EXHIBITION: Two of our projects designed are exhibited as part of the Annual Exhibition for the American Institute of Architects Center for Emerging Professionals, in Washington DC until 30 April, 2014.
PRESS: Love is Work - Feature interview for 1Q: creating + living w/out borders w/ globetrotting Wendy W. Fok. 1QInspire Magazine @myMiOLA
Our team has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Dawntown Miami Design/Build Competition 2014. We are 1 of the 15 teams to proceed into Stage 2.
WE MAKE NEW YORK, a project bid by Wendy W Fok, Jenny Chow, Evelyn Tilney, and consultation with Jung Ahn, for the Times Square Transformation was shortlisted. The project was made possible by the Times Square Alliance for the Arts, New York Department of Design and Construction, and the Public Art Program of the Times Square Alliance.
AIA Texas Society of Architects invites Prof Wendy W Fok to lecture the development of her research, at the TxA Interactive Session 3: Cooperative Fabrications. TxA Interactive continues into its third session, exploring research from across the world on how innovations in digital technology are affecting architecture.
Wendy W Fok is shortlisted as one of 13 DX (Design Exchange) Emerging Talent Awardees, supported by RBC (Royal Bank of Canada) and Canada’s Design Museum. Phase I jurors included: Sunny Fong (VAWK), John Tong (+tongtong), Philippe Meunier (Sid Lee), Omer Arbel (Bocci/Omer Arbel Office) and Patty Johnson (Patty Johnson Design). Phase II jurors included: Marcel Wanders / Douglas Coupland / Heather Reisman
Wendy W Fok is one of the winners of the ADC (Art Director’s Club) Young Guns 11 (30 under 30ish) Awards, presented in New York on 8th of November, 2013.
AIA National Convention, FOREFRONT, in Salt Lake City, UT, invites Prof Wendy W Fok to lecture on her latest research 'Whose Digital Property'.
(Lecture will be a web seminar)
ACADIA 2013 has accepted "VITREOUS" a student-run / crowd-sourcing collaborative project lead by Prof Wendy W Fok, as one of the six projects to be featured at the ACADIA 2013 Conference at the University of Waterloo - 2013 Co-Chairs are Philip Beesley / Omar Khan / Michael Stacey - between October 21 to 24, 2013.
Official 'VITREOUS' Website: http://vitreous-uhcoa.tumblr.com
Led by Design Partners Jung Ahn and Wendy W Fok, WE-DESIGNS.ORG, LLC is invited to design "Neological Mash-up" a 3D printed bar concept for the INSIDE festival of the WAF (World Architecture Festival) Event in Singapore, between 2 - 4 October, 2013, at the Marina Bay Sands.
Design Partners Jung Ahn and Wendy W Fok | WE-DESIGNS.ORG, LLC, will be speaking at the INSIDE Festival co-hosted by the WAF (World Architecture Festival) at the Marina Bay Sands, in Singapore, on the 2nd of October, 2013.
Part of the Beijing Design Week, Wendy W Fok is invited to exhibit as part of the DADA2013 Series of Events “Digital Infiltration” - International Conference on Digital Architecture. The exhibition opening is held on September 28~29, 2013, at the Beijing D751 Park, with a parallel event at Tsinghua University, Beijing.
Kadri Kerge & Maris Kerge Architectural Installation NORTHERN LIGHTS part of New York Festival Of Estonian Contemporary Culture will be presented at Scandinavian House on Saturday, September 28 from 7pm to 10pm.
58 Park Avenue at East 38th Street
New York, NY 10016
‘Digital Workshop in China’, a book that is part of the latest series of bilingual publications edited by Neil Leach and Philip Yuan (published by Tongji University Press), features the latest design works and workshops tutored by Wendy W Fok.
Prof Wendy W Fok will be one of the several tutors invited by Director Tom Verebes for the AA Visiting School - Shanghai "Adaptive City". Register now for the Summer 18 - 27 July Session. URL: http://www.aaschool.ac.uk/STUDY/VISITING/shanghai
Prof Wendy W Fok presenting her research and projects at the SIM (Sustainable Intelligent Manufacturing) International Conference on the 27th and 28th of June, 2013.
Wendy W Fok published in "Fresh Punches" by suckerPUNCH, a catalogue for LOT & suckerPUNCH’s “Fresh Punches” exhibition. Available on Amazon.
Register Now: WORKSHOP: 3D PRINTING PROTOTYPING COURSE in Paris, France, on 21st of June, 2013.
Work-in-progress research, DIGITAL NOVELTY - CRYSTALLISED GEOMETRICS (2013), by Wendy W Fok, will be exhibited for an Open Studio viewing on the 20th of June, 2013 between 17H to 22H, at the Cité internationale des arts Paris.
