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In Memoriam: Tunney F Lee, Hon AIA (1931-2020)

In Memoriam: Tunney F Lee, Hon AIA (1931-2020)

 

It is with profound sadness and a heartfelt sense of loss that our Chapter has just learned that Professor Tunney F Lee, Hon AIA (HK), Hon FHKIA, passed away in Cambridge, Massachusetts,
on 2 July 2020 at the age of 88.

Tunney Lee was professor emeritus and former head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as well as professor emeritus and founding chair of the Department of Architecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).

His long-time teaching and research were dedicated to community-based design, including urban design studios on city neighbourhoods in the Boston area and Santiago, Chile, to the rapid urban development of Shanghai and the Pearl River Delta in China.

Born in Taishan, Guangdong Province, Tunney was raised in the US where he received his architectural degree at the University of Michigan, then studied at the University of Rome on a Fulbright Fellowship.  As a young practitioner, he worked with renowned architects Buckminster Fuller, Marcel Breuer and IM Pei.  Later, as an urban planner, he became Chief of Planning and Design at the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

In 1990, Tunney arrived in Hong Kong with his wife, Irene, to embark upon a new adventure and the challenge of starting a Department of Architecture at CUHK.  By the time they returned to the
US in 1998, the fledgling programme was already fully accredited by the HKIA, ARB and CAA, and several of its earliest graduates have become leaders in the local profession today.

In recognition of these outstanding accomplishments and legacy to our architectural community, Tunney was recognized as an Honorary Affiliate Member of AIA Hong Kong in 1998 as well as an Honorary Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects in 2006.

Despite these accolades, Professor Tunney Lee was undistracted by the shiny objects of formal prestige or position.  Rather, he will be remembered most for his intellectual energy, unfading optimism, personal generosity and humility, and abundance of wisdom in his various roles as architect, urban planner and visionary educator.  He will be greatly missed by us all.

 

 

Building Tour: Tencent Seafront Towers by NBBJ | July 14, 2020

Tencent Seafront Towers by NBBJ

 

Dear Members,

Tencent is now a major player in e-commerce and web technology. The design of its new headquarters reflects the company’s rising international influence, its networked culture and the interconnectivity of the web. The linked configuration of the building stimulates movement and casual exchanges within the workplace, by creating horizontal “streetscapes” and vertical connections. The expansion provides space for 12,000 employees and nearly quadrupled the size of Tencent’s current workplace real estate portfolio.

During the presentation the panelists will share their strategies on how they were able to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions by 40% over a typical office tower.

This webinar is free for all AIA, HKIA and RIBA members, with a maximum of 500 participants on Zoom. Below are instructions for participating in this event:

  1. You can use your smartphone, tablet or PC to join. Install the zoom.us application prior to the meeting.
  2. Please use your real name for registration and type your AIA membership number in the chat room during the webinar so that we can credit 1.0 LU/HSW to you.
  3. All attendees should mute their audio during the presentation to avoid signal interference.
  4. On this occasion, only the host and panelists will be allowed to speak.
  5. You may, however, type questions in the Q&A box at the bottom of your zoom screen.
  6. The panelists will review your questions and provide responses, time allowing.
  7. The presentation will be recorded.

 

Please register in advance here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TWczCXbUSk-W76jh7PnMOQ 

 


 

Speakers’ Bios

 

Vivian Ngo, AIA, LEED AP, WELL AP

Principal

An accomplished leader, Vivian seeks to leverage the strength of each project team member and inspire them to achieve high-performing outcomes on behalf of her clients. Her project experience includes urban master plans, corporate headquarters, commercial developments, convention centers, hotels, libraries, research buildings, education facilities and adaptive reuse projects.

Vivian always looks for ways to create exciting, unique human experiences in urban environments and has also illustrated urban history books about land reclamation in her native Hong Kong.

 

Sebastian Hill
Project Director

Based in Hong Kong, Sebastian helps steer NBBJ’s overall business strategy. He has worked on projects in Europe and Asia, which has contributed to his understanding of multi-cultural societies and broadened his perspective on planning and design.

