Director, Assistant Professor
Leslie Lok is an assistant professor at Cornell University Department of Architecture and directs the Rural-Urban Building Innovation Lab. Coupling digital construction methods with natural and non-standardized material, her research and teaching explore the intersection of technology, novel material methods, and urbanization to experiments with hybridized design and construction processes.
Lok is also a co-founder at HANNAH, an experimental design practice for built and speculative projects across scales. HANNAH’s work utilizes novel material applications and innovative forms of construction to address subjects of architecture and urbanism. The work aims to mine the tension between machine means and architectural ends.
Her critical practice, HANNAH, is the recipient of the 2020 Architectural League Prize, a winner of the 2018 Folly/Function Competition, and was named Next Progressives by Architect Magazine in 2018. Lok’s projects and research have been published at FABRICATE, Rob|Arch, and ACADIA, as well as featured in Architectural Record, the New York Times, Dwell, Digital Trends, and others. Her recent project, Ashen Cabin, which experimented with concrete 3D printing and robotic wood fabrication at the building scale, has been featured in various book publications, including the Environmental Design Sourcebook: Innovative Ideas for a Sustainable Built Environment and Ecological Buildings - New Strategies for Sustainable Architecture. Her contributions were exhibited at the 2020 International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, 2019 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture in Shenzhen, Art OMI, the Pinkcomma Gallery, the Momentary, and the Canadian Centre for Architecture.
Lok received her Master of Architecture at MIT. She previously taught design studios and seminars that intersect urbanism and computation design at McGill University.