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Intuitive BIM for Architects – Archicad | March 11, 2021

 

Dear AIA Members and Friends

Building Information Model (BIM) has been around for 20 years. By now, although most of us are familiar with the benefits of this technology, we too often see BIM implemented as a supplement to traditional 2D drafting, rather than as the basis – typically to meet project submission requirements.

In this workshop, we will introduce an open BIM platform by Graphisoft that is highly intuitive and fully supports the way architects work and collaborate.

Archicad was conceived first and foremost to enable architects to take a project from concept design through to construction administration. Familiar processes such as trace overlays and immersive first-person perspective modeling are supplemented by the latest in BIM, allowing project teams to spend more time designing and less time drafting.

You can use your smartphone, tablet or PC to join. Install the zoom.us application prior to the meeting.

1. Please use your real name for registration so that we can credit 1 LU to you.
2. All attendees should mute their audio during the presentation to avoid signal interference.
3. On this occasion, only the host and panellists will be allowed to speak.
4. You may, however, type questions in the Q&A box at the bottom of your zoom screen.
5. The panellists will review your questions and provide responses, time allowing.
6. The presentation will be recorded.

Please register in advance, here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JM50jLWMSjSb3lVtv4T6BA

 


 

Speaker’s Profile

 

Eugenio Fontan
• Master in Architecture – UPM (Spain)
• ARB Registered Architect
• HKIBIM Member

Eugenio Fontan is currently based in Hong Kong and has more than 12 years of experience on different kinds of projects using BIM in combination with other technologies. He has practiced in Europe, the Middle East and South-East Asia and is a Co-Founder of Enzyme APD, an international architecture and technology implementation firm. Currently with GRAPHISOFT, Eugenio utilizes BIM software to increase architects’ productivity and efficiency on a consultancy basis.

During this webinar, Eugenio will showcase how an intuitive BIM technology can be used to automate the production of documents and data to enhance productivity, reduce the frequency of errors and save time, allowing designers to focus on making better and more sustainable architecture.

 

First Projects Conversation Series: Paul Tse + Evelyn Ting | February 25, 2021

 

 

Dear Members,

 

 

AIA Hong Kong is excited to announce First Projects, a series of conversations about “the construction of a practice” with talented young individuals who have initiated and maintained a career in architecture and design.

 

Architects from Hong Kong, the US and the Asia-Pacific region will reflect upon how their firm started – be it a first house, a lost competition, an unsolicited proposal, or a work on paper – and how that became the catalyst for the architectural adventures they are in now.

 

We will kick off this series with Paul Tse AIA and Evelyn Ting AIA, co-founders and directors of New Office Works (NOW).

 

February 25, 2021 (Thursday)

7:30pm – 9:30pm (HKT)

Zoom Link (Registration):

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_eBhrp9CURzuViBebdzGhiw

 

You can use your smartphone, tablet or PC to join. Install the zoom.us application prior to the meeting.

 

  1. Please use your real name for registration so that we can credit 2 LUs to you.
  2. All attendees should mute their audio during the presentation to avoid signal interference.
  3. On this occasion, only the host and panellists will be allowed to speak.
  4. You may, however, type questions in the Q&A box at the bottom of your zoom screen.
  5. The panellists will review your questions and provide responses, time allowing.
  6. The presentation will be recorded.

 

 


 

 

Speakers’ Profiles

 

 

Paul Tse, AIA

 

Paul is Co-founder and Design Director of New Office Works (NOW), and a registered architect in the State of New York. With over ten years of professional experience in London, Shanghai, New York and Beijing, Paul leads design and project management on architecture and interior projects. He received his Master of Architecture from RMIT University in Melbourne, and his Master in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University GSAPP, where he was awarded the Honor Award for Excellence in Design. He is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and winner of the 2019 DFA Young Talent Design Award.

 

 

Evelyn Ting, AIA

 

Evelyn is Co-founder and Managing Director of New Office Works (NOW), and a registered architect in the State of Massachusetts. With experience in architecture and editorial work environments, Evelyn oversees both architecture projects and research initiatives and publications. She received her Master of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University. She was a teaching assistant for MIT’s Graduate Core Design Studio and was part of the curatorial team for the U.S pavilion at the 14th Venice Biennale. She is currently a Lecturer at the University of Hong Kong.

