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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

AIA Hong Kong Building Tour –
St. Andrew’s Church Life Centre, Kowloon

St. Andrew’s Church occupies a century-old, heritage-listed site on Nathan Road, in the heart of the commercial district of Kowloon.  The church faced the dilemma of how to expand significantly without disrupting the character of its historic buildings and grounds.  The architect proposed a largely underground building, with natural light received via skylights in a landscaped green roof that restored the original courtyard to the historic church.  Known as the Life Centre, this contemporary addition was completed last year and features an 850-seat auditorium and youth fellowship rooms.  This project received the only AIA Hong Kong Honor Award in Architecture in 2015.

Join AIA Hong Kong for a first-hand account of the design and construction of this challenging project with its architect, Prof. Nelson Chen, who started his firm in Hong Kong thirty years ago and continues to lead his award-winning practice while also now heading the School of Architecture at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

For more photos, please click HERE

AIA Hong Kong – January 2016 President’s Message

Dear Members and Friends,

What matters to society matters to architects.

Our objectives are to provide solutions for affordable housing, infrastructure, transportation systems, and to impact positively toward a sustainable future. To do those things requires a well thought-out, integrated approach, and teamwork. AIA Hong Kong encourages its members to participate and to share knowledge in order to uphold the quality of design, education and professional practice, and to further improve the quality of our built environment.

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HKIA/ARB Professional Induction Workshop 2016

The Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) is now inviting eligible non-local professionals to apply to HKIA for admission as HKIA member via the Professional Induction Workshop (PIW) and Professional Interview, which will be held in the 4th quarter of 2016. 

Applicant shall be a holder of professional qualification/registration by a recognised national professional/registration body of architects, with adequate post-professional qualification / registration practical experience, as listed in the HKIA/ARB Professional Assessment Handbook Section 4 (refer Appendix A). 

The national professional/registration body of architects currently recognized by HKIA and Architects Registration Board (ARB) include

Country Registration Board / Professional Institute
United Kingdom – Architects Registration Board (ARB)
– Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
USA – National Council of Architects Registration Boards (NCARB)
– Amercian Institute of Architects (AIA)
Canada – By provincial registration
Australia – Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA)
– Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA)
New Zealand – Architects Education and Registration Board, New Zealand (AERB)
– New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA)

Applicants are also required to attend the HKIA/ARB Professional Assessment – Lecture & Seminar Series Paper 1 and 2 lectures with at least 80% attendance, before he or she is admitted to attend the Professional Induction Workshop and the Professional Interview.

For more info, please click HERE.

AIA Hong Kong – Dec President’s Message

Dear Members and Friends,

Greetings from AIA Hong Kong! Wishing you all a wonderful Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!

In December we had our Holiday Party at PMQ and, more recently, the AHEC sponsored seminar on American Hardwoods. Both events were successful and well attended by members and friends.

Our Holiday Party was held at PMQ in early December to kick off the festive season. Thanks to Event Sponsor, Orientop, it was a fun event with a great turnout showcasing the Chapter’s office at PMQ. Our special guest was Bertrand Coldefy, President of the Continental Europe Chapter of the AIA International Region. Beyond that, it was good to see more young members joining the fun, including students from CUHK and SCAD from the US. There was a charity raffle, with some gifts donated by our Corporate Affiliates and AIA Hong Kong. We collected HK$5,000 and the Chapter will double that amount and donate it towards two charities – the Society for Community Organizations – catering to the housing needs of the urban poor here in Hong Kong – and the Spandana Society, an NGO offering a home for street children in Hyderabad, India. Thanks again to our members, friends and CAs, as well as Catherine and Vivian who worked hard to make this a meaningful and a memorable event. Members mentioned that it was good to see younger members and friends and wanted to see more events at PMQ showcasing our Chapter Office. Read more

AIA Hong Kong – 2016 Holiday Greetings

Dear Friends and Members of AIA Hong Kong

The Chapter office will be closed
from December 24, 2015 until January 3, 2016

Friendly reminder:
Please remember to renew your membership before December 31, 2015