Architect and Founding Partner of Eskyiu, an award-winning multi-disciplinary architecture studio based in Hong Kong, the Columbia and Princeton alum and mother of twin boys Marisa Yiu has her hands full. On top of all this, she’s co-founder and executive director of the Design Trust. By spearheading the creation of long-term, intelligent and meaningful platforms to fund innovative interdisciplinary design investigations, Yiu’s influence on the regional design community has been impactful, thought-provoking and noble. She was chief curator of the 2009 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture and curated the Pop-Up Studio-X Shenzhen at the Value Factory. Today, running the Design Trust’s flagship Futures Studio programme keeps her occupied alongside commercial architectural design work (with partner Eric Schuldenfrei) on projects such as the interiors in a 22-storey tower for K11.
Through Design Trust Futures Studio, Yiu has helped provide critical mentorship and funding to the next generation and powerful engagement with the city. Addressing social issues, values and engagement through design, its popular micro parks projects curated by Yiu (for example, the recently opened Yi Pei Square Playground and Portland Street Rest Garden) is testament to the huge impact that even small, intelligently designed public spaces can have on local communities.