Marisa Yiu has been researching issues relating to the cultural landscape of Hong Kong since 2000. Her essay ‘Image Construction: Hong Kong since 1967-8’ 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 over eighty exhibitions and spearheading inventive events. Her past works include community driven projects such as ‘Brandspider’ for Whitney Museum ISP exhibition; ‘Place Markers’ with placeMatters, New York; and Chinatown Design Lab. Along with her partner Eric Schuldenfrei of ESKYIU their projects include ‘Chinatown WORK ’ an interactive public arts project commissioned by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and The Department of Cultural Affairs in New York City; ‘SINO’ shown at the Brooklyn Museum; ‘Nutritious: an aeroponic facade’ at the Architectural Association in London, and ‘Urban Pastoral’ shown at the 11th Venice Architecture international biennale. Prior to establishing ESKYIU, Marisa has worked on international renowned buildings and urban developments at Kohn Pederson Fox Associates PC (NY), Marble.Fairbanks Architects (NY), and taught in Spain with Ben Van Berkel and Caroline Bos of UNStudio.
Yiu has lectured at the China NEXT symposium organized by Architectural Record, UNESCO forum on ‘Historic Urban Landscapes’ in Vietnam, and the AsiaGSD ‘Specific Weights of Architecture: Asian Probes’ conference at Harvard University. She has published in A/D, LOG, DomusChina, MIT’s thresholds, Architectural Record, Metropolis and Journal for Architectural Education. Marisa has taught at the Architectural Association in London; Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; Parsons School of Design; led workshops at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum with the Center for Urban Pedagogy; was an assistant professor at the Department of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong (2007-2010). Currently she is teaching at The School of Architecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong- having organized and convened ‘SPAIN-HONG KONG: Building Culture symposium’, and upcoming an international conference on “The Evolving Architectural Education: Innovation in teaching and learning” in the context of Asia. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College, Columbia University (New York) and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University. Yiu is a licensed architect in the state of New York, AIA architect member, an associate member of the HKIA, Board of Advisors of RTHK, and Board member of the non-profit organization the Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design.