Kristof Crolla 高仕棠

Founder, Principal

Dr. Kristof Crolla 高仕棠 is a licensed architect who combines his architectural practice “Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design Ltd.” (LEAD) with his position as tenured Associate Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s School of Architecture (CUHK). After graduating Magna Cum Laude as Civil Architectural Engineer at Ghent University in 2003, he practiced in Belgium at Bureau Buildings & Techniques and independently designed and built his first project, House for an Artist. He moved to London in 2005 to attend the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London (AA)’s Master of Architecture programme Design Research Laboratory (DRL), from where his student work was exhibited at the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale. Following this he worked for several years as Lead Architect for the Pritzker prize winning Zaha Hadid Architects, while teaching in parallel at the AA and other institutions worldwide. In 2010, he moved to Hong Kong where where his work received numerous design, research and teaching awards. He completed his PhD studies at RMIT, Melbourne, in 2018 with the doctoral dissertation “Building Simplexity – The ‘More or Less’ of Post-Digital Architecture Practice” for which received the 2016 RMIT Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for Research Impact – Higher Degree by Research. In 2019, he was appointed as a Construction Task Force Member of the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR). He has been invited as a jury critic, lecturer, and tutor in numerous institutions throughout Europe, Asia, the Americas and South Africa.