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10:00 am - 12:00 pm
King George V School Performing Arts Block Building Tour
Venue:King George V School

KGV King George V School Performing Arts Block is a 2014 AIA Hong Kong award-winning project by Ronald Lu & Partners.

The building embraces a majestic 18m-high Banyan tree in the form of the student canteen, which occupies the lower two storeys of the new block. An amphitheatre was carefully designed around the tree, allowing space to flow from the Performing Tree Deck up to the first floor of the outdoor patio, providing a seamless connection to the open grounds of the main campus. Balconies outside the music and drama studios on each floor function as breakout spaces and performing pods while overlooking the tree and the performance deck below.

Red, yellow and blue coloured façades make reference to abstract expressionism and add vibrancy to the campus, while a horizontal brise soleil shields the inhabitants from the intense southern sun

Guide – Kay Choy
Director, Ronald Lu & Partners

Kay Choy has been applying her planning and design skills to projects that are vastly different from each other for many years. Her versatility is reflected by a portfolio that includes large-scale comprehensive developments; luxury residences; institutional projects; housing for the elderly; and hotels.

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dani Sustainable Leather: <BR/>A perfect balance between tradition and technology
Venue:Gloucester Room I


This seminar will explain how leather is manufactured and how different finishing techniques can be applied to differentiate various products used by all of us every day.

We will learn about the steps in the production cycle, when this by-product of the food industry is transformed into the noble material used in furniture, interior design, automobiles, shoes and leather accessories, transportation and consumer electronics.

The seminar will also outline the improvements being made in the tanning industry, where there is a new emphasis on sustainability and satisfying our current needs without compromising what is available for future generations. Among these changes, one of the most important is the production of leather with zero Impact on the environment.

Dani Sustainable Leather, founded as a small, family-run tannery in 1950, is now a company with 1,000 employees and US$230 million of revenue, of which 80% comes from exports. Fully 1.5% of company revenue is re-invested in research and innovation. Giulia Spinetta, showroom manager of Dani Asia Hong Kong, will demonstrate how new technologies can make the difference in sustainable leather production, with samples you can both see and touch.

We welcome all AIA members and friends to share this evening with us.


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6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Advanced Technology Lecture Series: Technology and Material
Venue:Herman Miller Living Office Showroom

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The rapid pace of technological development over the last few decades has fundamentally altered the ways in which technology affects our lives and our work. The Advanced Technology Lecture is a three-part series focused on innovative uses of technology in the architectural and design professions.  Each event in the series will feature multiple speakers from the local and regional design community who are pushing the boundaries of technology within their research and practice.  The lectures will provide an important insight into how the practice of architecture is being impacted by technological innovation.  The series is a critical platform to exchange ideas and discuss the use of technology in our profession, not to mention a chance to highlight some of the best design talent in the Hong Kong and East Asia region.

Part 1: Technology and Material
April 21, 2016

The first Advanced Technology Lecture of 2016 will focus on the relationship between technology and materials.  The speakers will focus on inventive uses of digital design technologies to shape concrete, bamboo and timber.  Presenters:

Kristof Crolla is a licensed architect who combines his architectural practice “Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design Ltd.” (LEAD) with his position as Assistant Professor in Computational Design at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. After graduating Magna Cum Laude as Civil Architectural Engineer from Ghent University in 2003, he practiced in Belgium and built his first project, House for an Artist. Crolla moved to London in 2005 to attend the Architectural Association‘s Master of Architecture program, Design Research Laboratory, from where his student work was exhibited at the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale.  Following this he worked for several years as Lead Architect for Zaha Hadid Architects, while teaching in parallel at the AA and other institutions worldwide. He is currently based in Hong Kong and is best known for the projects Golden Moon – 2012 Mid-Autumn Festival Lantern Wonderland and ZCB Bamboo Pavilion.

Olivier Ottevaere is an architect and educator whose interest in architecture is driven by a hybrid approach between physical experiments and geometrical organizations. Integration of active structural principles, properties of materials and procedures of construction inform the design phase at the outset of each of his projects. He has practiced in New York, Lisbon and London, and founded Double (o) studio in 2012. House me Tender, his current precast research work, received the Best Residential Project, Architectural Review / MIPIM Future Project Awards – 2015. His series of timber structures, The Pinch/The Sweep/The Warp, designed in collaboration with John Lin was widely published and won several international awards, most notably World Small Project of the Year 2014, at the World Architecture Festival, and Best Experimental Project – Chinese Architecture Award.

Roberto Davolio and Marc Brulhart are the founders of AWAWA, a Hong Kong based design firm specializing in the research, development and production of innovative timber jointed structures. Their work seeks to improve upon thousands of years of carpentry knowledge by freeing “form” and “function” from traditional manufacturing limitations. AWAWA’s projects couple contemporary parametric modelling and CNC (Computer Numerical Control) driven manufacturing techniques with natural, sustainable materials with the goal of improving and redefining the built environment. Their approach is based on an integrated design workflow that optimizes all phases of construction from design and manufacturing, to assembly and subsequent disassembly and reuse.

The Advanced Technology Lecture series is curated by, and will be moderated by, Jason F. Carlow, Assoc. AIA, Assistant Professor and M.Arch Program Director at the University of Hong Kong.


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2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Emerge! 2016 AIA|HK Young Architects Forum
Venue:The Qube

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6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
First Quarterly Meeting - Reflexive Regionalism by Prof. Li Xiaodong
Venue:The Clipper Lounge


Li Xiaodong’s architecture combines his explorations of ideas with rational thinking based on inquiries into the concept of space, in the Chinese context. His works are influenced by both their cultural and climatic context and seek to capture the essence of their locations. Li’s designs achieve tranquility and harmony in terms of space, light and structured order.


Prof. Li Xiaodong

Li Xiaodong graduated from the School of Architecture at Tsinghua University in 1984 and did his PhD at the School of Architecture, Delft University of Technology, between 1989-1993.

A practicing architect, educator and researcher, his designs range from interiors to new buildings to urban spaces. Li has been recognized both nationally and internationally: among other awards, his design for the Bridge School in Fujian Province was the winner of the 2009 AR Emerging Architect Award as well as the 2010 Aga Khan Award for Architecture while his Liyuan Library was the winner of both the Architecture of Necessity Award, Sweden (in 2013) and the inaugural Moriyama RAIC International Prize (in 2014).

Li is currently a professor at the School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, and became an Honorary Fellow of the AIA in 2012.

*Please click here to view interview with Prof. Li Xiandong by Perspective.


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