 

 

New Office Works (NOW)

 

New Office Works (NOW) is an architecture and design studio devoted to the production of inventive spaces and objects. Based in Hong Kong, the office creates projects that build upon the vocabulary accumulated “then” while satisfying the needs and desires of “now.” From buildings and interiors to art installations and furniture, each project encompasses an exploration of detail and material. The design process is a rigorous search for surprising results through hands-on crafting and making of models and prototypes, and careful studies of textures and finishes. NOW was named by Archdaily one of the Best Young Practices of 2020, and has won numerous competitions such as 1st prize in the inaugural Hong Kong Young Architects & Designers Competition. The office is also recognized by various international awards such as Perspective Magazine’s 40 Under 40 and the Architecture MasterPrize. Recently completed projects include the West Kowloon Pavilion, Hong Kong Design Centre, and a retail pavilion for DFS Group in Vietnam.

 

AIA Hong Kong Chapter Office – Chinese New Year Holiday Arrangement

 

Dear Members and Friends of AIA Hong Kong,

Happy Chinese New Year! Please be informed of our office arrangement over the holiday:

Feb 11: Office closes from 4:00pm for Chinese New Year’s Eve
Feb 12 – 19: Office closes for Chinese New Year holiday
Feb 22: COVID Office Hours resume:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday – PMQ office opens 10.00am – 5.00pm.
Tuesday, Thursday – Remote support

Stay Safe! We wish you and your family a healthy year of the Ox!

Warmest regards,
EXCO

Learning from Bishop Hill | February 18, 2021

 

 

Dear Members,

 

The Bishop Hill reservoir recently became “the talk of the town” when the underground structure was exposed during demolition and, with all the public attention, it’s very likely that the reservoir will now be conserved in one way or another. In our first webinar of 2021, we would like to explore how we might improve architectural conservation policies in Hong Kong by looking at other cities’ experience.

 

Shita Lam, who discovered the site in 2017 while doing research for her master’s thesis, will take us through the research she’s done with input from Architect Nicky Wong, founder of Hong Kong Heritage Exploration and Structural Engineer Marc Frost.

 

Fredo Cheung, Vice-President of the Hong Kong Institute of Architectural Conservationists will explain Hong Kong’s current heritage building grading system. Jennifer Lang, current Director of the MSc (Conservation) program at HKU, will discuss the US heritage conservation system based on her 30 years of experience there.

 

Professor Puay-peng Ho, Mr. Lee Chi Ming and John Raphael Miminas will join the session to explore possible strategies for further architectural conservation in the territory.

 

This event is supported by The Hong Kong Institute of Architectural Conservationists (HKICON)  and The Institution of Civil Engineers, Hong Kong Association (ICE HKA).

 

You can use your smartphone, tablet or PC to join. Install the zoom.us application prior to the meeting.

 

  1. Please use your real name for registration so that we can credit 2 LUs to you.
  2. All attendees should mute their audio during the presentation to avoid signal interference.
  3. On this occasion, only the host and panellists will be allowed to speak.
  4. You may, however, type questions in the Q&A box at the bottom of your zoom screen.
  5. The panellists will review your questions and provide responses, time allowing.
  6. The presentation will be recorded.

 

Please register in advance, here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_K1PIsOj4TbOgFeWJhG95pw

 

This webinar will also be available on FB live. If you use this platform instead of zoom, please be sure to leave your name and AIA number in the FB live comment box to ensure that you will be credited with the LUs.

https://www.facebook.com/aiahkchapter

 


 

Speakers’ Profiles

 

Shita Lam Ka Wai 
M.Arch; M.A. (Phil); BSSc (Arch Studies)(Hons)

 

Shita Lam holds BSSc (Arch Studies), Master of Architecture and Master of Arts in Philosophy degrees from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and is a Graduate Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects.

