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Event On : September 20, 2022

First Projects Conversation Series: Marisa Yiu & Eric Schuldenfrei

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Date(s) - September 20, 2022
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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Dear Members

Founded in New York in 2005, and subsequently established in Hong Kong, in 2007, ESKYIU is a multi-disciplinary studio that explores how architecture intersects with transformative cultural landscapes, media, products, print, experimental fabrication systems, educational tools, and social sustainability.

This First Projects talk will focus on those aspects of social, technological and environmental change as they relate to the built environment, especially as to how architects might seek to expand their role beyond disciplinary boundaries, benefit from collaborations with experts in other fields, and take a hands-on approach to design and implementation.


Date September 20, 2022 (Tuesday)
Time 7:30 – 9:00 PM (HKT)
Fee Gratis

What We Learned:
1. Always try to carve out space and time for one to think and contemplate design issues that we are interested in and curious about
2. Keep looking for opportunities to ask questions about the society around us every day
3. Architects can rethink our role as community builders and positively impact the future of our society


Marisa Yiu, AIA

Marisa Yiu, founding partner of ESKYIU, is an architect who integrates design, culture and spatial agency into her work. She has been examining issues relating to the cultural landscape of Hong Kong since 2000. Her essay Image Construction: Hong Kong since 1967-1968 published in LOG Journal examined Hong Kong’s relationship to the Pearl River Delta and global networks. Yiu served as the Chief Curator of the 2009 HK SZ Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture – curating more than eighty exhibitions and spearheading creative events at the West Kowloon Cultural District waterfront.

She received her Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University and a Master of Architecture from Princeton. Yiu is a licensed architect in the state of New York, an AIA architect member, and an associate member of the HKIA. She served on the Board of Advisors of RTHK (2010-2016), was a board member of the Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design (HKAoD (2008-2015) and has been instrumental in establishing the DESIGN TRUST initiative of HKAoD, as a co-founder.

In 2016, Marisa became the Executive Director / Lead Curator of the DESIGN TRUST FUTURES STUDIO cultural and community programmes, leading the growth of its associated grants research projects in the HK / Greater Bay Area as well as internationally.

Eric Schuldenfrei, Associate AIA

Eric Schuldenfrei, a Founding Partner of ESKYIU, focuses on the evolving relationship between architecture, animation, technology and art. Projects completed with his partner Marisa Yiu have been featured in international biennales including: Urban Pastoral, an architectural installation created for the 2008 Venice Biennale; Human Motor: Narratives from the Assembly Line in Ljubljana; Mediated Labour for the 2007 Hong Kong – Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale and Aqua Industry for the 2011-12 event. A video installation The Measure of All Things, in collaboration with artist Haluk Akakce, was exhibited at Casino Luxembourg, Kunst Werke, Berlin; The Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt; and at the Centre d’art Contemporain, Geneva.

Schuldenfrei received a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and a Master of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge. He completed his PhD at Cambridge with a dissertation titled Architecture and the Moving Image which led to his The Films of Charles and Ray Eames: A Universal Sense of Expectation (Routledge 2015) that focuses on architecture, politics, cinema, and education.

Schuldenfrei also served as Curator for Exhibition, Education, Film and Media for the 2009 HK SZ Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture at the West Kowloon site and has taught, since 2001, at Princeton, Columbia, the University of Pennsylvania and the Architectural Association. Currently, Eric is Head of the Department of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong.

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