CUTMR 2012 Preview: Wendy W Fok

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Wall prototype

Wendy W Fok (Artist/Architectural Designer/Urbanist) director/founder and designer for WE-DESIGNS.ORG, LLC (Architecture) and studio-WF (Art), winner of the Hong Kong Young Design Talent Award (2009) and a selected designer of the Perspective 40 under 40 Award (2011) has a Master of Architecture & Certification of Urban Policy/Planning from Princeton University. Notably, WE-DESIGNS.ORG, LLC has been selected by Twenty+Change (co-curated by Heather Dubbeldam and Lola Sheppard) as one of twenty Emerging Canadian Design Practices (2011) in Canada.

Bartlett-Kinetic Research

Fok has an international background from Vienna, New York, London, Paris, Tokyo, Beijing, Hong Kong and Canada. While having worked on several international architectural projects, exhibitions, and competitions, her art installations have also been displayed in Hong Kong, Shanghai, New York, Athens, Venice (12th Biennale di Venezia – Architecture), and Prague. Upcoming installations include presentations at the Aalto Academy in Finland, Pecha Kucha Toronto, and more.


Material research 

Fok’s interests are towards investigations of contextual and content-related natures of fabrication, and cradle-to-cradle material investigations that compliment scaled prototypes within architectural design. Meanwhile, her design methodology is to challenge the dynamic significance in structuring and mapping the ideals of art, architecture, and urbanism within the processes of [design | optimisation | fabrication] for sustainable planning, interactive design, material research, and alternative methods of fabrication with progressive aims within the built environment.

Workshop Matsys

Currently, Fok is an Assistant Professor and Lead of the Digital Media and Design Program at the Gerald D Hines College of Architecture at the University of Houston, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s School of Architecture teaching Material/Fabrication Graduate Studios. Fok is also the founder and administrator of (C)ODE-(C)OLLECTIVE: GH + Digital Script + Code Collective—a  collective forum for Grasshopper, Rhino, Parametric Modeling, and other digital design tools, which pose as an educational and developing archive site to formulate the critical utility of digital tools. She is also Contributing / Overseas Editor for the a+a magazine, published by the Architectural Society of China.


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