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NCARB CEO Michael Armstrong
ARE & NCARB Certification in Hong Kong

Since 2014, ARE candidates residing and working in this region have been able to take the Architect Registration Exam (ARE) in Hong Kong.  AIA Hong Kong worked together with NCARB, Prometrics and various Hong Kong government boards and officials to achieve this long time Chapter goal, which has made it easier for our members here, as well as in Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing, Singapore and throughout the Asia-Pacific Region to take the exam without having to travel to the U.S. With help from a 2016 emerging professionals grant from the AIA College of Fellows, the Young Architects Group of AIA Hong Kong has been organising ARE study sessions to assist and encourage candidates for licensure, and to provide mentoring opportunities for other, more established architects.  RSVP here.

NCARB CEO Michael Armstrong will return to Hong Kong to meet with AIA members and discuss the ARE 4.0 and 5.0 transition, young professionals’ path to registration (study, sign up, AXP), how AIA firm owners can assist in this process and share other vital information with Chapter members regarding the path to NCARB certification.

Limited spots are available for AIA members outside of Hong Kong to participate in this event via webcast. Please email to inquire.

Thank you to the following organisations for their continuous support of young architects seeking licensure.


2017 3rd Quarter President’s Message

Dear Members & Friends:

It’s been a very challenging but fulfilling 6 months leading the Chapter.  I am glad to report we have already managed to provide more than 18 LU/HSW credits through the various programs we have organized ourselves and in collaboration with partnering organizations.  Thank you and all the members who have been supportive and joined us for the various events, which have generally recorded a high level of attendance.  We will continue to provide nearly a dozen opportunities to earn CES credits during the second half of the year through seminars, building tours and other activities.

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AIA National YAF Connection Journal — International Practice

Latest issue of AIA National YAF Connection journal just hit the digital shelf. Focuses on international practice, this issue includes feature articles on Jiangxi Nanchang Greenland Zifeng Tower, winner of AIA Hong Kong Honor Award in Architecture 2016, by SOM; O-office, Guangzhou-based Design Vanguard award winner and speaker of our Chapter’s Young Architects Forum; and TheeAe, emerging firm led by Chris Cho of AIA Hong Kong’s Program Committee.


AIA Hong Kong 2017 Honors & Awards
“Call for Entries”

Dear Members:

Once again it is time for our annual AIA Hong Kong Honors & Awards Program.

We encourage all members to submit their work for this prestigious event, which has become increasingly well known to other professionals and the public.

No physical boards required, only digital files. In addition to sending in USB, please also upload files to dropbox. Please note that the deadline for submission is August 4, 2017 at 5PM and, for any enquiries, please contact

CALL FOR ENTRIES                                       2017 JURORS

Save the Date for our 2017 Honors & Awards Exhibition on November 1-6 and Celebration on November 7, 2017.

Advanced Technology Lecture Series
Shimao Quarry Hotel, July 27

The Shimao Wonderland Intercontinental Hotel — or Quarry Hotel — is a unique resort currently under construction in the Songjiang area of Shanghai. Built on the site of a 90-100 meter deep abandoned quarry, the design was inspired by the stunning location and the natural environment of the rocky cliffs, waterfalls, and surrounding hills. Martin Jochman, Principal Director of JADE+QA, will share with us how the various challenges of this project have been overcome with technical innovations, and discuss the benefits of going beyond conventional design solutions. RSVP here.



Symposium on Architectural Education and Practice

In celebration of its 20th Anniversary, the Hong Kong Chapter of The American Institute of Architects is proud to present the Symposium on Architectural Education and Practice: Educating Practice | Practicing Education at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center on June 24, 2017.

The education of an architect and the practice of architecture have always enjoyed a symbiotic, if not polemical, relationship since the introduction of the Beaux-Arts system of teaching, learning, and practicing more than two and a half centuries ago. Most architecture students acquire the skill of out-of-the-box thinking at school but only encounter the realities of building science, construction technologies, market demands, building codes and regulations upon entering the professional arena. More than ever, architects are facing a rapidly changing society and a built environment that demands a redefinition of professional practice as well as pedagogy.

