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Fall Poolside BBQ Party

A wonderful evening was shared by all at the pool side of Dr. Ronald Lu, FAIA, and his wife Stella.   Ron graciously opened up his home for AIA and AIA Associate Members to enjoy a delicious gourmet BBQ.  He also donated the wines and other beverages for the event.  Our Guest of Honor, visiting from Texas, was Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, Vice President / President-elect 2015 for AIA National.  Elizabeth will be the first Hong Kong-born president of the AIA.  She was accompanied by her daughter Elissa Richter, AIA, and her sister, Anna Chu.  The evening was very relaxed and provided an excellent opportunity for old and new members to meet and catch up with each other in a casual setting.

 

Our thanks to the Lu family and to Kim Wang for organizing this very pleasant evening.

Contributor: J Lee Rofkind, AIA

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AIA Hong Kong – Honors & Awards Reception

Dear members and friends:

Our thanks to those of you who were able to join us!

It was wonderful to welcome a record number of members and friends to the annual AIA Hong Kong Honors and Awards Ceremony on November 5, 2013.

Once again, an outstanding panel of jurors recognized members’ work throughout the Asia Pacific Region. The jury – chaired by George Miller, FAIA, and joined by AIA International Director George Kunihiro, FAIA, Harvard GSD Dean Mohsen Mostafavi, RIBA, and HKU Prof. Lynne DiStefano, Hon. AIA (HK) – focused on design excellence with respect to both sustainability and urban design.  The full list of submissions, jury comments and award-winning projects will be posted on our website.

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AIA Hong Kong –
November President’s Message

Dear members and friends:

We kicked off November with AIA Hong Kong’s biggest annual event – the Honors & Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, November 5th. This year we had a record number of 81 entries.  With an International panel of judges, 9 design awards were given out, as well as Chapter Citations to Gwulo: Old Hong Kong, SOHO China and Project Little Dream. Honorary Affiliate Membership was awarded to Christopher Law, RIBA HKIA Hon. AIA (HK) and Scholastic Prizes were given to Ms. Cui Yujing of The University of Hong Kong and Ms. Wu Shuqin of The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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CES #351 The Architectural Tour of Guangzhou

Saturday, October 19th, started early – the day was to be quite intense with many places to visit and things to see. In fact it was very busy – we saw the Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid, the GuangdongMuseum by Rocco Design and Taikoo Hui by Arquitectonica, all of which were explained to a high level of detail.   

The staff from Rocco Design presented the Museum’s complicated and elaborate structure which, from the outside, makes the building look quite humble – yet still intriguing. The team members did an excellent job of explaining the essence of the building, which is full of dynamic cut outs, and this made the Museum visit particularly educational.

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International Conference on Heritage Conservation 2013 “Latest Movements in Heritage Conservation: Global Vision and Local Outlook”

This conference will be held on 29 – 30 November 2013

Commissioner for Heritage Office, Development Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Architectural Conservation Programmes, Department of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong

Objective :

The conference provides an opportunity for international exchange of insights experience among esteemed heritage conservation professionals from both the public and private sectors. The conference will focus on heritage conservation as an integral theme, with historic urban landscape, experiences in the conservation of privately-owned historic buildings and traditional and innovative tools of urban conservation practice featured in separate sessions.

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Spa Movement on 12 November, 2013

This Event will be held on 12 November, 2013,

collaboration with The B.S.C. Group of Company.

colourliving, the trendsetter in luxury bathroom and furniture, is honoured to be hosting an interactive panel discussion session graced with the presence of none other than Andreas Dornbracht, Managing Director & CEO of The Dornbracht Group, and Ingo Schweder, CEO of GOCO Hospitality. Dr. Christine E. Bruckner (FAIA, HKIUD, LEED AP, BEAM Pro.  Chair of the AIA International Committee) will serve as our facilitator. The big names are going to share their profound insights into the evolving clientele of the spa industry, as well as the opportunities and challenges posed by digitalisation in the domain of quality living and lifestyle enhancement.

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CES #349 Third Quarterly Presentation: International Forum and Global Practice Presentation with Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

There was a large turnout at the Asia Society for a Brunch Reception with George Kunihiro, FAIA, and George Miller, FAIA, on Saturday the 14th of September.

 

Chapter members, guests and Asia Society attendees were treated to an update about the AIA International Region by George Kunihiro, our current AIA International Director, who described how and why the International Region came into existence and its importance in what is now a global world, with many firms operating, in effect, “24/7” because they are located not only in the United States, but also as far afield as India, China and the Middle East.

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GSD Hong Kong Alumni & Friends Weekend

REGISTER NOW FOR HARVARD DESIGN: HONG KONG
Please join the Harvard Graduate School of Design for an important program in Hong Kong. GSD faculty, alumni and friends will be gathering from around the world to celebrate the GSD’s role in the future of urbanization.
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CES #347 The Design and Construction of Cultural Buildings – A Conversation with renowned Spanish Architect: Fernando Menis

Guest architect, Fernando Menis, presented his lecture “On the Design and Construction of Cultural Buildings” before a standing room only crowd at the K11 Art Foundation Gallery in Central on September 3, 2013. The renowned Spanish architect, whose practice is based in the Canary Islands, spoke to his process and guiding philosophy, Reason and Emotion, for crafting such visionary and award-winning designs as the MAGMA Artes y Congressos, Plaza de Adeje, and the Jordanek Concert Hall. Attendees were treated to an in-depth view into his creative process, including his exhaustive and masterful exploration of concrete, the material for which he is perhaps most famous.

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AIA Hong Kong – August President’s Message

 

 

 

 

Dear Fellow Members,

I hope you are all enjoying a pleasant summer.

At the beginning of July, we were extremely pleased to announce the re-launch of our AIA Hong Kong website. In addition to an enhanced presentation of our chapter’s information and activities, there are also a few blogs filled with interesting discussions on architecture and related topics.  I would like to extend my appreciation to J. Lee Rofkind, AIA, and the Communications Committee for pulling this together.

In July we hosted several very interesting events, including an enlightening Brain Trust discussion about Macau – The Paradox of Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Development, which will later be featured in Perspective magazine as one of a series of four featured reports.

August is the month for completing your Honors and Awards submissions. I would like to remind you to submit your creative projects very soon – the deadline is August 23, 2013.

In the meantime, continue to enjoy the steaming hot summer.

 

Sincerely,
William Lim, FAIA
2013 President, AIA Hong Kong Chapter