Lam’s research interest is concentrated on sacral architecture. During her 2018 study of urban voids in Hong Kong, she discovered the disused Bishop Hill underground service reservoir / balancing tank for which she proposed an adaptive reuse meditation space as her thesis. The reservoir subsequently gained prominent media attention in late 2020 when it was uncovered during demolition – which has since been suspended. Conservation grading by the Antiquities and Monuments Office will now be carried out while Lam continues her architectural research on the site.

 

Fredo Cheung
BA (Architectural Studies) HKU; Master of Architecture HKU; MSc (Conservation) HKU; HKICON

 

Fredo Cheung is the Vice-President of the Hong Kong Institute of Architectural Conservationists (HKICON).  Before embarking on a career in heritage preservation, he worked at Leigh & Orange and, later, Ronald Lu & Partners, specializing in the design of institutional buildings in Hong Kong, Mainland China and the Middle East, and was involved in several award winning projects over the years. His encounter with heritage issues during his early career spurred his later interest in architectural conservation. Upon completion of his studies in the HKU Architectural Conservation Programme, he began to develop a portfolio of projects as a heritage consultant. Currently, he divides his time between teaching and pursuing his PhD.

 

 

Jennifer Lang
PhD HKU; MSc (Conservation) HKU; MS (Historic Preservation) Columbia University; BA (Art History) NYU

 

Jennifer Lang is an architectural historian and building conservationist with more than 30 years of combined professional and academic experience in built-heritage conservation. Currently, she is the Director of the MSc (Conservation) program and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong where she teaches graduate students in architectural conservation. She is the immediate past president of HKICON (Hong Kong Institute of Architectural Conservationists).

Jennifer has extensive experience documenting and evaluating industrial architecture and infrastructure. Notably, she has worked as a senior architectural historian for an environmental consulting firm in California documenting water conveyance systems, hydroelectric power stations and railroad features for the National Register Of Historic Places and for the California Register of Historical Resources.

Jennifer has a BA in Art History from NYU, an MS in Historic Preservation from Columbia University, and both an MS in Conservation and a PhD in Architecture from Hong Kong University. Her dissertation focused on the industrial architecture and company town housing of the Taikoo Sugar Refinery built by the Swire Company in Hong Kong from the 1880s to the 1970s.

 

 

Ho Puay Peng 
UNESCO Chair on Architectural Heritage Conservation and Management in Asia
Professor and Head – Department of Architecture – National University of Singapore

 

Professor Ho holds the UNESCO Chair on Architectural Heritage Conservation and Management in Asia and is currently Head of the Department of Architecture, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore.

Having close to 30 years of experience in academia, Puay-Peng’s main research interests are in architectural history and conservation practices, and in how such knowledge can be translated into teaching and practice. Prior to joining NUS in 2017, Puay-Peng was Professor of Architecture and Director of the School of Architecture and University Dean of Students at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Sustaining his research is the quest to understand religious cultures and their architectural forms, while his main focus is the Buddhist architecture and rituals of medieval China.

Puay-Peng has been a conservation consultant, architect and adviser on some one hundred conservation projects in Hong Kong and Singapore since 2003, including the Police Married Quarters (PMQ), Haw Par Villa, Comix Homebase, Oil Street Art Space, the Court of Final Appeal, and the New Campus for Chicago University Booth School – all of which are in Hong Kong. He has also been appointed to many public and private boards and committees including Chairman of the Lord Wilson Heritage Trust; member of the Town Planning Board, the Antiquities Advisory Board, and, currently, the Senior Advisory Board of Global Heritage Fund; and as a Patron of the International Dunhuang Project of The British Library.

 

 

John Raphael Miminas
B.Arch; MSc UD; MSc CHB; SAR MSA MRAIC

 

John Miminas is an architectural designer with more than 18 years of combined architecture, urban design and heritage conservation experience. He recently joined Roger Mears Architects, London, where he is realising his dream of repairing historic church buildings and other places of worship.

Prior to this he helped establish the Queen Street West Conservation Area in Toronto, Canada. He is now involved with the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage which seeks to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on church buildings by helping manage, quantify and accelerate urgent repairs and sensitive maintenance.John has led the conservation and refurbishment of Grade II, Grade II* and Grade I listed buildings throughout London, including 18th century Georgian terrace houses, government buildings and the Royal Albert Hall.

