Gigi lau gilsinan, business director
Gigi Lau is a co-founder of Common Grain Inc., a non-profit organization. She is currently working for a Manhattan-based, non-profit developer in real estate development on affordable housing. With over 10 years of experience in global design firms, non-profit and for-profit developers, general contractors, and policy think tanks in New York City and Hong Kong; Gigi Lau mixes a global perspective with the heart of a local into all of her work. Professionally, Gigi has been a real estate development project manager, architectural, interior and landscape designer, policy analyst, and community organizer. Gigi combines her design skills and housing finance knowledge in developing more affordable housing to tackle issues affecting society’s most vulnerable.
For three generations Gigi's family has lived in Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong where she is a passionate advocate for the preservation of this historic district and its unique experience. Gigi is a director of 30SGroup and a co-convener of the Pound Lane Concern Group where she implemented urban design projects that were both technically challenging and politically controversial.
Gigi’s articles have been published in Singapore Architect Magazine and Hong Kong local newspapers. She has been invited to speak at “Walkable City, Living Streets” urban conference, and “Professionals in Social Movement” seminar.
Gigi holds a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from The University of Hong Kong and a 2nd Master’s Degree in Urban Policy MS from Milano, The New School in New York City. She earned a Diploma in Graphic Design with Adobe Illustrator & Adobe Photoshop, and a Diploma in Computer-aided Design with Autodesk AutoCAD.