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6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Advanced Technology Lecture Series: Technology and Material
Venue:Herman Miller Living Office Showroom

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The rapid pace of technological development over the last few decades has fundamentally altered the ways in which technology affects our lives and our work. The Advanced Technology Lecture is a three-part series focused on innovative uses of technology in the architectural and design professions.  Each event in the series will feature multiple speakers from the local and regional design community who are pushing the boundaries of technology within their research and practice.  The lectures will provide an important insight into how the practice of architecture is being impacted by technological innovation.  The series is a critical platform to exchange ideas and discuss the use of technology in our profession, not to mention a chance to highlight some of the best design talent in the Hong Kong and East Asia region.

Part 1: Technology and Material
April 21, 2016

The first Advanced Technology Lecture of 2016 will focus on the relationship between technology and materials.  The speakers will focus on inventive uses of digital design technologies to shape concrete, bamboo and timber.  Presenters:

Kristof Crolla is a licensed architect who combines his architectural practice “Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design Ltd.” (LEAD) with his position as Assistant Professor in Computational Design at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. After graduating Magna Cum Laude as Civil Architectural Engineer from Ghent University in 2003, he practiced in Belgium and built his first project, House for an Artist. Crolla moved to London in 2005 to attend the Architectural Association‘s Master of Architecture program, Design Research Laboratory, from where his student work was exhibited at the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale.  Following this he worked for several years as Lead Architect for Zaha Hadid Architects, while teaching in parallel at the AA and other institutions worldwide. He is currently based in Hong Kong and is best known for the projects Golden Moon – 2012 Mid-Autumn Festival Lantern Wonderland and ZCB Bamboo Pavilion.

Olivier Ottevaere is an architect and educator whose interest in architecture is driven by a hybrid approach between physical experiments and geometrical organizations. Integration of active structural principles, properties of materials and procedures of construction inform the design phase at the outset of each of his projects. He has practiced in New York, Lisbon and London, and founded Double (o) studio in 2012. House me Tender, his current precast research work, received the Best Residential Project, Architectural Review / MIPIM Future Project Awards – 2015. His series of timber structures, The Pinch/The Sweep/The Warp, designed in collaboration with John Lin was widely published and won several international awards, most notably World Small Project of the Year 2014, at the World Architecture Festival, and Best Experimental Project – Chinese Architecture Award.

Roberto Davolio and Marc Brulhart are the founders of AWAWA, a Hong Kong based design firm specializing in the research, development and production of innovative timber jointed structures. Their work seeks to improve upon thousands of years of carpentry knowledge by freeing “form” and “function” from traditional manufacturing limitations. AWAWA’s projects couple contemporary parametric modelling and CNC (Computer Numerical Control) driven manufacturing techniques with natural, sustainable materials with the goal of improving and redefining the built environment. Their approach is based on an integrated design workflow that optimizes all phases of construction from design and manufacturing, to assembly and subsequent disassembly and reuse.

The Advanced Technology Lecture series is curated by, and will be moderated by, Jason F. Carlow, Assoc. AIA, Assistant Professor and M.Arch Program Director at the University of Hong Kong.


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2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Emerge! 2016 AIA|HK Young Architects Forum
Venue:The Qube

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6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
First Quarterly Meeting - Reflexive Regionalism by Prof. Li Xiaodong
Venue:The Clipper Lounge


Li Xiaodong’s architecture combines his explorations of ideas with rational thinking based on inquiries into the concept of space, in the Chinese context. His works are influenced by both their cultural and climatic context and seek to capture the essence of their locations. Li’s designs achieve tranquility and harmony in terms of space, light and structured order.


Prof. Li Xiaodong

Li Xiaodong graduated from the School of Architecture at Tsinghua University in 1984 and did his PhD at the School of Architecture, Delft University of Technology, between 1989-1993.

A practicing architect, educator and researcher, his designs range from interiors to new buildings to urban spaces. Li has been recognized both nationally and internationally: among other awards, his design for the Bridge School in Fujian Province was the winner of the 2009 AR Emerging Architect Award as well as the 2010 Aga Khan Award for Architecture while his Liyuan Library was the winner of both the Architecture of Necessity Award, Sweden (in 2013) and the inaugural Moriyama RAIC International Prize (in 2014).

Li is currently a professor at the School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, and became an Honorary Fellow of the AIA in 2012.

*Please click here to view interview with Prof. Li Xiandong by Perspective.


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6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Starmaker with Teresa Norton


Mark you calendar and join us on Thursday, March 17th, when Teresa Norton of STARMAKER will share her techniques and tips for capturing business and building long-term relationships with clients through the use of strategic storytelling.  A client who had Teresa Norton deliver her theater-based approach to over 300 senior leaders and team members, dubbed the training “RockStar Presentations”.  Whether you are an “Old Dog” or a “Young Gun” you are sure to come away with something you can put into action during your next client presentation.

During the cocktail reception, a guided tour of the premises will be arranged for interested members by JEB, a global supplier of architectural products and services.

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Teresa Norton 

Teresa Norton brings a lifetime of professional theater experience and over 30 years living in Greater China to her coaching, training and consulting on how to inspire confidence, lead with authenticity, communicate with impact and engage across cultures.  Teresa shares what theater directors do to bring out the best in others and is regularly asked to speak at business forums and conferences throughout Asia, North America and Europe about her unique theater-based approach to leadership, teamwork and the challenges facing Chinese companies in the drive for innovation.

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10:00 am - 12:00 pm
AIA Hong Kong Building Tour - Asia Society Hong Kong Center
Venue:Asia Society Hong Kong Center

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Located in the heart of the central business district, the Asia Society Hong Kong Center (the “Center”) is situated at the Old Victoria Barracks, Former Explosives Magazine site. Steeped in history, cultural significance and natural beauty it is an excellent example of Conservation Architecture in Hong Kong.
The 1,364 hectare site, which houses a group of four former British military buildings, was originally built by the British Army in the mid-19th century for explosives and ammunition production and storage. Subsequently expanded and then taken over by the Royal Navy in the early 20th century, the site was abandoned in the 1990s until it was granted to the Center by the HKSAR Government for adaptive reuse. An integral part of the British military lands and one of the few remaining sites of the Victoria Cantonment, the site is an important and tangible link to Hong Kong’s colonial past.
Through the vision of internationally acclaimed Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects and as a result of careful conservation, restoration and adaptive reuse, the site was successfully transformed into a cultural, artistic and intellectual hub in 2012. The Center creatively combines new construction with four former military buildings, three of which are listed as Grade 1 Historic Buildings, while the fourth, a post-war utilitarian building located down the hill from the compound, is Grade 2 listed. Today the site is home to a stunning, multi-purpose Entrance Pavilion that is linked by a double-decker footbridge to the heritage site, which now houses a gallery, theatre, offices and function rooms.
The Center combines heritage conservation with a distinctive modern aesthetic allowing it to extend its educational programs to the larger community and received an AIA National Honor Award in 2016.


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