Solidoodle features Digital Novelty – Crystallised Geometrics by Wendy W Fok on their Press Blog
Prof Wendy W Fok presents a paper and project at CAADRIA 2013 - Open Systems
Prof Wendy W Fok is the Faculty Lead of "VITREOUS" a student-run / crowd-sourcing collaborative project between the Gerald D Hines CoA and the Judd Foundation (Marfa, TX). Official Website: http://vitreous-uhcoa.tumblr.com
La Technologie Culturelle d'Objet is featured on The Creators Project (VICE/Intel).
Prof Wendy W Fok is awarded a design residency at the Cité internationale des arts Paris. The Open Studio Exhibition is on the 20th of June between 17H - 22H.
Prof Wendy W Fok is awarded "Small Grants Program, 2012-2013" (Academic Grant) to continue to fund her academic research on digital technologies applied to computational design in architecture.
Recent academic and professional collaborative work with Prof Neil Leach, Prof Alvin Huang and Prof Wendy W Fok has been published on U+A Magazine (Urbanism+Architecture Magazine), Issue 97. September 2012
AA Visiting School - Houston - Final Review (http://houston.aaschool.ac.uk/)
Kadri Kerge / Wendy W Fok / Jose Aguilar / Ivan Cheung project on "Maribor 2112ai - Urban Stratification" invited for the 13th La Biennale di Venezia, at the Slovenia Pavilion.
Prof Thomas Fischer appoints Urvi Sheth & Wendy W Fok as Editors of International Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC) for the up-coming Special Edition issue--this issue will also include recent CAADRIA 2012 papers.
Completed: MoCA (Museum of Contemporary Arts - Shanghai) Terrace Installation Collaboration/ By: AAC Institution, Alvin Huang, Wendy W Fok, Neil Leach - Opening Party 3rd August.
Tongji University Press includes design and written work of Wendy W Fok within "Fabricating the Future" Book series, edited by Philip Yuan and Neil Leach. (Book available on Amazon)
Prof Wendy W Fok is appointed by Prof Thomas Fischer to be part of the Special Edition Editors of the IJAC (International Journal of Architectural Computing) Magazine.
Final Review - AA Visiting Shanghai: Unit 2 - Tutor Wendy W Fok. (Jury: Tom Verebes, Neil Leach, Xu Feng, Wang Xin, Bittor y Nico, Immanuel Koh, Gilles Retsin, Gao Yan, et al.)
Wendy W Fok commences to teach at the AA Visiting Shanghai: Unit 2. Program made possible by Director Tom Verebes (Associate Dean of HKU)
Jung Ahn commissioned to work on a New Media and Advertising Campaign as Art Director for BMW Canada
Wendy W Fok lecture on "Cross Pollination of Ideas: Design Experimentation / Fabrication" at CAUP Tongji University Main Auditorium: 17 July 2012 @ 6:30pm — at Tongji University.
Wendy W Fok lectures at CCCB (Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona) on her research of ENERGY (R)EVOLUTION for the ACSA International Conference in Barcelona, Spain
Wendy W Fok lectures at 10 Design HK - 6 June 2012 - Serendipitous Event
Ivan Cheung (HKPDA) & Wendy W Fok - Rhino/GH Workshop @ the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
Wendy W Fok and William Truitt leads the new Pan-Asian Program, held in Hong Kong and Shanghai, in its inaugural year with 13 UH students.
Wendy W Fok organises DIGITAL SYSTEMS: THEORY + PRACTICE Symposia. Keynote: Greg Lynn (29 March @ 7pm) / Panel Discussion & Presentations by: Elena Manferdini / Chris Lasch / David Ruy (30 March @ 10am-5pm)
Won - HKDA Global Design Awards 2011/12 for Spatial Design
Wendy W Fok | atelier//studio WF participates at the HKSZ Tri-Ciprocal Cities - 2011/12 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism \ Architecture with TETRA V.2
Wendy W Fok presenting CFS at the Digital Aptitudes - ACSA 100th Annual Meeting in Boston between 1-4 March, 2012
DigitalFUTURE Shanghai features Wendy W Fok | WE-DESIGNS.ORG, LLC as one of the "Fabricating the Future" designers.
Wendy W Fok @ the Opening Night of the "Come Up To My Room 2012". GEO-COGNITION (installation) is one of the 100 design pieces selected by Design Line and AZURE magazine as a featured installation, and also will be featured on CBC TV in Canada.
Wendy W Fok is featured on the Come Up To My Room 2012 website, promoting the up-coming installation as one of the 11 selected Artists, as part of the Toronto International Design Festival 2012.
