The School of Design in the Hong Kong Polytechnic University is developing advanced computer-based design systems by integrating Artificial Intelligence and evolutionary computing techniques with CAD/CAAD systems. Applications embrace architectural and environmental design as well as interior, industrial, fashion, graphic, and photographic design. The integration of the design systems developed in these domains provides a good basis for building a virtual design studio in collaboration with leading design research centres and institutions around the world. This virtual design studio is intended as a powerful computational environment for the integration of Asian cultural values with modern interdisciplinary design technologies.