John is a graduate of the Carleton University School of Architecture, Ottawa, Canada where he received his BArch; The Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL) for his MSc in Urban Design; and the University of Bath where he obtained his MSc in Conservation of Historic Buildings. He is a registered architect in Sweden.

 

Ir LEE Chi Ming

FICE, MHKIE, CEng, BSc (Eng) (Civil), MSc (Urban Planning), MSc (IDM)

 

Ir LEE Chi Ming is the Board Chairman of CarbonCare InnoLab, an NGO dedicated to exploring opportunities for action, innovation and awareness on climate change and carbon reduction for the people of Hong Kong. He is also the vice-chairman of the local think tank Land Watch, which specializes in the study of local land use policy. He is a director of Beeinventor, a company focusing on IoT (Internet of Things) technology to create smart products for improving both the health and safety of workers and the management of construction sites.

Ir LEE was the chairman of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Hong Kong Association (2013-2015) and the Hong Kong Representative to the ICE Council (2013-2017). Before his retirement from the Water Supplies Department after 32 years of service, he was the head of the Design Division, overseeing the design and construction of projects worth more than HK$4 billion. He has extensive experience in project planning, finance and management as well as in EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) and other sustainability studies.

 

AIA Hong Kong – January 2021 Newsletter

 

 

AIA 2021 – Serve and Inspire

Dear Members and Friends,

Greetings, and a warm welcome! This is our first AIA Hong Kong Chapter Newsletter of 2021.

I want to begin with a note of gratitude to our 2020 President, Vicky Chan, and to EXCO, and committee members for their distinguished service. Despite the challenges brought on by COVID, the Chapter offered no fewer than 13 LUs and 17 HSW/LUs over a host of webinars, FAIA speaker series, and a spirited design competition jointly hosted with RIBA to design community spaces for our past Community Citation winner, Light Be. These events told stories of resilience in our community, investigated wellness trends, debated deep learning in places of work, and explored the future of automated design and sustainable urban developments. They were well attended by local members and brought us closer to overseas chapters.

I would also like to recognize Yimei Chan, our Chapter’s first GBA representative, who, together with Florence Chan, 2020 secretary and 2021 vice president, have amassed a core group of architects in the region ready to collaborate with the Chapter.

On Chapter matters, I am pleased to welcome Graphisoft into our Corporate Affiliate program. As one of the leading champions for Open BIM, Graphisoft will share the latest trends and capabilities of BIM platforms in an upcoming series of seminars and deep-dive workshops.

The 2021-25 Strategic Plan is now complete. Special thanks to Scott Brooks for leading the strategic planning process; to Megan Donges and Yimei Chan for their direction during the formulation of the program; to Yimei, Yanshun Lee, and Christian Low for studying the strategic plans of other National Components for background information; to Yina Ng for shepherding the member survey from concept to collation of results; to Valerie Or for her valuable contributions throughout, and particularly for digesting volumes of National Component strategic planning reports; and to Nelson Chen, FAIA, for distilling the output from our planning workshops into the core statements that form the basis of our 2021-2025 Strategic Blueprint. More details to come on our website and posts, so do keep an eye out for them. In the meantime, I invite each of you to read the member survey summary report and, in particular, the top seven most requested items on page 6 of the report, which underpins our focus this year.

 

 

With that in mind, the 2021 theme to “Serve and Inspire” frames our strategy:

◦       To serve is to commit to the betterment of others, and to lead by doing, and thereby

◦       To inspire future generations of Citizen Architects

To grow our membership, we need to invest in our members and partners, current and future.

So this year, in addition to traditional building tours, technical seminars, and workshops, our programs committee, led by members Fei Mui and Su Chang, will be working closely with YAG chair Hinki Kwong to launch a series of initiatives aimed at promoting emerging practices, supporting aspiring Architects on their path to licensure, and implementing mentorship programs for all.

–    The First project series will invite emerging practices both from within the membership as well as from around the world to share stories about their first commissions.

