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6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
AIA International Region Board Election 2017
Venue:AIA Hong Kong Chapter Office

As provided for in the International Region corporation bylaws, the officers (President, First Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary) have staggered two-year terms. Elections are now open for a new First Vice President and a new Treasurer, who will each serve in those respective capacities from January 1, 2018, through December 31, 2019.

Electronic Vote/Proxy
The two posts will be filled by a secret ballot election at the IR 2017 Annual Meeting on April 27 in Orlando, Florida, during this year’s AIA National Convention. If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, you may indicate your preference for candidates for the two positions electronically or authorize 2017 AIA Hong Kong President Rex Wong, AIA, to vote on your behalf at the IR Annual Meeting. Should you choose to submit your vote by proxy, sign this form and return to the Chapter office at by noon, April 14 (Hong Kong Time). Electronic votes must be submitted to IR General Counsel Jay Stephens, Hon. AIA, at by April 14 at 5:00 p.m. (U.S. Eastern Daylight Time).

IR First Vice President Candidate
We are pleased to announce that Greg Yager, AIA, candidate for IR First Vice President, will be in Hong Kong to discuss his election platform on Monday, April 10. The meeting is open to assigned members (Architects, Associates, International Associates) and will be held at the AIA Hong Kong chapter office from 6:30-7 p.m. on Monday, April 10. Greg is Senior Vice President of CallisonRTKL, founding president of AIA Shanghai, and is currently the Shanghai Chapter’s representative to the AIA International Region Board. If you wish to meet the candidate, please RSVP to by noon, April 10.

The AIA International Region, formed in late 2012, is the nineteenth region of the Institute and encompasses all areas outside of the United States. Please get involved in the democratic process and exercise your right to shape the region’s governance.


10:00 am - 12:00 pm
ARE Study Group
Venue:AIA Hong Kong Chapter Office


AIA Hong Kong is honored to be a recipient of the Emerging Professionals Grant from AIA College of Fellows.  The grant will support the Chapter in organizing ARE study sessions to assist candidates achieving licensure.  At present, Hong Kong is one of three sites outside of the U.S. where ARE is offered.  Led by licensed AIA Hong Kong members, our study sessions integrate content review, study strategies, tips and tricks, and sample questions.  If you would like to be added to the notification list related to ARE, email our Young Architects Group at  Be sure to include your full name, affiliation, email address, and any particular areas of interest.  Our next session will be on April 1 (Sat). Space is limited, RSVP below or via

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Sustainable Acoustic Panels and Your Health
Venue:Haworth Showroom

Good acoustics are important to our well-being, whether at home, at work, at a leisure center or in a public building.  This seminar will introduce the audience to the use of natural wall and ceiling claddings that improve the acoustic quality of indoor spaces.  Technical criteria such as sound absorption, reverberation time, and speech intelligibility will be explained, and case studies will be presented to illustrate solutions to acoustic problems in offices, shops, theaters, schools, and sports facilities.  With a focus on sustainability, the lecture will also address the environmental considerations of different raw materials, production processes, environmental labels, and industry standards.  Finally, aesthetic issues such as panel structures, textures, colors, and edge-profiles will also be presented.



Kent Vium Pedersen has 18-year experience in acoustic solution and  sustainable healthy indoor environment of buildings.  With a background in civil engineering, he is currently responsible for the international activities of Troldtekt A/S, a Danish company with eighty year history in the design and manufacturing of sustainable acoustic panels.  Working closely with architects, engineers and business partners, Ken’s recent projects include Google HQ in Ireland, Eura Leisure Centre in Finland, and Studio City in Macau.



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6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
He Jianxiang: The Hidden City

This lecture will show O-office’s critical observation and architectural practices in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region, which witnessed an unprecedented wave of urbanisation driven by the spirit of “making” and “mass production”. The architect attempts to rediscover the hidden proxemics within the unstoppable urban process that has seemingly swallowed the original urban-rural structure built through history in the region. Constructed in four interrelated episodes – arch-scenario, urban ruin, the village-city and landscape – the lecture presents O-office’s alternative design strategy and micro space-time operation mostly in fragments within the vast urban mise-en-scène which has been dominating the region’s geography.

