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Symposium on Architectural Education and Practice

In celebration of its 20th Anniversary, the Hong Kong Chapter of The American Institute of Architects is proud to present the Symposium on Architectural Education and Practice: Educating Practice | Practicing Education at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center on June 24, 2017.

The education of an architect and the practice of architecture have always enjoyed a symbiotic, if not polemical, relationship since the introduction of the Beaux-Arts system of teaching, learning, and practicing more than two and a half centuries ago. Most architecture students acquire the skill of out-of-the-box thinking at school but only encounter the realities of building science, construction technologies, market demands, building codes and regulations upon entering the professional arena. More than ever, architects are facing a rapidly changing society and a built environment that demands a redefinition of professional practice as well as pedagogy.

The symposium will address the following concerns:

  • How is architectural education shaping future generations of architects?
  • How do educators keep up with teaching both the methods and protocols that demonstrate architecture graduates’ abilities, as well as the values that reflect the current state of the society?
  • How does the profession maintain or even increase its relevance and influence at the intersection of design and construction, education and practice?
  • How have the curriculums been adjusted to address the complexity and multi-faceted nature of the practice today?
  • How do these changes in pedagogy influence and inform the practice?
  • How do architects contribute to the making of contemporary buildings? And would/could this contribution redefine the current practice of architecture?

With these questions and many more, the symposium brings together an ensemble of international architects, who are both award-winning practitioners and educators at leading institutions, to share their professional works and their views on teaching and research. It guarantees to be a thought-provoking afternoon with presentations and panel discussions.

Symposium speakers include:

Laura Briggs
Head and Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design
Partner, BriggsKnowles Studio

Nelson Chen
Director and Professor of Practice, School of Architecture, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Principal Architect, Nelson Chen Architects Ltd

Preston Scott Cohen
Former Chair and Professor of Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Founder, Preston Scott Cohen, Inc.

Brian McGrath
Former Dean and Professor of Urban Design, Parsons School of Constructed Environments
Founder, Urban-Interface, LLC

Nasrine Seraji
Head of Department and Professor, Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong,
Founding Partner, Atelier Seraji Architectes & Associes

Richard Sommer
Dean and Professor, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto
Founder, borfax/B.L.U.

Nader Tehrani
Dean and Professor, Cooper Union Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture
Founder, NADAAA

Li Zhang
Associate Dean and Professor, Tsinghua University School of Architecture
Partner, TeamMinus, Beijing

We thank Asia Society and Rhode Island School of Design Alumni Association for being partnering organisations of this symposium. AIA members receive 5.0 LUs/HSW for full attendance. Join us for a thought provoking afternoon, RSVP here.

 

Partnering Organizations

Supporting Organizations

 

 

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!

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 Building Design and Construction Systems (BDCS).  The meeting will be held at our chapter office in PMQ on June 27 (Tue) at 7:00 p.m. Space is limited, RSVP at 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/

 

1st Quarterly Meeting – Global Institutional Architecture and Local Heritage Sites: The University of Chicago Hong Kong Center

In order to expand on this year’s theme: AIAHK20++, the Chapter’s first Quarterly Meeting will reinforce our role in promoting AIA members’ design and professional practice through an in-depth discussion of the University of Chicago Hong Kong Center project.

The Center, construction on which started in June 2016, is already home to the Chicago Booth Executive MBA Program in Asia. It will eventually host workshops and conferences for scholars from across the academic spectrum as well as the University’s first undergraduate study-abroad program in Hong Kong, and joins the University’s Centers in Delhi, Beijing, London and Paris in bringing together researchers and students for interdisciplinary collaboration.

The design by Bing Thom Architects skilfully weaves the campus into the contours of Mount Davis, touching down only at points of least intrusion. The historic Pok Fu Lam hillside site was originally part of the Jubilee Battery, in the late 1930s and 1940s, then a British Army Royal Engineers’ mess and quarters in the 1950s, and, still later, a detention center. Highlights of the project include adaptive reuse of several key heritage buildings and the design also features an abundance of greenery with panoramic views of Hong Kong Harbor.

The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with principals of Bing Thom Architects and leaders of both the University of Chicago and Hong Kong’s Antiquities Advisory Board moderated by Philip Liao, AIA, founding partner of Philip Liao & Partners, who is also a founding member of the AIA Hong Kong Chapter.

This event is intended to be a tribute to the celebrated architect Bing Thom, AIA, who passed away last year and who was a friend and long time supporter of our Chapter.

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