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9:30 am - 11:30 am
Honor Award Building Tour - Academic 3, City University of Hong Kong, by Ronald Lu & Partners

The Honors & Awards of AIA Hong Kong recognize design excellence of our members practicing in the region. As part of our Chapter’s 20++ celebration, the architectural tours this year will feature winning projects of the award program over last two decades.

Academic 3, City University of Hong Kong, by Ronald

Lu & Partners, is the recipient of 2013 AIA Hong Kong Honor Award for Architecture.

Recently renamed Lau Ming Wai Academic Building, the project was incepted as a new teaching and administration building in City University’s Kowloon campus to accommodate its expanding intake of students in light of the new local 3+3+4 teaching structure. Four key principles drove the Architect’s design solution for the building when working with the site parameters of location and height for a tower; forming a strong connection between the remote dormitory sector uphill and the campus centre downhill, erecting a level green deck across the sloping site to recover the greenery, embedding sustainable design to create a green icon against the backdrop of Lion Rock, and elevating the ground plane to enhance permeability and natural environment at street level.


Project Leader – Chia Pan
Director, Ronald Lu & Partners

Chia is a graduate of the Southern California Institute of Architecture. He has more than 20 years of experience in Hong Kong, mainland China, Southeast Asia, South America and the U.S. Chia has been the lead architect on a wide range of projects, including large-scale comprehensive mixed-use developments, hotels, office towers, large-scale residential, university campus and industrial projects. He has built a strong portfolio that demonstrates his design sensitivity across diverse projects and his proven project management skills.

The tour will be guided by Mr. Chia Pan, Director of Ronald Lu & Partners. Besides Academic 3, other Honors & Awards winning projects by Ronald Lu & Partners include King George V School Performing Arts Block (2014), China Resources Building Renovation (2012), Pak Tsz Lane Park (2013), and Giverny Clubhouse (2006).

6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
AIA International Region Board Election 2017
Venue:AIA Hong Kong Chapter Office

As provided for in the International Region corporation bylaws, the officers (President, First Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary) have staggered two-year terms. Elections are now open for a new First Vice President and a new Treasurer, who will each serve in those respective capacities from January 1, 2018, through December 31, 2019.

Electronic Vote/Proxy
The two posts will be filled by a secret ballot election at the IR 2017 Annual Meeting on April 27 in Orlando, Florida, during this year’s AIA National Convention. If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, you may indicate your preference for candidates for the two positions electronically or authorize 2017 AIA Hong Kong President Rex Wong, AIA, to vote on your behalf at the IR Annual Meeting. Should you choose to submit your vote by proxy, sign this form and return to the Chapter office at by noon, April 14 (Hong Kong Time). Electronic votes must be submitted to IR General Counsel Jay Stephens, Hon. AIA, at by April 14 at 5:00 p.m. (U.S. Eastern Daylight Time).

IR First Vice President Candidate
We are pleased to announce that Greg Yager, AIA, candidate for IR First Vice President, will be in Hong Kong to discuss his election platform on Monday, April 10. The meeting is open to assigned members (Architects, Associates, International Associates) and will be held at the AIA Hong Kong chapter office from 6:30-7 p.m. on Monday, April 10. Greg is Senior Vice President of CallisonRTKL, founding president of AIA Shanghai, and is currently the Shanghai Chapter’s representative to the AIA International Region Board. If you wish to meet the candidate, please RSVP to by noon, April 10.

The AIA International Region, formed in late 2012, is the nineteenth region of the Institute and encompasses all areas outside of the United States. Please get involved in the democratic process and exercise your right to shape the region’s governance.


10:00 am - 12:00 pm
ARE Study Group
Venue:AIA Hong Kong Chapter Office


AIA Hong Kong is honored to be a recipient of the Emerging Professionals Grant from AIA College of Fellows.  The grant will support the Chapter in organizing ARE study sessions to assist candidates achieving licensure.  At present, Hong Kong is one of three sites 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  Be sure to include your full name, affiliation, email address, and any particular areas of interest.  Our next session will be on April 1 (Sat). Space is limited, RSVP below or via

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Sustainable Acoustic Panels and Your Health
Venue:Haworth Showroom

Good acoustics are important to our well-being, whether at home, at work, at a leisure center or in a public building.  This seminar will introduce the audience to the use of natural wall and ceiling claddings that improve the acoustic quality of indoor spaces.  Technical criteria such as sound absorption, reverberation time, and speech intelligibility will be explained, and case studies will be presented to illustrate solutions to acoustic problems in offices, shops, theaters, schools, and sports facilities.  With a focus on sustainability, the lecture will also address the environmental considerations of different raw materials, production processes, environmental labels, and industry standards.  Finally, aesthetic issues such as panel structures, textures, colors, and edge-profiles will also be presented.



Kent Vium Pedersen has 18-year experience in acoustic solution and  sustainable healthy indoor environment of buildings.  With a background in civil engineering, he is currently responsible for the international activities of Troldtekt A/S, a Danish company with eighty year history in the design and manufacturing of sustainable acoustic panels.  Working closely with architects, engineers and business partners, Ken’s recent projects include Google HQ in Ireland, Eura Leisure Centre in Finland, and Studio City in Macau.



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6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
He Jianxiang: The Hidden City

This lecture will show O-office’s critical observation and architectural practices in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) 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 received his MArch from KU Leuven, Belgium, and worked in both Europe and China. He has won major national and international awards, including Iconic Awards and Design for Asia Awards, and was selected as a Design Vanguard in 2015 by Architectural Record. Last year, he spoke at Emerge! AIA Hong Kong Young Architects Forum. O-office was featured in recent Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-city Biennales of Urbanism\Architecture, and he is a member of the Biennale’s Academic Committee.

The lecture is part of New Chinese Architecture series at the School of Architecture at CUHK. AIA members please RSVP via the Chapter by March 22, 2017.



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