Leslie Lok

Leslie Lok is a cofounder and coprincipal at Hannah, an experimental design practice for built and speculative projects across numerous scales. Hannah's work focuses on contemporary building practices and utilizes novel material applications and innovative construction methods to address subjects of architecture and urbanism. Allied with computational technology and with a focus on urbanism, Lok's research explores the intersection of housing, urbanization, and mass-customized construction methods at multiple scales. Her teaching at Cornell also focuses on visual representation relating to topics in urbanism. She previously taught design studios and visual representation seminars at McGill University.

Prior to the founding of Hannah, Lok practiced architecture at various offices in the U.S., Canada, and China. Her contributions were exhibited at the Canadian Centre for Architecture and have appeared in various publications such as Frame Magazine, Wettbewerbe aktuell, and Mark magazine.

Lok received her master of architecture at MIT and bachelor of arts at Wellesley College. Hannah won the 2018 Folly/Function Competition and is exhibiting work at the Pinkcomma Gallery in Boston.

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Classes (Selected)

  • ARCH 4101/5101/7912 Option Studio: Fabric Urbanism - Strategies for Urban Mat-housing and Fabrication
  • 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 .

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • Ruch Exchange Grant, Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech (2018)
  • Architectural League of New York 2018 Folly/Function Competition winner (2018)
  • Departmental Tuition Award, MIT School of Architecture and Planning (2007–11)
  • Friends of Art Prize for Excellence in Studio Art, recipient, Wellesley College (2006)

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • Additive Architectural Elements: A New Robotic Brutalism, Pinkcomma Gallery, Boston (2018)
  • Digital Vernacular, UIA (International Union of Architects) World Congress, Seoul COEX Convention Center (2017)
  • Micro, ABC:MTL exhibition, with Gilles Saucier, Canadian Centre for Architecture (2013)

Publications (Selected)

  • "Drawing City Manifestos," Architectural Institute of Taiwan AIT Bulletin (2015)
  • 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)