Academic & Teaching Staff

Dr Lau Leung Kwok Prudence

Lau Leung Kwok

Associate Head of Department
Architecture, Cultural Heritage, History of Art and Architecture

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Dr Lau Leung Kwok Prudence

Associate Head of Department



Dr. Prudence Lau received her PhD in Architecture from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She was founding member of the Hong Kong Chapter of DOCOMOMO (Documentation and Conservation of buildings, sites and neighbourhoods of the Modern Movement), and has co-curated the first DOCOMOMO Hong Kong exhibition in 2013. In the same year, she joined The Hong Kong Institute of Education (now The Education University of Hong Kong). She collaborates with professionals and local organisations with the aim of raising awareness in the arts, cultural and urban heritage of Hong Kong and Asia in the modern period. Her teaching expertise includes subjects on cultural heritage and Hong Kong architectural history. Dr. Lau previously received the Early Career Scheme (ECS) grant for 2016-2018, and a General Research Fund (GRF) in 2020-2022 from the University Grants Committee Research Grants Council. She was awarded the President's Award for Outstanding Performance in Teaching (Individual Award- Early Career Faculty Member) at The Education University of Hong Kong in 2018. Recently, Dr. Lau received a PGDE in Early Childhood Education in 2020 to further explore creativity and art education at a younger age, and has completed a Diploma in Cultural Resource Management in 2023 from the University of Victoria, Canada to enrich her expertise in cultural heritage. She has published in journals including International Journal of Heritage Studies, Cities, Land Use Policy, and Sustainability, etc.

  • Qualifications

    Dip CRM (University of Victoria, Canada)

    PhD (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

    PGDE (The Education University of Hong Kong) 

    BSSc (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

  • Areas of Teaching

    Hong Kong Art and Architecture;
    Contextual Studies;
    Art and Culture

  • Research Interests

    Modern architecture and culture;
    Urban studies;
    Modern Hong Kong and China;
    History of art and architecture

  • Selected Outputs

    • Lau, L.K.P., Lai, L.W.C. & Ho, C.W. (2018). Quality of life in a “high-rise lawless slum”: a study of the “Kowloon Walled City". Land Use Policy, 76, 157-165. Full-text
    • Lau, L.K.P. (2018, January). Sustainable Development of Cultural Heritage: Community Participation in Conserving Historic Buildings in Hong Kong. Fourteenth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability, Cairns.
    • Lau, L.K.P. (2017). Building a modern city: Legacies of residential development and architectural adaptation in colonial Hong Kong. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 3, 1-15. Full-text
    • Lau, L.K.P. (2017, October). Heritage Conservation and Policy in Hong Kong: The Case of the State Theatre. East Asian Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Hong Kong.
    • Lau, L.K.P. (2017, August). Heritage Education and Public Participation in Conserving Cultural Heritage in Hong Kong. International Conference on Education and Learning, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Research Projects

    • Enhancing Learner Autonomy through Teacher Curatorship on an Online Learning Platform in Appreciating Hong Kong’s Cultural Heritage, 2018
    • Building a Modern City: First-generation Chinese Architects in colonial Hong Kong, 1920s - 1950s, 2016
    • Promoting Cantonese Opera to the International Level: Developing a Website, 2015
    • Early Modern Architecture and Hong Kong's Cultural Heritage, 2014
  • External Appointments

    • Founding Member, Hong Kong Chapter of DOCOMOMO (Documentation and Conservation of buildings, sites and neighbourhoods of the Modern Movement)
    • Associate Editor, The International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies
    • Associate Editor, Journal of Technologies in Society
    • Invited Examiner, School of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
    • Guest Speaker, Postgraduate Diploma in Cultural Heritage Management, HKU Space
    • Invited Speaker, Maritime Museum, by Hong Kong Heritage Project (collaborating with HKU Space) to speak in a workshop for the public program entitled “Footprints in Hong Kong”, at the Maritime Museum, Pier 8 Central
    • Invited Guest Speaker, Cheung Kong CentreLecture. Title: Hong Kong: Disappearing Heritage, or Heritage of Discovery? Hong Kong Future Pioneers (HKFP), theme: "How to Shape Our Future Hong Kong? Cultural Conservation in Hong Kong". Organised by the Hong Kong Outstanding Students' Union. Lecture given to 100 senior secondary school students in Hong Kong
  • Major External Research Grants

    • Hong Kong Art Deco: Theatre Buildings and the Rise of Modern Cinema in Transforming the City's Socio-cultural Landscape (GRF)
    • Building a Modern City:
      First-generation Chinese Architects in
      Colonial Hong Kong, 1920s - 1950s (ECS, 2015-16)