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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.

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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. 

Eligibility
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.

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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

AIA Hong Kong – Nov President’s Message

Dear Members and Friends,

Greetings from AIA Hong Kong! Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

In November we had our Inaugural Annual Dinner, a brown bag lunch seminar, and the YAG Social Mixer, making it a month to remember. A big welcome to our new Silver Sponsor, BSC Colourliving, joining our Annual Gold Sponsor, Big Ass Fans.

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AIA Hong Kong – Oct President’s Message

Dear Members and Friends,

Greetings from AIA Hong Kong!

Thanks to all of you it has been great experience working withExCo, Committee Chairs and members to raise the profile of AIA Hong Kong while also serving the members.

At the end of September we had our H&A Awards night, followed by our fourth Quarterly, the Story of Lan Kwai Fong, with Allan Zeman. We are now very busy planning upcoming events including our Inaugural Annual Dinner at the Island Shangri-la, a brown bag lunch on self-tinting glass at the JEB showroom and a YAG social mixer for emerging architects.

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