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AIA Hong Kong / RIBA (HK) 2020 Competition – Communal Space Enhancement for Light Be

Dear Members & Friends,

In this first of a kind competition, AIA Hong Kong and RIBA (HK) are partnering with Light Be, the first social housing enterprise in Hong Kong, for the design of four prototypical communal spaces to be used as references for other transitional housing projects in Hong Kong. This competition is open to all designers and architects and is aimed at encouraging them to assist at-risk families in our community.

A kick-off meeting will be held on July 24 at the AIA office at PMQ to introduce the project and match teams, each of which will be comprised of both architects and other product designers. After the competition, there will be a symposium to share the results and collect feedback from Light Be.

An online booklet will also be created to share ideas on how to utilize roof and other communal spaces in affordable housing projects to remind architects about the importance of providing suitable communal gathering spaces in all transitional housing being built in Hong Kong in the next five years.

For details of the competition, please follow this link:

http://www.aiahk.org/wp-content/uploads/2020-design-competition-form_Communal-Space-final.pdf

Registration Deadline: Thursday July 30, 2020

Should you have any questions, please send your inquiry to: info@aiahk.org or call the Chapter Office at 2882 6011.

Visually Dynamic Facades by Sherwin Williams | July 28, 2020

 

Dear Members & Friends,

 

This webinar will consider what “coil and extrusion” coatings mean for the façade industry with case studies including the National Museum of African American History and Culture by Adjaye Associates, and Tencent Seafront Towers by NBBJ.

Our presenter, Shu Li, from Sherwin-Williams will discuss the importance of proper metal façade finishing with respect to building performance, color selection and coating technology.

This webinar is free for all AIA, HKIA and RIBA members, with a maximum of 500 participants on Zoom. Below are instructions for participating in this event:

You can use your smartphone, tablet or PC to join. Install the zoom.us application prior to the meeting.

  1. Please use your real name for registration so that we can credit 1 LU to you.
  2. All attendees should mute their audio during the presentation to avoid signal interference.
  3. On this occasion, only the host and panellists will be allowed to speak.
  4. You may, however, type questions in the Q&A box at the bottom of your zoom screen.
  5. The panellists will review your questions and provide responses, time allowing.
  6. The presentation will be recorded.

 

Please register in advance here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_VyYHDfKDTTSLazLVuaunJg

 


 

Speaker’s Bio

 

Shu Li, Commercial / Technical Leader for Coil and Extrusion Coatings

 

With 20+ years of experience in the coil and extrusion industry, Shu Li has dedicated his career to the fascinating and very important field of metal coatings.  He has served as technical leader for Sherwin-WIlliams in Shanghai since 2011, managing color matching efforts and new product development.  He also provides technical support to all Sherwin-Williams coil and extrusion customers regarding electrostatic applications.  Shu’s inventive approach to coatings includes Acrylicoat, a one-application acrylic system that offers lasting performance against the elements.

Shu holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Ryerson Polytechnic University.

 

Call for Volunteers: Heritage Architecture Camp with Asia Society Hong Kong (ASHK)

Dear Memers,

From August 7 to 28, we will be working every Friday morning from 10am – noon at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center (ASHK) to introduce primary school children to architecture.

Subjects will include architectural design, heritage and sustainability.

We are now seeking volunteers to participate in and lead these exciting sessions with tomorrow’s architects. You can sign up for one class or for a combination of classes. Materials and space will be provided by the Asia Society.

Syllabus

  1. August 7: How the ASHK premises can be an example of architecture and nature working together in an urban context.
  2. August 14: Other heritage architecture in Hong Kong
  3. August 21: Re-designing the Asia Society
  4. August 28: Designing your own ideal neighborhood

In Memoriam: Tunney F Lee, Hon AIA (1931-2020)

In Memoriam: Tunney F Lee, Hon AIA (1931-2020)

 

It is with profound sadness and a heartfelt sense of loss that our Chapter has just learned that Professor Tunney F Lee, Hon AIA (HK), Hon FHKIA, passed away in Cambridge, Massachusetts,
on 2 July 2020 at the age of 88.

