously, Sam was a founding director of FAT Architecture where he was involved in many internationally acclaimed projects including the BBC Drama Production Village in Cardiff, the Heerlijkheid Hoogvliet park and cultural centre in Rotterdam and the curation of the British Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale.
He has exhibited at leading galleries and museums including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the MAK in Vienna and the Biennale. Jacob is a contributing editor for Icon magazine and columnist for both Art Review and Dezeen. He is a regular participant in talks and events for institutions such as MoMA, the Southbank Centre and the Soane Museum. Jacob is Professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago, visiting Professor at Yale School of Architecture and Director of Night School at the Architectural Association.
Marisa Yiu is an architect and Founding Partner of ESKYIU, a multi- disciplinary architecture and research design studio actively integrating culture, community, art and technology based in Hong Kong. She was the Chief Curator of the 2009 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture located at the West Kowloon waterfront; and also curated Studio-X Shenzhen at the Value Factory. Along with her partner Eric Schuldenfrei, they were awarded the ‘Architectural League Prize’ for their installations featured in the Venice Biennale and New York’s Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; received Architectural Record’s 2014 Design Vanguard recognition and Design for Asia Award for Ephemera, commissioned by Swire Art Basel and Movement culture: installation for Ido Portal. They edited, INSTANT CULTURE: Architecture and Urbanism as a Collective Process and co-authored “Unitary Urbanism” in the book, High-Rise – Idea and Reality.
Yiu’s work and writings have been published in A/D, Domus China, MIT’s thresholds, and Architectural Record among others. She has spoken at numerous global platforms including TEDxCUHK, BoDW, UNESCO forum and at Harvard’s AsiaGSD conference. She has taught at London’s Architectural Association, Parsons, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, School of Architecture at CUHK among others. Yiu is an AIA member, HKIA associate, served on the Board of Advisors for RTHK (seven years term), and Board member of the Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design for the past eight years, and is the Co-founder and Executive Director of its new initiative called DESIGN TRUST, that supports creative and research content related to Hong Kong and the Greater Pearl River Delta Region.
Christopher Law studied Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture UCL. He is a founding director of the Oval Partnership Ltd, working from offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Cape Town and London. He is a director of the sustainable and smart city action research organization INTEGER Intelligent and Green Ltd. Chris is member of a number of public committees in Hong Kong including the Antiquities Advisory Board, the Energy Advisory Committee of the HKSAR Government and the Development Committee of the West Kowloon Cultural District.
Law is Chairman of the heritage conservation and community participatory Viva Blue House Project and Chairman of the Community Development Committee of the St James’ Settlement, and the chief curator and founder of the public space action research organization Very Hong Kong. He was made an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects for his contribution to Architecture. Christopher Law is a Justice of the Peace of the Hong Kong SAR.
Maggie’s family name Lin (連) means “to connect”, same as the Sanskrit word for yoga, yuj. For her, well-being comes from better connecting with the body and mind, with other people, and with the world around us.
To deepen such connections, she leads creative and sensory experiences. Inspired by Hong Kong’s history as an incense producer, she cofounded city perfumery nose hk, on smell and emotions. Previously she cofounded The Pocket Parks Collective, humanizing urbanscape through interventions. She teaches yoga, is the mindfulness teacher-in-resident at HKICC School of Creativity, and is featured in a documentary Creativity Is.
Dr. Kacey Wong studied architecture in Cornell University and received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Chelsea School of Art and Design and Doctor of Fine Arts Degree from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He is the founding member of Art Citizens and former curator & member of Para/Site Art Space. He is also a former Assistant Professor at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, School of Design’s Environment and Interior Design Discipline. Currently he is an Examiner of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. His research investigates artist’s and designer’s role in social political causes.
Wong’s experimental art project investigates the space between men and their living environment with a social intention. He thinks being an artist is similar to being a detective, the case on hand is to investigate the self. His mobile tricycle project “Wandering Homes” was featured at the 2008 Venice Architectural Biennale in Italy. His floating house “Paddling Home” was performed on Hong Kong Victoria Harbour and his mobile bunk bed “Sleepwalker” was the star features during the 2010 and 2012’s Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism \ Architecture exhibition.
Ada Wong has led a varied career as solicitor, educator and social entrepreneur. She is a staunch advocate of social innovation, creative education and cultural development.
She is also Convenor & Director of The Good Lab, Chairperson of Make A Difference Institute, Director of Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture and supervisor of HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity.
Elita Lam has over 20 years’ teaching experience in fashion and textile design, experience in planning and developing new academic programmes, and specialist short programmes for industry and commerce.
