A registered architect in Hong Kong, Chan Lai-kiu obtained her undergraduate and Ph.D. degrees from The University of Hong Kong in 1986 and 1998 respectively. She worked for P&T Architects and Engineers Ltd. for many years and is currently Head of Design and Project of Hysan Development Company Ltd. Chan is well recognised for her achievements in architecture. Her major architectural projects include the Entertainment Building in Central (Silver Medal of The Hong Kong Institute of Architects [HKIA] Annual Award 1993), Suzhou Sheraton Hotel (The HKIA Annual Award for Work Outside Hong Kong 2004) and Shunde Cultural Complex in China (Overall Champion of the Interior Design Award 2008 from China Building Decoration Association, Ministry of Construction). Also a part-time teacher, writer, designer and artist, Chan runs arQstudio Ltd., which deals with art projects and voluntary architectural services. She won the Outstanding Prize in the Philippe Charriol Foundation Art Competition in 2001, and her works have been exhibited at the Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong Central Library, Fringe Club and He Xiangning Art Museum in Shenzhen.