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6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
AIA Hong Kong, HKIA & RIBA(HK) Joint Symposium: Privatizing Public Space/Publicizing Private Space
Venue:The Space @ D2 Place ONE


Please join us for a collaborative symposium with the HKIA and RIBA (HK): Privatizing Public Space/Publicizing Private Space cosponsored by Laws Group and Paul Y Engineering.  This event will also be our Chapter’s Third Quarterly Meeting.

With the decrease in public spaces and an increase in the number of land sales, some of the world’s developers have now begun to create public spaces within their developments that enhance the immediate environment, even at the expense of their allowable buildable area. Although ‘private’ and ‘public’ are seemingly opposites, these initiatives aim to provide amenities for the general public, and architects and urban designers are increasingly tasked with providing creative solutions. Simultaneously, designers must constantly adapt to shifting government policies regarding the maximum amount of buildable area.



Anna Bond, MRICS
BSC. Land Management, University of Reading, UK
Portfolio Director, London Estate | Grosvenor Britain & Ireland

Anna Bond joined Grosvenor Britain and Ireland in 2008 and has led a number of different development portfolios for projects such as Liverpool ONE, the London Gagosian Gallery, 875 California Street, Shanghai Parkside Plaza and Vancouver Connaught.

Prior to joining Grosvenor Anna was at DTZ in various advisory roles, working with clients on how to maximise the value of their assets, and undertaking acquisitions and disposals on their behalf.



Wenjing Huang, AIA
B. Arch, Tsinghua University and M. Arch, Princeton University
Founding Partner | OPEN Architecture, Beijing

Huang Wenjing is the founding partner of OPEN Architecture and a visiting professor at Tsinghua University School of Architecture.

She is licensed in New York State and was a senior designer and associate at the New York-based firm Pei Cobb Freed & Partners (formerly I.M. Pei Architects).  Besides teaching at Tsinghua University, Huang has also been a visiting assistant professor at the University of Hong Kong and a senior editor of World Architecture magazine,from 2006 to 2007.

Current OPEN Architecture projects include the Pudong Art Museum, the Pingshan Performing Arts Center, the New Shenzhen Art Museum and Library and Sky City (Wuhan, China). Her Tsinghua Ocean Center, a laboratory and office building for the newly established deep ocean research base of Tsinghua University’s Graduate School, received an Award of Excellence in the 2018 Education Facility Design Awards by the AIA Committee on Architecture for Education.



Erik Gerard L’Heureux, AIA LEED AP BD+C
BA. Arch, Washington University and M. Arch, Princeton University
Vice Dean – Department of Architecture | National University of Singapore
Principal | Pencil Office, US

Erik L’Heureux was the Ruth and Norman Moore Visiting Professor at Washington University in St. Louis for 2017 and is the Principal of Pencil Office.

He is the winner of AIA New York State Design Awards in 2012, 2009 and 2007 and won the 2015 Wheelwright Prize from Harvard University in 2015 for his research on architecture and the equatorial city.

Erik also co-curated exhibitions in Singapore and Paris and was the curator and designer of 1000 Singapores at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice Biennale in 2010.



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10:00 am - 12:00 pm
AIA Hong Kong Building Tour – The Xiqu Centre
Venue:The Xiqu Centre

Due to popular demand, this event is sold-out. 

Please contact Chapter office if you wish to be on our waiting list.

Please join us for a building tour of The Xiqu Centre designed by Revery Architecture with Ronald Lu & Partners.

The Xiqu Centre is a modern home for Chinese Opera in the West Kowloon Cultural District. The building was conceived as a cultural sanctuary: a blend of theatre, art, and public space, and a place for contemplation and celebration. A gateway to the new Cultural District, the eight-storey building’s facade is reminiscent of a beaded curtain, akin to the type often seen in traditional Chinese opera. The centre has a total area of 13,800m² and houses the Grand Theatre, accommodating 1,050 seats.

In response to the unique nature of the Xiqu Opera art form, the acoustics of the main theatre have been designed to support the natural voice by encouraging earlier reflection, from an acoustically non-absorbent ceiling to the audience below, as well as by modulating the room’s reverberation time. Various other devices, including acoustic curtains and banners, will ensure clarity of sound for amplified performances.

The main theatre, with panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and the city beyond, is flanked by two outdoor sky gardens. Below this are rehearsal spaces, lecture halls, classrooms, a teahouse theatre, retail areas and administrative offices – all of which overlook a central courtyard.

The tour will be led by Ronald Lu & Partners and Revery Architecture.

This event will be our last local building tour for 2018 and, as only limited space is available, early registration is strongly recommended.


Revery Architecture (formerly Bing Thom Architects)

Revery Architecture is an innovative architectural and urban design practice with an emphasis on community-minded work. The firm, founded in 1982 by the late Bing Thom, is now led by Principals Venelin Kokalov and Michael Heeney who direct a team of 50, specializing in architecture and planning, engineering, sustainable building, interior design, project management, landscape design, and construction. With offices in Vancouver, Hong Kong, and Washington, DC., the staff originate from a dozen different countries and bring diverse language skills and multi-culturalism to the practice.


Ronald Lu and Partners (RLP)

Ronald Lu and Partners (RLP) is an award-winning architectural and interior design firm founded in 1976 and dedicated to the delivery of world-class projects across the globe. Based in Hong Kong, with offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, RLP now services a global client base spanning the public, commercial and institutional sectors with robust, practical and sensitive built solutions. The firm provides clients, users, local authorities and communities with better environments that create greater economic and social value. RLP design better life.


