Daniel Elkin is a researcher and designer specializing in housing sciences, spatial agency research, and design-making. He is Assistant Professor and Deputy Discipline Leader of the Department of Environment and Interior Design at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Educated at Cranbrook Academy of Art (MArch) and the University of Cincinnati (MArch, BSArch), Elkin’s career spans between sociological research, architecture, product design, and collaborative governance initiatives. Elkin established a focus on housing sciences and design making within a spatial agency framework, concerned with individual and collective decision making and their reciprocal relationships with space, particularly in housing acts and artefacts. He served as the Cubic Journal Design-Making issue primary editor, and as lead designer and fabrication supervisor for the School of Design’s 2020/2021 entry to the 17th Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale. He is the leader of the Tai O Village collaborative governance initiative, where his recent work studies housing satisfaction and decision-making while contributing to digital conservation of intangible and tangible cultural heritage. His team has won competitive funding from the Hong Kong Government and a 2021 Smart50 Smart City Award. He also was one of six winners of a 2022 PolyU Young Innovative Researcher Award.