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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.

Research interests

  • Cultural heritage
  • Modern Hong Kong
  • History of art and architecture
  • Modernism and modernity
  • Postcolonial studies

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

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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