–    In conjunction with grumpy hours, fire-side chats will aim to provide emotional and profes-sional support in a more casual setting. This will be a precursor to the formal mentoring program in the works.

–    The Path to US Licensure will invite students from HKU, CUHK, Chu Hai College and CityU, all schools with HKIA accredited architecture programs to join YAG chair Hinki Kwong as he speaks with local graduates Dennis Cheung, Su Chang, and Josely Lam on their experiences and progression from local universities to the US and back. This event will be co-hosted with HKU, CUHK, Chu Hai College, and CityU.

–    Open BIM workshops with Graphisoft will showcase the latest trend towards inclusive, open platform BIM collaborations, and follow on deep-dive workshops.

The first few confirmed events from these series will be as follows:

February 8th       YAG: Path to US Licensure

February 18th     Programs: Rediscovering Bishop Hill Reservoir

February 25th     Programs: First Project Sereis / New Office Works

March 11th          Programs: BIM and Computational Design / Graphisoft

June 11th            Programs: First Project Series / Kwong Vong Linow

October 8th         Programs: First Project Series / Chenchow Little

Please subscribe to the program’s calendar here and stay tuned to announcements for upcoming events. With a bit of luck, we shall resume physical events in Q2 / Q3. In the meantime, if you have any program suggestions and/or would like to submit a question to the Q&A portion of our events, please put the event name on the subject line and email your suggestion/questions to programs@aiahk.org by February 12th.

The Chapter is what we make of it. It is my honor to serve with such a committed team, and I look forward to meeting each and every one of you in due course.

Special thanks also to past president Kevin Lim who has agreed to stay on as our IR representative this year, to Caroline Chou for stepping up as treasurer, Ivy Tam for her years of service as membership chair, Joyce Lam, our incoming membership chair, Elva Tang, for a stellar job on H&A, Mona Yeung incoming H&A chair, and Peter Basmajian, who continues his long history of serving members and the Chapter by chairing, and hosting, the Nominating Committee for the 10th consecutive year.

Lastly, I would like to recognize the following individuals who have given their time to serve on Chapter committees in 2020, many of whom are staying on in 2021.

COMMUNICATIONS

Catherine Kao

Scott Brooks

HONORS & AWARDS

Elva Tang

MEMBERSHIP

Nick Chan

Brian Cheung

Tommy Siu

Ivy Tam

NOMINATING

Christine Bruckner

Nelson Chen

Yimei Chan

Darryl Custer

Sujata Govada

Anderson Lee

Simon Leung

Christian Low

Eric Schuldenfrei

Peter Cookson Smith

Peter Basmajian

PROGRAMS

Robert Dani

David Fung

Hinki Kwong

Sunnie Lau

Carlwin Martirez

Fei Mui

Betty Ng

Evelyn Ting

Po Tin

Paul Tse

Winston Yeo

YAG

Caroline Chou
Warm Regards,

Winston Yeo, AIA

2021 President

 

Thank You Letter from President 2020

 

Dear Members,

Happy New Year to you all!

I would like to take this opportunity to say Thank You to all our members for your continued support through a challenging year. Despite COVID, we were able to provide 30 Continuing Education credits through virtual events, building tours and collaboration programs.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the following members who have made 2020 a successful year for the AIA Hong Kong Chapter.

  • Immediate Past President: Kevin Limfor his continued guidance of the Executive Committee and coordination with the International Region;

  Vice President/ President-elect 2020: Winston Yeo for his double duty on EXCO and as Programs Committee chair;

  Secretary: Florence Chan for her coordination and maintenance of our Chapter records, and communication with AIA National to continue to improve Chapter operations;

  Treasurer: Sung Lee for safeguarding our finances and maintaining our self-sufficiency;

  Communications Chair: Scott Brooks for completing our long-term strategic plan and for working with Catherine Cao to develop a social media strategy;

   Honors & Awards Chair: Elva Tang for coordinating the Chapter’s first virtual adjudication and award ceremony;

  Membership Chair: Ivy Tam for maintaining our Corporate Affiliate relationships and for seeking out new opportunities to enlarge the AIA Hong Kong community;

  Nominating Chair: Peter Basmajian for helping bring our attention to individuals and organizations that made significant contributions to our built environment and the community at large;

  YAG Chair: Caroline Chou for maintaining virtual study classes for our emerging members;

  Past Presidents: Nelson Chen, Peter Basmajian, Ronald Lu, Fanny Lee, William Lim, Christine Bruckner, J Lee Rofkind, Christian Low, Sujata Govada, Ken Hau, Christian Low, Rex Wong and Anderson Lee for guiding the 2020 EXCO.

