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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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Symposium Co-organizer:



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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.


AIA Hong Kong 2019 Q2 Newsletter

Dear Members and Friends of AIA Hong Kong:

It’s already July and we’re deep into the dog days of summer. While the heat came early this year, with unusually warm and humid weather in June, that hasn’t slowed us down at AIA Hong Kong. We enjoyed an active second quarter headlined by a successful joint symposium with the folks from AIA International Region and the US Green Building Council – The International Green Building Symposium – and sold-out Building Tours of landmark conservation projects right here at home – The Mills, Little Tai Hang and The Hong Kong Jockey Club University of Chicago Academic Complex.

In another highlight, our Young Architects Group completed its inaugural 10-week, peer-to-peer ARE Bootcamp. On the back of this success, plans are already in the works for a second Bootcamp later this year.

Sadly, the second quarter also brought news that Pritzker Prize-winning architect I.M. Pei, FAIA, RIBA, Hon. AIA (HK) had passed away in May, at the age of 102. The Guangdong-born architect was the mastermind behind the bold Louvre pyramid in Paris, the East Wing of the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., Japan’s Miho Museum near Kyoto, the striking Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar’s capital, Doha, and the landmark 70-storey Bank of China Tower here in Hong Kong. We all mourn the loss of this visionary architect and gracious gentleman.

Looking ahead to the remainder of the year, we have calls out for entries to our preeminent AIA Hong Kong Honors & Awards Program and to our Smart City Series: Design Competition, which we are jointly organizing with the HKIA and RIBA (HK). We also have Building Tours planned of the West Kowloon Freespace – Hong Kong’s new contemporary art performance center in the heart of the West Kowloon Art Park, the West Kowloon Competition Pavilion (“Growing Up”) – the winning design of AIA Hong Kong members Evelyn Ting and Paul Tse in the first Hong Kong Young Architects & Designers Competition, and Victoria Dockside.

We look forward to your competition entries and to seeing you at the building tours!

The Executive Committee of 2019 AIA Hong Kong Chapter

Collaboration / AIA Hong Kong + USGBC / The International Green Building Symposium 2019 Hong Kong

AIA Hong Kong, together with the US Green Building Council and AIA International Region, successfully held the inaugural International Green Building Symposium 2019 Hong Kong on June 12.

Award-winning architects – including AIA Hong Kong members Christine Bruckner, FAIA and Vicky Chan, AIA – and green building professionals shared examples of how they are making sustainable buildings into successful businesses and why tenants are demanding such designs. Nearly 200 developers, architects, and academics engaged in a timely exchange on the environmental and economic value of green buildings, and discussion of the efforts needed for a healthier, more sustainable built environment in Hong Kong and around the world.


Building Tour / The Mills

The brainchild of Vanessa Cheung, The Mills is a landmark revitalization and exemplary adaptive reuse project that bridges the gap between Hong Kong’s heritage in the textile industry and the future of emerging tech-fashion. Developed by Nan Fung Group, who was 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 firm’s 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.

Ray Zee, the Chief designer at Nan Fung, introduced tour participants to the many innovative startups and technological innovations in this incubator community. In addition to hi-tech facilities like the highly automated garment recycling machines, Ray also drew attention to the many low-tech but equally powerful considerations, such as the decision to preserve in-situ objects and found textures. There is real chemistry between ‘new’ and ‘old’ in the project’s somewhat nostalgic yet forward-looking flair.

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Chapter Q2 Meeting + Building Tour / Little Tai Heng

Developer and new Associate AIA member, Tommy Pao, and his team walked tour participants through the journey of transforming what used to be three separate alleyways into one of the most active neighborhoods in Tai Hang today. Overseen from inception to operation by a single team, Little Tai Hang is an example of urban revitalization that takes the long view to community building. This included starting with questions like “How do you build a successful and sustainable business community?” and “What is the right scale and type of retail mix?”

Special thanks to Tommy for sharing his experience on Little Tai Hang from the unusual position of Architect and Developer. In addition to showcasing the technical challenges of creating a meaningful linkage across three pencil lots, the tour highlighted the unique opportunities and challenges for aspiring architect/developers operating in Hong Kong. Of particular interest was the emphasis on building symbiotic tenancy relationships in order to successfully foster a community.

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 Honors & Awards / Call-for entries

It is time for our annual AIA Hong Kong Honors & Awards Program.

We encourage all members to submit their work for this prestigious event, which has become increasingly well known to other professionals and to the public.

Please note that this year we have revised our submission criteria to allow Associate Members to submit projects for the Interior Architecture category.

The deadline for submissions this year is August 30 at 5 PM.

For any enquiries, please contact

Collaboration / AIA Hong Kong + HKIA + RIBA (HK) Joint Design Competition Call-for-entries

For our Emerging Young Architects, don’t miss our first joint competition with HKIA and RIBA (HK): Smart City Series Design Competition. Showcase your ideas for smart street furniture for the digital age using innovative design, sustainable materials and a new approach to urban thinking. To read more about how to enter, please refer to the design brief here.

The two-phase competition is supported by Development Bureau EKEO and the winning design will be made into a full scale prototype.

The submission deadline is August 12, 2019 (Monday) and we ask that you contact AIA Hong Kong ( – Subject Header: Design Competition Registration) with your Institute Membership number (AIA, HKIA, RIBA) to be assigned a registration number for your project submission.

For any enquiries, you may also contact

Emerging Architects / ARE boot-camp

In addition to AIA Hong Kong’s monthly ARE study groups at the Chapter Office, our Young Architects Group successfully completed its inaugural ARE peer-to-peer Bootcamp in the second quarter. The Bootcamp is designed to offer motivation and support through weekly meetings and greater interaction among peers, to foster learning from each other and encourage maintaining a study schedule.

Please sign up at to be kept informed of future Bootcamps. Be sure to include your full name, affiliation and email address.

Members in the news / Perspective 40 under 40 Awards 2019

Congratulations to our Emerging Architects, Paul Tse, AIA & Evelyn Ting, Assoc. AIA for receiving the “40 under 40” award from Perspective. In addition to being founders of New Office Works, Paul is an adjunct assistant professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Evelyn is a lecturer at the University of Hong Kong. Keep an eye out in August, for our tour of their award winning design for the inaugural West Kowloon Young Architects and Designers Competition Pavilion!


AIA Hong Kong July to September 2019 upcoming events


Dear Members and Friends of AIA Hong Kong:

We would like to remind you that a number of exciting programs are scheduled for the next few months.

Further details will be sent out as we approach the date of each event or building tour and we will provide further notifications and reminders as soon as possible.

In the meantime, if you’re planning to attend the China (Guangzhou) International Building Decoration Fair 2019 (in Guangzhou) on July 8-11, you will have a chance to meet our CA Lundhs AS.

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



The Programs Committee of the 2019 AIA Hong Kong Chapter

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, June 29th 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