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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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AIA International Region e-Vote Proxy – Deadline Extended

The deadline for utilizing an electronic means of indicating your preference for the 2018-2019 offices of AIA-IR First Vice President and Treasurer has been extended to 5:00 p.m., U.S. Eastern Daylight Savings Time, Thursday, April 20, 2017.  Should you not be able to attend the annual meeting of members at the AIA 2017 Conference on Architecture in Orlando, this e-Vote proxy also provides you with the ability to assign your proxy for any non-election matters that may arise.

For candidate profiles and platforms, click here.

To utilize the e-Vote/Proxy option, click here.

To utilize the signed proxy option, see Chapter President’s letter below.

 

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 structure, building systems, and programming.  The meeting will be held at our chapter office in PMQ on Saturday, May 6. Space is limited, RSVP below or via info@aiahk.org

 

Kenneth Hau, FAIA, Newest Fellow of The American Institute of Architects

It is with great pleasure that AIA Hong Kong announces the elevation of Mr Kenneth Hau to Fellow of the Institute (FAIA).  He will be inducted into the College of Fellows at an investiture ceremony on April 28 during this year’s AIA Convention in Florida.

Ken, Director of Modus Architecture, has been an active member of the AIA since 1993.  Previously, he has served as Project Director of Wong & Ouyang for nearly two decades.  A graduate of the University of Texas, School of Architecture, Ken is currently a Registered Architect in Texas, Hong Kong and PRC.  As Immediate Past President 2016 of AIA Hong Kong, he is currently a director of AIA International Region.

The AIA Fellowship program was developed to elevate architects who have made significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to Fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of the architect as an individual, but also honors before the public and the profession a model architect on a national, or international, level. The AIA College of Fellows seeks to stimulate a sharing of interests among Fellows, promote the purposes of the Institute, advance the profession of architecture, mentor young architects, and be of ever-increasing service to society.

Please join the Chapter in congratulating Kenneth Hau, FAIA, on this honor and on his continued success as an architect and AIA Fellow.

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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