Ambassadors

Indesign: The Event is constantly inspired by the people and personalities behind regional brands, products and projects. Above all, the people that are constantly creating and consolidating a strong design culture in the Asia Pacific energise and inspire us. We’re sure they inspire you too!

Our Official Ambassadors for Hong Kong Indesign 2015 are emblematic of this, showcasing creativity, business savvy and design flair that inspire us all. They’re iconic in the industry, renowned and often awarded for their innovation, creativity and forward thinking.

Our Ambassadors will be attending Hong Kong Indesign this year and sharing their insights with you. Their careful curation and coverage will be a gift to any design lover. Expect to be informed, inspired and led into the future of design.

Frank Leung

Founder of via.

Frank Leung grew up in Hong Kong and trained in the US. His designs are characterised by a worldly sophistication and a respect for cultural nuances. In 2001 he earned his first plaudits, receiving an Honourable Mention in the Young Architect’s Award for his adaptive-reuse proposal for the Arts Centre School.

Frank spent 8 years working as a project manager for a Hong Kong real estate developer. The experience fostered an appreciation for cross-disciplinary collaboration. Today as Principal Designer at via., Frank employs the same all-inclusive approach. The company name ‘via.’ was chosen to reflect the multi-disciplinary processes and collaborations required for innovation in design. Since founding via. in 2009, Frank has established his presence on the Hong Kong design scene. The studio’s diverse, award-winning portfolio spans residential, hospitality, commercial and retail projects, incorporating graphic, architectural and interior design.

Marisa Yiu

Architect & Founding Partner of ESKYIU

Founded in New York and based in Hong Kong, ESKYIU is a multi-disciplinary architecture studio that actively integrates culture, community, art and technology. Marisa Yiu along with her partner Eric Schuldenfrei have received the “Architectural League Prize” for their design installations featured in the Venice Biennale and New York’s Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the “Design Vanguard” recognition by Architectural Record. Their projects have been featured in numerous media publications. In 2009, Marisa was the Chief Curator for the Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of UrbanismArchitecture located on the West Kowloon cultural district waterfront; and recently she curated the POP-UP Studio-X Shenzhen at the Value factory.

Marisa has spoken at Princeton University, TEDxCUHK, and Business of Design Week, just to name a few. She has taught at various institutions including London’s Architectural Association; Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture; and University of Hong Kong. She received her B.A from Columbia College, Columbia University and M.Arch from Princeton. Yiu is a licensed architect in the state of New York, an AIA architect member, an associate member of the HKIA, and Board Director of the non-profit organisation the Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design and the newly established Design Trust.

Rowena Gonzales

CEO of Liquid Interiors Ltd

Rowena Gonzales is the CEO of Hong Kong’s award winning design studio, Liquid Interiors Ltd, and has over 12 years of international experience working in commercial interiors, luxury hospitality, retail and F&B design. Rowena started Liquid Interiors as a creative outlet to fulfill her passion for sustainability, health and wellness and has grown to become a major contributor in the green interior design revolution.