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6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Frei Otto Spanning the Future


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The documentary celebrates the life and work of one of the 20th Century’s most influential architects, Frei Otto.

As an architect and engineer, he was widely recognized for his original, creative thinking and highly sought after, to collaborate on projects with complex architectural and structural challenges. Frei Otto, along with Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller, Walter Gropius, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Richard Neutra, was a visionary whose approach to form finding is the foundation for modern architecture.

His influence, however, is far greater than the imaginative spaces and constructions he produced. In awarding Frei Otto the Pritzker Prize for Architecture in 2015, the Jury noted not only his pioneering work in the field of lightweight structures and advanced ideas of sustainability, but also his contribution to the collective knowledge of architecture.

“Mr. Otto practiced a holistic and collaborative approach to architecture, working with environmentalists, biologists, engineers, philosophers, historians, naturalists, artists, and other architects … Frei Otto was a utopian who never stopped believing that architecture can make a better world for all.”

BuroHappold Engineering’s Nick Greenwood, Partner and Asia Regional Director will provide a short introduction, as Frei Otto was instrumental in helping BuroHappold with its first “proper job” in 1976. Now celebrating their 40th Year, BuroHappold’s Chairman, Mike Cook, describes Frei as, “…one of the most outstanding, creative minds working in our field in the past hundred years. Bridging the world of architect and engineer he defined a new way of creating space underpinned by the belief that natural forms give us the best answers.”

Simon Chiu the film’s Executive Producer will be present for questions.

We look forward to welcoming you to the event, to learn and be inspired by the story of a key figure in Architecture and Engineering of the last century.

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6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Design Innovation in Sustainability: From Glocal to Fanergy
Venue:Monsieur CHATTÉ la boutique


The seminar will be structured in two parts and will explore recent developments in the use of super-efficient ceiling fans used in conjunction with air conditioning to improve HVAC efficiency and save energy.

We will initially examine several award-winning projects: Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li, Chengdu, Innhouse Kunming and the Integer Bamboo House – with an emphasis on learning about the integrated design processes involved.

The above introduction will be followed up with a critical discussion of how increasing air speed via ceiling fans can provide a low-cost solution to satisfying the need for indoor thermal comfort. Combining fans with traditional air conditioning will be shown to be a design strategy that can help reduce cooling and heating costs by 20% and 30%, respectively. Additional benefits include less ductwork, improved ventilation rates and reduced condensation, all of which can help contribute to certifications such as LEED and/or BEAM Plus.


Mr. Peaker Chu, Senior Architect of the Oval partnership and a member of the Octagon partnership.

Peaker received his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture at the University of Hong Kong(HKU) and his Masters degree in Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London (UCL). He joined the Oval Partnership in 2007 and has substantial experience in cultural ,commercial and sustainability  projects in Hong Kong, China and the UK. Peaker is a key member of the design team of the award-winning Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li retail development in Chengdu for Swire Properties, and the highly successful 400,000 sqm Hangzhou Chengxi Intime City retail mix-use project.   He is also directly involved in different stages of sustainability projects included Kunming Innhouse Hotel,Kunming Bamboo House , CCTF-KPMG Community  Center, Swire-CCTF Bamboo Center, Hengqin Island master planning project, Cheng Chau Old house Slow life 83 cafe,  etc.

Mr. Matt Chan is currently an architectural engineering specialist at Big Ass Fans. He has worked with architects, engineers and listed companies on a variety of projects where simultaneously increasing thermal comfort and saving energy have been primary concerns. Matt has delivered presentations on the subject of air movement and energy-efficiency to many professional associations and organizations throughout Hong Kong and the region.

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6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
AIA Hong Kong Advance Technology Lecture Series: City of Dreams: From Design to Production
Venue:Posh Network Centre

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Image courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

The second event in the AIA HK Advanced Technology series will feature several speakers on Zaha Hadid Architects’ City of Dreams Hotel Tower in Macau.  The challenges of one of the world’s most complex buildings and façade systems will be presented from three perspectives: that of the architect, the engineer and the façade production consultant.

