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STATEMENT OF ART:
Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design Ltd. (LEAD) is a young Hong Kong & Antwerp based international architectural design and research practice, founded by Kristof Crolla & Sebastien Delagrange. LEAD explores how architectural innovation can stem from the strategic integration and combination of contemporary design technology and highly contextual and project-specific parameters.

Through its work LEAD rethinks the premise of digital design by anchoring the paradigm in a strong materiality: static preconceptions of space, geometry, materiality, building practice and construction technique are abandoned to allow for the creative exploration of new design & building methodologies in direct response to client briefs and project contexts. LEAD’s scope covers a wide range of scales from product design to masterplanning and its services stretch from initial design through construction up to project realisation.

LEAD is an important up-and-coming player in the international architectural discourse and got its experience from working and teaching at the forefront of the discipline. Previous work experience includes work at offices like Pritzker Prize winning Zaha Hadid Architects and Rem Koolhaas’ O.M.A., and teaching experience at top-schools like the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London and the University of Hong Kong. Within its first two years of operation LEAD won the Hong Kong Global Design 2011 Excellence Award for their Shine Fashion Store, received the 2012 Design For Asia Bronze Award for the Dragon Skin Pavilion, and received the Perspective 2012 40 under 40 Award. LEAD is best known for their recently built “Golden Moon” Mid-Autumn Festival Lantern Wonderland 2012 in Victoria Park, Hong Kong for which they received the 2013 A’Design Platinum Award and the Asia Pacific Property Awards 2013-2014.

ORGANIZATION:
Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design Ltd. (LEAD)

EDUCATION:
Kristof Crolla:
- 2007, Master in Architecture & Urbanism - Design Research Lab, Architectural Association School of Architecture, LONDON/UK
- 2003, Civil Architectural Engineer, Ghent University, GHENT/BELGIUM

Sebastien Delagrange:
- 2009, Master in Architecture & Urbanism - Design Research Lab, Architectural Association School of Architecture, LONDON/UK
- 2007, Architect, Sint-Lucas Ghent, GHENT/BELGIUM

EXPERIENCE:
Kristof Crolla:
- 2011 - present, Founding Partner, Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design Ltd., HONG KONG/HONG KONG S.A.R
- 2013 - present, Assistant Professor, The University of Hong Kong, HONG KONG/HONG KONG S.A.R
- 2013 - present, Visiting Professor, The University of Saint-Joseph, MACAU/MACAU S.A.R.
- 2007 - 2010, Lead Architect, Zaha Hadid Architects, LONDON/UK
- 2007 - 2010, Tutor, Architectural Association School of Architecture, LONDON/UK
- 2004 - 2005, Architect, Bureau Bouwtechniek, ANTWERP/BELGIUM

Sebastien Delagrange:
- 2011 - present, Founding Partner, Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design Ltd., ANTWERP/BELGIUM
- 2009 - present, Architect, Crepain Binst Architecture, ANTWERP/BELGIUM
- 2009, Architect, Office for Metropolitan Architecture - OMA, ROTTERDAM/NETHERLANDS
- 2009, Architect, ZahaHadid Archtiects, LONDON/UK

MIXED EXHIBITIONS:
2012, "Dragon Skin", Hong Kong Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, HONG KONG/HONG KONG S.A.R.

EVENTS:
2012, "Golden Moon", Mid-Autumn Festival Lantern Wonderland, HONG KONG / HONG KONG S.A.R.

AWARDS:
- 2013, The Asia Pacific Property Awards 2013-2014 – Category: Leisure Architecture for Hong Kong, KUALA LUMPUR/MALAYSIA
- 2013, Platinum A' Design Award – Category: Architecture, Building and Structure Design, MILAN/ITALY
- 2012, Bronze Award, 2012 Design for Asia Award - Category: Environmental Design, HONG KONG/HONG KONG S.A.R
- 2012, 1st Place, Hong Kong Mid-Autumn Festival “Gold Award” in the Lantern Wonderland Design Competition 2012, HONG KONG/HONG KONG S.A.R
- 2012, Perspective “40 Under 40” 2012 – Architecture Award, HONG KONG/HONG KONG S.A.R.
- 2012, Hong Kong Designers Association Global Design Awards 2011, “Excellence Award“ - Category: Spatial, Retail, HONG KONG/HONG KONG S.A.R.

PRESS APPEARANCES:
(Selection)
- 2013, “Pak Loh Chiu Chow Restaurant / LEAD”, ArchDaily, March, USA, www.archdaily.com
- 2013, "Golden Moon", LW Magazine, January, SOUTH-KOREA
- 2012, "Golden Moon by LEAD", Frame, October, NL, www.frameweb.com
- 2012, "Golden Moon", ArchDaily, October, USA, www.archdaily.com
- 2012, "Dragon Skin Pavilion", ArchDaily, March, USA, www.archdaily.com
- 2012, "Dragon Skin Pavilion", A+, October, BELGIUM
- 2012, "Shine Fashion Store - Building Simplexity", HKIA Journal - Issue 64, July, HONG KONG/HONG KONG S.A.R.
- 2012, "Building Simplexity - The Dragon Skin Pavilion", HKIA Journal - Issue 63, April, HONG KONG/HONG KONG S.A.R.
- 2011, "Shine Fashion Store", MARU - Interior, Lifestyle Design, vol. 116, SOUTH KOREA
- 2011, "New & Spot - Shine", BOB - International Magazine of Space Design, vol.088, SOUTH KOREA
- 2011, "Shine by LEAD and Nelson Chow", Dezeen Magazine, September, UK, www.dezeen.com

ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS:
- 2012, "Dragon Skin Pavilion", conference papers - ACADIA 2012 - Synthetic Digital Ecologies, USA
- 2012, "Shells Matter", Community Design, Tsinghua University, BEIJING/CHINA

LANGUAGE SKILLS:
Dutch (Native), English (Near Native), French (Advanced), German (Intermediate), Cantonese (Beginner)

COMPUTER LITERACY:
Adobe, Rhino + Grasshopper, Maya + MEL, AutoCAD, 3D Max, MS Office, and many many more.

SYMPOSIUMS AND ACADEMIC CONFERENCES::
- 2012, "ACADIA 2012 - Synthetic Digital Ecologies", California College of Arts, SAN FRANCISCO/USA
- 2013, "CAADRIA 2013 - Open Systems", National University of Singapore, SINGAPORE/SINGAPORE

MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS:
- 2009, Chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), LONDON/UK
- 2008, Architects Registration Board (ARB), LONDON/UK
- 2007, Orde van Architecten, ANTWERP/BELGIUM

WEB SITE:
www.l-e-a-d.pro

REGISTRATION DATE:
2012-09-28 17:28:31

COUNTRY:
Hong Kong

ACCOUNT TYPE:
New

Awards received by Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design Ltd. (LEAD)


Golden Moon Public Event Space

Platinum A' Design Award Winner for Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category in 2012
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