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Asia Society Hong Kong: Architecture as the Embodiment of an Opera

Afternoon dialogue with TOYO ITO, Architect; and performance by BULAREYAUNG DANCE COMPANY
Registration 2:15pm
Introduction 2:30pm;
Dialogue 2:50pm;
Performance 5:20pm 

“The National Taichung Theater is not just a building that houses the opera. The entire architecture itself is an opera. One can feel the flow of air, sound and light not only in the foyer, but within the restaurant, sky garden and everywhere else in the building. One feels overwhelmed by the grandeur of a cosmic brilliance coming out of the architecture.” –Toyo Ito

One of the global landmarks acclaimed by Reuters, the Taichung National Theater will officially open in the autumn of 2016. The building is designed by the 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize laureate Toyo Ito, whose design features curved wall structures which he describes as a sound cave. Toyo Ito will have a dialogue with the artistic & executive director of National Taichung Theater, Victoria Wang, on the architecture, arts and people. The dialogue will be followed by a drinks reception and performance by Bulareyaung Dance Company. Bulareyaung is the first residential artist of Taichung National Theater as well as the artistic director of the Dance Company.

For more info & RSVP, please click HERE

Dani Sustainable Leather:
A perfect balance between tradition and technology

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. For more photos, please click HERE

Building Tour –
Asia Society Hong Kong Center

Located in the heart of the central business district, the Asia Society Hong Kong Center (the “Center”) is situated at the Old Victoria Barracks, Former Explosives Magazine site. Steeped in history, cultural significance and natural beauty it is an excellent example of Conservation Architecture in Hong Kong. For more photos, please click HERE

First Quarterly Meeting –
Reflexive Regionalism by Prof. Li Xiaodong

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. >For more info & photos, please click HERE

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

The American Institute of Architects: “It Takes a Community” Exhibition

Welcome to the Emerging Professionals Exhibit 2016 Submission Page 

Art. Design. Architecture. Showcase it all! 

What is the exhibition?
The American Institute of Architects Center for Emerging Professionals sponsors an annual exhibition of architectural work, design, and art from the rising generation of architecture and design professionals. Have you created an incredible design project? Taken a beautiful photo? Mastered the art of modeling? We want to showcase your work!

What is the theme?
The theme of this year’s exhibition is It Takes a Community. All entries must align with the theme in some way. Examples include (but are not limited to) artwork highlighting communities and collaboration, community based design projects, and collaborative projects. There is a section on the application for submitters to explain how their creative work relates to the theme. We highly encourage submitters to develop new artwork or designs that align with the theme. 

Who can submit?
Submissions are accepted from any architecture student, recent graduate, or architect licensed less than ten years, per the AIA’s definition of emerging professionals. Submissions from AIA and AIAS members receive priority for display, but the exhibition strives to be inclusive of all emerging professionals within the fields of architecture and design.

What can be submitted?
In order to best represent the diversity and talents of emerging professionals, the AIA accepts submissions of varying representation of design works and encourages the creative use of the exhibition space as well as the use of alternative and mixed media. Accepted submission types include: project boards with renderings, models, photography, painting, drawing/drawing sets and video. Submissions can be the result of personal pursuits or work in a firm, class, studio, or design competition.

Exhibit pieces will be selected by a jury architecture and design professionals. Selections will be judged on the following criteria: overall design concept, quality of graphical or physical elements, quality of description, and relevance to theme It Takes a Community. 

Submissions will be open until 11:59pm EST on April 19, 2016. Selections will be announced in June 2016.

AIA Hong Kong – March 2016 President’s Message

Dear Members and Friends,

I’ve heard a good number of millennial architects say that they aspire to do good and to do well in their professional career. Doing good, to some extent, is referring to social responsibility. However it’s an aspiration of personal choice rather than one that is cast in stone by the Institute.

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Sean Chiao, FAIA Newest Fellow of The American Institute of Architects

It is with great pleasure that AIA Hong Kong announces the elevation of Mr Sean Chiao to Fellow of the Institute (FAIA).

Sean, currently APAC President of AECOM, has been an active member of the AIA since 1995 and will be inducted into the College of Fellows at an investiture ceremony on May 20 during this year’s AIA Convention in Philadelphia.

The AIA Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to Fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of the architect as an individual, but also honors before the public and the profession a model architect who has made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national, or international, level.

The AIA College of Fellows seeks to stimulate a sharing of interests among Fellows, promote the purposes of the Institute, advance the profession of architecture, mentor young architects, and be of ever-increasing service to society.

Please join the Chapter in congratulating Sean Chiao, FAIA, on this honor and on his continued success as an architect and AIA Fellow.

2016 Kinoshita Lecture in Architecture by Thom Mayne,
Morphosis Architects
(18 February 2016)

Dear Fellow AIA Members,

You are cordially invited to attend the 2016 Kinoshita Lecture in Architecture to be held on 18 February 2016 (Thursday) at 5:30 pm in Lau Chor Tak Lecture Theatre at G/F, Yasumoto International Academic Park, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. (Map)

This lecture will be delivered by Thom Mayne, recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the Pritzker Architecture Prize 2005, AIA Gold Medal 2013 and the American Academy Rome Prize Fellowship 1987.  As the founding principal of Morphosis Architects, he has designed some of the most innovative buildings of the 21st century, including the new Bill & Melinda Gates Hall at Cornell University, Emerson College Los Angeles, and the academic building for Cooper Union in New York City, among numerous other award-winning design projects worldwide.

Please join us for this annual lecture organized by our School of Architecture. For more Photos, please click HERE