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12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
CES #348 Ergonomic Design of Seating Systems - Making the world a better place to sit
Venue:JEB Greater China Showroom

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The Seminar:

The HÅG Capisco chair, winner of a Red Dot Design Award, redefines and challenges the way we traditionally think about  task chairs. This modern classic was developed hand-in-hand with the growing trend towards alternative workplace environments and helped usher in a new age of ergonomics. Originally conceived 30 years ago and updated in 2012, the chair promotes improved posture and, ultimately, increased productivity.  Scandinavian company HÅG sell many chairs that are  good for the body and will show a range of products at this seminar, with demonstrations of “how to sit in a better position.”


The Speaker:

Michael Brisbane is Managing Director of Scandinavian Business Seating, Asia Pacific.  Originally from London, he has been based in Norway for the last 10 years. Mike has travelled the world world with many companies to gain a better understanding of how the humble office chair can have an impact on our work, our health and even on company profits.  He has worked with clients in Europe, the UK, the USA and now Asia, sharing his experience of SBSeating’s “observational” design process and how it has changed the industry’s perspective on seating ergonomics.

AIA members in attendance will earn 1.0 LU.

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Design and Construction of Cultural Buildings - A Conversation with renowned Spanish Architect: Fernando Menis
Venue:The Woodsville Sales Office’s Gallery

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The Talk

Fernando Menis is a unique Spanish architect with a unique practice.  He will be speaking on the design and construction of his culturally sensitive projects, drawing on his extensive portfolio of both completed and in-process works.  Menis will illustrate his creative process in achieving an architecture steeped in craft and the reflecting the spirit of the place.  His design methodology refined over many years, is based on two pillars: Reason and Emotion; that support the project in an ongoing mutual dialogue.  Drawing reference from his works in Canary Islands, Poland, Taiwan and Crimea, he will present their process of ongoing review and confrontation with material and technology.   To ensure the project’s sense of place, Menis will also demonstrate their comprehensive study of the environmental context of the site to ensure its sense of belonging.


The Speaker

Fernando Menis first formed the practice Artengo-Menis-Pastrana in 1981 after studying architecture in Barcelona.   In 2004, he founded Menis Arquitectos, an international practice now with offices in Tenerife, Madrid, India and Poland.    In addition to practicing architecture he is Associate Professor of the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Professor at Universidad Europea de Madrid,  a Professor of UEC and President of the Laboratory for Innovation in  Design and Advanced Tourism of Tenerife, Spain.   Menis also participates as a jury member, directs workshops and lectures at prestigious universities and architecture festivals around the world.  Menis’ work has been recognizes with many regional, national and international awards, including most recently at the World Architecture Festival.  He is often invited to participate in the Venice Biennale and exhibitions at MOMA NY (2006), Aedes Berlin (2006), GA Tokyo (2009). Recently, his model of the Holy Redeemer Church has been added to the permanent collection at MoMA in New York.


AIA members in attendance will earn 1.5 LUs.

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Professional Practice Seminar: To Have or Have Not? What insurance do I need for my practice in Hong Kong?
Venue:Kohler Asia Pacific Ltd. Showroom

AIA HK - CES #346 - featured

The talk:

While insurance in some form is mandatory for all businesses in Hong Kong, this seminar will focus on which insurance types relate specifically to architectural and design practices.  For example, many AIA members and firm owners are from the US, or represent their firms as expatriate staff from the US working in a branch office in Hong Kong.  What are the special rules and regulations that you need to know?  How do you best protect personal assets in the event of claims or lawsuits?  Professional advice on current requirements for Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF), Employees’ Compensation and Professional Indemnity Insurance, among other topics, will be covered in this seminar, followed by Q&A to address your individual insurance concerns.

Personal assets in the event of claims or lawsuits?  Professional advice on current requirements for Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF), Workers Compensation and Professional Indemnity Insurance, among other topics, will be covered in this presentation, followed by Q&A to address your individual practice concerns.

The Speaker:

Ivy 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.

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
CES #345 Defining Responsible Architecture - A Discussion of Best Practice
Venue:POSH Network Centre

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LUH: 1.0 LU/HSW 

The Talk:

This seminar will focus on the specifics of what it means to be a “responsible architect” in today’s rapidly changing and urbanizing world.  We will look at case studies to discuss best practice at both ‘Building’ and ‘City’ scales with a focus on resource allocation, budget adherence, response to urban context, meeting of client needs, anticipation of public realm, civic expectations and overall timeless design excellence.

The Speaker:

Cory M. Ticktin, AIA LEED AP, has nearly 30 years of diverse professional experience leading large-scale complex design efforts globally. He has recently relocated to China to lead the design of projects in the Asia region for the Beijing office of AECOM.  Cory’s work is recognized for its excellence from conceptual design through completion, including a wide range of building types: corporate headquarters, residential projects, retail and entertainment venues, hospitality projects as well as an array of civic and government buildings, transportation, public safety and educational facilities.  Cory was educated at USC and worked previously with SOM, KMJR and DMJM in Los Angeles.

Join us in welcoming Cory Ticktin to Hong Kong and come participate in a discussion of best practice and responsible architecture.


6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Macau: The Paradox of Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Development
Venue:Tung Fat Ho Building Material Showroom

AIA Hong Kong/ Perspective Brain Trust Series: “Art, Architecture and Culture” 

Macau: The Paradox of Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Development

The Talk
Can cultural heritage and contemporary gaming industry co-exist?  Join us for the third session in the 2013 Brain Trust Series on Art, Architecture and Culture as we speak with experts to look at Macau and explore the paradox of cultural heritage and contemporary development.  Are there vestiges of a historic and multicultural past that can serve as points of reference for this 24-hour modern city of casinos and tourism?  Come share your perspectives. 

The Speakers

Rui Leao, AAM OA HKIUD, is Partner of LBA arquitectura & planeamento lda and Vice-President of Architects Association of Macau.  His Reading Room Project in the Portuguese School of Macau received jury commendation for innovation from the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards in 2012.

Bernard Lim, JP FHKIA HKIUD, is Founding Principal of AD+RG, Professor of Architecture at CUHK, Past President of HKIA and Founding President of HKIUD, among other notable appointments.  He has professional specialization and research in community participatory planning and workshops. 

Jason Wordie, Hon. AIA (HK), is a leading historian and writer with an interest in the preservation of Hong Kong and Macau’s built and cultural heritage. In addition to writing books and weekly newspaper columns, Jason leads popular walking tours for local community and cultural groups. 

Marisa Yiu, AIA, is Founding Partner of ESKYIU, a practice that integrates multi-disciplinary design, culture and spatial agency.  She is Assistant Professor of Architecture at CUHK and a board member of Hong Kong Ambassadors for Design, a non-profit organization that promotes creative imagination of the public.

Moderated By Christine Bruckner and Suzanne Miao


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