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1:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Mentoring Workshop: “draw TOGETHER @ THE BIG DRAW"
Venue:Very Hong Kong Pavilion

AIA Hong Kong - CES #356 - Feature


Seeing, perceiving, imagining and rendering. Architecture begins with observation, inspiration, a dot and a line to connect sketches and analyses that become future buildings and future cities. Volunteers from the AIA will join Draw Together @ The Big Draw Hong Kong to mentor and lead a drawing workshop at the Very Hong Kong pavilion for Hong Kong citizens to “draw the city” in an exploration of architectural seeing and sketching. This event is a collaboration with Very Hong Kong, Draw Together @ The Big Draw and the Community Art Network, working with the Cheung Chau Government School and the St. Stephens Society Youth Shelter. Draw Together @ The Big Draw Hong Kong 2013 is for everyone. It will focus on self expression and help to demonstrate the power of observation and drawing.* Both English and Cantonese-speaking volunteers are needed.



7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
AIA Hong Kong 2013 Christmas Party
Venue:Spring Workshop

AIA HK - Announcement - Christmas Party



6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
CES #350: A Conversation with Criswell Davis, Dana Spessert and Vernacular School Designs by Project Little Dream
Venue:The American Club Hong Kong

The Presentation:

The evening will begin with a special presentation by a group of local architecture students working to build sustainable schools in Cambodia using wood, as part of Project Little Dream, winner of a 2013 AIA Hong Kong Citation.

Criswell and Dana will then share several case studies of projects using sustainable American hardwoods. These natural products have always been a popular choice for American and European architects and designers because of the wide variety of species available, and for their environmental credentials.  With the export of US hardwoods to Greater China (Hong Kong, Mainland China and Taiwan) expected to reach more than US$1 billion in 2013, and many more applications becoming apparent for both interior and building construction projects worldwide, the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) is hosting this seminar to educate architects and designers on the use of US hardwoods in sustainable design and to provide a practical demonstration of the lumber grading rules for North American hardwoods.

AIA HK - CES #350 featured

The speaker:

Criswell -smiling headshot

Criswell Davis is an internationally recognized American hardwood expert and current president of Mighty Oaks Consulting.  He has 25 years of experience in the American hardwood industry, including more than 17 years representing a large American sawmill and kiln drying facility.   Davis works with architecture and design firms around the world helping to guide them in the process of specifying and procuring American hardwoods for projects in the US and overseas.




Dana Spessert - 2Dana Spessert has served as the Chief Inspector of the National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA) since 2010 where his responsibilities range from managing a staff of field inspectors to rules interpretations. He began his career of choice on a family owned sawmill and has been an inspector of hardwood lumber for more than 28 years. He has presented the NHLA hardwood lumber inspection rules to thousands of lumber traders, architects, manufacturers and other hardwood related attendees around the globe. His expertise in the inspection of hardwood lumber is unequalled in the industry.





29/11/2013 - 30/11/2013
12:00 am
International Conference on Heritage Conservation 2013 “Latest Movements in Heritage Conservation: Global Vision and Local Outlook”
Venue:Wang Gungwu Theatre, Graduate House, The University of Hong Kong

This conference will be held on 29 – 30 November 2013

Commissioner for Heritage Office, Development Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Architectural Conservation Programmes, Department of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong

Objective :

The conference provides an opportunity for international exchange of insights experience among esteemed heritage conservation professionals from both the public and private sectors. The conference will focus on heritage conservation as an integral theme, with historic urban landscape, experiences in the conservation of privately-owned historic buildings and traditional and innovative tools of urban conservation practice featured in separate sessions.


Target: Our target participants are principally local professionals and academics in the heritage

conservation and related fields, such as architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, construction, urban design, etc. We will also reach out to Mainland and overseas participants involved in the conservation of built heritage.

To Register or obtain the Conference Programme please go to the links below

Chinese version:
English version:


For contact and RSVP:


For further details

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Brown Bag - Technical seminar - To have or have not? What insurance do I need for my practice in Hong Kong (Part 2)
Venue:Kohler Asia Pacific Ltd. Showroom

The Seminar:

While insurance in some form is mandatory for all businesses in Hong Kong, for example, Employees’ Compensation insurance that was discussed in depth last time, Part 2 of this seminar will focus on MPF, Professional Indemnity and other types of insurance that can enhance the smooth running of your practice, as well as help with the practice’s succession planning.


As last time, the seminar will include a Q&A session during which your individual insurance concerns can be discussed.

The Speaker:

Ivy TamIvy Tam, AIA Hong Kong affiliate member, received her undergraduate degree at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and MBA from The University of Sydney (USyd). Previously, she worked in the building industry with leading companies such as Armstrong and Hunter Douglas.  Ivy is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Insurance Consultant and MPF Advisor, with over ten years professional experience in the insurance industry, and clientele including several architectural and interior design firms.  As a member of the Professional Insurance Brokers Association (PIBA), Ivy can source and compare products from different insurers to help find the most suitable plan for her clients.

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