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AIA Hong Kong – May President’s Message

Dear AIA Members and Friends:

Hold onto your hats and umbrellas as the Monsoon season is clearly upon us!

Along with the whirlwind that is our spring weather in Hong Kong, May has become our defacto “Art, Design and Planning” month. Look out for the Art Basel show which is in town from May 15-18. Later in the month, between May 20-22, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) will be hosting their Asia Pacific Summit featuring seminars on a wide range of topics across a broad spectrum of Architecture, Planning, Property and Public Policy issues.

The AIA Hong Kong Chapter is pleased to offer a special architecture-oriented tour of Art Basel on May 17.  And, as we are a supporting organization of the ULI, they have offered those of our AIA members who are not already ULI members special rates for attendance at this, their seminal annual event. Read more

Jockey Club Innovation Tower Tour

April 26, 2014

Located at the northeastern tip of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus, The Jockey Club Innovation Tower is the new home to PolyU’s School of Design, the driving force in the development of Hong Kong as a major hub for design in Asia.  Mr. Simon Yu, an Associate at Zaha Hadid Architects, and two of his colleagues gave AIA Hong Kong members an exclusive tour and explained the process involved in the creation of this exciting new building, the firm’s latest work in Hong Kong.

Mr. Yu started with a brief history of Zaha Hadid Architects, then elaborated on the evolution of the design and the various challenges encountered in construction of the tower.  AIA members were also offered an exclusive tour of the studios, interior spaces and the lecture hall, accompanied by a representative from the University.

AIA Hong Kong members received 2.0 Learning Units for attending this building tour.

Contributor: Chun Yiu Fu, AIA


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AIA Hong Kong – April President’s Message

Dear AIA Members and Friends:

We’re in the midst of a very busy spring season in Hong Kong and around the region, with lots of news and some key announcements to share.

First and foremost, I am pleased to announce that it is now official: the AIA Hong Kong Chapter will be moving into permanent office space in the design center at the recently renovated Police Married Quarters (PMQ) on Hollywood Road. This is a major step for the Chapter and represents our intention to reach out and connect even more directly with the local Hong Kong community. We hope this new space will provide an easily accessible, public interface for all to engage with the Chapter for many years to come. Design and planning is underway, construction will begin soon and we look forward to celebrating an open house in our new space by mid-2014.

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Architect Registration Examination (ARE)
now in Hong Kong

ARE in Hong Kong Launch Celebration and Presentation by NCARB CEO, Michael J. Armstrong

April 3, 2014

After a concerted and lengthy campaign to bring the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) to Hong Kong, the day had finally come, and for our emerging professional members, it was truly a day to celebrate! No longer will our Asia Zone associate members need to travel to Guam, or to the United States, to sit for their exams, but can now do so at the Prometrics testing center in San Po Kong, Kowloon.

To celebrate the launch, AIA Hong Kong hosted an information session at the Offices of Ronald Lu & Partners, with a special presentation by NCARB CEO, Michael J. Armstrong. Mr. Armstrong spoke to an energized crowd of both aspiring architects and licensed members on the pathway to licensure with an American jurisdiction, as well as toward an NCARB certificate.

With the commencement of the ARE in Hong Kong, all the pieces are in place locally for associate members to complete their Intern Development Program, connect with knowledgeable, motivated IDP Mentors, and sit for the ARE examination – all toward furthering their professional development and attaining their US licenses as Architects.

Contributor: Andrew King, Assoc. AIA


Important Announcement + Design Opportunity
The new AIA Hong Kong Chapter Office

The AIA Hong Kong Chapter will soon be relocating to a new office space at the former Police Married Quarters (PMQ) on Hollywood Road at Aberdeen Street. This iconic 1950s building has been designated by the Hong Kong Government to be a new hub for creative industries and mandated to promote the best of Hong Kong design and innovation.  We are very pleased that we will soon become a part of this artistic community which is centrally located and will allow us to be more visible, publicly accessible and therefore better serve our members. Read more

AIA Hong Kong –
March President’s Message

Dear AIA Members and Friends:

I hope everyone enjoyed their Chinese New Year break. It was certainly a wonderful holiday filled as ever, with the festivities of this marvelous season.

Last month, at our First Quarterly event of the year in February, we had the pleasure of co-hosting, with Asia Society Hong Kong, a fabulous lecture entitled “Humanizing Mega-scale” by the renowned international architect and educator, Moshe Safdie FAIA, CC. More than 200 participants joined us in what really was a memorable and inspiring evening.

Then just last week we enjoyed a fun musical, social and educational event staged at the Essess Showroom, featuring Kenneth Yun and BETRUE, who provided both the sound system and a delightful explanation about the modern recording techniques that made the Jazz and orchestral music we had the pleasure of listening to seem so “ three-dimensional.”
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