As advanced digital and information-based design methods and production techniques are explored and applied increasingly in contemporary architectural design, an understanding of computer-controlled design and fabrication processes is essential for architects operating in the Information Age. By combining practice with research and academic work LEAD investigates the potential of contemporary design techniques by testing and applying ideas in various cultures and contexts worldwide.
In addition to a series of master courses and design studios at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), taught by Kristof Crolla, LEAD organises and teaches an International Workshop Series (IWS) with over a dozen editions completed worldwide. These 4 to 10 day workshops are developed in collaboration with an independent group of young architects and colleagues who currently practice and teach at the forefront of the architectural scene. The shared ambition is to further the research and development of contemporary design by testing out ideas and design methodologies in short, intense design courses.