Critical Design Writing Workshop: Develop an Article for Zolima CityMag

Why We Recommend it

Hosted by DESIGN TRUST and led by architecture critic and curator Mimi Zeiger, this weeklong workshop is set up with the aim to develop new critical voices in local architecture and design, and offers the chance to write for us.


Criticism Now: Developing Architecture and Design Criticism in the Pearl River Delta explores the act of critical writing as drawn from keen observation and experience, using the city of Hong Kong and the local design community as both subjects and instigators. The workshop uses readings, writing exercises, interviews, fieldwork, research, and digital tools to give a dedicated group of 10-15 participants the initial skills they need to hone their critical writing craft.

Participants will develop a 800-1000 word article for consideration in Zolima CityMag. Articles will be reviewed by Zeiger and Design Trust staff and submitted to Christopher DeWolf, Managing Editor at Zolima CityMag, for final selection and publication. Workshop participants to provide their own photography to illustrate the articles.

Additionally, Criticism Now brings together writers and editors for an in-depth discussion with the participants on present and future of design criticism in the Greater Bay Area. The workshop has a creative format where participants work in a diversity of spaces, from an academic library setting to a co-working space and public spaces.

Workshop sessions meet daily (10:30–17:30) May 16-17 and May 20-24. Registration required – interested parties can sign up here. Participants will be notified by organisers upon selection. No previous writing experience necessary. Please note that the application deadline is May 6. 

Los Angeles-based architecture critic and curator Mimi Zeiger has written for The New York Times, Domus, Architectural Review, Architect, where she is a contributing editor, and is an opinion columnist for Dezeen. Mimi Zeiger is the 2015 recipient of the Bradford Williams Medal for excellence in writing about landscape architecture”. She has taught workshops internationally, including at the School of Visual Arts in New York, Harvard University in Cambridge, the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam, and the Aformal Academy in Shenzhen. Outcomes from this workshops include pamphlets, broadsheets, billboards, websites, debates, and performances. In a Hong Kong context, Criticism Now will add long-form essays and interviews to the body of work produced.


When: 16 May 2019 - 24 May 2019 Where: Multiple dynamic locations around Hong Kong