This event will offer a rare opportunity to hear about the role of advanced computational technology from design to analysis to fabrication and construction.  Project leaders from Zaha Hadid Architects, Buro Happold and Front Inc. will present their strategies for undertaking this remarkable project, due to open in 2017.

Melco Crown Entertainment is the developer and owner of the fifth hotel tower at City of Dreams, the company’s flagship property in Cotai, Macau.  With 40 floors and a gross floor area of 150,000 square metres, the tower houses approximately 780 guestrooms, suites and sky villas. The hotel also includes a variety of meeting and event facilities, gaming rooms, lobby atrium, restaurants, spa, and sky pool. Including extensive back of house areas and supporting ancillary facilities, the tower’s design resolves the hotel’s many complex programs within a single cohesive envelope.
The design combines dramatic public spaces and generously sized guest rooms with innovative engineering and formal cohesion. The rectangular outline of the site is extruded as a monolithic block with a series of voids which carve through the centre of the tower, merging traditional architectural elements of roof, wall and ceiling to create a sculptural form that defines many of the hotel’s internal public spaces.
The tower’s exposed exoskeleton reinforces the dynamism of the design. Expressive and powerful, the external structure optimises the interior layouts and envelops the building, further defining its formal composition and establishing relationships with the new Cotai Strip.


Zaha Hadid Architects
Viviana Muscettola, Senior Associate

Viviana joined Zaha Hadid Architects in 2004, having first worked for a number of different practices in China, the Netherlands, and Italy. An Associate since 2009 and a Senior Associate since 2014, she has worked on a wide range of the firm’s projects, and competitions, in Malaysia, China, Egypt, Singapore, France, and the UK, including winning competitions for the Glasgow Riverside Museum, the CMA CGM Head Office Tower in Marseille and the Architecture Foundation, London. As project director, Viviana has led a number of major projects for the practice, including the D’Leedon residential development in Singapore, which was completed in 2014, a masterplan for the Cairo Expo City’s exhibition and conference centre in Egypt (unbuilt), and a mixed-use development in Beijing featuring a luxury department store, entertainment complex, and apartments (currently on site).
Viviana is the project director for the 780 keys hotel and casino in  Macau, having followed the design from the initial concept to the current construction phase .
Viviana began her architecture studies at the University of Naples, receiving her degree, and the prize for best thesis project in architecture, in 2001 . She continued her studies at the Architectural Association’s Design Research Laboratory, receiving her Masters Degree in 2004.

Michele Salvi, Lead Architect

Since joining ZHA in 2004, Michele has been involved in a number of projects, including successful competition designs for a Museum in Cagliari (2006) and the Regium Waterfront masterplan and Museum in Reggio Calabria (2007). He has worked in both the ZHA London and Rome offices and is a registered architect in the UK (ARB) and Italy (OdAR). Michele is currently the facade project architect on Macau’s COD Hotel D, a 160m tall, 150,000sqm tower – including casino facilities. On this project, fully generated, rationalized and further developed by parametric tools, he has coordinated the development of a complex façade system featuring free-form, triangulated glazing and an exoskeleton cladding in doubly-curved aluminium panels. The project is currently on site and Michele is leading the ZHA team coordinating the design development with contractors.
Michele studied architecture at Università degli studi di Firenze, Italy, and graduated cum laude in 2003.

Buro Happold
Emidio Piermarini, Project Engineer

Emidio Piermarini is a structural engineer with Buro Happold Engineering.  A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he has been involved with complex projects in the Middle East and Asia for the past three years and is a specialist in the field of parametric design and the technologies used to create high performance structures such as the Hotel D at City of Dreams – which incorporates one of the most complicated structural exoskeletons ever constructed.  Emidio was a primary member of the project design team and will discuss the technical aspects of the solution employed to deliver hundreds of geometrically complicated connections against a fast-track programme.

