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Architectural Education and Practice

AIA Hong Kong’s 20th Anniversary Symposium 2017, Architectural Education and Practice, is scheduled for Saturday, June 24, at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center.  Through bringing together a group of distinguished architecture educators/practitioners from the United States, Canada, Mainland China and Hong Kong, we hope to create a platform to explore the evolving dynamics of our profession for current and future generations of architects.  Registration opens in early June.

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CUHK 21st MArch Graduation Show

You are cordially invited to the Opening Ceremony, at The Rotunda, Exchange Square at 6:30 pm this Friday, May 19. The ceremony will begin at 6:30 pm with an opening address by Dr. Edward Yiu, Legislative Council Member. This occasion intends to provide a platform for interaction and exchanging ideas among academics, professionals, and the public.

A’17 – AIA Conference on Architecture 2017

Ken Hau, FAIA, of AIA Hong Kong was honored at an investiture ceremony at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2017 in Orlando on April 28, 2017. Joining Ken at the ceremony are chapter delegates President Rex Wong, AIA, Vice President/ President-elect Anderson Lee, AIA, and Secretary Vikki Lew, AIA.

Shown above are Ken with 2015 President Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA; Ken receiving the Fellowship medal from Chancellor Lenore M. Lucey, FAIA, and President Thom Vonier, FAIA. The investiture ceremony was held at Dr. Philip Center for the Performing Arts.

Congratulations to Ken Hau, FAIA!

Happy Centennial Birthday, Mr. Pei!

Mr. Ieoh Ming Pei, FAIA, Pritzker Laureate, and architect of some of the world’s most acclaimed buildings, celebrated his centennial birthday on April 26. Among his renowned works, The Grand Louvre in Paris has been selected for the 2017 AIA Twenty-five Year Award. (Photos courtesy of Sherman Kung, AIA)

 

 

2017 2nd Quarter President’s Message

Dear Members & Friends:

On my recent trip to Washington DC representing the Hong Kong Chapter at the annual AIA Grassroots Leadership Conference, I have personally experienced the response from civic society to the new political leadership’s perceived protectionist agenda.  With over 500 delegates mostly representing US domestic components in attendance, the conference main themes unapologetically embrace global issues such as the Paris Agreement addressing climate change and UN Habitat III’s New Urban Agenda.  Together with the recent response by National on the authority’s proposed Travel Ban, I think AIA has taken a clear position to advocate universal values that relates to the architecture profession.  It also demonstrates the different forces constantly working to counter balance one another in a democratic society.

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Architecture 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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He Jianxiang: The Hidden City

As part of CUHK New Chinese Architecture Series, this lecture will show O-office’s critical observation and architectural practices in the Pearl River Delta region, which witnessed an unprecedented wave of urbanisation driven by the spirit of “making” and “mass production”. The architect attempts to rediscover the hidden proxemics within the unstoppable urban process that has seemingly swallowed the original urban-rural structure built through history in the region. Constructed in four interrelated episodes – arch-scenario, urban ruin, the village-city and landscape – the lecture presents O-office’s alternative design strategy and micro space-time operation mostly in fragments within the vast urban mise-en-scène which has been dominating the region’s geography.  He Jianxiang is a founding partner of Guangzhou-based O-office Architects and Visiting Lecturer of the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. He has won major national and international awards, including Iconic Awards and Design for Asia Awards, and was featured as a Design Vanguard in 2015 by Architectural Record. He was also an acclaimed speaker at Emerge! AIA Hong Kong Young Architects Forum last year. The lecture will be held at CUHK on March 23, 2017.  AIA members please RSVP via the Chapter online or at info@aiahk.org

 

ARE Study Group

At present, Hong Kong is one of three site outside of the U.S. where ARE is offered.  Led by licensed AIA Hong Kong members, our study sessions integrate content review, study strategies, tips and tricks, and sample questions.  If you would like to be added to the notification list related to ARE, email our Young Architects Group at emergingprofessionals@aiahk.org  Be sure to include your full name, affiliation, email address, and any particular areas of interest.  In next session, we will cover structure, building systems, and programming.  The meeting will be held at our chapter office in PMQ on Saturday, May 6. Space is limited, RSVP below or via info@aiahk.org

 

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.  http://www.arch.cuhk.edu.hk/event/kinoshita-lecture-architecture-david-adjaye-adjaye-associates/