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What is AIA Hong Kong?

AIA Hong Kong, A Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, was established in 1997 to serve the professional interests of the growing number of AIA member architects practicing in Hong Kong, China and the Asia Pacific region.
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2016 Kinoshita Lecture in Architecture by Thom Mayne,
Morphosis Architects
(18 February 2016)

Dear Fellow AIA Members,

You are cordially invited to attend the 2016 Kinoshita Lecture in Architecture to be held on 18 February 2016 (Thursday) at 5:30 pm in Lau Chor Tak Lecture Theatre at G/F, Yasumoto International Academic Park, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. (Map)

This lecture will be delivered by Thom Mayne, recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the Pritzker Architecture Prize 2005, AIA Gold Medal 2013 and the American Academy Rome Prize Fellowship 1987.  As the founding principal of Morphosis Architects, he has designed some of the most innovative buildings of the 21st century, including the new Bill & Melinda Gates Hall at Cornell University, Emerson College Los Angeles, and the academic building for Cooper Union in New York City, among numerous other award-winning design projects worldwide.

Please join us for this annual lecture organized by our School of Architecture. <read more / RSVP

AIA Hong Kong Building Tour –
St. Andrew’s Church Life Centre, Kowloon

St. Andrew’s Church occupies a century-old, heritage-listed site on Nathan Road, in the heart of the commercial district of Kowloon.  The church faced the dilemma of how to expand significantly without disrupting the character of its historic buildings and grounds.  The architect proposed a largely underground building, with natural light received via skylights in a landscaped green roof that restored the original courtyard to the historic church.  Known as the Life Centre, this contemporary addition was completed last year and features an 850-seat auditorium and youth fellowship rooms.  This project received the only AIA Hong Kong Honor Award in Architecture in 2015.

Join AIA Hong Kong for a first-hand account of the design and construction of this challenging project with its architect, Prof. Nelson Chen, who started his firm in Hong Kong thirty years ago and continues to lead his award-winning practice while also now heading the School of Architecture at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.  <RSVP

AIA Hong Kong – January 2016 President’s Message

Dear Members and Friends,

What matters to society matters to architects.

Our objectives are to provide solutions for affordable housing, infrastructure, transportation systems, and to impact positively toward a sustainable future. To do those things requires a well thought-out, integrated approach, and teamwork. AIA Hong Kong encourages its members to participate and to share knowledge in order to uphold the quality of design, education and professional practice, and to further improve the quality of our built environment.

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design anthology: Asia Design Dialogue Series

‘Public Space in Hong Kong

Winston Churchill said ‘We shape our buildings, thereafter shape us’. Can the same be said of our cities?

WHEN: 24 February 2016 from 7:00 pm onwards (talk begins at 7:30 pm) But hang around afterwads because a Jazz band begins at 10pm!

WHERE: Salon Number 10 10 Arbuthnot Road, Central Drinks will be available to purchase from the bar at normal pricing, small bar snacks will be made available.


Cassie Blackwell A landscape architect and designer, attained post graudate studies in the UK with a specialisation in landscape preservation. Cassie lectures at the Hong Kong Design Institute.

Massimiliano Dappero An architectectural designer and urban planner, trained in Italy, Massi is a lead consultant for NGO Designing Hong Kong, and has mentored students from the Technical and Higher Education Institute in Hong Kong. Most recently Massi founded the urban design research platform UrbanHack.

Erika Wong Trained at Central St Martina and Art Center college of Design, Wong is a site specific installation artist currently based in Hong Kong. As a public art artist, her work discusses cultural sustainability – cultural stories to unveil the collective memories of a society, and to reveal how intrinsically they are tied to the global consciousness.

Join us for the first session of what we hope will become a series of dialogues around the region on topics close to our hearts: art, design, architecture and urban living. Kicking off the series is a discussion on public spaces. Moderated by Suzy Annetta, founding editor-in-chief of Design Anthology magazine.


Sean Chiao, FAIA Newest Fellow of The American Institute of Architects

It is with great pleasure that AIA Hong Kong announces the elevation of Mr Sean Chiao to Fellow of the Institute (FAIA).

Sean, currently APAC President of AECOM, has been an active member of the AIA since 1995 and will be inducted into the College of Fellows at an investiture ceremony on May 20 during this year’s AIA Convention in Philadelphia.

The AIA Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to Fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of the architect as an individual, but also honors before the public and the profession a model architect who has made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national, or international, level.

The AIA College of Fellows seeks to stimulate a sharing of interests among Fellows, promote the purposes of the Institute, advance the profession of architecture, mentor young architects, and be of ever-increasing service to society.

Please join the Chapter in congratulating Sean Chiao, FAIA, on this honor and on his continued success as an architect and AIA Fellow.