Thank you all once again for your continued support. We are looking forward to an exciting 2021 from the new Executive Committee.

 

Vicky Chan, AIA

President 2020

 

Affordable Housing Symposium | December 14, 2020

 

Dear Members,

We will announce the results of our annual design competition for Communal Space Enhancement with Light Be (LB) on December 14.

Due to the worsening COVID-19 situation, the symposium will be held virtually on Zoom and Facebook live. Our speaker from Light Be will present the LB affordable housing concept, followed by presentations from the four competition finalists. We will announce the results on the same day.

Domat will present their design for affordable housing, followed by a panel discussion with Alex Jones, Goman Ho, Ray Zee and the four finalists.

The Zoom Registration Link

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_MOMAdc2ZQget7aYaSncKBw

 


 

The Four Finalists

 

Team-05

Project Name: Vitamin

  1. Kwok Tsz Yi Sandy
  2. Chan Yuen Wai Christy

 

Team-08

Project Name: Light Housing

  1. Angie Wong
  2. Natalie Lu
  3. Joshua Shum
  4. Jefferson Chan
  5. Justin Cheng

 

Team-12

Project Name: Communitopia

 Yimei Chan

  1. Ann Yan
  2. Yiwen Zhan
  3. Lucas Lau
  4. Zhiwei Zhang
  5. Siqi Liang

 

Team-18

Project Name: Connect-Maximize-Develop

  1. Lee Nip Man, Mandy
  2. Tse Yu Hin

 

 

Building Tour: The Open University of Hong Kong Jockey Club Institute of Healthcare | November 28, 2020

 

The new OUHK Jockey Club Institute of Healthcare will be situated on Sheung Shing Street, opposite the Open University’s Ho Man Tin Main Campus. The site, at a major traffic interchange and on a steep slope, posed numerous design challenges but also generated an innovative and vibrant circulation concept called “GREEN OU LINK” to achieve these three goals:

         Everywhere is learning

         Engaging with greenery

         Community connector

The 13-storey building will be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including lecture theatres and nursing laboratories; allied health laboratories and a psychology laboratory; a special education needs centre, learning commons, student activity and active learning classrooms. The academic concourse comprises open stairs, pathways and alcoves to promote walking and offer flexible, relaxed learning spaces. More than 30 percent of the Institute will be wrapped in greenery to harmonize with the adjacent public park and unify the neighborhood.

There are only 24 slots available for this tour and our guests will be split into three groups, each one guided by an architect from Ronald Lu & Partners.

During the tour, guests are required to:

1.         Wear shoe coverings (these will be provided by OU for visiting the conference hall)
2.         Wear a surgical mask during the entire visit
3.         NOT consume any food or drink during the visit
4.         NOT take photos of the nursing lab and/or the Chinese Medicinal Lab.

Please RSVP at rsvp@aiahk.org with your full name, membership number and number of tickets by 5:00pm on Thursday November 26 (maximum of 2 tickets per each registration) and, if you have any questions, contact the Chapter office at rsvp@aiahk.org / 2882-6011.

Priority will be given to AIA members and attendees will receive 1.5 LUs/HSW.  We look forward to seeing you there!


 

Tour Leaders’ Profiles

 

Albert CW Ng, Associate Director

Albert holds both a Bachelor of Architecture degree and a BSc in Design Studies from the University of New South Wales, Australia. He joined Ronald Lu & Partners in 1995 and has a regional portfolio that includes projects for all sectors in Australia; infrastructure and building works in Hong Kong, Macau and China; and a comprehensive development in Bangkok, Thailand.

