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Save-the-date! AIA Hong Kong May & June 2019 upcoming events

 

Dear Members and Friends of AIA Hong Kong:

Your Programs Committee has been planning a series of events in May and June 2019:

May 18 (Saturday) 11:00am – 2:00pm: BBQ at Caballo Showroom, Sai Kung.  This event will also be our Chapter’s Second Quarterly Meeting.

June 1 (Saturday) 10:00am – 12:00noon: Building tour of The Hong Kong Jockey Club University of Chicago Academic Complex

June 12 (Wednesday) 2:00 – 4:30pm: International Green Building Symposium Hong Kong

June 15 (Saturday) 10:00am – 12:00noon: Building tour of Little Tai Hang

Further details and reminders for each event or building tour will be sent out as we approach the dates, but we encourage you to mark your schedules now.

We look forward to your continued support and to seeing you very soon!

 

 

The Programs Committee of the 2019 AIA Hong Kong Chapter

AIA Hong Kong 2019 Q1 Newsletter

Dear Members and Friends of AIA Hong Kong:

We hope everyone’s year got off to a good start and you’re looking forward to the lead-in to summer. At AIA Hong Kong our first quarter brought the second instalment of our AIA Leadership Series – Hello Fellow with Professor Nelson Chen, FAIA; two engaging Building Tours – of the French International School and Haw Par Mansion; further development of our cooperation with The Chinese University of Hong Kong School of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong Department of Architecture, Asia Society Hong Kong Center, Design Trust and RIBA; and our annual Kick-off Party, of course.

In the coming quarter we have a major, joint symposium with AIA International Region and the US Green Building Council –The International Green Building Symposium – on June 12, 2019 (Wednesday); three tours of landmark conservation projects; and our fun outing in May! We encourage everyone to join in.


Chapter Q1 Meeting – AIA Hong Kong FAIA Leadership Series / Hello Fellow with Professor Nelson Chen, FAIA, FRIBA, FHKIA  

We enjoyed an engaging, intimate ‘fireside’ chat with Professor Nelson Chen, FAIA, at the Gaggenau Poggenpohl Showroom in Causeway Bay. Introduced by his former student – Florence Chan, AIA, Professor Chen shared his career experiences of both practicing architecture professionally and teaching architecture in a university degree program.

The AIA Fellowship program was developed to acknowledge architects who have made significant contributions to architecture and society and achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Fellowship recognizes the architect as an individual and honors the awardee on an international level. The AIA College of Fellows seeks to stimulate a sharing of interests among Fellows and encourages them to promote the purposes of the Institute, advance the profession of architecture, mentor young architects, and be of ever-increasing service to society.

We thank Professor Chen and our sponsors – Gaggenau, Poggenpohl, Kitchen Infinity, BeTrue – for making this evening possible and we look forward to continuing this series with more of our FAIA members.

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Building Tour / French International School

The French International School at Tseung Kwan O provides an open and active learning environment for kindergarten, primary and secondary level pupils. Completed in September 2018, the 19,600 m2 campus sets an outstanding example for sustainability, with its strategic use of daylight, extensive landscaping and energy saving features.

The facility was designed by Henning Larsen –practitioners of sustainable design and inclusive design strategies– and the tour was led by Henning Larsen’s Elva Tang and Claude Bøjer Godefroy, together with Jean-Charles Querette, International Associate. AIA, who served as Project Manager for the school.

Tour participants gained insights into the architect’s renowned approach to daylighting design while experiencing how the school’s collaborative learning vision has been implemented while integrating many state-of-the-art sustainable design strategies.

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Building Tour / Haw Par Mansion

The former Haw Par Mansion, a Grade II historic building located in Causeway Bay, has been revitalized into the Haw Par Music Foundation. The original estate was built in the 1930s and consisted of a four-story mansion, a private garden, and the landscaped Tiger Balm Garden – which has since been demolished. The Mansion itself has been under preservation by the government since 2001.

Tour participants were treated to an informative and entertaining presentation by conservation architect, Roger Wu, on the estate’s history, the important cultural influence of Tiger Balm Garden and the Aw family, and the challenges of adaptive reuse and conservation projects in Hong Kong.

Built in the Chinese Eclectic style, which incorporated both Chinese and Western design elements and construction methods, the exterior of the Mansion features flying eaves, dougong bracket sets, red columns, and a green-glazed tiled roof and ridge decorations. On the interior, however, some distinctly Western features begin to appear in the form of an entrance porch and bay windows, and the floor layout is symmetrical, with a Palladian staircase and fireplaces, in the Western tradition.

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Emerging Architects / Young Architects Group, ARE 5.0

Thanks to a generous AIA Fellowship Grant, the YAG has upgraded our comprehensive lending library of ARE 5.0 study guides and flash cards. These materials are available at the AIA office.