West Kowloon Cultural District

The West Kowloon Cultural District is fast becoming an international-grade arts and culture hub on land originally reclaimed in the 1990s as part of the Airport Core Development Programme. Located on the peninsula west of Yau Ma Tei, the district will soon feature a museum of visual culture, numerous theatres, concert halls and other performance venues under the management of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, which is directly financed by a government endowment of HK$21.6 billion.



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6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
AIA Hong Kong YAG Networking Series - Emerging Architects: It's a Business Too!
Venue:The Artist House


Due to popular demand, this event is sold-out. 

Please contact Chapter office if you’re interested.

Please join us for our YAG Networking Series – Emerging Architects: It’s a Business Too! with Avoid Obvious Architects, COLLECTIVE and TheeAe LTD.  This event is free but please RSVP by 27/7 (Friday).  Walk-in guests will be charged HK$100.

While the challenges of pursuing a career in architecture may be daunting – from the amount of education required, the length of an internship, licensure and exams, and the need to gain practical experience – the challenges of starting your own practice can be even more terrifying! To help demystify the process of how several young architects have started their own businesses, this AIA Hong Kong Young Architects Group presentation will feature three practitioners who will discuss the process they went through and the unique challenges they faced.

The founders of Avoid Obvious Architects, COLLECTIVE, and TheeAe LTD.  will each spend 15 minutes on the ‘whys and hows’ of forming their own studios – and what they are doing to sustain them and continue their growth. The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session that promises to be interesting.

Refreshments sponsored by Noble House Development.


Young Architects Group Committee of the 2018 AIA Hong Kong Chapter



Betty Ng, Assoc. AIA

IG: @kybeng @collective_studio #collective_studio

B.Arch, Cornell University and M.Arch, Harvard University

Founded COLLECTIVE in 2015

AIA Hong Kong Chapter Programs Committee 2018

Betty was Design Director at OMA Rotterdam, and Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and at the University of Hong Kong.


Chris Cho, AIA

IG: @chris_woo_hyun_cho

Arch, Yeungnam University and M.Arch, College of Architecture and Urban Studies, Virginia Tech

Founded TheeAe in 2011

AIA Hong Kong Chapter Programs Committee 2018

Chris worked at SOM and Clark Nexsen and has won international design competitions.


Vicky Chan, AIA

IG: @avoidobvious

BArch, Pratt Institute

Founded Avoid Obvious Architects in 2012

AIA Hong Kong Chapter Programs Committee Co-Chair 2018

YAG Committee Co-Chair 2018

Vicky founded the volunteer organization Architecture for Children (AFC) to teach sustainable design and architecture in primary schools. AFC received a 2017 AIA Hong Kong Community Citation Award.


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6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
AIA Hong Kong FAIA Leadership Series - Hello Fellow with William Lim, FAIA
Venue:CL3 Architects


Please join us for our first FAIA Leadership Series – Hello Fellow with William Lim, FAIA. 

The AIA Fellowship program was developed to acknowledge architects who have made significant contributions to architecture and society and achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Fellowship recognizes the achievements of the architect as an individual and honors the awardee on a national, or international, level. The AIA College of Fellows seeks to stimulate a sharing of interests among Fellows and encourages them to promote the purposes of the Institute, advance the profession of architecture, mentor young architects, and be of ever-increasing service to society.

William Lim was elected a Fellow in 2010. Having designed many highly acclaimed projects across the globe, his work often blurs the boundary between art and architecture. As an architect, art collector and artist, William’s influence can be seen in his interactions with clients, artists, art collectors, colleagues and others.

Recently elected a Cornell University Trustee and has been bestowed with an Honorary Doctorate in Arts and Sciences by SCAD, William will explain the journey that led to his becoming an architect and how he has been able to create such consistently exceptional work, eventually leading to his FAIA status. We will hear how, as part of the first wave of US trained, AIA member architects in Hong Kong in the 1990s,he has successfully run his practice in Hong Kong and regionally. We will also get a glimpse into his involvement on the Board of Alumni at Cornell University where he completed his architectural studies.

William will also share his experience in applying for Fellowship, the process of doing so, and the roles and responsibilities that achieving FAIA status entails.



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6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
AIA Hong Kong Building Tour – The Murray, Hong Kong
Venue:The Murray Hong Kong

Due to popular demand, this event is sold-out. 

Please contact Chapter office if you wish to be on our waiting list.

Please join us for a tour of The Murray, Hong Kong sponsored by B.S.C. Group Limited and Dornbracht.

Located in the heart of Central, this former Hong Kong Government Headquarters is one of eight historic landmarks recognised by the Conserving Central Initiative, introduced by the HKSAR Government in 2013. After a redesign by Foster + Partners, Design Architect, with Wong and Ouyang, Civil & Structural Engineers, Urbis, Landscape Architect, and Tino Kwan, Lighting Consultant, the building has been transformed into the city’s newest landmark hotel, The Murray, Hong Kong, as the flagship property of Niccolo Hotels.

Designed by Ron Phillips in the 1960s, the building was regarded as an outstanding example of sustainable architecture in its time and has won numerous awards for its groundbreaking, energy-efficient design, including the Energy Efficient Building Award, in 1994.  All of the signature features of the original Murray Building, including the facade with its imposing three-storey arches, the vehicle ramp and distinctive recessed windows, have been retained.

The tour will be led by Colin Ward of Foster + Partners and representatives of The Murray, Hong Kong.  It will be concluded with a light refreshments host by The Murray, Hong Kong.



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