CY Lau joined Groundwork Architects & Associates as a partner in 2014. CY is also the founding partner of Groundwork Design (Shenzhen) Ltd.
Prior to joining Groundwork, CY have recevied his architectural trainning from the University of Hong Kong and the University College of London, Bartlett School of Architecture . Upon his graduation, CY have joined Future Systems, London with Jan Kaplický and Amanda Levete, where he was involved in the realization of futuristic and landmark projects around the world.
CY returned to Hong Kong in 2005 and have joined Aedas Ltd. and MLA Architects, where he served as an associate partner and witnessed the growth of the office.
CY is current leading Groundwork into the most challenging projects of the office.
Manfred is the founder of Groundwork Architecture + Urbanism London in 2007 and Groundwork Architects + Associates Hong Kong in 2010. Manfred is also a visiting lecturer at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design and Hong Kong University SPACE architecture program: teaching architecture design and history.
Prior to founding Groundwork, Manfred have received his architectural training from the University of Cambridge and the University of Hong Kong (with First Class Honor), and had worked with Coop-Himmelb(l)au, where he was responsible for construction projects in China.
Manfred have founded Groundwork so that it may be a platform to study how architecture, arts and the poetics of the city may be synthesized. Groundwork is keen on serving the public, thus, apart from instigating various public work initiatives, Manfred is serving as the honorable adviser for various organizations such as Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, Oxfam International, Scout Association and HK Society of Education of Arts. Some of his notable awards include the "40-under-40 - Design Talents/Asia" (2011) and " The Next Generation Architects, Backstage Architecture, Italy" (2010). Manfred is also the recipient of the Spirit of Hong Kong 2013 Award, an award that celebrates the achievements of remarkable Hong Kong people who make our city a better place.
Groundwork is realizing their arts of architecture globally: Groundwork have built and exhibited their works in Venice, London, Beijing, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Apart from the professional engagements, Manfred is a columnist writing for several magazines and hosting a radio show on architecture.