It’s been a very challenging but fulfilling 6 months leading the Chapter. I am glad to report we have already managed to provide more than 18 LU/HSW credits through the various programs we have organized ourselves and in collaboration with partnering organizations. Thank you and all the members who have been supportive and joined us for the various events, which have generally recorded a high level of attendance. We will continue to provide nearly a dozen opportunities to earn CES credits during the second half of the year through seminars, building tours and other activities.
Latest issue of AIA National YAF Connection journal just hit the digital shelf. Focuses on international practice, this issue includes feature articles on Jiangxi Nanchang Greenland Zifeng Tower, winner of AIA Hong Kong Honor Award in Architecture 2016, by SOM; O-office, Guangzhou-based Design Vanguard award winner and speaker of our Chapter’s Young Architects Forum; and TheeAe, emerging firm led by Chris Cho of AIA Hong Kong’s Program Committee.
Once again 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 the public.
No physical boards required, only digital files. In addition to sending in USB, please also upload files to dropbox. Please note that the deadline for submission is August 4, 2017 at 5PM and, for any enquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Shimao Wonderland Intercontinental Hotel — or Quarry Hotel — is a unique resort currently under construction in the Songjiang area of Shanghai. Built on the site of a 90-100 meter deep abandoned quarry, the design was inspired by the stunning location and the natural environment of the rocky cliffs, waterfalls, and surrounding hills. Martin Jochman, Principal Director of JADE+QA, will share with us how the various challenges of this project have been overcome with technical innovations, and discuss the benefits of going beyond conventional design solutions. RSVP here.
In celebration of its 20th Anniversary, the Hong Kong Chapter of The American Institute of Architects is proud to present the Symposium on Architectural Education and Practice: Educating Practice | Practicing Education at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center on June 24, 2017.
The education of an architect and the practice of architecture have always enjoyed a symbiotic, if not polemical, relationship since the introduction of the Beaux-Arts system of teaching, learning, and practicing more than two and a half centuries ago. Most architecture students acquire the skill of out-of-the-box thinking at school but only encounter the realities of building science, construction technologies, market demands, building codes and regulations upon entering the professional arena. More than ever, architects are facing a rapidly changing society and a built environment that demands a redefinition of professional practice as well as pedagogy.
The symposium will address the following concerns:
How is architectural education shaping future generations of architects?
How do educators keep up with teaching both the methods and protocols that demonstrate architecture graduates’ abilities, as well as the values that reflect the current state of the society?
How does the profession maintain or even increase its relevance and influence at the intersection of design and construction, education and practice?
How have the curriculums been adjusted to address the complexity and multi-faceted nature of the practice today?
How do these changes in pedagogy influence and inform the practice?
How do architects contribute to the making of contemporary buildings? And would/could this contribution redefine the current practice of architecture?
With these questions and many more, the symposium brings together an ensemble of international architects, who are both award-winning practitioners and educators at leading institutions, to share their professional works and their views on teaching and research. It guarantees to be a thought-provoking afternoon with presentations and panel discussions.
Symposium speakers include:
Head and Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design
Partner, BriggsKnowles Studio
Director and Professor of Practice, School of Architecture, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Principal Architect, Nelson Chen Architects Ltd
Preston Scott Cohen
Former Chair and Professor of Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Founder, Preston Scott Cohen, Inc.
Former Dean and Professor of Urban Design, Parsons School of Constructed Environments
Founder, Urban-Interface, LLC
Head of Department and Professor, Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong,
Founding Partner, Atelier Seraji Architectes & Associes
Dean and Professor, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto
Dean and Professor, Cooper Union Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture
Associate Dean and Professor, Tsinghua University School of Architecture
Partner, TeamMinus, Beijing
We thank Asia Society and Rhode Island School of Design Alumni Association for being partnering organisations of this symposium. AIA members receive 5.0 LUs/HSW for full attendance. Join us for a thought provoking afternoon, RSVP here.
Ken Hau, FAIA, of AIA Hong Kong was honored at an investiture ceremony at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2017 in Orlando on April 28, 2017. Joining Ken at the ceremony are chapter delegates President Rex Wong, AIA, Vice President/ President-elect Anderson Lee, AIA, and Secretary Vikki Lew, AIA.
Shown above are Ken with 2015 President Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA; Ken receiving the Fellowship medal from Chancellor Lenore M. Lucey, FAIA, and President Thom Vonier, FAIA. The investiture ceremony was held at Dr. Philip Center for the Performing Arts.
The Honors & Awards of AIA Hong Kong recognize design excellence of our members practicing in the region. As part of our Chapter’s 20++ celebration, the architectural tours this year will feature winning projects of the award program over last two decades.
On my recent trip to Washington DC representing the Hong Kong Chapter at the annual AIA Grassroots Leadership Conference, I have personally experienced the response from civic society to the new political leadership’s perceived protectionist agenda. With over 500 delegates mostly representing US domestic components in attendance, the conference main themes unapologetically embrace global issues such as the Paris Agreement addressing climate change and UN Habitat III’s New Urban Agenda. Together with the recent response by National on the authority’s proposed Travel Ban, I think AIA has taken a clear position to advocate universal values that relates to the architecture profession. It also demonstrates the different forces constantly working to counter balance one another in a democratic society.
The Pearl River Delta Megalopolis, which includes Hong Kong, is the largest urban agglomeration in the world in both size and population. Continuing its role as China’s economic growth engine, the region’s environment has undergone tremendous change in recent years. Not only has the development of extensive transportation infrastructure enhanced physical connectivity, but architects and urban designers have continued to have a profound impact on the design of buildings, neighborhoods and cities.
As part of CUHK New Chinese Architecture Series, this lecture will show O-office’s critical observation and architectural practices in the Pearl River Delta region, which witnessed an unprecedented wave of urbanisation driven by the spirit of “making” and “mass production”. The architect attempts to rediscover the hidden proxemics within the unstoppable urban process that has seemingly swallowed the original urban-rural structure built through history in the region. Constructed in four interrelated episodes – arch-scenario, urban ruin, the village-city and landscape – the lecture presents O-office’s alternative design strategy and micro space-time operation mostly in fragments within the vast urban mise-en-scène which has been dominating the region’s geography. He Jianxiang is a founding partner of Guangzhou-based O-office Architects and Visiting Lecturer of the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. He has won major national and international awards, including Iconic Awards and Design for Asia Awards, and was featured as a Design Vanguard in 2015 by Architectural Record. He was also an acclaimed speaker at Emerge! AIA Hong Kong Young Architects Forum last year. The lecture will be held at CUHK on March 23, 2017. AIA members please RSVP via the Chapter online or at email@example.com