Schuldenfrei Eric HSchuldenfrei, Eric H.
BArch Cornell; MPhil Cambridge; PhD Cambridge; AssocAIA

Eric Schuldenfrei is the Head of the Department of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. Receiving his PhD from the University of Cambridge, he has taught at Princeton, Columbia, and the Architectural Association. His most recent book, The Films of Charles and Ray Eames: A Universal Sense of Expectation, focuses on architecture, politics, cinema, and education. Schuldenfrei served as the Curator of Exhibition, Education, Film, and Media for the 2009 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Biennale and has presented his work at DLD in Moscow on the topic of Future Cities, at the V&A museum, Harvard University AsiaGSD series, the University of Cambridge, and the Royal College of Art in London. Together with Marisa Yiu, Schuldenfrei founded ESKYIU – a multi-disciplinary architecture studio integrating culture, art, community and technology. They have been awarded the “Architectural League Prize” and “Design Vanguard” as well as edited the books Instant Culture and Industrial Forest together.

Current research includes examining architects who created projects as educational experiences. An example of this is how during a critical period from the late 1950s to the early 1960s there was a moment of introspective self-reflection in the West stemming from the events of the Cold War. This moment of uncertainty was crucial, for it provided the incentive to question the values and concerns of society as a whole. In turn, designers began to question their own sense of purpose, temporarily expanding the purview of design to a broader field of inquiry. In the case of individuals such as George Nelson as well as Charles and Ray Eames, they identified an overriding problem related to consumerism and excess in America and sought to resolve the issue by creating a network of communication between universities, governments, institutions, and corporations. The solution of promoting greater education experiences as an alternative to consumerism in America required that different sectors of society functioned in unison to address political, social, economic, and educational concerns. The research reconsiders how design intersects with humanity, culture, and the sciences.

Kristof CrollaCrolla, Kristof
PhD(RMIT); M.Arch(AA); Ir-Arch(UGhent); RIBA; ARB(UK); MHKDA

Kristof Crolla is Associate Dean (Special Projects) at the University of Hong Kong (HKU)’s Faculty of Architecture, where he directs the BASc(Design+) programme, teaches at the Masters of Architecture, and directs the Building Simplexity Laboratory (BSL) research group. He is a licensed architect and principal of architecture practice “Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design Ltd.” (LEAD).

Kristof Crolla’s design, research, and teaching received over thirty international design awards and accolades for his work focussing on the strategic integration of latest technologies in the architectural design and implementation process. He is best known for the projects “Golden Moon” and “ZCB Bamboo Pavilion”, for which he a.o. received the World Architecture Festival Small Project of the Year 2016 award. In 2018, he completed his PhD studies at RMIT, Melbourne, with the doctoral dissertation “Building Simplexity – The ‘More or Less’ of Post-Digital Architecture Practice” for which received the 2016 RMIT Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for Research Impact – Higher Degree by Research. In 2019, he was appointed by the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) as a “Task Force Expert Member – Bamboo Construction”.

Selected Project Videos:

YEZO (Hokkaido, Japan, 2020)
ARgan (Hong Kong, 2019)
TOROO (Taiwan, 2019)
ZCB Bamboo Pavilion (Hong Kong, 2015)

Ratoi, Lidia

Lidia Ratoi is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Architecture of The University of Hong Kong. She holds a degree in robotic fabrication from IAAC Barcelona, the Open Thesis Fabrication program, and has previously completed her master’s studies in architecture at UAUIM, Bucharest. In HKU, she is currently coordinating the year 2 undergraduate degree, and works on projects investigating material ecology and sustainability in the realm of robotic fabrication. She has previously taught at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture.

Lidia is currently a DesignTrust Grantee, for her research project “Impossible Bricks”, which mediates the use of bioplastic materials in pair with robotic fabrication, aiming to deviate the interaction with nature and technology from a human-centric, individualistic one to an empathetic, conscious one. She is co-designing the “Traditional House of the Future”, a house prototype in rural China which combines robotic 3D printing with vernacular woodworking techniques.

Haotian ZhangZhang, Haotian
BArch, MArch Tsinghua; MArch Cooper Union

Haotian Zhang is an architectural designer and a digital artist. He received his Master’s degree in architecture from the Cooper Union and his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from Tsinghua University. His teaching and research revolve around (sur)realistic digital representation, particularly the medium of point cloud. He actively explores its technical and aesthetic potentials through image, film, and making.

He is the co-founder of FrankanLisa, a Hong Kong-based multidisciplinary design studio. Their works have been exhibited at various venues internationally, including the Carnegie Museum of Art, National Building Museum (US), Beijing Design Week, Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, etc., and shared at DigitalFUTURES, School of Environment and Architecture (Mumbai), and Archipelago to international and Chinese audiences.

A Thousand Miracles

Other projects:
SEA Annual Conference 2022/ FOI – Forests of errors and glitches

Brian TangTang, Brian W.

Brian Tang is an innovator, ecosystem builder and educator at the confluence of law, technology and finance and has held senior leadership roles across three continents in global investment banking, international law firms and now a leading university. Brian was named by Asia Legal Portal as One of the 30 People to Watch in the Business of Law in 2022 and featured in Future Proof: Reinventing Work In the Age of Acceleration (Diana Wu David, 2019).

