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2019 AIA Hong Kong Honors & Awards Cocktail Reception

Dear Members and Friends of AIA Hong Kong,

You are cordially invited to join us at the 2019 AIA Hong Kong Chapter Honors & Awards Cocktail Reception on Tuesday, November 12, 2019.

The annual Honors & Awards event is the highlight of the year for AIA Hong Kong members and we would be honored if you can join the celebration. Awards will be presented for excellence in design, planning, sustainability, and dedication to the preservation and improvement of our built environment. We will celebrate the emergence of young architects with awards for scholastic achievement to students from both the University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong and presentations will also be made to Honorary Members as well as to recipients of Community Citations for projects that have benefited the public.

Each awardee will be recognized at our Annual Dinner and all projects submitted in the architecture, interior architecture, urban design and unbuilt projects categories will be on display from November 11 – 14, 2019 at The Rotunda.

We are pleased to confirm that BSC Group & COLOURLIVING are the Event Sponsors for our 2019 Honors and Awards Program.

Please RSVP and advise the names of your guests, if any, by November 1st.  Walk-in attendees will be charged HK$100.

Thank you for your kind attention to this invitation and for your continued interest in AIA Hong Kong.

We hope to see you on November 12th!



The Executive Committee of 2019 AIA Hong Kong Chapter




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2019 AIA Hong Kong Annual Meeting

After careful consideration of the safety of our guests,  we have decided to postpone our event and reschedule our Annual Meeting for a later date.


Dear Members:

You are cordially invited to join our Annual General Meeting on Saturday, October 5, 2019. This event is free and exclusive for members only! The meeting agenda will include a Chapter Report by the President, a Financial Report by the Treasurer and the Chapter Election for 2020 Executive Council (EXCO) Members.

At 3:30pm, we will show a 50-minute film of the premiere concert at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg (Review by The New York Times) and a 50-minute companion documentary depicting the making of the building. Our sponsor and Corporate Affiliate, Betrue, have volunteered their state-of-the-art sound equipment to bring out the finest details from the concert and we will provide sketching paper and pens to encourage our audience to document their vision during the performance. The intention is that these sketches will connect the music to the architecture – and the results will be edited and exhibited online.

We are pleased to offer the first 40 members who confirm their attendance one (1) extra complimentary ticket for a friend or family member. Seating is limited so please register to be able to attend this event, vote together with your fellow members and obtain complimentary tickets for both films.  

Your participation is highly encouraged.

On behalf of AIA Hong Kong, we look forward to seeing you there!



Kevin Lim, Assoc. AIA                         Vicky Chan, AIA   
2019 President                                              Vice President / President-elect 2020


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In Memoriam: Barry Fegan Will, FHKIA RAIA APA

AIA Hong Kong Tribute to Barry Fegan Will, FHKIA RAIA APA

Dear AIA Members and Friends,

It is with profound sadness that our Chapter has learned that Barry Fegan Will, FHKIA RAIA APA, died on 29 August 2019 at the age of 74.

Barry Will was Executive Director of WCWP International, a globally recognized architectural practice of 150 staff with offices in Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Shanghai. In addition, he was renowned as an architectural educator in his former roles as both Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Architecture (1990-98) at the University of Hong Kong as well as a greatly respected leader of many professional institutes. These included serving as President of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (1999-2000), Chairman of the Architects Registration Board (1991-92) and Chairman of ARCASIA (2003-04), among several other leadership positions and distinctions.

In addition, Professor Will lectured and served on exam panels and advisory committees at several regional schools of architecture, including the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Hong Kong, among others.

Earlier this summer, AIA Hong Kong nominated Barry Will to receive Honorary Affiliate Membership “in recognition of distinguished contributions in the Chapter’s region for more than four decades as a leading architect in global practice, faculty dean of architecture, mentor to students and young practitioners, and chairman of architectural institutes, boards and councils in Hong Kong, China and Asia.” This title will be awarded posthumously at the Chapter’s annual awards ceremony in November.

In addition to his contributions to architecture, we will remember Barry Will for his engaging personality and generosity in all aspects of his life – professional, academic and institutional – and he will be greatly missed by us all.

