Thena Tak is the founder and principal of LILO: Little Office and is a lecturer at the University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in Vancouver, Canada where she teaches graduate-level option design studios, research methods, and advanced digital media. Her current research engages the notion of surrogates as both a point of inquiry and a working methodology with a particular focus on its relationship to the more-than-human-world. Prior to teaching, Tak worked professionally at a number of renowned offices including Vincent James Architects Associates in Minneapolis, Howeler and Yoon Architecture in Boston, and Barkow Leibinger Architects in Berlin. She holds a MArch with Distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a BArch from Cornell University Architecture, Art and Planning. She is a member of the JAE Fellows Jury.