 

Kenneth CK Wong, Director

Kenneth is a registered architect in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom, an Authorized Person (Architect) and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He has over 20 years working experience as an Architect in England and Hong Kong on a wide range of projects, from commercial shopping centres and residential developments to railway stations and railway related property developments.

 

Maxx KH Leung, Architectural Assistant

Maxx Leung graduated from RMIT University with a Master’s Degree of Architecture in 2011. He returned to Hong Kong to start his career in 2012 and joined Ronald Lu & Partners in 2015. He is currently working on Alterations and Additions to the Salisbury Garden in Tsim Sha Tsui and on another educational building for The Open University of Hong Kong in Ho Man Tin.

 

Partners


 

Design Advocates for Underserved Communities

Dear Members and Friends,

Design Advocates is a collaborative, nonprofit network of independent design firms and individuals who work together with small businesses and organizations in disadvantaged communities to adapt their spaces and operations to COVID-19, and beyond. An advocate for the potential of small firms and interdisciplinary / collaborative practice, architect and Design Advocates’ co-founder and board president, Michael Chen will present recent work by the group, as well as his own firm’s civic-minded projects. He will also discuss the potential of citizen science, collaboration and craft and how these can serve both communities in need and the public good.

You can use your smartphone, tablet or PC to join. Install the zoom.us application prior to the meeting.

  1. Please use your real name for registration so that we can credit 1 LU/HSW to you.
  2. All attendees should mute their audio during the presentation to avoid signal interference.
  3. On this occasion, only the host and panellists will be allowed to speak.
  4. You may, however, type questions in the Q&A box at the bottom of your zoom screen
  5. The panellists will review your questions and provide responses, time allowing.
  6. The presentation will be recorded.

Please register in advance here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RrH7XiOoRnGdELQA9_MHhw

 


 

Presenter’s Profile

Michael K. Chen AIA
Michael is a co-founder of Design Advocates and principal of Michael K. Chen Architecture (MKCA) with offices based in New York City.

He studied architecture at the University of California, Berkeley and at Columbia University, and now teaches design studios and seminars at Pratt Institute School of Architecture. Michael previously taught at UC Berkeley, Cornell, Columbia, and the Parsons School of Design.

He is the recipient of grants for independent research from the Graham Foundation, Pratt Institute, Columbia University and the Van Alen Institute, and was the 2004 John Dinkeloo Fellow at the American Academy in Rome.

 

AIA Hong Kong – September 2020 Newsletter

 


Updates from EXCO


 

Dear Members,

 

Thank you for supporting our Honors & Awards Program. Despite the unprecedented challenges we are all facing this year, we are pleased to see that many of you invested substantial time and effort and we now have an outstanding collection of entries. We received almost the same number of submissions as in 2019, an inspiring testament to our members’ belief in the importance of an AIA Hong Kong design award.

In the third quarter, we continued to host design-focused webinars and expanded our range by curating two special events on land use and landscape design, both of which were well attended. We will continue to diversify our selection of topics so that every member can obtain what he or she needs from what is on offer. If you have suggestions for future programs, please feel free to email the Chapter office at info@aiahk.org.

As we approach the end of 2020, we also hope to host some in-person events. If the law allows, these will include grumpy hours at the PMQ office, and a Housing Symposium at The Mills, to announce the result of the Light Be Design Competition on December 14th.

Please mark your calendar for our Annual General Meeting which will take place on October 27th, when we will vote for our next EXCO and present an update on the Chapter’s finances and operations for this year.

We have also concluded a member survey and Phase 1 of our strategic plan for 2025, which will be announced early in the fourth quarter.

 


Third Quarter Webinars


 

Lantau Tomorrow Vision provided an opportunity for a heated debate between the presenter, Tom Yam, and our panelists who considered the topic of the proposed reclamation on Lantau and its environmental impact. There was some good news about the health of aquatic life in Hong Kong’s harbor, and members were excited to see more citizen architect’s efforts to promote change.

