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AIA Hong Kong – September President’s Message

Dear AIA Members and Friends:

I especially look forward to this mid-autumn time of year as the temperature in our part of the world moderates and we transition past the long, hot summer. This time of Lantern Festivals and moon-cakes is full of fond memories about our past and a shared spirit of excitement about what the future may bring.

Our Chapter recently had the pleasure of experiencing that warm feeling at the Grand Opening Celebration held August 21st at our new Office and Gallery space in the PMQ Creative Art Hub. It was a thrill to see so many long time friends and colleagues while reminiscing about the success of our organization over the past 17 years and its bright future ahead.

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Smartgeometry 2014 Urban Compaction
Hong Kong


Date: July 18-19, 2014

Venue: CUHK, Yasumoto International Academy Park Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong


Date: July 14-17, 2014

Venue: School of Architecture, CUHK, AIT Building, Shatin, New Territories Hong Kong

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2014 Honors & Awards “Call for Entries”

Dear Members:

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 in the International Region.

Please note that the deadline for submission is August 22, 2014 and, for any enquiries, please contact

                              Call For Entries                                         2014 JURORS                 

Save the Date for our 2014 Honors & Awards Exhibition and Celebration on November 14, 2014.

William Lim’s Search for the No Colours

Stepping into William Lim’s studio in Wong Chuk Hang is like entering an alternate universe. As the heavy metal door opens, I’m immediately greeted with a white neon sign mounted on transparent acrylic that reads “Hong Kong Is Our Museum” and to my left a taxidermy hen is placed precariously on the floor. Turning the corner, a man of slight frame with black-rim glasses dressed in a crisp white shirt greets me. Lim shows me around his studio, a treasure trove filled with works by local artists Lee Kit, Nadim Abbas, Tang Kwok-hin, and South Ho. After a quick lap of the space, we settle on a sofa to chat about how his collection came about, his recently released book The No Colors and how he feels Hong Kong art has changed over the years. READ More >

Oi! Tour

AIA Hong Kong members experienced a slice of old Hong Kong with a twist of contemporary art on the evening of Friday, 27 June, during a private guided tour of “Oi!” – the adaptively reused Government Supplies Department located at 12 Oil Street in North Point.  The tour was led by Professor Wallace Chang, Associate Professor at the School of Architecture, CUHK, and a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard-Yenching Institute, Harvard University.

Once the home of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club and the Government Supplies Department, the existing complex dates back to 1908 and is considered a rare example of the Arts and Crafts style in Hong Kong.  The buildings within the complex were initially classified as Grade 2 historic structures by the Antiquities Advisory Board in 1995, with official confirmation of their status following in 2009.   Situated on a 0.2 HA site at the intersection of Oil Street and Electric Road, the cluster of century-old red brick and stucco clad buildings consists of a main block and two ancillary buildings surrounding a small landscaped oasis of public open space dotted with mature trees.  Formerly the site of the Oil Street Artists Village prior to its renovation by the Architectural Services Department (ASD), the complex opened to the public in May 2013 as an adaptively reused, flexible contemporary art space named “Oi!”

Operated by the Art Promotion Office (APO) of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), the complex now hosts a variety of indoor and outdoor art exhibits and aims to both provide a platform for emerging artists and to encourage community participation.  The temporary exhibits on display during the tour — collectively entitled “Reflection!” — featured the popular outdoor installation “Bâtiment – Oi!” by Argentine artist Leandro Erlich, which consists of a replica of a building façade installed horizontally at grade, reflected by a set of 45 degree mirrors.  The resulting apparition of a vertical building facade enabled members of the public lying on the ground to execute gravity-defying poses on the virtual façade for passers-by.  This striking outdoor installation was complemented by multi-sensory indoor exhibits housed within the ground floor of the historic structures created by Meta4 Design Forum, documentary photographer Tse Pak-chai, and Hong Kong-based artist Kingsley Ng. These thought-provoking interior exhibits revolved around urban transformation in Hong Kong and “reflections” of our urban landscape.

Mr. Chang also described many of the issues associated with  retaining and adaptively re-using historic buildings, in general, as well as the approval processes and budgetary hurdles that had to be overcome to effect the transformation of this former government space into a much needed community amenity and welcome addition to the Hong Kong art scene.

AIA members attending this tour earned 1.5 Learning Units (LUs) toward their annual AIA mandatory Continuing Education requirements.

Contributor: Tom Schmidt, AIA

AIA Hong Kong Chapter Office Relocation

AIA HK Members and Associates,

Please be patient while the AIA Hong Kong chapter moves into our new home at PMQ:
S602, Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong
Our computers and telephones will be shut down tomorrow and we will be back in full service on Monday June 23rd.

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Book Launch “Recording Biennale” by Anderson Lee, AIA

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Gene King and I are pleased to announce the publication of the Hong Kong ShengZhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbansium\Architecture – “Learning from Tri-ciprocal Cities: The time, the place, the people.”

We would like to invite you to our book launch and sharing on the subject of “RECORDING BIENNALE”
Time: Friday, June 27 from 7:30-9:00 PM
Venue: 9/F Forum, Eslite in Hysan’s Place, Causeway Bay  誠品書店香港銅鑼灣店9/F
The People: Thomas Chung, Gene King, Anderson Lee, Eric Schuldenfrei, Marisa Yiu, Joshua Lau, Wang Weijen (tbc), Colin Fournier (tbc)

Past UABB curators involved in the publication/book making will share their views/experiences/or even frustration(?)on recording this bi-annual event.

Post Book Launch Party
Date: Same day
Time: 9:30pm
Venue: G/F Gallery, No. 4 Pound Lane

Looking forward to catching up with all of you!

Anderson Lee, AIA

If you have further questions, please contact Ms. Lau at or 852 2155 1007

To Have or Have Not? What insurance do I need or my practice in Hong Kong? Part 3

Due to unforeseeable circumstances, the Brown Bag on June 24, 2014 will be re-scheduled. We apologize for any inconvenience caused. Please stay tuned for further announcements. 

The Seminar:
In part 1 & part 2, we have discussed the mandatory insurance required for all businesses in Hong Kong.  There are other insurance, such as Professional Indemnity, that is not a statutory requirement in Hong Kong, yet worth looking into to protect your architectural practice.   The seminar will be conducted in an interactive format with a Q&A session so we can discuss your individual insurance concern.  If we have time, we can also talk about other types of insurance that can enhance the smooth running of your practice and help with the practice’s succession planning. read more

AIA Hong Kong – July President’s Message

Dear AIA Members and Friends:

The annual AIA Convention was held in Chicago on June 25-28. Several significant announcements emerged from the event this year:

Julia Morgan, FAIA, was posthumously awarded the AIA Gold Medal. A long overdue recognition, she became the first woman ever to receive this award.

New Orleans-based Architects Eskew+Dumez+Ripple were honored with the Firm of the Year Award. They were cited for, among other things, their use of “rigorously crafted Modernism to repair, restore, and enhance the unique cultural and historic context of their city.” Read more