He Jianxiang is a founding partner of Guangzhou-based O-office Architects and Visiting Lecturer of the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. He received his MArch from KU Leuven, Belgium, and worked in both Europe and China. He has won major national and international awards, including Iconic Awards and Design for Asia Awards, and was selected as a Design Vanguard in 2015 by Architectural Record. Last year, he spoke at Emerge! AIA Hong Kong Young Architects Forum. O-office was featured in recent Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-city Biennales of Urbanism\Architecture, and he is a member of the Biennale’s Academic Committee.

The lecture is part of New Chinese Architecture series at the School of Architecture at CUHK. AIA members please RSVP via the Chapter by March 22, 2017.



8:45 am - 7:15 pm
Architecture Field Trip - The Pearl River Delta Megalopolis: Three Cities / Three Scales

The Pearl River Delta Megalopolis, which includes Hong Kong, is the largest urban agglomeration in the world in both size and population. Continuing its role as China’s economic growth engine, the region’s environment has undergone tremendous change in recent years.  Not only has the development of extensive transportation infrastructure enhanced physical connectivity, but architects and urban designers have continued to have a profound impact on the design of buildings, neighborhoods and cities.

In order to expand on this year’s theme: AIAHK20++, the Chapter has organized a one day field trip to reinforce our role in promoting the exchange of ideas between professionals active in Hong Kong and the wider region.  With the establishment of AIA Shanghai in 2012 providing a platform in the Yangtze River Delta area, AIA Hong Kong has taken the lead in providing our members with opportunities to explore current trends at the south eastern tip of the Pearl River Delta. By examining projects in Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Zhuhai, participants in this tour will be better able to understand the potential influence Hong Kong and overseas designers can have in shaping the urban environment of this megalopolis.


Projects We Will Visit

Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition (MOCAPE), Shenzhen

Client: Shenzhen Municipal Culture Bureau & Shenzhen Municipal Planning Bureau

Architect: Coop Himmelb(l)au

Part of the master plan for Shenzhen’s new urban center, the Futian Cultural District, MOCAPE has established itself as a major new attraction in Shenzhen’s fast growing urban center. The project was conceived as the synergetic combination of two institutions, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and the Planning Exhibition (PE), whose various program elements are now housed together in a monolithic body wrapped in a multifunctional façade.  The transparency of the building envelope and the interior lighting allows for views from the exterior deep into the heart of the space, thereby accentuating the shared entrance and circulation between the two museums.


Nansha Bay Development, Guangzhou

Client: Fok Ying Tung Group

Architect & Urban Designer: Richard Reid and Associates

The site for the new town of Nansha Bay is a former 2,500 acre quarry bounded by the Pearl River on the north-east and a range of hills, forests and mountains along the south-west.  The master plan called for a dense, compact ‘European urban village’ for living and working that would foster mixed use development, be economic to build and ecologically sustainable to maintain, and that could be developed incrementally. The first phase of the project, the Marina Quarter, is already under construction.


Hengqin New District Master Plan, Zhuhai

Client: Zhuhai Hengqin New District Planning & Land Bureau

Urban Designer & Planner: SWA Group

Hengqin New District is located in the southern part of Zhuhai City, Guangdong Province. Its geographical advantage is that it will become the only area connected to both Hong Kong and Macao by road after completion of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, when it will be just 40 minutes’ drive from Hong Kong and separated from Macao by a river. Hengqin, designated as a national-level ‘new area’ in 2009, became part of the Guangdong Pilot Free Trade Zone in 2015. Its preferential policies and international business environment have enticed a number of enterprises from both home and abroad to set up offices here, while the high-quality residential facilities on offer have lured many talented professionals to live in the district.



08:45 Gather at Lok Ma Chau MTR Station, Hong Kong

09:15 Visit MOCAPE, Shenzhen

12:00 Lunch at Nansha Grand Hotel

13:00 Visit Nansha Bay Development, Guangzhou

15:30 Visit Hengqin New Area, Zhuhai

19:15 Return to Hong Kong



– Central Government’s Liaison Office in HKSAR

– Coop Himmelb(l)au

– CPPCC Guangzhou Committee

– Fok Ying Tung Group


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