Tunney Lee was professor emeritus and former head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as well as professor emeritus and founding chair of the Department of Architecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).

His long-time teaching and research were dedicated to community-based design, including urban design studios on city neighbourhoods in the Boston area and Santiago, Chile, to the rapid urban development of Shanghai and the Pearl River Delta in China.

Born in Taishan, Guangdong Province, Tunney was raised in the US where he received his architectural degree at the University of Michigan, then studied at the University of Rome on a Fulbright Fellowship.  As a young practitioner, he worked with renowned architects Buckminster Fuller, Marcel Breuer and IM Pei.  Later, as an urban planner, he became Chief of Planning and Design at the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

In 1990, Tunney arrived in Hong Kong with his wife, Irene, to embark upon a new adventure and the challenge of starting a Department of Architecture at CUHK.  By the time they returned to the
US in 1998, the fledgling programme was already fully accredited by the HKIA, ARB and CAA, and several of its earliest graduates have become leaders in the local profession today.

In recognition of these outstanding accomplishments and legacy to our architectural community, Tunney was recognized as an Honorary Affiliate Member of AIA Hong Kong in 1998 as well as an Honorary Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects in 2006.

Despite these accolades, Professor Tunney Lee was undistracted by the shiny objects of formal prestige or position.  Rather, he will be remembered most for his intellectual energy, unfading optimism, personal generosity and humility, and abundance of wisdom in his various roles as architect, urban planner and visionary educator.  He will be greatly missed by us all.

 

 

Building Tour: Tencent Seafront Towers by NBBJ | July 14, 2020

Tencent Seafront Towers by NBBJ

 

Dear Members,

Tencent is now a major player in e-commerce and web technology. The design of its new headquarters reflects the company’s rising international influence, its networked culture and the interconnectivity of the web. The linked configuration of the building stimulates movement and casual exchanges within the workplace, by creating horizontal “streetscapes” and vertical connections. The expansion provides space for 12,000 employees and nearly quadrupled the size of Tencent’s current workplace real estate portfolio.

During the presentation the panelists will share their strategies on how they were able to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions by 40% over a typical office tower.

This webinar is free for all AIA, HKIA and RIBA members, with a maximum of 500 participants on Zoom. Below are instructions for participating in this event:

  1. You can use your smartphone, tablet or PC to join. Install the zoom.us application prior to the meeting.
  2. Please use your real name for registration and type your AIA membership number in the chat room during the webinar so that we can credit 1.0 LU/HSW to you.
  3. All attendees should mute their audio during the presentation to avoid signal interference.
  4. On this occasion, only the host and panelists will be allowed to speak.
  5. You may, however, type questions in the Q&A box at the bottom of your zoom screen.
  6. The panelists will review your questions and provide responses, time allowing.
  7. The presentation will be recorded.

 

Please register in advance here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TWczCXbUSk-W76jh7PnMOQ 

 


 

Speakers’ Bios

 

Vivian Ngo, AIA, LEED AP, WELL AP

Principal

An accomplished leader, Vivian seeks to leverage the strength of each project team member and inspire them to achieve high-performing outcomes on behalf of her clients. Her project experience includes urban master plans, corporate headquarters, commercial developments, convention centers, hotels, libraries, research buildings, education facilities and adaptive reuse projects.

Vivian always looks for ways to create exciting, unique human experiences in urban environments and has also illustrated urban history books about land reclamation in her native Hong Kong.

 

Sebastian Hill
Project Director

Based in Hong Kong, Sebastian helps steer NBBJ’s overall business strategy. He has worked on projects in Europe and Asia, which has contributed to his understanding of multi-cultural societies and broadened his perspective on planning and design.

 

Emerging Mobility Trends for a Resilient Urban System with Arup | June 30, 2020

Dear Members

 

The four paradigms of urban mobility: autonomous, connected, electric and shared – are set to transform both the transport industry and the built environment. This webinar will provide an overview of fast-moving trends that are shaping our transport systems and outline their impacts on cities, communities, and major developments. It will look into such considerations as flexible and adaptive policy, design processes and such operational strategies as “mobility-as-a-service.” The webinar will also offer a brief discussion on how we may need to rethink transport resilience in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This panel discussion is free for all AIA members, with a maximum of 500 participants – on Zoom. Below are instructions for participating in this event:

 

ZOOM

You can use your smartphone, tablet or PC to join. Install the zoom.us application prior to the meeting.