Lam developed and leads the HKDI Centre of Innovative Material and Technology (CIMT), which allows for inter-disciplinary design activities and knowledge exchange through multi-material applications. Her recent project is to develop the HKDI Multidisciplinary Knowledge Centres, including the HKDI Retail Lab and HKDI Fashion Archive.
Sara Wong is the co-founder of Para Site, Hong Kong’s leading independent contemporary arts space. She is a visual artist, designer and educator. Trained in both visual art and landscape architecture, her practice combines her artistic interest blurs the distinction between the two platforms.
Sara has exhibited her works both locally and internationally in museums and biennales including Venice Biennale, Gwangju Biennale and Shanghai Biennale. She was resident artist at PS1 Contemporary Art Center and the Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York; Ecole Cantonale d’Art du Valais (ECAV) in Switzerland, and the Nordisk Kunstnarsenter Dalssesen in Norway.She has developed the Landscape Architecture programmes in the Hong Kong Design Institute and involves actively in educating future designers, landscape architects and architects.
Chris Yuen has a great passion in the social dimensions of design and particularly keen on working for different children’s playground projects with social values. He is serving in Playright Children’s Play Association (Playright) to educate the values of child-friendly environment, universal designed inclusive playground and playground safety in Hong Kong. He has extensive experience specialized in playground research, playable space design, playground assessment, safety inspections and professional training. Since 2012, Chris focus to lead the team to implement the inclusive play space development projects, including the Quality and Quantity Researches on Inclusive Playground, Play for All Training Programme, Inclusive Play Space Design Ideas Competition/Exhibition and Junior Playground Commissioner Incubation Programme @ Tuen Mun. In 2016, he completed the publishing works for “Inclusive Play Space Guide’ which supported by UNICEF HK.
Francis Ngai is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Social Ventures Hong Kong (SVhk). SVhk is a philanthropic organization that inspires a culture of social innovation in Hong Kong. They focus on inventing, incubating and investing in social start-ups that address urban challenges through sustainable and innovative business solutions.
Prior to establishing SVhk, Ngai was the Head of Strategy in a listed technology conglomerate in Hong Kong. He graduated from the City University of Hong Kong and in 2013 he was conferred as an Honorary Fellow by the University. He was selected as one of the 100 Asia Pioneers by The Purpose Economy in 2014, a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2012 and one of Hong Kong’s Ten Outstanding Young Persons in 2011.
Dr Lesley Lau is an art museum curator and currently the Head of the Art Promotion Office (APO). Lau is the founding curator of APO and Oi! (Oil Street Art Space). She has also worked for the Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong Heritage Museum and Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre(vA!) in the past.
She has been the project manager for a number of public art projects at parks, historic buildings and government buildings, which included Seats.Togehter, Park Déco, ArtAlive@Park and Hi! Houses, etc. Lau obtained her PhD degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, specialising in Chinese export art, public and community art development of Hong Kong. Lau has been a research fellow in the British Museum and the Philips Library of the Peabody Essex Museum.
Horman Chan is the Chief Leisure Manager responsible for reviewing and formulating policies and guidelines on the operation and management of land-based recreational facilities including parks and playgrounds.
He recently assisted in the display of artistic furniture in some public parks and gardens under the Seat – Together project
Willie San is a Registered Architect under the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA). He joined the Architectural Services Department in year 2009 and he is currently the Senior Property Services Manager in the Architectural Services Department.
William Lane performs as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician in Australia, Asia, Europe and North America. He studied under Jan Sedivka, Bruno Giuranna and Garth Knox, as well as in Germany at the International Ensemble Modern Academy, and in Switzerland at the Lucerne Festival Academy under Pierre Boulez. He was a prizewinner of Valentino Bucchi Competition in Rome in 2005.
Lane was Principal Viola of Ensemble Resonanz and a member of the Hong Kong Philharmonic; and has appeared as guest violist of Ensemble Modern and the Lucerne Festival Strings. Based in Hong Kong since 2008, he is Founder, Artistic Director and Violist of Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, Asia’s most active professional chamber ensemble dedicated to new music. In 2013 he was awarded the Award for Young Artist (Music) from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.
Photo: ©Wing Shya
Zoey Chan is a graduate of Master of Architecture from the University of Hong Kong in 2015. In her research she explores the influence of building regulations and developers on Hong Kong’s domestic and public spaces, and examines how small changes in code and design can benefit living space. Her design works have been published and exhibited internationally. Chan was the Design Teaching Assistant at the University of Hong Kong and is currently the Architectural Assistant at P&T Architects and Engineers Ltd. Current works include the design and construction of institutional projects in Hong Kong. She is also active in the implementation of BIM in the industry. (Zoey Chan is a participant of the inaugural Design Trust Futures Studio 2017)
Aron Tsang Wai Chun is a Registered Architect in Hong Kong. Upon receiving his Master of Architecture in 2013 and Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies from University of Hong Kong with Distinction, he has worked in a number of renowned offices in Hong Kong, Seoul and Stockholm. His works have been awarded and featured at multiple competitions and publications, in which he was also awarded as one of the Hong Kong Young Design Talents in 2014.
