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AIA Hong Kong Evening Cocktail – Design in Motion

The world is facing an increasingly aging population, more and more of whom are afflicted with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Architects can have a real and tangible impact on the design of long-term care facilities that cater to people who need to live in what are now called memory care facilities. It is well kown that a properly designed environment can sometimes reduce Alzheimer patients’ symptoms of anxiety, depression, social withdrawal, hallucinations and agitation.

This course will share some best practices for the design of these highly specialized interior spaces, as well as a few items to avoid or carefully consider. More specifically, it will explore how the selection of interior colors, use of lighting, incorporation of daylight, and specification of flooring can help create an environment that promotes calm behavior and comfort, and encourages healthy socialization and safe ambulation.

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AIA Hong Kong Evening Cocktail – The Idea of Light, by colourliving

Come join Colourliving, as they host a discussion with Elena Veneziani, from CoeLux.  Knowing the significance of natural light on health and emotions, Professor Paolo Di Trapani studied the different qualities of natural light that people perceive with the goal of recreating it in a laboratory environment.  Through this, he developed a solution that replicates the feeling of natural light to reproduce virtually the experience of the sun and sky.

With an emphasis impact of natural light on health and emotion, Elena Veneziani will discuss the challenge to architecture, reconnecting man with the natural environment and how to use the perception of space to improve the relationship with reality.

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AIA Hong Kong Design Award Project Sharing and Tour – M Moser Associates

AIA Hong Kong Honors & Awards Program recognizes our members for design excellence. Uncovering featured AIA award winning projects over the last half a decade, the Chapter’s 20++ celebration this year recognizes the design excellence of AIA members practicing in Hong Kong.

As a winner of Interior Architecture AIA Hong Kong awarded projects, including GTB Shanghai, the first WELL recognized project in APAC, M Moser Associates welcomes you to a knowledge-sharing exhibition and tour of their recently revamped Hong Kong office space on September 14th 2017. Providing an integrated approach to delivering workplace strategy, design and construction, M Moser’s after work session will explore the execution of their new, agile environment, highlighting key staff health and wellness features. What does the future of workplace design look like? Join the event to find out more.

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Imagine 2060: Delivering Tomorrow’s Cities Together

AECOM-Asia Society Imagine 2060 Series, Sept 25. Hong Kong is one of the world’s most iconic waterfront cities, with its Victoria Harbor known and admired all over the world. Join us for this insightful afternoon discussion, which looks at Hong Kong’s latest waterfront transformation plans and highlights the transformations that other waterfront cities have undertaken. The discussion will also explore the Greater Bay Area initiative and its impact on Hong Kong’s economic developments.  More details here.


Urban Land Institute Idea Competition – Star Street Neighbourhood

AIA Hong Kong is supporting organization of ULI Young Leaders Group’s idea competition. The competition seeks design and business proposals for the sites in the Star Street neighborhood. Architects and designers under age 40 are welcome to participate. The competition period will run from late Sept to early Dec in two stages. Finalists will receive mentoring from industry leaders and the winning team will receive a cash prize.

See for further details. For inquiry, please email

I.M. Pei: Building China Modern

I.M. Pei, FAIA, who celebrated his centennial birthday in April 2017, has been called the most important living modern architect who has defined the landscapes of some of the world’s greatest cities. Asia Society is hosting two programs. A screening of the documentary I.M. Pei: Building China Modern will be held on Sept 14 (Thur), followed by a presentation and discussion of Pei’s works on Sept 19 (Thue). Registration here.

Third Quarterly Meeting – Collaborating with the Community:
Design for the International Public Sector

In order to expand on this year’s theme: AIAHK20++, the Chapter’s third Quarterly Meeting will attempt to reinforce our role in promoting the benefits of working with American practitioners who also have an international perspective. The gathering will feature talks by our visiting Honors and Awards jurors, each of whom will share their experience as an AIA member practicing globally, as well as within the continental US.

The three distinguished Honors and Awards jurors will share their stories as AIA architects collaborating with the public sector in the US and overseas. Influenced by the global economy and the flood of digital information, the speakers will discuss their experiences, methods and challenges in working with different stakeholders. They will demonstrate how their work contributes to the people, cities and countries in which they practice.

RSVP here.


AIA Hong Kong 2018 Chapter Election

Dear Members:

As a Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, AIA Hong Kong is obligated to hold Chapter-wide elections each year for the following positions:

Vice President / President-elect 2019

Although these positions are voluntary and unpaid, it is important that qualified individuals contribute their time, experience and energy in whatever capacity they can to ensure that the Chapter continues to serve its members effectively.  The AIA relies heavily on the personal involvement and commitment of its members, so we encourage your participation either as an elected Officer or as a member of a Committee based on your area of interest. Note that self-nominations for these positions are also welcome.

Please click here for further details and send the completed Nomination Form(s) to the Chapter Office by September 7, 2017. Your participation and involvement is greatly appreciated. The Chapter Election will take place at 2017 Annual General Meeting on October 14 at 4:30pm at Miller Theater of Asia Society Hong Kong.

On behalf of the AIA Hong Kong Chapter, we thank you in advance for your support.


Rex Wong, AIA                            Anderson Lee, AIA 
2017 President                              First Vice-president / President-elect 2018

NCARB CEO Michael Armstrong
ARE & NCARB Certification in Hong Kong

Since 2014, ARE candidates residing and working in this region have been able to take the Architect Registration Exam (ARE) in Hong Kong.  AIA Hong Kong worked together with NCARB, Prometrics and various Hong Kong government boards and officials to achieve this long time Chapter goal, which has made it easier for our members here, as well as in Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing, Singapore and throughout the Asia-Pacific Region to take the exam without having to travel to the U.S. With help from a 2016 emerging professionals grant from the AIA College of Fellows, the Young Architects Group of AIA Hong Kong has been organising ARE study sessions to assist and encourage candidates for licensure, and to provide mentoring opportunities for other, more established architects.  RSVP here.

NCARB CEO Michael Armstrong will return to Hong Kong to meet with AIA members and discuss the ARE 4.0 and 5.0 transition, young professionals’ path to registration (study, sign up, AXP), how AIA firm owners can assist in this process and share other vital information with Chapter members regarding the path to NCARB certification.

Limited spots are available for AIA members outside of Hong Kong to participate in this event via webcast. Please email to inquire.

Thank you to the following organisations for their continuous support of young architects seeking licensure.