  1. Please use your real name for registration so that we can credit 1.5 LUs/HSW to you.
  2. All attendees should mute their audio during the presentation to avoid signal interference.
  3. On this occasion, only the host and panellists will be allowed to speak.
  4. You may, however, type questions in the Q&A box at the bottom of your zoom screen.
  5. The panellists will review your questions and provide responses, time allowing.
  6. The presentation will be recorded.

 

Please register in advance https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PxuKIOzdQSSWErBqPSMWYA

 


 

Speakers’ Profiles

 

Ir Carmen Chu
BEng MSc (Urban Planning) MIHT MHKIE NEC4Reg
Director, Arup

Ir Carmen Chu is the Director of Arup’s Transport Consulting team. She is a Chartered Engineer and qualified planner specializing in transport planning and traffic engineering. Her background enables her to appreciate prevailing planning constraints – and opportunities – and to apply smart city design principles for transport and traffic engineering.

At present, Carmen is leading several high-profile intelligent transport system related projects in Hong Kong, including a free-flow toll system slated for implementation throughout the territory at all major tolled links, and a major tunnel connecting outer areas to urban Kowloon.

 

Lian Duan
BEng Msc Urban Planning and Transport Engineering
Professional Engineer (P.E.)
Senior Engineer, Arup

Lian Duan is Arup’s Senior Engineer in Transport Consulting, with broad experience in mobility innovations across multi-modal transport systems. Prior to moving to Hong Kong, Lian worked in the United States managing transport planning and engineering projects of various scales. She works with cities and public authorities to create transportation solutions that incorporate urban design, advanced technology and transportation engineering to benefit the local community, while meeting the larger goals of expanding mobility options.

Lian is currently involved on a number of projects requiring policy assessment for the introduction of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV). She provides expertise linked to user-centric design and quantitative assessment through mobility data analysis and modelling. Her core strength is her deep technical expertise and ability to present complex information to diverse audiences.

 

Moderator

 

Greg Yager, FAIA

Greg’s career has taken him around the globe, from California to the Midwest, to Baltimore and Washington, London, Hong Kong and now Shanghai.  He has worked in small firms, midsize firms and, most recently, with RTKL where he was responsible for the International Planning and Urban Design studio and many of the firm’s global offices, as well.  He was the founding president of the AIA Shanghai Chapter and is the Legal Representative of the AIA Shanghai WOFE in China.

Greg is currently a consultant to RTKL for urban design and development.

AIA Hong Kong Webinar: Smart-Learning with Steelcase | June 23, 2020

Dear Members,

As part of the AIA Hong Kong Co-X Webinar Series, Steelcase Education Director APAC, Ambroise d’Hauteville, and Regional Education Specialist, Owen Pescod, will share valuable insights on smart-learning environments in this rapidly changing and uncertain time.

Drawing on the century-long commitment Steelcase has established with customers and the industry, this presentation will highlight the unique problems of our time, the culture of learning and the process of innovation using three different types of case studies: corporate campus, vertical campus and university campus.

The webinar will also address the physical and emotional challenges that learning environments will face post Covid -19 and some potential ways to address this new world.

This panel discussion is free for all AIA Hong Kong members, with a maximum of 500 participants. Below are instructions for participating in this event:

  1. You can use your smartphone, tablet or PC to join. Install the zoom.us application prior to the meeting.
  2. Please use your real name for registration so that we can credit 1.5 LUs to you.
  3. All attendees should mute their audio during the presentation to avoid signal interference.
  4. On this occasion, only the host and panelists will be allowed to speak.
  5. You may, however, type questions in the Q&A box at the bottom of your zoom screen.
  6. The panelists will review your questions and provide responses, time allowing.
  7. The presentation will be recorded.