AIA Hong Kong hosts monthly ARE study groups at the Chapter Office in PMQ and, at present, Hong Kong is one of only three locations outside the U.S. where the ARE 5.0 exams are offered. Our study sessions are led by licensed AIA members and integrate content review, study strategies, tips & tricks, and sample questions.

In addition, we are starting a peer-to-peer Bootcamp that will meet weekly, via conference call, to help keep you motivated and accountable.

Remember – Becoming a licensed architect requires a lot of time and commitment. Through weekly meetings, you will be able to both help, and learn from each other, and to keep a study schedule.

Please signup at emergingprofessionals@aiahk.org. Be sure to include your full name, affiliation and email address.


Collaboration / Docent Training and Architectural Tours with Asia Society Hong Kong

Building on the success of our first docent training series and Architectural Tour of the Asia Society Hong Kong Center (ASHK) in 2018, in the first quarter of 2019 we conducted two more rounds of docent training and a second Architectural Tour of the Center.

Transformed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects and opened in 2012, the former Explosives Magazine of the old Victoria Barracks in Admiralty was re-established as the Asia Society Hong Kong Center –a fine example of repurposing a heritage site in a city where conservation and development are almost always in conflict.

Going forward, we will continue this program of quarterly docent training and Architectural Tours with ASHK. Trained docents will be qualified to lead architectural tours of the Center and all docents will enjoy gratis access to one AIA Hong Kong event for each 1-hour session they lead.


Collaboration / CUHK, HKU, Design Trust, GSD

In case you missed it, we have been collaborating with CUHK and HKU to keep you up to speed on the academic lectures offered in Hong Kong. Members have heard Winy Maas, Rocco Yim and many others offering interesting and thoughtful discussions on architecture and the built environment.

We were also lucky enough to have our members join the Design Trust exhibition on pocket parks in Hong Kong. The group has been pairing emerging architects with mentors in the field, then working with stakeholder groups to develop interesting and adaptable design options for Hong Kong’s many pocket parks.

And Last but definitely not least, we are continuing to connect with students and alumni groups in town. In January, we teamed up with Harvard GSD alumni and a group of visiting students for a great evening of connecting across the globe. If you have any suggestions for more of these interesting opportunities, please let us know!

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YAG ARE 10-week Bootcamp, April-June 2019

 

At present, Hong Kong is one of only three locations outside of the U.S. where the ARE 5.0 exams are offered.

To assist our young members in the licensure process AIA Hong Kong is starting a peer-to-peer ARE Bootcamp that will meet weekly, via conference call, to help keep you accountable and motivated.

Becoming a licensed architect requires a lot of time and commitment, so by meeting weekly you will be able to help, and learn from each other – and keep to a schedule.

Please sign up at emergingprofessionals@aiahk.org. Be sure to include your full name, affiliation, and email address.

Seats are limited to AIA members only.

Young Architects Group Committee of the 2019 AIA Hong Kong Chapter

AIA Hong Kong Building Tour – The Mills : New Art and Cultural Complex for Hong Kong

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

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

 

AIA Hong Kong invites you to join a building tour of The Mills.

The Mills is a landmark revitalization project conceived and constructed by Nan Fung Group who were at the heart of the textile manufacturing industry in Hong Kong in the 1950s and operated one of the leading cotton spinning factories. The Mills pays homage to the history of industrial innovation by converting the now-dormant factories into a hub for technological and cultural innovation.  The three former mills have now been combined into a single, cohesive complex covering roughly 260,000 square feet, housing the Center for Heritage Arts & Textile (CHAT), Fabrica (an incubator, fund and space/lab/store), and Shopfloor. This project has successfully revitalized a traditional-industrial building, converting it into spaces that support the growth of new startups and cross-specialty collaborations in Hong Kong.

We will tour the facility with Ray Zee, General Manager of Design at Nan Fung Group, on April 11, 2019 (Thursday), at 7:30pm.  The tour will conclude with light refreshments provided by our host, The Mills.

Due to the popularity of our building tours and limited space available, early registration is strongly recommended. Priority will be given to AIA members.

 

RSVP here

CTBUH 2019 Tall + Urban Innovation Conference, Shenzhen

 

 

AIA Hong Kong invites you to join the 2019 Tall + Urban Innovation Conference by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) from April 8-10, 2019.

The annual CTBUH Conference celebrates the very best in tall buildings, urban spaces, building technologies and construction practices from around the world. The three-day conference will include discussions on the latest innovations in façade design, structure, sustainability and technology, among many other topics. Incorporating what was previously known as the CTBUH Annual Awards, owners and developers, and architects and engineers of more than 50 award-winning projects will present their work to an international audience and live juries in hopes of winning distinctions across several categories. Current hot topics in the building industry will also be explored during break-out sessions.

