Elaine Kwong


B.Arch, University of Southern California, School of Architecture M.AUD, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design

Elaine is an urban designer based in Los Angeles and Hong Kong. Her projects have been featured at the 2018 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture, 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism and Platform Harvard GSD (2016-2018). While developing research and practice in parallel, Elaine’s work has been supported by various institutions including Harvard University Asia Center and SCUT Foreign Lecturer Grant.

Elaine’s past work experience in the developing city context has led to her commitment to finding new forms of development that enable people to be agents of their environment, rather than passive beneficiaries or victims. Her research interests span across the intersection of disciplines, specifically architecture, urbanism and land development.

Between 2012-2015, Elaine worked with Clou Architects in Beijing, gaining considerable experience leading multiple master plan mixed-use projects. After graduating from Harvard, she worked at Toyo Ito & Associates in Tokyo, collaborating on high-profile projects, including the Nanyang Business School in Singapore and Hermitage Museum in Barcelona.

Ongoing research: Housing and domesticity, Chinese urbanization, Chinese urban villages, integrated urban-rural development, suburban infill development, rethinking the American single-family lot, urban periphery conditions. 

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