Prof. Peter Hasdell

Associate Dean, Academic Programmes, School of Design

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Prof. Peter Hasdell is a registered architect, urbanist and academic, he holds degrees in Computer Science and Architecture from the University of Sydney and from the Architectural Association in London. He is full Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Programmes in the School of Design in the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He was previously leader for the Environment and Interior Design programme and taught interior design since 2008.

He has practised and been an academic in Australia, Europe, North America, Japan and China in several practices, and in high-profile architecture and design schools including the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL), The Berlage Institute (TU Delft), KTH Architecture Stockholm, Columbia University Architecture School (NY), University of East London, HKU Architecture, and University of Manitoba Architecture.

Peter researches metabolic systems, adaptive and co-evolutionary processes on the scales of the city (city as a life form, urban ecology), and as architecture (interactive and responsive architectures). Recent publications include Border Ecologies: Hong Kong’s Mainland Frontier, Birkhauser 2016. He was a key researcher of high-profile research institutes including: Chora Institute of Architecture and Urbanism, London; the Centre for Architecture Structures and Technology (C.A.S.T.), Manitoba. He founded and directed Architecture and Urban Research Lab (A+URL), Stockholm; and Pneuma Open-source Platform in Canada.  He currently runs and directs In-situ Project (, an award-winning research by design platform focusing on sustainable community development that has designed and constructed several projects in rural China and Iraq. Recent awards won include the UIA2030-UN Habitat award for sustainable material use, the HCDA award (Seoul), the TIDA award (Taipei), AMP Architecture Master Prize, and Azure award for Social good.