The symposium will address the following concerns:

  • How is architectural education shaping future generations of architects?
  • How do educators keep up with teaching both the methods and protocols that demonstrate architecture graduates’ abilities, as well as the values that reflect the current state of the society?
  • How does the profession maintain or even increase its relevance and influence at the intersection of design and construction, education and practice?
  • How have the curriculums been adjusted to address the complexity and multi-faceted nature of the practice today?
  • How do these changes in pedagogy influence and inform the practice?
  • How do architects contribute to the making of contemporary buildings? And would/could this contribution redefine the current practice of architecture?

With these questions and many more, the symposium brings together an ensemble of international architects, who are both award-winning practitioners and educators at leading institutions, to share their professional works and their views on teaching and research. It guarantees to be a thought-provoking afternoon with presentations and panel discussions.

Symposium speakers include:

Laura Briggs
Head and Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design
Partner, BriggsKnowles Studio

Nelson Chen
Director and Professor of Practice, School of Architecture, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Principal Architect, Nelson Chen Architects Ltd

Preston Scott Cohen
Former Chair and Professor of Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Founder, Preston Scott Cohen, Inc.

Brian McGrath
Former Dean and Professor of Urban Design, Parsons School of Constructed Environments
Founder, Urban-Interface, LLC

Nasrine Seraji
Head of Department and Professor, Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong,
Founding Partner, Atelier Seraji Architectes & Associes

Richard Sommer
Dean and Professor, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto
Founder, borfax/B.L.U.

Nader Tehrani
Dean and Professor, Cooper Union Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture
Founder, NADAAA

Li Zhang
Associate Dean and Professor, Tsinghua University School of Architecture
Partner, TeamMinus, Beijing

We thank Asia Society and Rhode Island School of Design Alumni Association for being partnering organisations of this symposium. AIA members receive 5.0 LUs/HSW for full attendance. Join us for a thought provoking afternoon, RSVP here.


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A’17 – AIA Conference on Architecture 2017

Ken Hau, FAIA, of AIA Hong Kong was honored at an investiture ceremony at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2017 in Orlando on April 28, 2017. Joining Ken at the ceremony are chapter delegates President Rex Wong, AIA, Vice President/ President-elect Anderson Lee, AIA, and Secretary Vikki Lew, AIA.

Shown above are Ken with 2015 President Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA; Ken receiving the Fellowship medal from Chancellor Lenore M. Lucey, FAIA, and President Thom Vonier, FAIA. The investiture ceremony was held at Dr. Philip Center for the Performing Arts.

Congratulations to Ken Hau, FAIA!

2017 2nd Quarter President’s Message

Dear Members & Friends:

On my recent trip to Washington DC representing the Hong Kong Chapter at the annual AIA Grassroots Leadership Conference, I have personally experienced the response from civic society to the new political leadership’s perceived protectionist agenda.  With over 500 delegates mostly representing US domestic components in attendance, the conference main themes unapologetically embrace global issues such as the Paris Agreement addressing climate change and UN Habitat III’s New Urban Agenda.  Together with the recent response by National on the authority’s proposed Travel Ban, I think AIA has taken a clear position to advocate universal values that relates to the architecture profession.  It also demonstrates the different forces constantly working to counter balance one another in a democratic society.

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Architecture Trip – The Pearl River Delta Megalopolis: Three Cities / Three Scales

The Pearl River Delta Megalopolis, which includes Hong Kong, is the largest urban agglomeration in the world in both size and population. Continuing its role as China’s economic growth engine, the region’s environment has undergone tremendous change in recent years.  Not only has the development of extensive transportation infrastructure enhanced physical connectivity, but architects and urban designers have continued to have a profound impact on the design of buildings, neighborhoods and cities.

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