 

Emerging Mobility Trends for a Resilient Urban System with Arup | June 30, 2020

Dear Members

 

The four paradigms of urban mobility: autonomous, connected, electric and shared – are set to transform both the transport industry and the built environment. This webinar will provide an overview of fast-moving trends that are shaping our transport systems and outline their impacts on cities, communities, and major developments. It will look into such considerations as flexible and adaptive policy, design processes and such operational strategies as “mobility-as-a-service.” The webinar will also offer a brief discussion on how we may need to rethink transport resilience in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This panel discussion is free for all AIA members, with a maximum of 500 participants – on Zoom. Below are instructions for participating in this event:

 

ZOOM

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 1.5 LUs/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 https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PxuKIOzdQSSWErBqPSMWYA

 


 

Speakers’ Profiles

 

Ir Carmen Chu
BEng MSc (Urban Planning) MIHT MHKIE NEC4Reg
Director, Arup

Ir Carmen Chu is the Director of Arup’s Transport Consulting team. She is a Chartered Engineer and qualified planner specializing in transport planning and traffic engineering. Her background enables her to appreciate prevailing planning constraints – and opportunities – and to apply smart city design principles for transport and traffic engineering.

At present, Carmen is leading several high-profile intelligent transport system related projects in Hong Kong, including a free-flow toll system slated for implementation throughout the territory at all major tolled links, and a major tunnel connecting outer areas to urban Kowloon.

 

Lian Duan
BEng Msc Urban Planning and Transport Engineering
Professional Engineer (P.E.)
Senior Engineer, Arup

Lian Duan is Arup’s Senior Engineer in Transport Consulting, with broad experience in mobility innovations across multi-modal transport systems. Prior to moving to Hong Kong, Lian worked in the United States managing transport planning and engineering projects of various scales. She works with cities and public authorities to create transportation solutions that incorporate urban design, advanced technology and transportation engineering to benefit the local community, while meeting the larger goals of expanding mobility options.

Lian is currently involved on a number of projects requiring policy assessment for the introduction of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV). She provides expertise linked to user-centric design and quantitative assessment through mobility data analysis and modelling. Her core strength is her deep technical expertise and ability to present complex information to diverse audiences.

 

Moderator

 

Greg Yager, FAIA

Greg’s career has taken him around the globe, from California to the Midwest, to Baltimore and Washington, London, Hong Kong and now Shanghai.  He has worked in small firms, midsize firms and, most recently, with RTKL where he was responsible for the International Planning and Urban Design studio and many of the firm’s global offices, as well.  He was the founding president of the AIA Shanghai Chapter and is the Legal Representative of the AIA Shanghai WOFE in China.

Greg is currently a consultant to RTKL for urban design and development.

AIA Hong Kong Webinar: Smart-Learning with Steelcase | June 23, 2020

Dear Members,

As part of the AIA Hong Kong Co-X Webinar Series, Steelcase Education Director APAC, Ambroise d’Hauteville, and Regional Education Specialist, Owen Pescod, will share valuable insights on smart-learning environments in this rapidly changing and uncertain time.

Drawing on the century-long commitment Steelcase has established with customers and the industry, this presentation will highlight the unique problems of our time, the culture of learning and the process of innovation using three different types of case studies: corporate campus, vertical campus and university campus.

The webinar will also address the physical and emotional challenges that learning environments will face post Covid -19 and some potential ways to address this new world.

This panel discussion is free for all AIA Hong Kong members, with a maximum of 500 participants. Below are instructions for participating in this event:

  1. You can use your smartphone, tablet or PC to join. Install the zoom.us application prior to the meeting.
  2. Please use your real name for registration so that we can credit 1.5 LUs to you.
  3. All attendees should mute their audio during the presentation to avoid signal interference.
  4. On this occasion, only the host and panelists will be allowed to speak.
  5. You may, however, type questions in the Q&A box at the bottom of your zoom screen.
  6. The panelists will review your questions and provide responses, time allowing.
  7. The presentation will be recorded.

Please register in advance here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QBv1FbwXRTOVdJB_QZsDeA

 


 

Speakers’ Bios

 

Ambroise d’Hauteville
Steelcase Education Director – APAC

Ambroise has led the Steelcase Education business since May 2018, following five years in the China Direct Market where education was also part of his responsibility. In these two roles, he has combined his international experience with his local knowledge of Workplace Strategies and Active Learning Spaces to help leading organizations, schools and universities create work- and learning-spaces that enable people to be more collaborative and efficient.

Ambroise joined Steelcase in 2002 as a Sales Consultant in North Africa. He moved to the International Key Account team in 2004 in Paris, France, and later to China, in 2008, to work on Global Accounts in the Asia Pacific region – initially in Beijing, followed by Shanghai. In 2016, he moved to Hong Kong with his family.

