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AIA Hong Kong – July & August 2016 President’s Message

Dear Members & Friends:

The 2016 AIA Convention with the theme Imagination took place in Philadelphia in mid May, and was attended by a large delegation from Hong Kong.

Among a wide variety of other topics, social justice and new technologies were discussed by Rem Koolhaas and Neri Oxman, the two keynote speakers. Koolhaas’s dialogue with Moshen Mostafavi on architecture, politics and social justice was insightful, while Ms. Oxman, from MIT’s media lab, presented equally stimulating research on digital design interacting with biology. The highlight of the Convention was the appearance of Denise Scott Brown, co-recipient of the 2016 AIA Gold Medal with Robert Venturi. Ms. Brown took the stage to explain her long struggle to success and received a standing ovation – a well deserved and long overdue recognition of her tremendous professional achievement.

In Philadelphia we also celebrated the elevation to Fellowship of AIA Hong Kong Member Sean Chiao, FAIA, and discussed future collaboration opportunities with many great friends and colleagues from around the globe.

As we approach the 20th anniversary of the Chapter’s founding, in 2017, we are increasing our efforts to build a stronger community within the industry while demonstrating the expertise and leadership of Chapter members. To this end, AIA Hong Kong has launched a video interview series of past Chapter Presidents, AIA Fellows and other industry leaders, taping ten individuals in the first round of two-minute clips, which will be made available on the Chapter website and through other social media.

In July, the Chapter will present two very exciting programs:

On Thursday the 7th, we will hold our Second Quarterly Meeting featuring Kris Yao, Hon. FAIA, the award-winning architect from Taiwan. Mr Yao will present a lecture titled Tang Ao: Tangible & Intangible, a discourse on his pursuit of architectural design and artistic conception.

One week later on Thursday the 14th,the second event in the AIA Hong Kong Advanced Technology Series will be held – featuring speakers on Zaha Hadid Architects’ City of Dreams Hotel Tower in Macau. Presenters from ZHA London, Buro Happold and Front Inc. will give three perspectives: that of the architects, the engineers and the facade production consultant and discuss the challenges they faced in the design of one of the world’s most complex buildings and facade systems.

Don’t miss out on either of these exciting events!