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Introduction of Raymond Lau

Raymond Lau graduated from McGill University in Montreal of Canada and earned his second degree at Architectural Association (AA) in London, UK.

Raymond worked as computational designer in Toronto, Hong Kong, Rome, and London. In 2002 he joined Massimiliano Fuksus office in Rome participating in the design of Milan Fair (Expo) complex vortex-shaped roof. Upon graduation from AA, he entered AKT structural engineering firm in London. Between 2003 to 2006 he worked as a geometry specialist helping the company to establish p.art parametric design team. Acting as a linkage between architects and engineers, his main tasks was to solve problems using parametric design methodologies, to push the feasibility and buildability of complex geometries in many projects from various world-renowned architectural firms.

Subsequently he was invited in 2006 to join Zaha Hadid Architects in London as a parametric design specialist to lead projects in Dubai of UAE (Dancing Towers and Financial Market) and Chengdu of China (Chengdu Contemporary Art Center).

As the pioneer of Zaha Hadid Architects Beijing Studio in 2008, Raymond was the lead designer for two SOHO China’s projects, namely Galaxy Soho and Wangjing Soho, from 2008 to 2011. These two large-scale mixed-use projects in central Beijing are close to 1 million square meter of gross floor area. During his involvement in Beijing Studio, he supported London office to bid and procure other projects in China, namely Shanghai Sky SOHO, Beijing Songzhuang Design Museum, Chengdu Contemporary Art Centre, Beijing CBD Masterplan competition, National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) competition,, Tianjin Binhai New Area (TBNA) Culture Center competition, Hainan WTP Tower competition, Hangzhou Jinsha Bridge competition, and so on; Raymond left Zaha Hadid Architects at the end of 2011 and subsequently founded his own design studio, namely GAP Architects, at the beginning of 2012.

Raymond was teaching in Architectural Association upon graduation. He has been one of the lecturers and instructors of the “Non-Linear Architecture and Parametric Design Workshop” hosted by Tsinghua University School of Architecture since 2009. He co-founded the research-based 4C5M Studio, and since 2002, he started to collaborate with Sociology Department of State University of New York to research study and theorize the reciprocal relationships between spatial conditions and social developments. He is currently the unit professor of Studio 4 in Laboratory of Computational Design (LCD).

Resided in Canada, UK, Italy, Hong Kong, and China, the living environments and cultures, education and professional lineage have been shaping Raymond’s unique experiences and insights of the complex and interwoven relationships between eastern and western cultures—both analogue and digital.

RAYMOND LAU(雷蒙·刘)毕业于加拿大蒙特利尔的麦吉尔大学 (MCGILL UNIVERSITY) 建筑系,随后在英国伦敦建筑联盟 (ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATION) 继续深造。

作为数字化设计师,RAYMOND先后在多伦多、伦敦、罗马及香港等地工作。2002年他在意大利罗马的Massimiliano Fuksas事务所参与米兰世博会中轴大道玻璃顶的设计,此漩涡状的设计概念获得国际建筑界的广泛关注。2003到2006年,他在伦敦的AKT结构工程公司工作,作为几何方面的专家参与创立了p.art参数化研究小组。他负责建筑及结构之间沟通的桥梁,利用参数化设计方法,推动世界诸多知名公司的复杂几何设计作品的实现。

RAYMOND在2006年应邀加入伦敦的扎哈·哈迪德建筑事务所 (Zaha Hadid Architects) 作为参数化设计专家负责领导迪拜证劵交易所和跳舞之塔的项目,以及中国成都大剧院及当代艺术馆项目。

2008年,RAYMOND被委派到中国建立扎哈·哈迪德建筑事务所北京工作室。从2008到2011年他担任工作室的项目总监,领导北京两个SOHO中国项目—银河SOHO及望京SOHO。这两大商业办公综合体总建筑面积接近一百万平方米。除此以外,北京工作室也支援了多个扎哈事务所的项目,如上海凌空SOHO,北京宋庄设计博物馆项目,  成都世纪城歌剧院, 北京CBD规划投标,中国国家美术馆投标, 天津滨海新区文化中心投标, 海南海口塔投标,杭州金沙湖步行桥投标等等。2012年RAYMOND离开扎哈并创立了自己的工作室命名为GAP建筑事务所。

除了设计工作以外,RAYMOND也致力于教育方面的工作。曾经在英国伦敦建筑联盟 (ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATION) 任教多年。自2009年担任清华大学的‘参数化非线性研究课程’的讲师及指导老师。他成立了【肆师伍门工作室】,从2002年开始与美国纽约州立大学Oneonta分校社会学进行学术交流,研究城市空间与社会发展的互动关系。现在担任北京参数化设计研究中心课程教授。