Please register in advance here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QBv1FbwXRTOVdJB_QZsDeA

 


 

Speakers’ Bios

 

Ambroise d’Hauteville
Steelcase Education Director – APAC

Ambroise has led the Steelcase Education business since May 2018, following five years in the China Direct Market where education was also part of his responsibility. In these two roles, he has combined his international experience with his local knowledge of Workplace Strategies and Active Learning Spaces to help leading organizations, schools and universities create work- and learning-spaces that enable people to be more collaborative and efficient.

Ambroise joined Steelcase in 2002 as a Sales Consultant in North Africa. He moved to the International Key Account team in 2004 in Paris, France, and later to China, in 2008, to work on Global Accounts in the Asia Pacific region – initially in Beijing, followed by Shanghai. In 2016, he moved to Hong Kong with his family.

Before joining Steelcase, Ambroise was a Paris-based project manager, organizing major IT events in Europe. He graduated in international trade from IPAG Business School in Paris and is fluent in French and English, with a working knowledge of German. Ambroise and his wife have three young children, all of whom were born in China.

 

Owen Pescod
Steelcase Regional Education Specialist – Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, South Korea

Based in Hong Kong, Owen works with leading local and international schools as well as with universities to develop creative, active learning environments that support ever evolving modern pedagogies. He believes that space ultimately shapes behavior and that behavior, over time, becomes culture. His focus is therefore on creating spaces designed around students, that enhance and build upon each school’s unique culture.

Owen has a degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of Kent. He joined Steelcase from the property industry, where he acquired experience in corporate and residential leasing throughout Hong Kong. A lifelong Hong Kong resident, Owen lives with his two boys and wife, who is a primary school teacher.

Moderator

 

Sung Lee, AIA

Sung has over two decades of experience in architecture, from concept design through the construction phase, in more than 35 cities and ten countries. His projects are of various types and scales: from urban master-planning and campus planning to R&D, healthcare and educational facilities, residential complexes, high-rise offices and mixed-use developments. At present, his focus is on large scale, complex projects that require integration between strategic planning, architecture, interior design and sustainability.

Sung is also a qualified professional in sustainable design – he has been a LEED AP since 2003. His KTPH Hospital project in Singapore was the first Green Mark Platinum building in the country and has received several awards.

Education
Master of Architecture, University of Michigan | Ann Arbor
Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering | Yonsei University, Seoul

Professional Qualifications
Registered Architect – Washington DC
LEED AP BD+C
1st Grade Architectural Engineer – South Korea

AIA Hong Kong Honors & Awards 2020 – Call For Entries

Dear Members,

The AIA Hong Kong Chapter invites you to submit for the 2020 AIA Hong Kong Honors and Awards Program.

The AIA Hong Kong Chapter’s annual Design Awards Program recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design, urban design and unbuilt projects undertaken by our members. The Program’s purpose is to increase awareness of outstanding design and to honor the AIA member architects, clients, and consultants who work together to improve the built environment.

What’s new in our 2020 Honors and Awards Program:

  • We are offering a one-off 30% discount on last year’s entry fee as a token of support to all members during this difficult economic downturn;
  • We are reintroducing the Architecture Firm Award – the highest honor that the Chapter can bestow on an architecture firm in the region.

For details about this year’s program, please follow the links below:

2020 AIA Hong Kong Honors and Awards Program – Entry Form

2020 AIA Hong Kong Architecture Firm Award – Entry Form

Submission deadline: Monday, August 31, 2020

Should you have any questions, please send your inquiry to: info@aiahk.org or call the Chapter Office at 2882 6011.

We look forward to seeing all your wonderful submissions!

Yours sincerely,

Honors and Awards Committee
AIA Hong Kong

A Conversation with Tod Williams and Billie Tsien | June 15, 2020

Dear Members,

AIA Hong Kong is collaborating with Asia Society Hong Kong to bring to you Architecture as Vision, a webinar with Tod Williams, FAIA, and Billie Tsien, AIA.

In 2011, the Asia Society Hong Kong Center opened on the steep slope of the former Explosives Magazine at the Victoria Barracks. This long abandoned vestige of the territory’s colonial past was transformed into a cultural landmark by retaining the original military structures and incorporating them into the new complex. The architects envisioned the Center to be a dynamic meeting point, linking West with East, as well as the urban fabric with the natural environment.