AIA Hong Kong 2020 Chapter Election

Dear Members,

As a Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, AIA Hong Kong is required to hold annual elections for the following positions:

Vice President / President-elect (for 2021)

Although these positions are voluntary and unpaid, it is essential to the health of the Chapter that qualified individuals contribute their time, energy and professional experience in whatever capacity they can to ensure that AIA Hong Kong continues to thrive and to serve its members effectively.

There are also five standing committees:
Honors and Awards
The Young Architects Group (YAG)

As we rely heavily on the personal involvement and commitment of our members, we strongly encourage and welcome your participation either as one of our three elected Officers or as a member of a Committee / YAG based on your area of interest.

Note that self-nominations for any of the above positions/committees are welcome.

Please click here for further details about the upcoming election and send the completed Nomination Form(s) to the Chapter Office by September 20, 2019 Friday. The Chapter Election will take place at our 2019 Annual Meeting on October 5, Saturday at 2:30pm in the Miller Theater of Asia Society Hong Kong.

Your continued participation and involvement is greatly appreciated and we thank you in advance for your support.



Kevin Lim, Assoc. AIA                       Vicky Chan, AIA 
2019 President                                            Vice President / President-elect 2020

AIA Hong Kong, HKIA and RIBA (HK) Smart City Series Design Competition: Thank you Jurors!

Dear Members and Friends of AIA Hong Kong

Thank you for participating in AIA Hong Kong’s first, joint Smart City Competition with the HKIA and RIBA (HK).  Our finalists will give their second presentation to the jurors on September 16 (Monday).

Our jurors represent six organizations, all of which participate in the design sector in different ways: Florence Chan, AIA (KPF); Corrin Chan, HKIA, Assoc. AIA ; Alex Fung, RIBA (HK); Denise Lau, CEO (COLOURLIVING); Brenda Au, (EKEO); and Sam Lam (Hong Kong Design Center).

Thank you to our jurors for their valuable time and input in selecting the finalists. In the first phase, the jurors reviewed the submissions and narrowed the selection down to a small group of finalists.  The jurors’ comments were shared with the finalists in preparation for the second phase of adjudication when the finalists will present their revised concepts to the panel, in person.

Stay tuned for more talks and workshops in our Smart City Series in November and December and Save the Date for our Symposium on December 2nd at the Energizing Kowloon East Office (EKEO) in Kwun Tong. The event will be sponsored by COLOURLIVING and co-organized with BODW CityProg 2019.


Vicky Chan, AIA
Chair, Joint Competition Organizing Committee



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AIA Hong Kong Building Tour : K11 ARTUS – A Journey of Art and Craft

Due to popular demand, this event is sold-out.   

Please contact Chapter office if you wish to be on our waiting list.

Please join us for a tour of K11 ARTUS, a comprehensive hotel services apartment just opened in July 2019.

Taking pride of place on Victoria Harbor, K11 ARTUS highly coveted views across the Hong Kong skyline and Victoria Harbour define the epitome of indulgent living.  It promotes complete porosity between indoor and outdoor living experiences and built to preserve and promote fast-disappearing artisanship.

In this tour, Design Architect of K11 ARTUS – KPF, will take the group for a preview of this long-stay hotel for a visit. The tour will be joined by representatives from K11 ARTUS. A brief discussion on the whole development – Victoria Dockside, will also be included.



AIA Hong Kong – YAG ARE Study Group



At present, Hong Kong is one of only three sites outside of the U.S. where ARE is offered. Our study sessions are led by licensed AIA members and integrate content review, study strategies, tips & tricks, and sample questions. On Saturday, August 24th 2019, 10am-12noon at our chapter office in PMQ, we will host a discussion in AMA  (“Ask Me Anything”) format from ARE 5.0. The study group will be guided by Andrew King, AIA.

If you would like to be added to the notification list related to ARE, email our Young Architects Group at Be sure to include your full name, affiliation, email address, and any particular areas of interest.