Currently, Brian is the founding executive director of LITE Lab@HKU, an award-winning interdisciplinary and experiential programme that fosters law, innovation, technology and entrepreneurship (LITE) at top 20 globally ranked University of Hong Kong’s Faculty of Law. In 2021/22, LITE Lab’s main undergraduate and postgraduate classes doubled in enrolment from 6 of HKU’s 10 faculties, with students from the Faculty of Architecture’s BASc (Design+) programme joining in 2022/23. LITE Lab’s student teams have won international competitions creating access to justice technology (Georgetown Law’s Iron Tech Lawyer Invitational; Baker McKenzie Boost Legal Innovation), and its innovative student-industry initiatives have won accolades such as Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC) Legal Innovation in Operations (LIO) Award 2022, World Commerce and Contracting Innovation & Excellence Award for Outstanding Cooperation & Collaboration APAC 2021 and is a finalist for the ongoing FT Innovative Lawyer’s Collaborative Innovation Award 2022. Brian’s AI governance research scholarship ranks in the top 10% of authors on SSRN by all-time downloads.

Philp ChowChow, P.C.Y.
PhD Cambridge

Dr. Philip Chow received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Prof. Richard Friend. In 2016 he was awarded the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) postdoctoral fellowship to work at the University of Tokyo, and in 2017 he joined the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) as a Research Assistant Professor. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong. His group carries out multidisciplinary research in the field of optoelectronics and nanotechnology, covering both fundamental science and device applications.

Kim J TKim, J.T.

Dr. J.T. Kim is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research includes Nanoscale additive manufacturing (3D printing), Manipulation methods of nano materials in fluids, and Active matters in fluids.

Dennis CheungCheung, Dennis H.K.

Dennis Cheung is a Registered Architect in Hong Kong who is devoted to the advancement of the built environment as well as the evolution of objects fabricated within. He found Studio RYTE in 2017 to pursue projects with a strong focus on digital fabrication and material innovation. His studio is an energetic and innovative design studio comprised of passionate inventors, architects, designers, and engineers. The multi-disciplinary design team is dedicated to harness technology and craftsmanship to redefine mundane urban objects, materials, and space. The team has won multiple awards including the Dezeen Awards, Architizer A+ Awards, INDE Awards, Wallpaper* Awards, Sky Design Awards and iF Design Awards. They exhibited at the SaloneSatellite in Milan, Pure Talents Contest in Cologne, Paris Design Week, China International Furniture Fair and Shenzhen International Furniture Fair. Their works were covered by Dezeen, Design Milk, Core77, Yatzer, Gizmodo, Notcot, SCMP, Perspective and more.

Studio RYTE

 Studio RYTE 2018

Other projects: 
Modular Furniture – MIT Innovation Node
Modular Furniture – PolyU Industrial Center
State Theatre “Flying Arches” Neon Lighting Installation
United Stool

Paul MuiMui, Paul K.C.
BA(AS) Hons HKU; AA Dipl; Registered Architect ARB, RIBA, HKIA, HKIABIMPRO, CCBM

Paul Mui is a HK and UK registered architect. He graduated at HKU with 1st Class Honors and Dean’s List award and later at the AA with High Pass.

Paul has over 20 years of experience in designing and executing complex projects. He started his Advance Geometry specialty at the Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates in London. He was the Head of Digital Practice for Aedas Ltd and later joined Hospital Authority to be the Subject Officer for BIM. He is the assessor for BIM Manager Certification of the HKCIC and HKIA BIM Pro.

Paul now runs his own practice BREADstudio Ltd and won over 35 awards in international competitions. His design received international attention and was covered by press including NY Times, CNN, BBC, China Daily, RTHK and SCMP.

He taught and lectured in various institutes which include Tsinghua University, London South Bank University and CUHK. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the HKU Department of Architecture and a council member of HKIA for the term of 2021-22.

Bread Studio

Wong, Kay
Central Saint Martins (BA Printed Textiles) and Royal College of Art (MA Constructed Textiles)

Kay Wong received BA in Textiles Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and a MA Constructed Textiles from the Royal College of Art.

Kay went on a mission to create zero-waste art and design. Her ‘Fight or Flight’ collection, made from salvaged wood, yarn and feathers, was shown at Jouer in Hong Kong, while her ‘Fashion Anatomy’ collection, a poignant reflection on the fashion industry, was selected for London Craft Week, 2017, commissioned and sponsored by HK Economic and Trade Bureau, Fashion Farm Foundation and Cathay Pacific. The Fashion Anatomy collection was then exhibited at Art Experience Gallery, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong in 2018. Kay adopted a green approach to her styling projects by abstaining from fast fashion, borrowing from designers, and upcycling old garments. She is a columnist for HK01 and MINGShk, P Magazine, writing mainly on topics of sustainability, fashion and lifestyle. Her piece, ‘Trash or Treasure’, was featured in the Danish ‘slow clothing’ publication, Less Magazine.