Leslie Lok

Leslie Lok is a cofounder and coprincipal at H.A.N.N.A.H, an experimental design practice for built and speculative projects across numerous scales. H.A.N.N.A.H'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 H.A.N.N.A.H, Lok practiced architecture at various offices in the U.S., Canada, and China. Her contributions were exhibited at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Pinkcomma Gallery in Boston, 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. H.A.N.N.A.H won the 2018 Folly/Function Competition.

Academic Research/Specialty Areas

  • Architectural design
  • Architectural technology
  • Housing
  • Urbanism
  • Visual representation

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Classes (Selected)

  • ARCH 4101/5101/7912 Option Studio: The Sectional City - Urban Housing Fabric for ChongqingAdvanced programs in architectural design, with options in, but not limited to, urban design, architectural technology, computational design, ecology, culture, and representation.
  • ARCH 4101/5101/7912 Option Studio: Fabric Urbanism - Strategies for Urban Mat-housing and FabricationAdvanced programs in architectural design, with options in, but not limited to, urban design, architectural technology, computational design, ecology, culture, and representation.
  • ARCH 6408/6509 Spatial Tensions - Mapping Global Spatio-politics Through ChinaThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of Architecture, Culture and Society. 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 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 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)

  • Cornell China Center Innovation Development Grant (2019)
  • Next Progressives, Architect magazine (2018)
  • Ruch Exchange Grant, Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech (2018)
  • Architectural League of New York 2018 Folly/Function Competition winner (2018)

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)

  • "Corbel Cabin: 3D Printed Concrete Building." In ACADIA 2018: Re/calibration: on Imprecision and Infidelity, project catalog of the 38th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) (2018)
  • "Cartesian Concrete Spiel: A Syntax of 3D Printing." In 2018 ACSA Fall Conference: Play with the Rules, proceedings of the 2018 ACSA Fall Conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) (2018)
  • "No More Tower Deserts! Towards an Urbanism of Mat-organization." In 2017 ACSA Fall Conference, proceedings of the 2017 ACSA Fall Conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), (2016)