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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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HKU Architecture Department: Public Lecture by Dominique Perrault

Lecture Synopsis:

Throughout his career, Dominique Perrault has been looking for ways to make architecture disappear, eliminating the barriers and limitations that stand between men. His research has led him to several major public projects that literally open up the ground to the sky: the French National Library hides a central garden well below the city’s surface; the Berlin Olympic stadium only emerges from the ground by a few feet; and the EWHA Womans University in Seoul is fully integrated below a landscaped roof. Those examples show the potential and feasibility of underground architecture. However, this architecture is one yet to explore, where the styles and codes developed during the last centuries by architects for designing walls and roofs no longer apply.

A first approach to this unprecedented space is through the consideration of the groundscape. Defined as the dual of the landscape, the groundscape invites architects to consider the ground of cities with all its complexity and its thickness, as an epidermis. Within a world that has been thoroughly explored and mapped, the groundscape stands as the very last frontier yet to conquer for our cities.

Speaker: Dominique Perrault

Lecture Title: groundscape

Date: September 23, 2014 (Tuesday)

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Venue: KB419, Knowles Building HKU

About the Speaker:

Major figure of French architecture, Dominique Perrault is first renowned as the author of the French National Library in Paris, a 365’000m² project for which he won the competition in 1989 at the age of 36. His most applauded works include large public institutions such as the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, the EWHA Womans University in Seoul, the Fukoku Life Insurance Tower in Osaka and Olympic centers in both Berlin and Madrid. He has received over 30 international awards and the body of his work has been gathered in several exhibitions, including displays at the Centre Pompidou Paris and at the Tokyo Opera City Arts Gallery. As curator of the French Pavilion for the 2010 Venice Biennale, Dominique Perrault invited scientists and experts to introduce the question of Big Data for designing smarter connected cities. His current area of research focuses on the development of the underground of world cities, through the architecture of their groundscape.

ULI – Real Estate workshop in Hong Kong

This unique program combines lectures and product case studies, along with candid panel discussion with a range of experts involved in the complex world of developing mixed use projects. Going beyond the theory of ‘what is mixed use’, the two day program will explore the challenges and increasing value creation that is being realized through synergy and effective operations of new development that combines residential, office, retail and civic uses.

Drawing on experience and lessons from the U.S and Australia, and featuring projects from Asia, the program will provide attendees with:

  • A framework for defining and organizing mixed use development consistent with their company goals, while meeting the needs local policy makers and jurisdictional requirements
  • An understanding of the key design and operating factors that lead to successful projects
  • Guidance on pitfalls to avoid in planning and executing mixed use development
  • Experience gained from developers working at a range of development scales and locations, and how they have successfully navigated mixed use projects
  • International best practices in mixed use, and how the project type may vary depending on country location
  • A look at the evolving trends and forces that will shape mixed use in the next 3-5 years

Principal Instructor/Course Moderator:

Jim Heid, FASLA, MSRED MIT, Founder, Urban Green, Inc, San Francisco, CA

Guest Speakers:

Albert Chan, Director of Development Planning and Design, Shui On Land Limited

Andrew David Fassam, Senior Director (Urban Planning), Conservation & Urban Design Group, Urban Redevelopment Authority Singapore

Amy Ng, Chief Executive Officer, Mapletree Commercial Trust Management Ltd

Clement Lau, Head of Development and Valuations, Hongkong Land

Christopher Wu, Managing Director, Investment and Development, Chongbang Group

David Faulkner, Executive Director, Valuation & Advisory Services, Asia, Colliers International l Chairman of RICS Asia Valuation Professional Group Board

Hugh Andrew, Managing Director, BlackRock

Ian Milne, Senior Director, Atkins

Riccardo Mascia, Managing Director, HOK

Richard Price, Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific, CBRE Global Investors

Scott Dunn, Vice President (Southeast Asia), AECOM

Sean Chiao, Chief Executive, Buildings + Places, APAC, AECOM

Sean P O’Malley, Managing Principal, SWA Group

Tan Ming Yin, Director, Spark

Wong Heang Fine, Chief Executive Officer (Residential), CapitaLand Singapore

For more details, please visit the event website:

Nomura Eight for One Exhibition

Our September exhibition is from NOMURA, Japan’s leading company of the display industry that designs, plans and constructs interiors and spaces.
The exhibition will show various splendid space design works by eight discerning designers. Through the fusion of space design and Japanese culture, perfect realization of creating and utilizing each space, these designers have handed down the community spirit of NOMURA for over a century.
At the same time, NOMURA will exhibit the animal figurines (New Year’s decoration) that represent the upcoming year in the Chinese 12-year zodiac, which will be presented to the clients at the end of the year as a symbol of NOMURA’s hospitality and gratitude for their patronage.


Date: September 2 – September 30, 2014

Time: 12:00 – 8:00 PM

Reception Party

Date: September 13, 2014 (Saturday)

Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Good Design Store Gallery, PMQ (Central, Hong Kong)

Design Talk #3 – Mr. Nakagawa, Mr. Onishi & Mr. Aono from Nomura

Date: September 13, 2014 (Saturday)

Time: 4:30 – 6:30 PM

Venue: Hub PMQ, PMQ Staunton Side 7/F

Please RSVP at