Front Inc.
Ramon van der Heijden

Ramon van der Heijden studied Architecture as well as Design and Decision Support Systems at Eindhoven University of Technology. He has worked as an architect at UNStudio Amsterdam and is currently a computational design specialist at Front Inc. in New York and Hong Kong. Specializing in the generation of large, data rich building models has enabled him to author the Elefront add-in for Grasshopper, as well as to host numerous workshops in the professional and academic world. Ramon has taught computational design at Eindhoven University of Technology, and Construction Communication and Architectural Design at HKU. He has also hosted seminars on Elefront at Chinese University Hong Kong, Hong Kong University and for the AA Visiting School, Hong Kong. Ramon currently leads the practical research initiative Volatile Data Mining that pushes the boundaries of data processing in architecture and construction using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to acquire real world data.

Evan Levelle

As an Associate in Front’s Hong Kong office, Evan has collaborated with leading architects on a wide range of international projects ranging from single family residences to cultural institutions, art galleries, large commercial institutions and high-rise buildings. He received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and has a strong computational background with a commitment to the process of ‘making’. Levelle is focused, in particular, on bringing his knowledge of computational design, fabrication methodologies, and material sourcing to deliver complex projects around the world.

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6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
AIA Hong Kong Second Quarterly Meeting - TANG AO – Tangible & Intangible by Kris Yao
Venue:The Clipper Lounge


In this talk, Kris Yao will present his recent works, including Water-Moon Monastery, Eslite Suzhou, New Taipei Museum, and Palace Museum-Southern Branch. Through these projects,he will explain how he employs the meaning of “Tang” and “Ao” in his pursuit of architectural design and artistic conception.

Kris Yao, Hon. FAIA
Founder / Architect, KRIS YAO | ARTECH
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Kris Yao, Hon. FAIA, founded KRIS YAO | ARTECH in Taipei in 1985 and established a Shanghai office in 2001. The firm currently employs more than 160 professionals, and is one of the most important firms in the Asia-Pacific region.

Throughout his 30 years of practice, Kris has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the College of Environmental Design at the University of California – Berkeley, in 2005, the Taiwan Award for Arts, in 2007, and an Honorary Fellowship from the American Institute of Architects in 2014. His work has been widely published in international magazines, architectural journals and in many of his monographs, including the most recently published, the three-volume, KRIS YAO | ARTECH selected works 30×30.

Kris Yao’s portfolio demonstrates years of excellence in commercial, hospitality, civic, transportation, spiritual, and educational design. His architecture integrates function with culture and history, a unique approach that celebrates the spirit of the locality. The AIA recognized him as an architect who “demonstrates his humanity with the development of physical elements that hold true to human emotion and conditions, cultural and historical context, and a sense of scale and place. His architecture has a poetic nature, using his native eastern aesthetic and spirituality with a sense of natural light, interplay of surfaces and forms and executing all with a high level of innovation and professionalism.”

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12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
AIA Hong Kong Brown Bag: Health, safety and sustainability aspects of PVC interior finishe
Venue:39/F China Online Centre

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Description of talk:

This seminar will consider the health, safety and sustainability concerns of specifying PVC interior finishes, all of which issues are of particular importance to design professionals worldwide.

Speaker – Andy Croney, BSc. (Hons.), Dipl. Ing. , AMHKIOA, MASA (Member of Acoustical Society of America)

Educated in the UK, trained in Germany and a registered Member of the Acoustical Society of America since 2000, Andy has been working in the field of interior acoustics since 1986. He has lived in Asia since 1990 and in Hong Kong since 1997. Andy has always been committed to ‘improving the aural environment without inhibiting the visual aesthetics of a space’ by utilizing environmentally responsible solutions. Andy is a partner in Eurasia Architectural Products Limited.

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