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14/09/2013 - 16/09/2013
All Day
GSD Hong Kong Alumni & Friends Weekend



Please join the Harvard Graduate School of Design for an important program in Hong Kong. GSD faculty, alumni and friends will be gathering from around the world to celebrate the GSD’s role in the future of urbanization.
GSD Hong Kong Alumni & Friends Weekend
Registration and schedule information for Harvard Design: Hong Kong, Alumni and Friends Weekend, is now available. The weekend is fully scheduled and offers a mix of content, networking and tours. We hope you will take this opportunity to connect with alumni, friends and fellow design professionals.

A few program highlights:

• Private architectural boat tour in Hong Kong’s famous Victoria Harbour
• Exclusive presentation of the M+ Museum’s master plan, with a private reception at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum

• All-Day Symposium, The Future of the City in Global City-Regions
• Grand Celebration at Sevva, a unique and quintessentially Hong Kong dining experience with stunning views of the iconic Hong Kong skyline
Click here for a comprehensive program schedule and registration information.

We look forward to welcoming you to Hong Kong!

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12:00 am - 2:00 pm
Masterplanning China’s greatest cities: lessons learned for Hong Kong
Venue:AmCham Office

The Talk:

Many of China’s great cities have gone through unprecedented transitions as China evolves from a rural peasant society to a global economy with a majority of its population living in modern urban environments. Due to the rapid societal changes happening in China, municipal leaders have encouraged and implemented creative and thoughtful master planning processes to accommodate these dynamic shifts. Learn from Ame Engelhart of SOM, on how one of the world’s most respected architectural firms has helped China manage this transition unlike any other country before it. There are many valuable lessons which the city of Hong Kong could learn for the benefit of its residents.


The Speaker:

ameAme M. Engelhart has lived and worked in Hong Kong for nearly 20 years. She currently serves as Director of SOM Hong Kong. In this capacity, she is responsible for the firm’s operations and project facilitation in South East Asia. She works in cooperation with their U.S. based office in New York, Chicago and San Francisco. Ame has a proven track record for successful outcomes and offers a unique array of expertise that includes architecture, urban design and planning, project management, and business development.

Since 1994, Ms. Engelhart has focused her efforts on South East Asia and gained tremendous knowledge working as an architect, urban planner, and project manager in the region. Her expertise extends to many project types–hospitality, retail, mixed-use developments, residential complexes, convention centers, airports, institutions, housing, and hotels. Most recently, Ame has assisted in the facilitation of the firm’s master planning, high-rise, commercial, mixed-use and planning projects in China, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Vietnam and Jakarta.

Ame is particularly interested in working with her SOM colleagues to develop innovative ideas to address challenging urban planning contexts and in guiding development interests to create public benefit. She is keenly interested in promoting sustainable development. Tenets of sustainable planning creating pedestrian-friendly and transit-oriented developments, integrating elements of site features with development needs, while engendering a sense of identity rooted in the culture and aspirations of the place.

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) is one of the leading architecture, urban design and planning, engineering, and interior architecture firms in the world. Their sophistication in building technology applications and commitment to design quality have resulted in a portfolio that features some of the most important architectural accomplishments of modern times including, the Burj Khalifa- Dubai, Jin Mao Tower- Shanghai, One World Trade Centre- recently topped out in New York City and is now the tallest building in North America.


Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm (sandwiches & beverages included/ first 15-20 minutes is for networking)

Fee(s):Member Fee: HK$250/Non Member Fee: HK$380

Inquiries: Ms. Katherine Lau at (please use the following subject line for your email: “Date of event / Speaker name(s) or event title”)

Fax (852) 3753 1202


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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

AIA HK - Announcement - CES #348 Feature


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.

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