A recent commentary written by Wendy W Fok, regarding the artistic & technological role of Design Fabrication & Digital Tooling, was published in the NEW ART/SCIENCE AFFINITIES book. Edited by: Andrea Grover, Régine Debatty, Claire Evans, Pablo Garcia, Thumb Projects. Published by: Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University + CMU STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
RhinoFabLab GH Collaborative Workshop (10-12 October, 2011) in Houston, TX- Instructors: Rhino Fab Lab / Wendy W Fok
TETRA (an installation prototype), in collaboration with six students from CUHK & UMich Taubman College, has been selected for the HKSZ Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture 2011
Wendy W Fok | WE-DESIGNS.ORG, LLC is invited to give a lecture at the Alvar Aalto Academy at the 4th International Meeting of Modern Architecture (High Rise Shuffle). Keynote: Jeanne Gang / Zhiqiang Wu
Photography Project "L A homeless" by Kadri Kerge | WE-DESIGNS.ORG, LLC, featured on Estonian Photo-magazine "CHEESE"
Kadri Kerge | WE-DESIGNS.ORG, LLC, work will be part of the Tallinn Architecture Biennale exhibition "Vienna exiles"
DigitalFUTURE - Shanghai Invitation: The work of WE-DESIGNS.ORG, LLC & CUHK (Summer Relational Modularity Studio) will be exhibited at DigitalFUTURE, curated by Neil Leach & Philip Yuan, alongside other pioneering international design practices, including: Zaha Hadid Architects, UN Studio, Greg Lynn FORM, SPAN, Evan Douglas Studio, Aranda/Lasch, among many others.
WE-DESIGNS.ORG, LLC featured at the BCA Show 2011 (Barnard - Columbia Alumni Show 2011), part of the Progress | Process Exhibition -- featuring a few selected Alums of the Barnard - Columbia Architecture Program.
Max Broby | WE-DESIGNS.ORG, LLC (UK), goes on-site with the Chelsea Restaurant (Client: Poilâne Boulangerie) in London. The restaurant is a Danish All-Star collaboration directed and designed with BrobyDNA with Danish project partners: Dinesen, Gubi, Kvadrat and Republic of Fritz Hansen.
Wendy W Fok | WE-DESIGNS.ORG, LLC selected for the Perspective 40 under 40: Design Stars of Tomorrow Award, for the Category of - Architecture/Interiors.
Special Thanks to Bjarke Ingels, BIG, and Grace Lau, Vice-Chairman of the HKDA, for the support.
Sue Biolsi | WE-DESIGNS.ORG, LLC will be a Teaching Assistant for the Rice University School of Architecture LAUNCH Summer Architecture Program - a program in its inaugural year.
Sue Biolsi | WE-DESIGNS.ORG, LLC is a recipient of the John T. Mitchell Travelling Fellowship. The research is on the topic of 'architecture and diplomacy', with destinations including researching in seoul, korea and tokyo, japan.
WE-DESIGNS.ORG, LLC announced as one of twenty "Emerging Canadian Design Practices" participants for the Twenty+Change 03 publication and exhibition, in Canada.
WE-DESIGNS.ORG, LLC featured on ARCHPLATFORMA.RU
Cultural Campus Egypt by Kadri Kerge | WE-DESIGNS.ORG, LLC, featured evolo.us
Wendy W Fok | WE-DESIGNS.ORG, is giving a Public Lecture at Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, University of Houston on the 27th January, 2011 at 3pm on ANTERIOR (3653), and the research/processes of DESIGN | OPTIMISATION |FABRICATION
Martin Xavier Broby | WE-DESIGNS.ORG, completes construction and design of "TokyoFixed Bike Shop" in Soho, London. Images to come.
ANTERIOR (3653) By: Wendy W Fok | Foreword: Jesse Reiser (ISBN 978-988-19812-1-9) sold at Basheer (HK), Page One (HK), & Buchhandlung Lia Wolf (Wien)
Launch of (C)ODE-(C)OLLECTIVE : Rhino GH + Digital Script + Code Collective: a collection 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.
New article by Wendy W Fok | WE-DESIGNS.ORG on Urban Flux "PEOPLE MEET IN ARCHITECTURE 人们相逢于建筑" Vol 2010 - 11, Issue 16
New article by Wendy W Fok | WE-DESIGNS.ORG / Contributing Editor of a+a magazine "the Art of Architecture - La 12th Biennale di Venezia", Vol.30, No.11
MARK Magazine #29, Dec/Jan issue, will publish WE-DESIGNS.ORG's "UP-Urban Town Transformation" and "Ephemeral Roof Exchange"
Wendy W Fok | WE-DESIGNS.ORG, is a Finalist for the Hong Kong Lighting Design Competition. Lamp will be part of the Hong Kong International Lighting Fair 27-30 October 2010 Exhibition, "showcasing the talents of Hong Kong’s young and up-and-coming designers."
WE-DESIGNS.ORG is published in CONCEPT magazine, on a 6-pg spread, of our "UP - Urban Tower Transformation" Project.
