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AIA Hong Kong – January President’s Message

Dear AIA HK Members and Friends,

Wishing you all a Very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

Please join me in thanking Christian Low, AIA, our immediate Past President, and the Executive Committee of 2014 for their hard work throughout the last year. Although I have been a part of AIA Hong Kong since 2000, this past year was a great learning experience as I worked more closely with the entire team including our dedicated staff, AIA Hong Kong members and friends. The effort that goes on within the Chapter that results in the various initiatives, events and activities throughout the year is very inspiring to see and be a part of. It is a testament to the strength of AIA Hong Kong, the collective effort of our members and the continued support of our corporate affiliates and sponsors.

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Robin Klehr Avia

Ms. Avia, 60, is a regional managing principal of the design firm Gensler, which was founded in San Francisco. She oversees business in the Northeast and Latin America, including offices in New York, where she is based; Boston; Pittsburgh, Toronto and Mexico City. Some of the notable projects that Gensler has worked on in the New York area include the JetBlue Airways international terminal at Kennedy Airport and Condé Nast’s new office space at One World Trade Center. READ More >

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How to Rebuild Architecture

IN architecture, everyone’s a critic. One of us, Steven, was recently driving down Elliott Avenue in Charlottesville, Va., his hometown, with his 88-year-old mother. They passed a house designed and built by architecture students at the University of Virginia. To Steven, an architect, this model for affordable housing — a tough pair of stacked boxes, sheathed in corrugated metal — was a bold design statement. But to his mother’s eye, the house was a blight on the landscape, an insult to its historic neighbors. READ More>