Before joining Steelcase, Ambroise was a Paris-based project manager, organizing major IT events in Europe. He graduated in international trade from IPAG Business School in Paris and is fluent in French and English, with a working knowledge of German. Ambroise and his wife have three young children, all of whom were born in China.

 

Owen Pescod
Steelcase Regional Education Specialist – Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, South Korea

Based in Hong Kong, Owen works with leading local and international schools as well as with universities to develop creative, active learning environments that support ever evolving modern pedagogies. He believes that space ultimately shapes behavior and that behavior, over time, becomes culture. His focus is therefore on creating spaces designed around students, that enhance and build upon each school’s unique culture.

Owen has a degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of Kent. He joined Steelcase from the property industry, where he acquired experience in corporate and residential leasing throughout Hong Kong. A lifelong Hong Kong resident, Owen lives with his two boys and wife, who is a primary school teacher.

Moderator

 

Sung Lee, AIA

Sung has over two decades of experience in architecture, from concept design through the construction phase, in more than 35 cities and ten countries. His projects are of various types and scales: from urban master-planning and campus planning to R&D, healthcare and educational facilities, residential complexes, high-rise offices and mixed-use developments. At present, his focus is on large scale, complex projects that require integration between strategic planning, architecture, interior design and sustainability.

Sung is also a qualified professional in sustainable design – he has been a LEED AP since 2003. His KTPH Hospital project in Singapore was the first Green Mark Platinum building in the country and has received several awards.

Education
Master of Architecture, University of Michigan | Ann Arbor
Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering | Yonsei University, Seoul

Professional Qualifications
Registered Architect – Washington DC
LEED AP BD+C
1st Grade Architectural Engineer – South Korea

AIA Hong Kong Honors & Awards 2020 – Call For Entries

Dear Members,

The AIA Hong Kong Chapter invites you to submit for the 2020 AIA Hong Kong Honors and Awards Program.

The AIA Hong Kong Chapter’s annual Design Awards Program recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design, urban design and unbuilt projects undertaken by our members. The Program’s purpose is to increase awareness of outstanding design and to honor the AIA member architects, clients, and consultants who work together to improve the built environment.

What’s new in our 2020 Honors and Awards Program:

  • We are offering a one-off 30% discount on last year’s entry fee as a token of support to all members during this difficult economic downturn;
  • We are reintroducing the Architecture Firm Award – the highest honor that the Chapter can bestow on an architecture firm in the region.

For details about this year’s program, please follow the links below:

2020 AIA Hong Kong Honors and Awards Program – Entry Form

2020 AIA Hong Kong Architecture Firm Award – Entry Form

Submission deadline: Monday, August 31, 2020

Should you have any questions, please send your inquiry to: info@aiahk.org or call the Chapter Office at 2882 6011.

We look forward to seeing all your wonderful submissions!

Yours sincerely,

Honors and Awards Committee
AIA Hong Kong

A Conversation with Tod Williams and Billie Tsien | June 15, 2020

Dear Members,

AIA Hong Kong is collaborating with Asia Society Hong Kong to bring to you Architecture as Vision, a webinar with Tod Williams, FAIA, and Billie Tsien, AIA.

In 2011, the Asia Society Hong Kong Center opened on the steep slope of the former Explosives Magazine at the Victoria Barracks. This long abandoned vestige of the territory’s colonial past was transformed into a cultural landmark by retaining the original military structures and incorporating them into the new complex. The architects envisioned the Center to be a dynamic meeting point, linking West with East, as well as the urban fabric with the natural environment.

In this webinar, architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien will share their initial impressions of the ASHK site, which they first visited 20 years ago. In addition, the pair will discuss their ongoing projects, including the Obama Presidential Center, David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, and the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.

The session will be moderated by Florence Chan, AIA, and S. Alice Mong, Executive Director of Asia Society Hong Kong Center.

Note that the webinar is only available on Facebook Live.

1) You must first sign up for a Facebook account if you don’t already have one.

2) Once you have an account, click on the link below and choose “going” for this event.

3) Sign in on June 15 to attend.

4) Write down your name and AIA member number (e.g. “John Smith, 12345678”) in the comment section for us to record your LUs.