Space is limited and priority will be given to AIA members.  HK$50 will be charged for non-members.  Register via  RSVP Only



Young Architects Group Committee of the 2019 AIA Hong Kong Chapter

AIA Hong Kong YAG Networking Series – Growing Up Building Tour

Please join us for our YAG Networking Series – Growing Up Building Tour, when we will experience the winning design in the first Hong Kong Young Architects & Designers Competition by our members, Paul Tse, AIA, and Evelyn Ting, Assoc. AIA, of New Office Works.

Located on the West Kowloon waterfront promenade, Growing Up offers stunning harbor and sunset views as well as a space for leisure, relaxation and small-scale events in a timber pavilion that won out over 320 submissions judged by an expert panel of local and international jurors.

We encourage you to join us with your family and friends for this early evening event on September 21 (Saturday).  Please RSVP by September 19 (Thursday) and, if you have any questions, contact the Chapter office at

Priority will be given to AIA members and attendees will receive 2 AIA HSW/LUs.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Young Architects Group Committee of the 2019 AIA Hong Kong Chapter





AIA Hong Kong 2020-2025 Strategic Plan Survey Invitation

Dear Members,

Thank you for being a member of the American Institute of Architects Hong Kong.

You’ve been selected to participate in a short (8-10 minutes) research study – in the form of an online survey – that we are conducting to gather opinions about the Chapter’s current initiatives and suggestions for future areas of focus. The results of this research will give us important insights into how you and your peers interact with the AIA and what initiatives are important to you.

As you may know, we have started to develop the Chapter’s 2020-2025 Strategic Plan. Our preliminary research indicates good results in providing continuing education opportunities, collaborations with other professional associations, and development of networking and fellowship. We want to do more and need your input to help us ensure the Strategic Plan reflects members’ interests and concerns.

By participating in this survey you will make a valuable contribution toward helping us provide a better experience for our members. The survey will run from today until Friday, August 16th.



Warm regards,
Scott Brooks, IA
Chair, Communciations Committee | AIA Hong Kong Strategic Planning Task Force



Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me directly at:

Appreciating César Pelli


Appreciating César Pelli

César Pelli, FAIA RIBA JIA, a force in modernist architecture who is known for designing some of the world’s most recognizable architectural landmarks, passed away July 19 in his home in New Haven, Connecticut, at the age of 92.

Among the vast body of works Pelli brought to the world, he was most recognized as architect of some of the world’s tallest buildings, including the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, the World Financial Center in New York, and the recently completed Salesforce Tower in San Francisco. In Hong Kong, Pelli left his mark with the International Finance Centre (2004) – a centerpiece that defines Hong Kong’s skyline with elegance. His other works in the city include Cheung Kong Center (1999) and 18 King Wah Road (2018).

Accolades received by Pelli over the years include the AIA Gold Medal in 1995 and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2004, among others. Under Pelli’s leadership, his firm received the AIA Firm Award in 1989 and, in 1991, he was selected by AIA as one of the 10 most influential living American architects. In March 2005, the AIA Hong Kong Chapter was honored to have Pelli share an evening with us to present his work.

In addition to his practice, Pelli was a devoted educator. He served as Dean of the Yale University School of Architecture, from 1977 to 1984, and remained involved with the School following his tenure. His book, Observations for Young Architects (Monacelli Press, 1999), is a testimony of his commitment to share his experience and thoughts on architecture with future generations.

Pelli both designed iconic buildings and built a vibrant practice that exemplifies his values. Those values and the practice continue to this day under the direction of an esteemed group of designers, many of whom collaborated with Pelli for more than thirty years on projects around the world. His emphasis on humanity is reflected in his stated philosophy on architecture and the built environment:

“Whenever one has the opportunity to accommodate and strengthen the forces that bring people together in the city, that interests me very much. Those qualities are at the heart of what makes our built environment good or bad, and they are more important than a building’s aesthetics.” 

– César Pelli


The Argentine-born American architect will be remembered by his friends and colleagues as a people person with great charisma. His legacy will continue in the great buildings he created, and through the generations of architects who are indebted to his mentorship and friendship.