Kris Kohl | WE-DESIGNS.ORG, Design Manager for the Boston-based Edward. M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, has recently made public the Institute's schematic building renderings. Designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects, the Institute will contain interactive exhibits and a full-scale representation of the US Senate Chamber, for immersive experiential learning.
Wendy W Fok | WE-DESIGNS.ORG, has successfully presented the tea/coffee/breakfast prototype 「Jointness」 set to Alberto Alessi, at the ALESSI HQ in Omegna, Italy. The design will be part of the ALESSI MUTANTS Exhibition for the 12th La Biennale di Venezia. Jury Members included: Hani Rashid, Hernan Alonso Diaz, Florencia Pita, Tom Kovac, Reiner Zeittl, Gloria Barcellini, Alberto Alessi and his Communications/Marketing Team.
WE-DESIGNS.ORG is shortlisted for the “Schmap: London Photo Short-list”
WE-DESIGNS.ORG would like to thank you for all the press support at, inhabitat, bustler, designboom, evolo, tuvie, and congratulatory notes from our friends/colleagues for the 2nd Place winning of the HKBCF Competition, and the Honourable Mention of the Converging Territories "Paris: At the Crossroads" Project
Wendy W Fok | WE-DESIGNS.ORG, with Steven Ma & Dominik Szerlec, has won second place for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Hong Kong Bridge Facilities International Competition for the Open Group
Wendy W Fok | WE-DESIGNS.ORG & Joana Sobral, representing team "4-Scales", has been awarded as Honorable Mentions for the Paris project: At The Crossroads, part of the Converging Territories Project for the EU.
Sue Biolsi | WE-DESIGNS.ORG, is awarded Rice University's [Best Female Graduate Architectural Student of the Year] Award
Wendy W Fok is invited to be part of the Final Review for the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Dean Puay-Peng Ho's Masters I Studio.
Wendy W Fok | WE-DESIGNS.ORG, is commissioned to design a piece for the “Looking Forward- The Future Generation” section for “Hong Kong: Creative Ecologies” Travelling Art Exhibition Tour 2010.
Hong Kong Creative Ecologies
Hong Kong Expo News
Wendy W Fok | WE-DESIGNS.ORG, is chosen for the Mackenzie Award 2010 for Academics in Canada, selected by the Collingwood School Alumni Association
WE-DESIGNS.ORG is featured + selected to take part on FOC (Freedom of Creations) *Talents
Wendy W Fok | WE-DESIGNS.ORG, won the Hong Kong Young Design Talent Award 2009 - HKDI Educational Award
Hays Report on Salaries within the Architecture/Built/Construction Industry in Hong Kong/Singapore/Japan.
Click here: Hays Report - http://we-designs.org/articles/091007_Hays_ConstructionProperty.pdf
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Wendy W Fok | WE-DESIGNS.ORG, has been accepted into the exhibition in Athens, Greece. Fok will also be on a Panel Discussion on 9 Sept 2008 at the Byzantine Museum, in Athens, Greece. Project link: http://we-designs.org/soundscape/
Conceived in 2003, and officially launched as a collective in 2008, WE-DESIGNS.ORG, LLC is currently a multi-disciplinary creative group. As a developmental and collaborative team of creatives (architectural + design) individuals, all our designs are established within the international standard, detailed orientated, quality within multiple design functions, but not limited to: interactive installation, architectural, urban planning, and research-based design schemes.
Wendy W Fok's "Dualism in America" is selected as her first solo exhibition/installation at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York, NY. Project was made possible by the New York Historical Society / NY Arts Fund / National Trust for Historic Preservations / Lower East Side Tenement Museum
Conceived in 2003, and officially launched as a collective in 2008, WE-DESIGNS.ORG is an international multi-disciplinary creative group. As a developmental and collaborative team of creatives (architectural + design) individuals, all our designs are established within the international standard, detailed orientated, quality within multiple design functions, but not limited to: material research, alternative fabrication methods, sound design, interactive installation, architectural, urban planning, and research-based design schemes.
The WE-DESIGNS.ORG "Team" members are composed of an international base of ingénue designers from distinctive backgrounds + multifaceted design fields, which hence produce a differentiated approach to the integral design processes within a project.
WE-DESIGNS.ORG takes its design theories + experimental approach collectively as a design collaborative from all its diverse members. All decisions are considered from the members within the "pool" of designers + points of views from within the Team before a project is finalised.
WE-DESIGNS.ORG is originally founded by Wendy W Fok. Young enough to be original and experienced enough to be competent, Fok began her design career in a few fashion houses in New York, which then led to collaborations at MAKE Architects (London), Eichinger Offices (Vienna), and COOP-HIMMELB(L)AU (Vienna) under the auspices of Wolf D Prix. Fok is educated with a Master of Architecture at Princeton University’s School of Architecture, an Urban Policy/Planning Certification at the Woodrow Wilson School, a touch from the Bartlett, and a Bachelor of Arts (Architecture - Economics) at Barnard College, Columbia University.