5) You may post comments; any questions posted for the speakers will be selected by the moderators.

https://www.facebook.com/events/590279075027649/

 

Yours sincerely,

AIA Hong Kong Chapter

AIA Hong Kong Webinar: Co-Working | May 28, 2020 | 7:30pm

Dear Members,

In the second instalment of our Co-X series of online panel discussions on May 28, 2020, we will speak with AIA Hong Kong past-president Peter Basmajian about the evolution of work place design as the nature of work – individual versus collaborative – has progressed. We will also hear from two innovative co-working operators, Jacky Yeung of Desk-one, and Alex Shu of T.H.E Design, who will share different strategies on adapting to this fast-changing landscape and coping with the recent COVID – 19 crisis.

This panel discussion is free for all AIA Hong Kong members, with a maximum of 100 participants. Below are instructions for participating in this event:

1.     You can use your smartphone, tablet or PC to join. Install the zoom.us application prior to the meeting.
2.     Please use your real name for registration so that we can credit 2.0 LUs/HSW to you.
3.     All attendees should mute their audio during the presentation to avoid signal interference.
4.     On this occasion, only the host and panelists will be allowed to speak.
5.     You may, however, type questions in the Q&A box at the bottom of your zoom screen.
6.     The panelists will review your questions and provide responses, time allowing.
7.     The presentation will be recorded.

Please register in advance, here:

 


 

Speakers’ Profiles

Peter Basmajian, AIA Hong Kong Past-President

Peter Basmajian is a founding partner of Richards Basmajian. He has worked in New York City, Tehran and Cairo, and has lived in Hong Kong since 1981. Prior to establishing his firm with partner David Richards in 1986, he was employed by Foster Associates on the design and construction of the HSBC Headquarters at 1 Queen’s Road Central. He is a Registered Architect in Hong Kong and New York State, a member of the HKIA and RIBA, and served as AIA Hong Kong Chapter President in 2005.

 

Jacky Yeung, Desk-one

Jacky Yeung is a co-founder of Desk-one, a local boutique co-working space with four locations in Hong Kong. Desk-one is the pioneer of on-demand work and study space that combines the best features of co-working, cafe and library, while charging users only for the actual time they spend at each facility.

Aside from his involvement in Desk-one, Jacky is a finance executive managing global real estate and natural resources private equity investments.

 

Alex Shu, T.H.E Design

Alex Shu is a design-strategist and co-founder of T.H.E Design, a co-working space that provides a collaborative, stimulating environment to foster the development of young architects, designers and other creative professionals. Together with his co-founder father, Winston Shu, Principal of Integrated Design Associates, Alex leverages their inter-generational experience to help young designers from different disciplines overcome typical start-up challenges as they shape the future of their industries.

Alex received his M.Arch from the University of Southern California and also holds an MBA in Design Thinking from the California College of the Arts. Prior to founding T.H.E Design, Alex worked as an Architectural Designer at Moore Ruble Yudell Architects.

 

Moderator

Fei F.M. Mui, AIA

Fei received a Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural Studies at HKU and her Master of Architecture at UCLA.  Licensed in the US, she has worked in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Australia and Japan. In 2015, Fei worked on the GOOGLE PARTNERPLEX in Google Tokyo office as the lead designer. Fei is currently working in the Hong Kong office of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.

 

AIA Hong Kong Webinar: Co-Living By LOD

Dear Members,

AIA Hong Kong will host an online panel discussion on co-living on May 14, 2020.  AIA member Yimei Chan, Design Principal of LOD Space, will present several projects the firm has completed in Beijing, Shanghai and Suzhou that are centered around co-living, and examine how existing/historical buildings can be adapted to new modes of social activity. Her client, Ascott, will share their insight as an operator of co-living projects. The panel will raise questions such as the impact of social distancing on shared spaces and the sharing economy, among others.

This panel discussion is free for all AIA Hong Kong members, with a maximum of 100 participants. Below are instructions for participating in this event:

  1. You can use your smartphone, tablet or PC to join. Install the zoom.us application prior to the meeting.
  2. Please use your real name for registration so that we can credit 1.5 LUs/HSW to you.
  3. All attendees should mute their audio during the presentation to avoid signal interference.
  4. On this occasion, only the host and panelists will be allowed to speak.
  5. You may, however, type questions in the Q&A box at the bottom of your zoom screen.
  6. The panelists will review your questions and provide responses, time allowing.
  7. The presentation will be recorded.