Dennis Chau is an architectural practitioner and researcher interested in ecology, place-making, rite of passage and tectonics. He designs architecture that evolves over time, gathers people, and gives a sense of serenity to life. He studied architecture at the University of Hong Kong and graduated from Bacherlor of Arts in Architectural Studies in 2012. He has exchanged to ENSA Paris-Malaquais prior to obtaining his master degree at University College London in 2016. His graduation drawing ‘Construction Manual for Lantau Commune’ received the prestigious Hugh Casson Prize from the Royal Academy of Arts, London.
Andy Cheng is a graduate of Master of Architecture from University of Hong Kong in 2013 and Bachelor of Architecture from Manchester School of Architecture with First Class Honour. Throughout his career he examines the tension between the temporal and permanent nature of architecture and its relationship with its ever changing context. He is a member of ACTEBITE, a research & design group interested in heritage revitalization in Hong Kong. His recent work was exhibited in the 2018 UABBHK – Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture that explored the future use of State Theatre, a Grade I listed historic building in North Point.
Stephen Ip graduated from the University of Hong Kong in 2008 with Distinction in Master of Architecture. While working in an architectural firm as an Associate Director, he also actively engages in competitions and community services to explore the synergistic interaction between architecture, community and environment. He has been the co-chairman of the Young Members Committee of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects in 2015-2017 and organized numerous activities for young architects to reach out to the community, promoting architecture as a tool of intervention in Hong Kong. Ip is a member of the ArchiVision group, which has an interest in city-planning related issues, and the Hong Kong Architecture Centre, where he helped to organize the ‘My Most Liked Architecture in HK’ event and led an architectural tour to Japan. (Stephen Ip is a participant of the inaugural Design Trust Futures Studio 2017)
Christopher Choi graduated from the University of Hong Kong with Distinction in Master of Architecture in 2015, with his research and design always emphasizing on local features of Hong Kong. Since graduation, he had worked in an architectural firm in Hong Kong on complex commercial projects located in Hong Kong and Macau, and is a Registered Architect since 2017. He is currently looking into alternative vertical greening and developing designs of miniature green walls.
Wendy Ran Wu is an urbanist, designer and curator. She is currently the Head of UPRD (URBANUS Program Research Design) in URBANUS and Assistant Curator of 2017 Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture. Wu has an Advanced Master of Architecture from Berlage Institute since 2010, and is Assistant Tutor at Hong Kong University for MArch program. She has worked as an architect and urban designer in several offices in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Chengdu and Shenzhen and she has also worked as a researcher for Shenzhen Center for Design. From 2011 to 2015, she has been involved in UABB Shenzhen as Opening Week Coordinator and Curator of both affiliate and thematic exhibitions. In 2016, she was the project manager for the China pavilion in the inaugural London Design Biennale. (Wendy Wu is a participant of the inaugural Design Trust Futures Studio 2017)
Kam Fai Hung is a registered Architect and the founder of Minds Archgroup in Hong Kong. He graduated from the Master of Architecture of the University of Hong Kong in 2007. Carrying out architecture, public furniture and signage, interior and exhibition design, Fai is passionate about making creative and inspirational design solution into reality. He is also keen on integrating traditional and contemporary design elements and create minds refreshing designs.
Samuel Wong is an MArch graduate from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2015, where he won the Best Studio Project Award. He graduated with a BSSc in Architectural Studies and minored in Integrated Business Administration, with all of his projects selected for exhibitions. During his degree programme, he received two scholarships; The DLN Awards 2012 and L&O Travel Scholarship for Design Innovation 2011. In 2014, his proposal “Sometimes” won the Times Square Living Room Museum Design Competition which was later built in January 2015. With a degree in Civil and Structural Engineering, Wong continues to carry his engineering knowledge into his practice. (Samuel Wong is a participant of the inaugural Design Trust Futures Studio 2017)
Elaine Tsui is a UK Chartered Architect and currently practicing in Hong Kong. She received her Diploma in Architectural Association School of Architecture in 2014 and her master of engineering from the University of Nottingham. She has co-founded Project Entangled Landscapes, which is an independent architectural research group. It explores the perceptions of the contemporary spatial operations expands the potential of the living environment towards a more integrated and sustainable development. Her work has been exhibited in 2013 “The Divan”, in 2015 “Urban Scene: Through the eyes of knowledge infrastructure” and “Urban Portrait of China” in 2017 at the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture.