U+A Magazine (Urbanism+Architecture Magazine)
Publication Title: Digital Future
Project Publication: Minimal Relaxation (2012)
Publication Date: September 2012
B1 Magazine (Be One Magazine)
Volume 3, Issue 49
Project Publication: (RE)Configured Assemblage
Publication Date: October 2011
Page: 44 - 51
Link: B1 Magazine
NEW ART/SCIENCE AFFINITIES Book
A recent commentary written by Wendy W Fok, regarding the artistic and technological role of Design Fabrication and Digital Tooling, was published in the NEW ART/SCIENCE AFFINITIES book.
Contributors: Andrea Grover, Régine Debatty, Claire Evans, Pablo Garcia, Thumb Projects
Published by: Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University + CMU STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
Publication date: October 2011
a+a (art+architecture) magazine
Article by: Wendy W Fok 霍渭瑜
Title: New Office Building： The Balance between Sublime and Graceful | 穿越迷雾，秀外慧中文
Link: a+a magazine
Perspective Magazine | 40 under 40 (Feature)
Vol. May 2011
Feature: 40 under 40 | Design Stars of Tomorrow
Link: Perspective Magazine
a+a (art+architecture) magazine
Article by: Wendy W Fok 霍渭瑜
Title: Fluid Tranquility 流・砾・韵
a+a (art+architecture) magazine
Article by: Wendy W Fok 霍渭瑜
Title: 畅谈文化的可持续性 - 设计产业周的对话 / Brewing Discussions of Cultural Sustainability
� During the Business of Design Week
By: Wendy W Fok | Foreword: Jesse Reiser
(Sold in the USA, Singapore, Hong Kong, & Vienna)
*This project was made possible in part by LG Hausys | HI-MACS & Luxx Newhouse Design Centre
Urban Flux Magazine Issue 16
Vol 2010 - 11, Issue 16
Article By: Wendy W Fok 霍渭瑜
Title: PEOPLE MEET IN ARCHITECTURE 人们相逢于建筑
Pages: 56 - 59
a+a (art+architecture) magazine
Article by: Wendy W Fok 霍渭瑜
Title: 视点－8字住 / House 8
a+a (art+architecture) magazine
Article by: Wendy W Fok 霍渭瑜
Title: the Art of Architecture - La 12th Biennale di Venezia
Vol.135, July 2010
Article by: LEE, Na-mi
Title: PARAMETER: WE-DESIGNS.ORG – UP: Urban Tower Transformation (Cover Story)
Pages: 115, 120-123
a+a (art+architecture) magazine
Article by: Wendy W Fok 霍渭瑜
Title: Flowing Streamlines - Zaha Hadid’s MAXXI Museum ― Interviews with Patrick Schumacher / Gianluca Racana
Article by: Ridhika
Title: we-designs.org: UP - tower transformation
Article by: Ridhika
Title: we-designs.org: urban formation - sustainable village, canada
Article by: Fiona
Title: steven ma, wendy w fok + dominik strzelec: ephemeral roof exchange
URBAN FLUX MAGAZINE
Article By: Wendy W Fok 霍渭瑜
METABOLIST MOVEMENT IN SHANGHAI?
INTERIOR DESIGN CHINA
Article by: Wendy W Fok
The Developmental process of the Modern French Design movement
A&D (Art&Design) Magazine
Vol.122, Feb 2010
Editor: Guo Han
DESIGN TALENTS: SEEKING IDEAS FOR THE BETTER WORLD
"WENDY FOK: ARCHITECTURE THROUGH EXPERIMENT"
Page 56 – 69
ATHENS FRINGE FESTIVAL: July 2009
Exhibition: Mapping Networks
MIDDLE EAST ARCHITECTS MAGAZINE, March 2009
Article: “Student Union”
Page: 29 - 31
CORE.FORM-ULA Online Magazine, 08 March 2009
Article: Through the Eyes + Interpretation of Wendy W Fok, Stockholm Design Week
UNBUILT:ATHENS, Byzantine Museum, September 2008
Exhibition: Mapping Communications
FONTAINEBLEAU Newspaper, August 2008
Article: Les Future Stars de L'Architecture a l'ecole bellifontaine
DAM STUHLTRAGER GALLERY, 'Au courant', July 2008
Exhibition: Mapping Field Conditions
PIDGIN MAGAZINE: VOLUME 3.0, May 2008
HOLCIM AWARDS 2008, Next Generation
Submission: Dubai, Eco-Lux Water Renergating Marina Resort
PRAGUE QUADRENNIAL 2007, July-August 2007
Exhibition: Mapping BillBoarders
MARKET OF EFFECTS SYMPOSIUM, YALE UNIVERSITY, March 2007
Lecture: Mapping Communications and Sounds
ART OF SCIENCE 2006, Exhibition Finalist, May 2006
Exhibition: Undulating Roof System, La Biennale di Venezia
KROB Competition 2006, May 2006
Submission: Field condition, Moveable Stacks (Finalist)
ARTDAILY.COM, January 2005
Article: Dualism in America--An Art Installation by Wendy W Fok
WORLD JOURNAL NEWSPAPER, 07 January 2005
TIMEOUT NEW YORK, 6-12 January 2005
ARTICLE: Around Town, Museums Section
WENDY W FOK
WENDY W FOK: New York, NY / Hong Kong, HK
(Founder: Architectural Designer/Educator/Designer/Peripatetic Learner)
Wendy W Fok is the director/founder and team member of
WE-DESIGNS.ORG, LLC (Architecture) and atelier//studio-WF (Art), and winner of the ADC (Art Director's Club NY) Young Guns 11 Award (2013), AIA (American Institute of Architects) Dallas “Express Yourself” Women in Architecture Award (2013), Hong Kong Young Design Talent Award (2009), and selected designer of the Perspective 40 under 40 Award (2011). Fok has a Master of Architecture and Certification of Urban Policy/Planning from Princeton University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture with a Concentration in Economics (Statistics) from Barnard College, Columbia University.