Please register in advance, here: 

 

Yimei Chan’s Profile

Yimei Chan, AIA

Yimei Chan graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York with BArch, BSc in Building Science and Civil Engineering degrees. She has been with notable firms including Steven Holl Architects, Bing Thom Architects, Aedas and SOM. She brings to all projects over twenty years of professional experience internationally. Her research focus on architectural concepts for enhanced experience. Her works bring along design thinking strategy and multi-discipline approach to enhance user’s experience, innovate interactive spatial experience and develop future space concept.

Her completed works include Soundon Masterplan (Hunan), Tujia Headquarter (Beijing), Marina Residence (Beijing), Ascott Citadines Apart’hotel (Xuzhou), Xiqu Center (Hong Kong), Vanke Center (Shenzhen), Linked Hybrid (Beijing), SkyPlaza (Hong Kong) and Aberdeen Center (Vancouver).

 

Moderator’s Profile

Paul Tse, AIA

Paul Tse is co-founder of New Office Works and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He received 1st prize in the inaugural Hong Kong Young Architects & Designers Competition, 2nd prize in the Busan Opera House Competition and 2019 Perspective 40 Under 40 Award. His works have been exhibited internationally, including the 16th Venice Biennale and London Festival of Architecture in 2019.

Prior to NOW, he worked at Adjaye Associates in London as a project lead for various cultural and commercial projects and played a key role in establishing Adjaye Shanghai. He has also worked at Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) in New York, and MAD in Beijing.

Paul has received a Master of Architecture from RMIT University in Melbourne and a Master in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University GSAPP, where he was awarded the Honor Award for Excellence in Design.  He is a licensed architect in New York State.

 

Hello Fellow with Moira Moser

Dear Members,

The next event in AIA Hong Kong’s Hello Fellow Leadership Series will be led by Moira Moser, FAIA, FHKIA, FCTBUH, NCARB, Chairman and Founder of M Moser Associates, who will share valuable insights on the creation and management of a global design organisation. The firm’s decades-long focus on people and community, combined with a continuous drive to push the boundaries of innovation, was recently recognized with the AIA International Region’s first-ever Firm Award.

During this interactive event, Ms Moser will conduct a tour of the firm’s Hong Kong office, highlighting the key success factors that have enabled the company, as well as its clients, to achieve their common goals.

The presentation will also address the ongoing global pandemic, the challenges faced by businesses and staff, as well as suggested solutions to ensure that projects undertaken during such unprecedented times remain unaffected and that continuity and quality is retained

Please register in advance here.


Moira’s Profile:

Moira Moser FAIA FHKIA FCTBUH NCARB

A native of California, Moira Moser gained an international education as an architect before founding M Moser Associates in Hong Kong in 1981. Today, M Moser is a global firm with over 1,000 staff in 21 offices on four continents. The company provides a holistic approach to physical and digital workplace environments of all scales, integrating expertise in workplace strategy, architecture, engineering, interior design, and digital infrastructure, together with sustainability and wellness.

Ms. Moser is a recognised architect in California, the UK and Hong Kong, and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. In 2001, she became one of the few women to be made a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects. She is also a Fellow of the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat and was a member of its Advisory Group from 1988-2015.

In 2004, Ms. Moser was also recognised as Hong Kong’s ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ by the Women of Influence group, and in 2008 received the prestigious ‘Legend Award’ at the Contract Annual Design Award in New York.

Moira has shared some of her business tips in this YouTube interview.

Moderator’s Profile:

Robert Dani, Assoc. AIA, MSc Architect Engineer, Reset AP 

Robert Dani is an Associate Director at M Moser Associates. He has joined M Moser in 2015 after working at an independent branding and design agency for 7 years. His training in architecture has been a key influence in his approach to design ever since. Over the years, Robert has been involved in a wide range of projects, working directly with clients. Robert has a holistic approach to handling projects and prefers following through from concept design to execution coordination. He brings the firm expertise in concept design, spatial planning and technical development with his experience in wayfinding, branding and graphic design.

 

AIA Hong Kong Webinar: Wellness Design in Office Environment

Dear Members,

AIA Hong Kong hosted our first 2020 webinar on Wellness Design in Office Environments on Thursday, March 26. WELL faculty from the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), Stephen Brown from New York and Richard Chang from Shenzhen, gave us a presentation on WELL v2 and case studies. The presentation was followed by a Q&A session and tips to fight against COVID-19 using tools offered by IWBI.

Below is our recorded webinar

Post-webinar reading:

http://www.aiahk.org/well-v2-reading/