spatial / geometrical / mathematical / material processing
The endeavours of Wendy W Fok’s research-based projects are dedicated to the creation of designs interlaced within the principals of procedural-based mathematics, logics, and material studies, within the field of architecture, digital media, and design. Her designs are substantiated through explorations between the cross-pollination of spatial installation arts and novel architectural innovations embedded within international urban cityscapes.
Wendy W Fok, trained as an architect, is the creative director/founder of WE-DESIGNS, LLC (Architecture/Creative Strategy) and Resilient Modular Systems, PBC (Socially Missioned Venture). She is the winner of the Autodesk AiR Fellowship (2016), Young CAADRIA Award (2015), Digital Kluge Fellowship awarded by the Library of Congress (2014/15), the Art Director’s Club of New York’s ADC Young Guns 11 Award (2013), AIA (American Institute of Architects) Dallas “Express Yourself” Women in Architecture Award (2013), and selected designer of the Perspective 40 under 40 Award (2011) and the Hong Kong Young Design Talent Award (2009). 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 has been selected by Twenty+Change (co-curated by Heather Dubbeldam and Lola Sheppard) as 1 of 20 Emerging Canadian Design Practices (2011); Meanwhile, Fok has independently been selected as a Western Living Designer of the Year – Ones to Watch – Maker Category (2016) and 1 of 13 DX (Design Exchange) Emerging Talent Awards (2013/14) across Canada.
Along with her practice, Fok is an Assistant Professor of Integrated Design at Parsons School of Design Strategies (SDS). Fok is also a co-faculty member with Prof Jessica Corr and Prof Ketty Maisonrouge on a course supported by the Luxury Education Foundation partnered with the Columbia Business School (Fall 2016), and completing her Doctor of Design (expected 2016) at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. In parallel with her doctoral research, Fok was involved as a Teaching Fellow for CopyrightX, under the guidance of Prof William “Terry” Fisher of the Harvard Law School, and a pioneer in the Digital Problem Solving Initiative (DPSI)with Peter Suber at the Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Her doctoral research is an investigative approach between intellectual property issues of ownership / authorship of digital / real property in computational innovation, and ethical / equitable application of technical methods within open innovation, digital fabrication, and commodisation for the built environment. Fok has also been invited to several Architectural Association (AA) Visiting Schools, SXSW Interactive, among other prestigious design workshops internationally.
Architecture, Creative Strategy, Design Fabrication (digital/analogue), New Business Development
Parsons The New School for Design, New York, NY, US, Assistant Professor of Integrated Design
(C)ODE-(C)OLLECTIVE, Founder / Administrator
(C)ODE-(C)OLLECTIVE: GH + Digital Script + Code Collective is 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.
Rhino 3D, McNeel & Associates, Rhino Fab Lab
WE-DESIGNS, International, Creative Director / Founder
WE PROVIDE CREATIVE STRATEGY FOR THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT.
WE ARE A GROUP OF INTELLECTUAL CREATIVES.
WE ARE HUSTLERS, DESIGNERS, ARCHITECTS, ART DIRECTORS, ACADEMICS, PROFESSIONALS, AND MOST SIGNIFICANTLY, CREATIVES.
Grounded in New York as our Headquarters, we have an international background from New York, London, Vienna, Paris, Hong Kong, and Canada. We are a creative agency with architecture and art installations displayed in Paris, London, Dubai, Vancouver, Toronto, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, New York, Athens, Venice, and Prague, to name a few. As a design collaborative we have worked on several international architectural projects, exhibitions, workshops, and competitions — including the Harvard Sackler Art Museum (2014), Museum of Arts and Design (2014), Beijing Design Biennale (2013), 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).
We believe the international virtual and Internet platform is a means of local to global collaboration, and our trans-disciplinary approach to designing surpasses the traditional physical space. Online video conferencing has become a norm within our practice, to engage with collaborators beyond the metric space and within various international cities. We believe in the many portals of open-source forms of exchange.
As a design practice, we believe that the future of collaborative work includes engaging the design agency beyond the architecture, and probing into various forms of fields and practices, including digital media, advertising, software, design-fabrication, and beyond. Our collaborations range from production work for large cultural events, designs for high-end fashion companies, installations for cultural institutions, to object-based product researched designs. We believe in working towards answering the larger definition of what architecture encompasses within new global practices.
WE DESIGN TOGETHER.