Notably, WE-DESIGNS.ORG, LLC has been selected by Twenty+Change(co-curated by Heather Dubbeldam and Lola Sheppard) as 1 of 20 Emerging Canadian Design Practices (2011), while recently Fok has been shortlisted as 1 of 13 DX (Design Exchange) Emerging Talent Awards (2013) across Canada.
Along with her practice, Fok is also a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, enforcing and leading the Digital Media and Design Program at the Gerald D Hines College of Architecture, University of Houston, and a Doctor of Design doctoral student at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. In parallel with her doctoral research, Fok is involved as a Teaching Fellow for the CopyrightX course at the Harvard Law School, and fellow in the DPSI - Digital Problem Solving Initiative (DPSI) Pilot at the Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Her doctoral research is an investigative approach between computational innovation and ethical application of technical methods within digital fabrication and commodisation, for architecture and design. Fok has also been invited to tutor at several Architectural Association (AA) Visiting Schools, among other prestigious design workshops internationally.
Fok has an international background from Vienna, New York, London, Paris, Tokyo, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Canada. Her art installations have been displayed in Singapore, Paris, London, Dubai, Vancouver, Toronto, Hong Kong, Shanghai, New York, Athens, Venice, and Prague. She has worked on several international architectural projects, exhibitions, and competitions — including the Beijing Design Biennial (2013), the Asia Society Hong Kong Center “Imminent Domain” Exhibition Chief Curated by Dir. Fumio Nanjo, Director of the Mori Art Museum (2013), an Exhibition and Residency at Cité internationale des arts Paris funded by the Académie D’Architecture in Paris (2013), the London Design Festival TENT (2012), Toronto International Design Festival (2012), HKSZ Bi-City Biennale (2011/12), 12th & 13th La Biennale di Venezia (2010/12), the Shanghai Expo (2010), Athens Fringe Festival (2009), and Lower East Side Tenement Museum (2004/05).
Fok’s interests are toward the investigations of contextual and content-related natures of digital-media and design-fabrication, partnered with cradle-to-cradle material explorations 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 resilient planning, interactive design, material research, and alternative methods of fabrication/production with progressive aims within the built environment.
On her spare time, Fok is the founder and administrator of (C)ODE-(C)OLLECTIVE (a collective forum for Grasshopper, Rhino, Parametric Modeling, and other digital media / design tools, which pose as an educational and developing archive site to formulate the critical utility of digital design), an Associate Member of the HKPDA (Hong Kong Parametric Design Association), Special Editions Editor of IJAC (International Journal of Architectural Computing), and Contributing / Overseas Editor for the a+a magazine (published by the Architectural Society of China).
Wendy W Fok's Specialties:
architecture/design, materials research, fabrication (digital/analog), fencing (sabre), motorcycles
JAMES LEALAND: London, UK / Shanghai, China
(Media Design Partner: Photographer/DJ/Media Designer)
James Lealand is the Media Design Partner and Media Design Project Manager of WE-DESIGNS.ORG. Along with being an active Professional Photographer and DJ, his portfolio contains over 30,000 images that have been made in 8 countries spanning 3 continents have all gone towards the various pictures shared in the last 12 months. Currently based in both London, UK and Shanghai, China, his works covers everything from events, reportage, portrait, product and wedding photography as well as honing his skills with fashion photography retouching and always exploring new techniques and building up the experience and equipment necessary to bring out the best in the things he is fortunate enough to see.
