“Whether we realize it or not, we live in a designed world. The question is: will this be a design for destruction or for a sustainable new world that we can safely hand down to our children and our children’s children?” Bruce Mau[1]. At the Design+ programme, we suggest that the next generation of designers do not have to wait to be handed down a world in crisis, rather that they are potential agents of change to challenge the status quo now. In this intensive hands-on summer programme, students will discover their aspirations, their concerns and will dive into real world issues. They will be introduced to emerging technologies and design approaches that have demonstrated potential to have both local and global impact. They will try these novel methods and make them their own. This challenging programme will strengthen their creative confidence while building their character, their portfolio, forge new friendships and will culminate in the production of practical and conceptual works for a public exhibition.

[1] as of 30 Jan 2019

Date and Time

August 5-16. 2019 (Monday to Friday),  9:30am – 5:30pm
August 17, 2019 (Saturday), 9:30am – 1:00pm [Final Review]


3/F, Knowles Building, The University of Hong Kong


  • Secondary 4-6 grade students (or equivalent) in the 2018-2019 academic year
  • Undergraduate students who are considering changing their majors to BASc Design+. (Note: this programme is catered towards high school students as their introduction to the study of design at the university level.)

Tuition Fee

HK$12,000 (including material kit).
The fee excludes accommodation, meals and transportation.

Online Application

Application Deadline

31 March 2019 for non-local students (visa application takes 10-12 weeks to process)

31 May 2019 for local students

Application for Scholarship​

The Department of Architecture is offering a Scholarship for this summer programme. If you are interested in applying for the Scholarship, please indicate in the Online Application Form. You are required to submit a motivation letter to outline 1) why you are a suitable candidate and 2) emphasize your academic accomplishment in terms of grades and financial need, as well as extracurricular activities and community involvement in 200 words. Please upload the file alongside other required documents. Members of HKU Academy for the Talented are reminded to quote your membership number in your letter. If we do not receive your motivation letter by the deadline (31 March 2019 for non-local students and 31 May for local students), we assume you are no longer interested in the Scholarship. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview. Please contact Ms Vickie Tse at for any questions.

Student Visa

All non-local students are required by law to obtain a student visa/entry permit issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department to study this programme.

Non-local students aged under 18 are required to nominate a HK permanent resident as their authorized guardian. The Department of Architecture will NOT serve as a representative to take up the role of guardian.


Accommodation is not provided and covered by the programme. HKU does not guarantee the allocation of a hostel place due to the number of accommodation is too limited. Successful non-local applicants please be prepared to arrange your own off campus housing.

Our envisioned schedule

Week 1: Research, analysis and synthesis. Ideation, representation

Day 1 (Mon) AM Registration / Introduction:
Design for SDGs. Impact Invention. Design Thinking. Theory of Change. Sustainability, circular economy, post humanism, “World of Design vs Design of the World”. Critical Design. Design fiction, design for debate, design future, speculative design.
PM Studio 1: Self Discovery. Diverse team building around interests and concerns. Statement of interest.
Day 2 (Tue) AM Field research. Design Anthropology.
PM Field documentation, reporting. Define problem.
Day 3 (Wed) AM Workshop 2 / Lecture 2: “Soft” rapid Prototyping (paper, cardboard)
PM Studio 1: Sourcing parts
Day 4 (Thu) AM Workshop 3 / Lecture 3: Traditional prototyping. Manufacturing processes. Digital fabrication, new materials, new processes, new nature.
PM Studio 1: “soft” Prototype
Day 5 (Fri) AM Workshop 4 / Lecture 4. Story telling. Pitching.
PM Studio 1: Pitching. Designing the next prototype for public presentation.


Week 2: Prototype, making, testing. Demo, Pitching, Documentation

Day 6 (Mon) AM Workshop 5 / Lecture 5. Science & Technology: coding, robotics, AI, AR, VR, genetics, synthetic biology, quantum computing, bioastronomy, Moore’s law, singularity, post humanism
PM Studio 1: Design and shopping pt 2
Day 7 (Tue) AM Workshop 6 / Lecture 6.
PM Studio 2: “Hard” Prototype
Day 8 (Wed) AM Workshop 7 / Lecture 7.  Business modelling. Environment materials, labour, law, money, culture: Design for impact .
PM  “Hard” Prototype
Day 9 (Thu) AM Workshop 8 / Lecture 8: Business Model, visual communication
PM “Hard” Prototype exhibition setup. “Pin up”
Day 10 (Fri) AM Exhibition setup. Dress rehearsal. Final comments
PM Opening of exhibition. Presentations. Critique. Celebration.