Education: Dipl. Ing. (TU Graz); Licensed Architect (ZT, Austria)
Esther Lorenz is a licensed architect, urban designer and urban scholar with education from TU Graz and TU Delft. Her work explores the social, cultural, political, and economic preconditions of architecture, as well as the mutual effects between urban form and human life, social relations and space perception. Prior to joining UVA in 2012, she was an assistant professor with The Chinese University in Hong Kong, and a lecturer at TU Graz. As a practicing architect Lorenz has collaborated with Schlögl+Süss Architekten, Riegler Riewe Architekten, Peter Lorenz Ateliers, Urbis Australia, and Splitterwerk, amongst others.
Esther Lorenz is the Director of Undergraduate Architecture Program. She teaches design foundation and research studios on undergraduate and graduate levels, urban design theory, and she is the co-director of the school's China program.
Esther Lorenz is a member of the Center for Asian Architecture at Southeast University, Nanjing, and an affiliated faculty member at the East Asia Center, University of Virginia.
Lorenz has been an invited lecturer and guest critic at academic institutions internationally, and her work has been exhibited at biennales in Venice, Hong Kong and Shenzhen. Recent publications include “Real Image, Fake Estate” (The International Journal of Design in Society, March 2013) and "Private Wohnbauten in Hongkong | Materialisierte Ökonomie"(Archithese, August 2014). She is the editor of Links and Hubs (Chinese University Press, Hong Kong, 2012), and Kowloon Cultural District. An Investigation into Spatial Capabilities in Hong Kong (with Shiqiao Li, MCCM Creations, Hong Kong, July 2014).
12/2017 – 02/2018 “Kinesthetic Montage Hong Kong”, invited exhibit, 2017 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, Hong Kong
07/2014 Esther Lorenz and Li Shiqiao (eds.), Kowloon Cultural District. An Investigation into Spatial Capabilities in Hong Kong, Hong Kong: mccm creations, 2014.
08/2014 Esther Lorenz, “Private Wohnbauten in Hong Kong: Materialisierte Ökonomie“, in: archithese 4.2014 Empire State of Real Estate: Architektur lukrativer Spekulationen (Niederteufen: A. Niggli, 2014), p. 98-101
03/2013 Esther Lorenz, "Real Image, Fake Estate“, The International Journal of Design in Society, Volume 6, Issue 2, Champaign, Illinois: Common Ground Publishing, March 2013, p.11-26.
06/2012 Esther Lorenz (ed.), Links and Hubs, Hong Kong: The Chinese University School of Architecture, 2012, distributed by Chinese University Press
12/2011 Andrew Benjamin, Ryan Bishop, Li Shiqiao, Liu Xiaodu, Esther Lorenz, John Phillips, "The 20-Kilometer University: Knowledge as Infrastructure". Theory, Culture and Society December 2011 28: 287-320. Annual Review
12/2009 Li Shiqiao, Liu Xiaodu, Lorenz Esther, Meng Yan, with Andrew Benjamin, Ryan Bishop, Scott Lash, John Phillips, "Knowledge as Infrastructure: The 20-Kilometer-University", invited exhibit, Hong Kong and Shenzhen Bi-city Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism. Shenzhen, China.
12/2009 Esther Lorenz and Li Shiqiao, with Puay Peng Ho. “Cabinet of Curiosities", invited exhibit, Hong Kong and Shenzhen Bi-city Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, Hong Kong
09-11/2008 Joshua Bolchover, Peter Hasdell, Esther Lorenz, and Pokit Poon. "Utopia Now: Opening the Closed Area "Venice Biennale 11th International Architecture Exhibition "Fabrica Cultura", Hong Kong in Venice: HK Institute of Architects and the HK Arts Development Council, Venice, Italy.
08/2017 - ongoing Arts Council Grant, University of Virginia, for: “Kinesthetic Montage. An Immersive Exploration of Hong Kong’s Walkscapes”
08/2017 - ongoing FGRU CGII Grant, Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation, University of Virginia, for: “Kinesthetic Montage. An Immersive Exploration of Hong Kong’s Walkscapes”
06/2015 – 08/2015 Summer Research Grant, UVA School of Architecture, for “Proto-types for the 21st Century Pedestrian City”
07/2012 – 07/2014 Project Grant (Publication), Hong Kong Arts Development Council, for Kowloon Cultural District
01/2012 – 07/2012 Direct Grant for Research, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Project Title: “Mechanized Pedestrian Movement in Hong Kong and its Impact on Architecture and Urban Design”, Principal Investigator
05/2010 – 06/2011 Direct Grant for Research, The Chinese University of Hong Kong for: “A Study on Hong Kong’s Urban Space through its Representation in Film”, Principal Investigator