Upon completion of his BA Degree majoring in Environment and Interior Design from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2016, he was awarded the Best of Show in the School of Design Annual Show 2016, Owen is currently an interior and graphic designer based in Hong Kong. Working in different multi-awarded international studios, his project involvement includes initial design to documentation in numerous projects across China, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. With a passion for delivering projects from master-planning and mixed-use developments, to commercial and retail complex projects, he appreciates professional solution-based skills with problem-solving strategies.
Jonathan Mak graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2013. He is a graphic designer from Hong Kong. Having worked with brands such as Coca-Cola, Airbnb, and Amnesty International, his designs have been awarded at the Cannes Lions (Grand Prix), London International Awards, Spikes Asia Festival, and more. He has also been featured in Creative Review, AdAge, and The New Yorker, among other publications. By day, he works as a digital designer, while exploring print and motion graphics during off-hours. He wants to create things that people remember (when appropriate, and for the right reasons).
Ricky Lai is a multi-media Designer, Artist, and Curator. He is a graduate of Central Saint Martins, London in 2012, and is currently Creative Director of Open Quote Concept Store. He is an awardee of DFA Hong Kong Young Design Talent Award. His work ‘69°N 51°W’ was created in extreme environments in Greenland several years ago. Integrating the imagination of words, the visual stimulation of graphics, and the emotional affection of music, it is an exemplary work of crossing boundaries. With the mission to develop an appreciation for art in our society, Lai also founded Open Quote, a hub where artists can showcase their work to the public. With increased awareness, Lai believes that local creators will be able to focus on their art without having to worry about their livelihood. (Ricky Lai is a participant of the inaugural Design Trust Futures Studio 2017)
Kay Chan graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2009. She is the founder of Good Day Society, KaCaMa design Lab. The team excels in sustainable social design and exploration of new design strategies and art project that foster positive community and environmental values. They carry out novel product and service design through community driven intervention, brand building, event curation and projects for enabling cultural development. In recent years, they established certain numbers of community cooperation programmes and projects for the enhancement of local public space in which meaningful interaction between diversified communities and environmental issues are addressed.
Xavier Tsang is a designer and candle artisan. He holds a BA in Design Engineering from The Chinese University of Hong Kong since 2005, and has been awarded the Asia Design Excellence Award (2012), 40 UNDER 40 Award from Perspective Magazine (2013) and the Young Design Talent Special Mention Award (2013). In 2009 he co-founded his first design studio Atelier Poesia in Milan. After returning to Hong Kong, he began creating and exhibiting his works of wax and candles, under the label BeCandle. BeCandle has been sold internationally and featured in major design exhibitions including the Salone del Mobile in Italy and Maison et Objet in Paris. Inspired by Italian family-run atelier businesses, he set up an atelier shop in Sai Kung, Hong Kong in 2017. (Xavier Tsang is a participant of the inaugural Design Trust Futures Studio 2017)
Vivian Ng is a product design graduate from Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2016. In her work she strives to use design opportunities to challenge assumptions about the conventions of an object. Ng sees design not only as a way to solve problems, but also as a key to open new modes of thinking and discussion. In her past projects she has designed for installations, furniture, lighting, houseware and fashion accessories. She is currently a product designer at THINKTHING Studio, and was a finalist in the 2014-2015 My Toy Design Competition. She was also awarded Merit in the 2014-2015 Hong Kong Smart Gift award. (Vivian Ng is a participant of the inaugural Design Trust Futures Studio 2017)
Jose Fu explores the use of VR in education and entertainment. He is an MA graduate from Shenzhen University in Environmental Art in 2014. His work focuses on the use of IT in public welfare. In 2013 he founded Wing-wheel Angel Network Technology Co, where he has been developing and operating the EasyGo barrier-free travel App for disabled and elderly access. In 2014 he was awarded the HK Cyberport Creative Micro Fund, and the HK Cyberport Incubation Programme. (Jose Fu is a participant of the inaugural Design Trust Futures Studio 2017)
Sylvia Chan is lecturer and PhD candidate at the University of Hong Kong, and her research interests include architectural representations, translations in architecture, and the concept of Chineseness. Her dissertation working title is “Construction of Chineseness in Architecture through Translation from the Late Nineteenth Century to 1959.” Sylvia is the author of Writing In(to) Architecture: China’s Architectural Design and Construction Since 1949 (East Slope Publishing, 2012) and Style: In Defence Of… Chinese Architecture (Machine Books, 2017). She has published in Singapore Architect and Indesign Australia, and she writes for Indesignlive. (Sylvia Chan is a participant of the inaugural Design Trust Futures Studio 2017)