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Date/Time Event
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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6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
2016 AIA Hong Kong Annual Dinner
Venue:Atrium Rooms@Island Shangri-la



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