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6:15 pm - 8:45 pm
AIA Hong Kong - Intersection between Global Institutional Architecture and Local Heritage Sites: The University of Chicago Hong Kong Center
Venue:The Helena May

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.


Guest Speakers:

Bing Thom Architects

Bing Thom Architects is an innovative architectural and urban design practice with an emphasis on community-minded work. The firm, founded in 1982, 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:

  • Venelin Kokalov, Principal
  • Francis Yan, Managing Director, Hong Kong office
  • Earle Briggs, Director
  • Shinobu Homma, Director


University of Chicago

The University of Chicago is a private research university in Chicago, Illinois, established in 1890.  It has many prominent alumni including 92 Nobel laureates who have been affiliated with the university as professors, students, faculty, or staff, the fourth most of any institution in the world.  It is also well known for its professional schools including the Booth School of Business which has a substantial Hong Kong based alumni population.  With an estimated completion date of 2020, the Barack Obama Presidential Center will be housed at the university and include both the Obama presidential library and offices of the Obama Foundation.

  • Gavin Tun, Director of Design & Project Management
  • Simon Wong, Project Manager


Antiquities Advisory Board, Hong Kong Government

The Antiquities Advisory Board is a statutory body consisting of experts in various fields related to heritage conservation.  The Board was set up to advise the government on any matters relating to antiquities and monuments and on whether an item or building should be declared as a monument or a proposed monument.  It also advises the authorities on measures to promote the restoration and conservation of historic buildings and structures and on measures to promote awareness of and concern for the conservation of Hong Kong’s heritage.

  • Andrew Lam, Chairman


Philip Liao, AIA, Founder & Principal Partner, Philip Liao and Partners




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Annual Gold Sponsor

11:00 am - 1:00 pm
AIA Hong Kong Site Tour: Bing Thom Architects - The University of Chicago Hong Kong
Venue:The University of Chicago

AIA Hong Kong’s first building tour of the year will feature Bing Thom Architect’s University of Chicago Center in Hong Kong, soon to be the University’s new Asian hub and home to its renowned Booth School of Business.

The Pok Fu Lam site includes the historic remnants of a military detention center and features an abundance of greenery with panoramic views of Hong Kong Harbour.  The design mandate was to respect both the heritage buildings and the natural landscape. Inspired by the magnificent views, steep topography, and memories of the past, the resulting design carefully weaves the academic program into the challenging site, touching down only at points of least intrusion and bridging across and connecting the scattered heritage blocks to create an environment that unifies old and new, natural and man-made. The sensuous building form, accentuated by generous glazing and rhythmic sun screens, pays respect to the scale of the foliage and serves as a light foil to the memory laden heritage buildings.

The tour will precede our Chapter’s First Quarterly Meeting on February 13 (Monday). Speakers from Bing Thom Architects, the University of Chicago, and the HK Antiquities Advisory Board will share the design of this remarkable building and discuss the intersection between global  institutional architecture and local heritage sites.  Event details and registration here.

The tour will be led by Francis Yan, Managing Director of Bing Thom Architects Hong Kong office, and Gavin Tun, Director of Design & Project Management of the University of Chicago.


Annual Gold Sponsor

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
AIA Hong Kong - 2017 Kick-off Party
Venue:Bitters & Sweets

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10:00 am - 1:00 pm
AIA Hong Kong Mentoring Workshop - Architectural Sketching with Students
Venue:Old Clock Tower


Seeing, perceiving, imagining and rendering. Architecture begins with observation, inspiration, a dot and a line, sketches and analysis that become future buildings and future cities. Volunteers from the AIA will join design students from Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) as well as local primary school students to mentor and lead a “draw the city” workshop in an exploration of architectural seeing and sketching.

Additional Notes: Outdoor event – dress appropriately. In case of inclement weather, we will seek nearby shelter. All participants should bring their own drawing materials.



6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Compact Living: Global Phenomenon


he phenomenon of rapid urbanization implies high-density populations and a scarcity of living space. As a result of vertical developments, apartments are becoming smaller and smaller, and a more intimate relationship is created between residential and non-residential buildings. The notion of ‘compact living space’ is no longer limited to Hong Kong, rather, it is now a universal topic in cities such as London, New York and Tokyo where apartments have also become smaller and the city has become an extension of the home.

So: Have our homes become smaller, or bigger?

In the past, discussions of urbanization often focused on the push and pull between urban and rural; now, the push and pull is between the city and apartments, the functions of which complement each other. Lifestyle, communication among people, interaction between the environment and inhabitants…all can be richer and beneficial to the economy. Compact apartments can improve quality of life as well as the urban environment. They also minimize the use of valuable resources in their construction, and energy consumption.

<strong>Gary Chang</strong>
Gary Chang

Founder & Managing Director  
EDGE Design Institute Ltd.

Gary Chang is one of the most influential figures in the architectural, interior and product design world today. With a passion for transformational designs that exemplify ultimate adaptability and sensibility, Gary’s work has focused on spatial flexibility and the interplay between art and practicality. The tiny apartment in Hong Kong in which he grew up sparked a lasting curiosity in maximizing compact space. Gary founded EDGE Design Institute Ltd. in 1994 and has since created such notable works as the Suitcase House in Beijing, his Kung-fu tea-set for ALESSI, and the transformation of his childhood home and current 32 m2 apartment.

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