Liliane Wong’s focus on architectural interventions to existing structures led her to co-found the Int|AR Journal on design interventions and adaptive reuse, which promotes creative and academic explorations of sustainable environments through exemplary works of reuse. A long-time volunteer at soup kitchens, Wong emphasizes in her teaching the importance of public engagement in architecture and design. Other teaching and research areas include design as social activism; the mathematics of curved space; the low income, modular home; and technical textiles. She was recognized by Design Intelligence in 2018–19 as one of the top 25 most admired educators in the US in the fields of architecture, interiors and landscape architecture.
Wong is author of Adaptive Reuse: Extending the Lives of Buildings, co-author of Libraries – A Design Manual and contributing author of Designing Interior Architecture and Flexible Composite Materials in Architecture, Construction and Interiors. A registered architect in Massachusetts, she has practiced through her own firm, Mahon Wong Associates, as well as with the Boston firms of Perry Dean Rogers and FHCM. Key projects include the American Embassy in Jordan, Montclair Public Library, Hartford Public Library and the design of the Kore Library Furnishings Line.
Academic areas of interest
In her teaching and research, Wong focuses on design for the homeless, the mathematics of curved space and modular housing for low-income people. Her philosophy and teaching on design for the homeless is included in Glimmer – how design can transform your life and maybe even the world by Warren Berger. In the past, her research on non-Euclidean math has been funded, in part, by a grant entitledKnit Space. As a member of the advisory board of Blu Homes, a modular home enterprise, she has incorporated her teaching and research in a studio known as Modular, Demountable + Green.