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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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Architecture Field Trip – The Pearl River Delta Megalopolis: Three Cities / Three Scales

The Pearl River Delta Megalopolis, which includes Hong Kong, is the largest urban agglomeration in the world in both size and population. Continuing its role as China’s economic growth engine, the region’s environment has undergone tremendous change in recent years.  Not only has the development of extensive transportation infrastructure enhanced physical connectivity, but architects and urban designers have continued to have a profound impact on the design of buildings, neighborhoods and cities.

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Kenneth Hau, FAIA Newest Fellow of The American Institute of Architects

It is with great pleasure that AIA Hong Kong announces the elevation of Mr Kenneth Hau to Fellow of the Institute (FAIA).  He will be inducted into the College of Fellows at an investiture ceremony on April 28 during this year’s AIA Convention in Florida.

Ken, Director of Modus Architecture, has been an active member of the AIA since 1993.  Previously, he has served as Project Director of Wong & Ouyang for nearly two decades.  A graduate of the University of Texas, School of Architecture, Ken is currently a Registered Architect in Texas, Hong Kong and PRC.  As Immediate Past President 2016 of AIA Hong Kong, he is currently a director of AIA International Region.

The AIA Fellowship program was developed to elevate architects who have made 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 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 Kenneth Hau, FAIA, on this honor and on his continued success as an architect and AIA Fellow.

2017 1st Quarter President’s Message

Dear Members & Friends,

It is with great honor and responsibility that I have taken up the presidency of the Chapter this year. AIAHK20++ is this year’s theme with triple meanings. Firstly, 2017 is a special year for the Chapter as well as Hong Kong SAR as they both celebrate their 20th anniversaries. It is a significant milestone to register as the Chapter has successfully served as a bridge linking US and Hong Kong’s architecture education and professional practice for two decades. Secondly, as one of the oldest components outside of the US, the Hong Kong Chapter as an organization have overcome many challenges over the years to continue to be active and relevant today. It is time to reflect on our strength as well as weakness to seek improvement with the goal of becoming a model component of AIA. Thirdly, with positive energy and optimism, we shall continue the good work in recent years to nurture emerging professionals and leaders to ensure the long term development and success of our Chapter and the profession.

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CUHK 2017 Kinoshita Lecture by Sir David Adjaye

As part of the School of Architecture’s 25th Anniversary celebrations, the CUHK Kinoshita Lecture in Architecture 2017, titled “Geography, Community, Culture: Designing for Context”, will be given by award-winning London-based architect Sir David Adjaye. The lecture explores how Adjaye’s designs have emerged from a rigorous investigation of their context, including the nuances of their histories and geographies, and how this is an essential component for creating architecture that resonates with its users and surrounding communities. The lecture will be at 5:30pm on Thursday, March 2.  Please RSVP by 28 February 2017 if you would like to attend the lecture.