The Conference will present golden opportunities both for consultants as well as for companies in the property and related sectors, and your participation will be greatly appreciated.  Attendees will receive up to 14 AIA CES LUs.

AIA Hong Kong is a supporting organization of this event and members who register online using the Promo Code “AIARATE19” will enjoy CTBUH Member rates if they sign up before March 31st.

 

 

 

 

BCI EQUINOX HONG KONG 2019

AIA Hong Kong invites you to hear our President, Kevin Lim, Assoc. AIA, speak at BCI EQUINOX HONG KONG on Friday, March 22, 2019 at the Haw Par Mansion.  Continuing this year’s theme of “Old Meets New” in architectural design and construction Kevin will be speaking about the influence of history on interior architecture.

The BCI Equinox series of Asia-wide boutique exhibitions is designed to connect architects, interior designers and material specifiers with product suppliers and vendors.  As these are casual gatherings held in more intimate and relaxed environments, each event promotes greater engagement between designers, suppliers, and manufacturers.

AIA Hong Kong is the supporting organization for the Haw Par Mansion evening which is FREE for our members. Register here.

AIA Hong Kong FAIA Leadership Series –Hello Fellow with Prof. Nelson Chen, FAIA, FRIBA, FHKIA

Please join us for our next Hello Fellow event with Professor Nelson Chen, FAIA, FRIBA, FHKIA.

Hello Fellow is a series of informal presentations intended to highlight our chapter’s FAIA leaders and their perspective on architecture, as well as to encourage members to apply for Fellowship.  AIA Hong Kong is pleased to announce this year’s event with Professor Nelson Chen, whose talk is titled Professing Architecture -focused on the intersection between practicing architecture professionally and teaching architecture in a professional degree program.  Professor Chen will also share his experience in applying for Fellowship, the process of doing so, and the roles and responsibilities that achieving FAIA status entails.

 

RSVP here

 

AIA Hong Kong Building Tour – Haw Par Mansion

 

Please join us for a tour of Haw Par Mansion on March 20 (Wednesday) 6:30-8:30 pm.

The former Haw Par Mansion, a Grade II historic building located in Causeway Bay, has been revitalized into the Haw Par Music Foundation. The original estate was built in the 1930s and consisted of a four-story mansion, a private garden, and the landscaped Tiger Balm Garden – which has since been demolished. The Mansion itself has been under preservation by the government since 2001.

Join us on our tour of one of the few surviving examples of this eclectic Chinese architectural style that reflects the social and economic environment of 1930’s Hong Kong.

 

 

RSVP here

Docent Training with Asia Society Hong Kong Center

 

If you are interested in supporting adaptive reuse efforts in Hong Kong, we have a wonderful opportunity for you. In conjunction with Asia Society Hong Kong (ASHK), we are offering members the opportunity to become docents, and to lead tours around the historic Asia Society campus.

As a docent, you will enrich your own understanding of the buildings that make up this adaptively re-used complex, the policies and history behind it, and help engage others in the important role this project plays in the highly developed urban environment of Hong Kong.

Transformed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects and opened in 2012, the former Explosives Magazine of the old Victoria Barracks in Admiralty was re-established as the Asia Society Hong Kong Center -a fine example of repurposing a heritage site in a city where conservation and development are almost always in conflict.

Interested members are welcome to join the Docent Training Course that will be held on March 10th (Sunday) at 3:30pm and March 16th (Saturday) at 4:00pm.  The first session will comprise the current heritage tour, in English, led by ASHK. The second session will be an in-depth architectural tour in Cantonese led by the conservation project team, AGC Design.  These tours to be pre-register via the Chapter Office so please register via rsvp@aiahk.org latest by March 6th (Wednesday).

Please contact the Chapter Office (info@aiahk.org) for details. Trained docents will be asked to lead an architectural tour on March 23 (Saturday) and all docents will enjoy gratis access to one AIA Hong Kong event for each 1-hour session they lead.

AIA Hong Kong Technical Seminar – Interact Hospitality, Smarter operations for the best guest experience

Please join us for a fun evening with our kick-off party and a technical seminar by Signify (formerly Philips Lighting)!

The seminar will examine the latest trends in the Internet of Things, from lighting design to total system solutions for both hotel guest rooms and office environments. Topics to be covered will include application specific designs, lighting planning, the human centric design approach, the well being matrix, operations & maintenance, and future system expansions. The seminar will also consider sustainability and environmental monitoring, intelligent lighting, data-driven decision making, and the increased ease of personalization.

Attendees for our kick-off party and technical seminar will receive 1.5 AIA CES LUs.

RSVP here