A recording of the webinar is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wL9VkQ5cFdU

 

 


 

Landscape in Urban Spaces attracted many seasoned AIA members hoping to effect change. Mathew Pryor, FHKILA, presented some very insightful research on the benefits of rooftop farming in Hong Kong. Steven Cantor, ASLA, filled in many technical details on landscaping and green rooftop design. The duo got the members very excited about the future of landscape in our city – including the potential for renewable energy and productive rooftop farms.

A recording of the webinar is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhwSKgDjZuk

 

 


 

Visually Dynamic Façades gave members valuable insights into the coil and extrusion industry via an expert from Sherwin-Williams and Florence Chan, AIA, who gave us a brief introduction to how KPF uses coil and extrusion on their buildings in China.

A recording of the webinar is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWeYATee6ls

 

 


Citizen Architects


 

AIA Members, Michael Luk, Janice Hui, Kevin Lim and Vicky Chan worked with Asia Society Hong Kong to deliver a 4-part webinar exploring the heritage value of architecture via sketching, history and model making. Although the volunteers weren’t able to meet the students in person, the zoom lectures were successful and resulted in a broad range of impressive models and sketches by the young students.

 

Michael Luk

 

 

 


 

Thomas Schmidt AIA NCARB ANZIA LEED AP WELL AP

Venus Rover Award Announcement

Founder and Managing Director of Sepia Design Consultants Limited, Thomas Schmidt was recently awarded an Honorable Mention in the NASA Exploring Hell: Avoiding Obstacles on a Clockwork Rover design competition. Organized by HeroX, the design challenge called for a mechanically based obstacle sensor system for a rover that would be able to withstand the extreme temperatures and pressures on the surface of Venus. The international design competition attracted 572 entries from more than 80 countries. Schmidt’s solution was among the top 15 entries that received awards from the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

 

 


Members News


 

Hinki Kwong Assoc. AIA

Hinki Kwong recently completed all seven sections of the Architect Registration Exam (ARE) and is now waiting for the final paperwork to complete his registration. In addition to volunteering with the Programs Committee, Hinki participated in our ARE study group for the last two years and has now donated his study materials to AIA.

 

 


New Corporate Affiliates


 

Neolith

Neolith is the market-leading brand of Sintered Stone, a revolutionary new product that has become a material of choice for architects, designers, specifiers and fabricators. This material can be specified for the most demanding interior and exterior building projects. Combining high-definition detailed decoration with high-performance qualities, Neolith offers the triple reassurance of strength, beauty and longevity. Tried, tested and trusted, Neolith’s combination of realistic appearance, high performance and versatile formats make it a go-to material for a wide range of projects.

Neolith is the optimum surfacing material for both indoor and outdoor applications. From tower façades to kitchen countertops, Neolith’s physical and mechanical characteristics deliver ultimate performance, unmatched beauty and long-term value.

 

 


 

Amtrac

Established in 1988, Amtrac is a one-stop furnishing resource for hospitality designers, developers, institutions and private clients.

Our comprehensive furnishing products include furniture, lighting, wardrobe, wall unit, rug and accessories. Over the years our product range has expanded to include a variety of architectural and landscape products. These include a broad range of timber products, architectural stonework and metal work, clock system, street furniture, auditorium and stadium seating, outdoor furniture, outdoor lighting, shade and gazebo, pots and planters. Our products are selected for their design, quality, value, and environmental friendliness.

Today we are proud to have served many developers, hotel groups, private and public institutions in Hong Kong, China and Asia Pacific areas.

 

 


News from Our Corporate Affiliates


 

Dyson

How Dyson Helps To Reduce Carbon Footprint

At Dyson we strive to use technology to solve problems, be more sustainable, and contribute to mankind. Since 1983, our bagless vacuum cleaners have saved billions of vacuum bags from clogging landfills.

In 2006, Dyson launched Airblade™ hand dryers, to dry hands quickly and hygienically without the need to use paper towels. This can help to reduce up to 85% of CO2 emissions per hand dry. Since then, it has become a sustainable solution for many sectors including M+ Museum, Hong Kong FT Life Tower, Guangzhou Taikoo Hui and Serpentine Galleries, London.