Leslie Lok

Leslie Lok is a cofounder and principal at HANNAH, an interdisciplinary architectural practice based in the U.S. and Germany. HANNAH works on projects at various scales and collaborates on projects and competitions with other emerging young architectural practices in the U.S. and Asia.

Allied with computational technology, digital fabrication, and data visualization, Lok's research explores the formation of hybrid architectural typology and of heterogeneous urban morphology. Lok previously taught design studios and digital representation classes at both the graduate and undergraduate level at McGill University. Prior to the founding of HANNAH, Lok practiced architecture at various offices, including Saucier + Perrotte Architectes in Montreal, Pei Partnership in New York City, Santos & Prescott in Boston, and MADA s.p.a.m in Shanghai, among others.

Lok received her master of architecture from MIT and bachelor of arts in architecture and studio art from Wellesley College.

Classes (Selected)

  • ARCH 3102 Design VI The City LibraryDesign and development of complex architectural projects situated in urban contexts and developed with regard to program, site, building, and representation.
  • ARCH 2101 DESIGN III Material SenseStudents develop an understanding of context and precedent in the construction of architectural form, and are introduced to contextual and programmatic densities in addition to circulatory, spatial, and organizational strategies in the design process.
  • ARCH 1502 Representation II: Media of RepresentationThe understanding of representational and fabrication techniques as generative tools in the design process.
  • ARCH 4509/6509 Special Topics in Visual Representation: Drawing City ManifestosThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of Visual Representation. The instructor(s) of the course are drawn from the permanent and visiting faculty who may either broadly or narrowly define the course's scope and content. For precise content please see the Architecture Department webpage .
  • ARCH 4509/6509 Special Topics in Visual Representation: Expanding Mat-organizationThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of Visual Representation. The instructor(s) of the course are drawn from the permanent and visiting faculty who may either broadly or narrowly define the course's scope and content. For precise content please see the Architecture Department webpage .

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • Departmental Tuition Award, MIT School of Architecture and Planning  (2007–11)
  • Friends of Art Prize for Excellence in Studio Art, recipient, Wellesley College (2006)
  • Luce Fellowship, Wellesley College (2005)
  • Alexander Fellowship for Architectural Studies, Wellesley College (2004)

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • HANNAH Design Office as Outpost Research Office for OFFICE U.S. at the 14th Venice Biennale – Fundamentals (2014)
  • Micro, ABC: MTL Exhibition, with Gilles Saucier, Canadian Center of Architecture (2013)

Publications (Selected)

  • "Drawing City Manifestos," Architectural Institute of Taiwan Magazine, October 2015:94-98
  • Testing to Failure, design and research at the MIT Department of Architecture, SA+P Press (2011)
  • Uncertain Futures, two years of student research at the MIT Department of Architecture, SA+P Press (2009)