Lealand has recently been published recently in the Labour Briefing magazine and DJ Magazine in Amsterdam with further publications on the horizon. His recent work with Kingpin Marketing and the Stay Up Forever music collective has provided new fresh challenges and with all of this in mind he thought it was time to make some updates.
New to the site are the Fashion Retouching, London and Portraits galleries as well as updates to the Landscapes and Graffiti galleries. Fashion retouching shows examples of some of the skills that have been learnt to create the magazine look that we see from those 'perfect' models in magazines, pay close attention to the before and after images in that one. The London gallery is about showing some of the things he really loves about his home city especially now the summer is with us. This city truly comes alive from large public protests to relaxing in the park, just taking in the sights of this architecturally rich city is a pleasure. In the Portrait gallery you will see a mixture of both personal and professional work, with images of friends and clients that James has been commissioned to work with. He has found portrait work to be the most challenging aspect of photography and one he intends to pursue much further.
James Lealand's Specialties:
Media Applications, Music, Photography, Acoustics, Graphic Design
JENNY CHOW: Vancouver, Canada
(Design Affiliate: Architect)
Jenny Chow is a member of the WE-DESIGN.ORG collective since 2009, and a licensed architect. Her involvement with the collective includes participation in several international open ideas competition.
In the past, Chow has worked at Coop Himmelb(l)au as an Intern Architect in Vienna, Austria, and has obtained several academic credentials including her Masters in Architecture and Bachelor in Environmental Design Studies from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia (2005 + 2007), and a Diploma in Architectural Engineering and Technology from British Columbia Institute in Technology (2003).
Jenny has gained considerable international work experience.
She was part of the Asymptote team behind the design and construction of the highly acclaimed Alessi Flagship store in New York during 2006. While at Coop Himmelb(l)au she was most notably involved with the winning design of the China Insurance Group Tower design in Shenzhen, China. She has participated in many design workshops all over the world, including the annual PLAN conference 'wie wir wohnen werden' symposium/workshop in Köln, Germany in 2005.
Her work reflects her belief in the collaboration of different disciplines in design and science to generate a built environment that is socially and intellectually engaging, and environmentally conscious.
Jenny Chow's Specialties:
Architecture, Design, LEED AP Certified
JUNG AHN: Toronto, Canada
(Design Partner: Art Director/ Designer)
Jung is an Art Director/ Designer based in Toronto, Canada.
She graduated with honors at OCAD University with degree in Communication design, majoring in Advertising. She has worked at major ad agencies, working on clients such as Audi, BMW, Knorr, Miele, Purina, Toronto Zoo, Heart & Stroke, McDonald's, Coke Zero, General Mills, P&G, Kellogg's, Visa, Diageo, and Toronto Tourism to name few.
She as been awarded at Marketing Awards, ADCC, Kinsale Shark Awards and the Young Guns International.
Jung Ahn's Specialties:
Art direction, Design, Branding, Photography
KADRI + MARIS KERGE
KADRI + MARIS KERGE: Tallinn, Estonia/ Vienna, Austria
(Team Member: Architectural Designers/Photographers/Interior Designers)
Kadri & Maris Kerge are sisters and collaborators from Estonia, where they worked together in field of architecture, interior design, furniture design, graphic design photography, and art. They have experiences working in several fields related to architecture. Both Kadri & Maris Kerge have been collaborating in interior design projects, small scale architecture, exhibition design, fashion show stage design, and landscape design.
Kadri Kerge has been studied four years in Estonian Academy for Arts, Faculty of Architecture before she moved to University of Applied Arts Vienna to architectural design studio Wolf D. Prix. Between 2009/ 2010 she studied in the Southern California Institute of Architecture (sci-Arc), where she developed her technical skills at the Hernan Diaz Alonso design studio. Kadri has been collaborating with several architecture offices in Estonia, and Vienna. She has been mainly infrequently working for 3+1 Architects in Tallinn, and for COOP-HIMMELB(L)AU in Vienna, where she learned the principals of architecture. She also has been working as an interior designer for Austrian architect Gregor Eichinger developing interiors for public spaces, coffeehouses, apartments, hotels. Her collaboration work with Estonian architect Tõnu Laigu has been nominated for the Cultural Endowment of Estonia Annual Prize 2006, nominated for the "Mies van der Rohe Award" and renowned with honorable mention "Estonian Best Private House 2004-2006".
Maris has a Bachelors degree of Interior Architecture, from the Department of Interior Architecture and Furniture Design from Estonian Academy of Arts, where she is currently also studying Urban Design Master’s studies, focused on issues of urban space and landscape.
Kadri and Maris Kerge Specialties: architecture, interior design, photography, beach volleyball
KRIS KOHL: New York, NY
(Senior Producer / Business Development Partner)
As a tested manager of a broad range of complex projects, Kris has a strong record of successfully managing client needs and expectations while providing strategic and managerial leadership for multidisciplinary teams across a range of businesses, including corporate, retail, non-profit organizations and design firms. Adept at strategy and development, and an effective manager of complex teams, vendors with a proven ability to work closely with senior management.
