Design+ Immersion Summer Programme

“Whether we realize it or not, we live in a designed world. The question is: will this be a design for destruction or for a sustainable new world that we can safely hand down to our children and our children’s children?” Bruce Mau. At the Design+ programme, we suggest that the next generation of designers do not have to wait to be handed down a world in crisis, rather that they are potential agents of change to challenge the status quo now. In this intensive hands-on summer programme, students will discover their aspirations, their concerns and will dive into real world issues. They will be introduced to emerging technologies and design approaches that have demonstrated potential to have both local and global impact. They will try these novel methods and make them their own. This challenging programme will strengthen their creative confidence while building their character, their portfolio, forge new friendships and will culminate in the production of practical and conceptual works for a public exhibition.[1] 运盈彩票官网  as of 30 Jan 2019

Date and Time
August 5-16, 2019 (Monday to Friday), 9:30am – 5:30pm
运盈彩票官网 August 17, 2019 (Saturday), 9:30am – 1:00pm [Final Review]

3/F, Knowles Building, The University of Hong Kong


  • Secondary 4-6 grade students (or equivalent) in the 2018-2019 academic year
  • Undergraduate students who are considering changing their majors to BASc Design+. (Note: this programme is catered towards high school students as their introduction to the study of design at the university level.)

Tuition Fee
HK$12,000 (including material kit).
The fee excludes accommodation, meals and transportation.

Online Application

Application Deadline
31 July 2019 for local students

Our envisioned schedule
Week 1: Research, analysis and synthesis. Ideation, representation

Day 1 (Mon) AM Registration / Introduction:
Design for SDGs. Impact Invention. Design Thinking. Theory of Change. Sustainability, circular economy, post humanism, “World of Design vs Design of the World”. Critical Design. Design fiction, design for debate, design future, speculative design.
PM Studio 1: Self Discovery. Diverse team building around interests and concerns. Statement of interest.
Day 2 (Tue) AM Field research. Design Anthropology.
PM Field documentation, reporting. Define problem.
Day 3 (Wed) AM Workshop 2 / Lecture 2: “Soft” rapid Prototyping (paper, cardboard)
PM Studio 1: Sourcing parts
Day 4 (Thu) AM Workshop 3 / Lecture 3: Traditional prototyping. Manufacturing processes. Digital fabrication, new materials, new processes, new nature.
PM Studio 1: “soft” Prototype
Day 5 (Fri) AM Workshop 4 / Lecture 4. Story telling. Pitching.
PM Studio 1: Pitching. Designing the next prototype for public presentation.


Week 2: Prototype, making, testing. Demo, Pitching, Documentation

Day 6 (Mon) AM Workshop 5 / Lecture 5. Science & Technology: coding, robotics, AI, AR, VR, genetics, synthetic biology, quantum computing, bioastronomy, Moore’s law, singularity, post humanism
PM Studio 1: Design and shopping pt 2
Day 7 (Tue) AM Workshop 6 / Lecture 6.
PM Studio 2: “Hard” Prototype
Day 8 (Wed) AM Workshop 7 / Lecture 7.  Business modelling. Environment materials, labour, law, money, culture: Design for impact .
PM  “Hard” Prototype
Day 9 (Thu) AM Workshop 8 / Lecture 8: Business Model, visual communication
PM “Hard” Prototype exhibition setup. “Pin up”
Day 10 (Fri) AM Exhibition setup. Dress rehearsal. Final comments
PM Opening of exhibition. Presentations. Critique. Celebration.


Design+ Summer Lectures


Nicholas de Monchaux, Professor of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley
Monday, August 5, 2pm
Nicholas de Monchaux is Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his B.A. with distinction in Architecture, from Yale, and his M.Arch. from Princeton. Prior to his independent practice, he worked in the offices of Michael Hopkins & Partners in London, and Diller, Scofidio + Renfro in New York.

de Monchaux is the author of Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo运盈彩票官网 , an architectural and urban history of the Apollo Spacesuit, winner of the Eugene Emme award from the American Astronautical Society. His work has been exhibited at the 2010 Biennial of the Americas, the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, and San Francisco’s SFMOMA.

Dennis Cheung, Founder of Studio Ryte
Wednesday, August 7, 9:30am
Dennis Cheung is a Hong Kong Registered Architect trained at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Hong Kong with a strong focus on digital fabrication and material innovation. He was awarded numerous recognition including the MIT Merit Award twice.

He is the founder of Studio Ryte, a multi-disciplinary design practice across fields of spatial design and object design. It is the youngest firm that was awarded the Merit Award and Sustainable Design Award by the American Institute of Architects Hong Kong.

Cesar Jung-Harada, Founder of MakerBay
Friday, August 9, 9:30am
Cesar Jung-Harada is a French-Japanese environmentalist, inventor, and entrepreneur based in Hong Kong. He is Founder and Director of MakerBay and Scoutbots. Jung-Harada is a former MIT project leader, TED Senior Fellow, GOOD 100, IBM Figure of Progress, Unreasonable at Sea Fellow, Shuttleworth Foundation and Ocean Exchange grantee.

运盈彩票官网 Jung-Harada often works as a professional speaker, panelist, educator, mentor, judge, designer, R&D. His TED Talk “How I Teach Kids to Love Science” has been viewed more than 1.5 million times. He has been teaching master’s courses at the Goldsmiths University of London, the National School of Architecture of Versailles in France, and has lectured around the world.

Eric Schuldenfrei, Head of the Department of Architecture, HKU
Monday, August 12, 9:30am
Eric Schuldenfrei is the Head of the Department of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. Receiving his PhD from the University of Cambridge, he has taught at Princeton, Columbia, and the Architectural Association. His most recent book, The Films of Charles and Ray Eames: A Universal Sense of Expectation运盈彩票官网 , focuses on architecture, politics, cinema, and education. Schuldenfrei served as the Curator of Exhibition, Education, Film, and Media for the 2009 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Biennale and has presented his work at DLD in Moscow on the topic of Future Cities, at the V&A museum, Harvard University AsiaGSD series, the University of Cambridge, and the Royal College of Art in London.

Together with Marisa Yiu, Schuldenfrei founded ESKYIU – a multi-disciplinary architecture studio integrating culture, art, community and technology. They have been awarded the “Architectural League Prize” and “Design Vanguard” as well as edited the books Instant Culture and Industrial Forest together.

Elaine Ng, Founder of The Fabrick Lab
Wednesday, August 14, 10:30am
Founder of The Fabrick Lab, Elaine Ng brings together textiles, electronics, biomimicry, interiors and installations. Graduated with distinction from Central Saint Martins School in London, Ng has worked with international design companies such as Nissan Design Europe and Nokia Design Beijing with multiple design awards, including the GGEF “Eco Innovator Award” and Swarovski “Designer of the Future Award”. ​Her work has been exhibited at V&A and Science Museum in London, and Textiel Museum, Tilburg, Harbour Front Centre in Toronto, Espace EDF Art Foundation in Paris and Wuhao, Beijing, and Moleskine global galleries.


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