Gloria Lau
I am a landscape architect, urban designer, visual artist, and writer. This site is an evolving documentation of my growth. More about me

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I am a designer and visual artist with roots in Hong Kong and California. My professional experience in landscape architecture and urban planning focuses on public space, resilient infrastructure, and community-centered design. As a visual artist, I merge art and archival research to explore the interplay of urban and natural landscape and the interlinks between spatial systems, culture, and identity.
Landscape Architect and Urban PlannerI have 14 years of professional experience in public space, resilient infrastructure, and community-centered design. I have managed large scale public projects from concept to construction administration and led supervisory and management roles. LinkedIn

Visual ArtistI am the co-founder of Laudi CoLab and Sunken Press 沉香出版 – art collaboratives that document and illustrate undervalued stories in the built environment. I have participated in group exhibitions and various artist residencies. I also offer graphic design service for identity and print materials.  

Socially Engaged Partnership I have partnered with various organizations on diversity, equity, and community-led initiatives. I work closely with community groups to implement projects that fit their goals and build their capacity and partner with organizations as advisor, graphic designer, and event curator.

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Fellowship + Residency
    Create Change Fellow. Laundromat Project. 2023.

    Bandung Residency. Asian American Arts Alliance and The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts. 2022.

    Year 8 Cohort. NEW INC. New Museum. 2021-2022.

    Forefront Fellowship: Turning the Heat. Urban Design Forum. 2019-2020.

    Exhibits + Publications
      A Walk through Flushing: The layered histories of Black and Asian communities in the Queens neighborhood. Published in The Margin, Asian American Writers’ Workshop. 2024.

      Seeds and Memory. Group Exhibit at My Gallery NYC. 2023.  

      God’s Garage. Published in Urban Omnibus. 2023.

      99 cents & Up & Up. Data x Design Ground Truth Exhibit. 2022.  

      Industrial Chinatowns.
      • Sound about Riso. 2022.
      • Hindsight Conference Virtual Exhibit. 2021

      Film Territory: New York’s Expanding Production Studios. Published in Urban Omnibus . 2015

      Partnership + Collaboration
        Urban Design Forum

        New City Parks. Design Advisory Committee. 2021-Present.

        Open Architecture New York
        • Director of Projects. 2018-2021.
        • Project Coordinator. 2014-2017.

        Diversity Committee (DivComm) of American Planning Association New York Metro Chapter
        • Core Leadership and Design Director. 2017-2020.

        American Society of Landscape Architects

        Kensington-Windsor Terrace Mutual Aid. 2020-2023.

        Street Lab / the Uni Project. Advisory Panel. 2016-2020.

        Conference Planning
          Planning Committee. Hindsight. New York City.
          • Re-emergence Re-Imagine. 2021.
          • Our Health, Our Future. 2020.
          • Erasure. Remembrance. Healing. 2019.
          • 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. 2018.
          • 100th Anniversary of Buchanan v. Warley (1917). 2017.

          Planning Committee. Annual APA/ASLA/AIA New York Conference. New York City.
          (Awarded the Floyd Lapp Award for service by the APA NYM Chapter in 2020 for my effort)
          • At Every Scale. 2020.
          • The Big Picture: Large-Scale Developments in NYC. 2019.
          • Designing a Carbon Neutral New York. 2018.
          • Public Spaces. Social Movements. 2017.

          Licensure + Certification

            Registered Landscape Architect (New York State)
            American Institute Certified Planner

              University of Pennsylvania
              • Master of Landcape Architecture
              • Master of City Planning

              Cornell University
              • Bachelor of Urban and Regional Studies