In this webinar, architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien will share their initial impressions of the ASHK site, which they first visited 20 years ago. In addition, the pair will discuss their ongoing projects, including the Obama Presidential Center, David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, and the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.

The session will be moderated by Florence Chan, AIA, and S. Alice Mong, Executive Director of Asia Society Hong Kong Center.

Note that the webinar is only available on Facebook Live.

1) You must first sign up for a Facebook account if you don’t already have one.

2) Once you have an account, click on the link below and choose “going” for this event.

3) Sign in on June 15 to attend.

4) Write down your name and AIA member number (e.g. “John Smith, 12345678”) in the comment section for us to record your LUs.

5) You may post comments; any questions posted for the speakers will be selected by the moderators.

https://www.facebook.com/events/590279075027649/

 

Yours sincerely,

AIA Hong Kong Chapter

AIA Hong Kong Webinar: Co-Working | May 28, 2020 | 7:30pm

Dear Members,

In the second instalment of our Co-X series of online panel discussions on May 28, 2020, we will speak with AIA Hong Kong past-president Peter Basmajian about the evolution of work place design as the nature of work – individual versus collaborative – has progressed. We will also hear from two innovative co-working operators, Jacky Yeung of Desk-one, and Alex Shu of T.H.E Design, who will share different strategies on adapting to this fast-changing landscape and coping with the recent COVID – 19 crisis.

This panel discussion is free for all AIA Hong Kong members, with a maximum of 100 participants. Below are instructions for participating in this event:

1.     You can use your smartphone, tablet or PC to join. Install the zoom.us application prior to the meeting.
2.     Please use your real name for registration so that we can credit 2.0 LUs/HSW to you.
3.     All attendees should mute their audio during the presentation to avoid signal interference.
4.     On this occasion, only the host and panelists will be allowed to speak.
5.     You may, however, type questions in the Q&A box at the bottom of your zoom screen.
6.     The panelists will review your questions and provide responses, time allowing.
7.     The presentation will be recorded.

Please register in advance, here:

 


 

Speakers’ Profiles

Peter Basmajian, AIA Hong Kong Past-President

Peter Basmajian is a founding partner of Richards Basmajian. He has worked in New York City, Tehran and Cairo, and has lived in Hong Kong since 1981. Prior to establishing his firm with partner David Richards in 1986, he was employed by Foster Associates on the design and construction of the HSBC Headquarters at 1 Queen’s Road Central. He is a Registered Architect in Hong Kong and New York State, a member of the HKIA and RIBA, and served as AIA Hong Kong Chapter President in 2005.

 

Jacky Yeung, Desk-one

Jacky Yeung is a co-founder of Desk-one, a local boutique co-working space with four locations in Hong Kong. Desk-one is the pioneer of on-demand work and study space that combines the best features of co-working, cafe and library, while charging users only for the actual time they spend at each facility.

Aside from his involvement in Desk-one, Jacky is a finance executive managing global real estate and natural resources private equity investments.

 

Alex Shu, T.H.E Design

Alex Shu is a design-strategist and co-founder of T.H.E Design, a co-working space that provides a collaborative, stimulating environment to foster the development of young architects, designers and other creative professionals. Together with his co-founder father, Winston Shu, Principal of Integrated Design Associates, Alex leverages their inter-generational experience to help young designers from different disciplines overcome typical start-up challenges as they shape the future of their industries.

Alex received his M.Arch from the University of Southern California and also holds an MBA in Design Thinking from the California College of the Arts. Prior to founding T.H.E Design, Alex worked as an Architectural Designer at Moore Ruble Yudell Architects.

 

Moderator

Fei F.M. Mui, AIA

Fei received a Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural Studies at HKU and her Master of Architecture at UCLA.  Licensed in the US, she has worked in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Australia and Japan. In 2015, Fei worked on the GOOGLE PARTNERPLEX in Google Tokyo office as the lead designer. Fei is currently working in the Hong Kong office of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.