stin C K Lau

Justin C. K. Lau is a practicing architect at Make Architects and a visiting lecturer at the Bartlett school of Architecture, University College London. While studying at the Architectural Association, Justin was awarded the William Glover Prize for Innovative Design. He completed his architectural studies at the University of Westminster under Dr Murray Fraser, Dr. Marcos Cruz and Dr Marjan Colletti. He was awarded the runner up of the RIBA / CLAWSA prize and received a distinction in his final year design thesis. In 2004, He won the joint 1st place on the RIBA and LSC international competition scheme ‘College for the Future’ exploring an innovative futuristic concept for the redevelopment of further education buildings and facilities.


Justin has extensive practicing experience, he has worked on projects around the globe including London, Madrid, Paris, Beijing, Sydney and Mumbai. He worked for Richard Rogers Partnership between 2002-6, most notably on 122 Leadenhall Street and One Hyde Park, a prestigious unprecedented high-profile 50 storey office building in the City of London and a residential building in the heart of Knightsbridge. He is currently a partner at Make Architects overseeing the construction of a boutique hotel in China as well as developing a residential tower in Mumbai. Both designs are aimed to celebrate the local culture which to promote a sustainable live work play environment whilst pushing a digital prefabricated tectonics on functional ornamentations within a cultural, political and economical context.


Justin was a visiting lecturer for Master of Architecture at the Royal College of Art in London and associate lecturer at Oxford Brookes University and visiting lecturer at Ecole Spéciale d’ Architecture in Paris. His ongoing research titled ‘Viewing Elegance’ and ‘Constructing Celebratory spaces’ are developed through studio teaching and practicing. Justin’s students have won and shortlisted for many awards, including the best student projects in Britain 2010 by Blue print as well as the RIBA President medal finalist over the last three consecutive years. Justin also takes social responsibility as an Architect for charitable events. He is also an in-house tutor at Make Architects in collaboration with the Bartlett and Open City to help young students between age 15-17 to engage Architecture.

e: justin@horhizon.com