Architectural Society of China, Contributing / Overseas Editor
Founded in October 1953, the Architectural Society of China (ASC) is an academic society and an independent corporate body registered by the Ministry of Civil Affairs of China. The objectives and aims of the ASC are: by uniting and organizing the professionals of architectural science and technology, facing the modernization, facing the world, facing the future, to promote the blossom and development of the science and technology, to promote the popularization and generalization of the science and technology, to promote the growth and progress of the scientific and technological talents, making its active contribution to accelerate the pace in realizing the modernization of China.
Eichinger Offices, Materials / Architectural Design Consultant
Gregor Eichinger Offices
1020 Wien, Austria
Project List: European Central Bank (ECB)
Coop Himmelb(l)au, Junior Design Architect
Wolf D. Prix / W. Dreibholz & Partner ZT GmbH
A - 1050 Wien, Austria
Projects List: Pavilion 21 MINI Opera Space, Munich (Aquisition), Dalian Convention Centre (Aquisition), House of Music Denmark (Aquisition), Zagreb Luxury Hotel (Competition)
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, PhD, Doctor of Design
+ Graduate School of Design Fellowship - Doctor of Design, Expected 2016
+ Harvard Law School Digital Problem Solving Initiative (DPSI) Pioneer - Berkman Center for Internet & Society
+ Teaching Fellow with Prof Pierre Belanger at the GSD Fall 2015
+ Teaching Fellow under Prof William Terry Fisher at the Harvard Law School, Copyright X Spring 2014
+ Teaching Fellow with Prof Andrew Witt for Digital Design Courses at the GSD Fall 2014
Princeton University, MArch, Architecture | Urban Policy & Planning
Princeton University Graduate Fellowship Recipient 2005-2008
Diversity Fellowship 2007
Stanley J Seeger Fellowship 2006
PIIRS Graduate Scholarship 2006
PLAS Graduate Scholarship 2005
Certification: Urban Policy / Planning (Woodrow Wilson School)
Columbia University, Bachelors, Architecture | Economics
One Year Early Graduation
Activities and Societies:
+ ONSite Publication
+ Architecture Society
+ NCAA Division I Field Hockey Goal Tender 2000-2001
HKDA Global Design Award, 1st Place
HKDA Global Design Awards 2011 is the first international competition/exhibition in Hong Kong for all practising designers from around the world. The Awards will facilitate exchange between local and international designers and bring Hong Kong designs and designers to different continents by partnering with overseas professional design bodies.
Awarded: Gold - Spatial Design
Jury - Spatial
•Masayuki Kurokawa (Japan)
•Hani Rashid (United States)
•Adam Brinkworth (United kingdom)
Perspective 40 under 40, Award
Perspective Monthly May 2011
Our annual 40 Under 40 programme is always an exciting time of year for us. Seeing the level of young talent out there inspires and fills us with hope for a better future in a time when it is all too easy to grow cynical and disenchanted with the world.
Greedy developers, clients with no vision other than the bottom-line, cookie-cutter designs — all these things conspire to make us believe that there is no passion left for beauty and excellence. But just take a look at our 40 honorees this year, and the kind of work and ideas they are producing, and your spirits will be lifted.
Twenty + Change is a biennial exhibition and publication series dedicated to promoting emerging Canadian designers working in architecture, landscape architecture and urban design who are pushing the boundaries of their discipline.
Twenty+Change is a non-profit volunteer-run organization, established to encourage the exchange of ideas, and to expose and disseminate the work of a new generation of designers addressing contemporary issues in their work. Juried by a group of noted practitioners, authors and academics from across the country, Twenty + Change features projects and practices that push the limits of their discipline, be it to engage the public realm in meaningful ways, investigate new ideas regarding typology, program or site, innovate in sustainability and material affect, or engage in new models of practice. In their built or speculative work, these designers are leveraging their professional ideologies to create rich opportunities that enhance their effectiveness in improving the built environment.
Mackenzie Academic Award (Canadian), Award
Awarding Academic Excellence after Graduation of a Canadian High School.
(Through nomination of Collingwood School, West Vancouver, BC)
The Hong Kong Young Design Talent Awards (HKYDTA) is introduced in 2005 with a view to identify and encourage up-and-coming young practising designers and design graduates to undergo training and/or work attachment at reputable organisations abroad so as to broaden their horizon.
The awards are sponsored by, Create Hong Kong, of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and VTC Design Education Fund.