His past experience includes working on accounts with:
L’Oreal, Paris / interactive and software development projects for Fortune 500 clients / ShopBAZAAR.com (Harper's Bazaar) / Major League Baseball / Edward M Kennedy Institute (Interactive Strategy) / Kid Robot (brand development) / Citibank / HSBC / MTV / The Gap / Westin Times Square / Bloomberg Tower / Brooklyn Art Museum / Museum of Art & Design, NY / Frank Gehry Architects / Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier.
Kris Kohl's Specialities:
Production & Program Management • Account Services • Business Development • Staff
Management • Develop RFPs • SeniorLevel Interface • Retail & ECommerce Development •
Strategy • Brand Oversight • Budget Oversight • Vendor Management • Communications •
Planning & Concepting • Pitching • Service Design • Team Building • Negotiations • Consulting
LENASTINA ANDERSSON: Stockholm, Sweden
(Team Member: Architect/Designer)
Lenastina is an architect and designer based in Stockholm, educated at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. Lenastina is currently teaching (architecture, 1st year) at the School of Architecture and the Built Environment, KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Additionally, she also collaborates on the exhibition design at National Museum, Stockholm, Sweden.
In addition to her architectural work, Andersson also designs and plans Video Game Systems within the 3D world.
Lenastina Andersson's Specialties:
Interior Design, Architecture, Video Game Design
MARTIN XAVIER BROBY
MARTIN XAVIER BROBY: London, UK / Copenhagen, Denmark
(Project Partner: Architect MAA / Designer)
Martin Xavier Broby acts as a Project Partner in pursuing New Business Developments in the London, and United Kingdom region, while also maintains his own architecture and design practice BrobyDNA, in London, UK. Broby is a graduate of the Bartlett School of Architecture and Kunstakademiets Arkitektskole, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine arts. Martin is a MAA Danish Registered Architect - Member of the Academic Architect Association - Denmark, and the RIBA - Royal Institute of British Architects.
Before joining WE-DESIGNS.ORG, Martin started his practice BrobyDNA immediately after graduating from The Bartlett School of Architecture in 2004. His work includes 30+ completed architectural projects in the UK, Denmark, Sweden and Lebanon – and numerous furniture and art installation projects.
BrobyDNA is a continuation of Martin’s past investigations into the world of digital manufacturing and the design through making approach. Martin’s designs are directly linked to physical prototyping and materials investigations made in the BrobyDNA Workshop.
His architectural and design talents have also been in collaboration with Anders Brix Studio and part of the Exhibition Design team at the Danish Design Centre CPH. Martin was also the UK representative of Art Andersen Cph – and was involved with Art Andersen’s design services for the Swiss Re building and Albion Riverside development by Foster + Partners.
Martin is currently working on the launch of a new bicycle designed by BrobyDNA, commissioned furniture with Dinesen, a large private residence in central London and a new flagship store and restaurant for a Parisian company.
Martin Xavier Broby's Specialties:
Architecture/Design, Digital/Analog Manufacturing, Material research, Installation art, Bicycle design
_COLLABORATORS | PARTNERS
WE-DESIGNS.ORG, LLC draws its collaborations with a vast number of partnerships + consultants. Ranging from Industry leaders to Emerging Designers within the field of architecture, product design, acoustic design, to interactive media design.
+ (C)ODE-(C)OLLECTIVE (US)
+ McNeel & Associates (US)
+ Rhino3D (US)
+ RhinoFabLab (US)
Materials + Fabricators:
+ LG Hausys HI-MACS (US/Asia)
+ DuPont Corian (Asia)
+ Luxx Newhouse Pte (Asia)
Engineers: Acoustic + Structural
+ ARUP / Arup Acoustics (UK)
+ AECOM (Asia - HK)
+ Gensler Middle East (UAE)
+ AECOM (Asia - HK)
+ ALESSI (IT)
+ SPAN - Matias del Campo / Sandra Manniger (AU)
+ SYNTHESIS Designs - Alvin Huang (US)
+ Gehry Technologies - Judith Mussel (US)
+ 40° 44' North, 73° 55' West (New York, NY)
+ 51° 30' North, 0° 07' West (London, UK)
+ 59° 23' North, 18° 00' East (Stockholm, Sweden)
+ 55° 43' North, 12° 34' East (Copenhagen, Denmark)
+ 48° 13' North, 16° 22' East (Vienna, Austria)
+ 49° 13' North, 123° 06' West (Vancouver, Canada)
+ 22° 17' North, 114° 08' East (Hong Kong, HK)
Business Registrations in: Hong Kong, New York, and London.
Punchline: An international creative collective & collaborative architecture + design group.