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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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CES #362 Advanced Materials Tripartite Series: MATERIALS OF THE FUTURE
Graphene & Smart Concrete

The 13th March lecture at the BAGNO Showroom in Wanchai was the inaugural event in the Advanced Materials Tripartite Series being featured by AIA Hong Kong this year.

During the first part of the lecture, Dr. Toby Gill and Dr. Feng Yan introduced the audience to graphene, a material that is often referred as a “miracle material”. Graphene is lighter than steel but 200 times stronger. At the same time, it offers excellent thermal and electrical conducting properties, and has the potential for use in star-wars-like architecture and urban design. With its enormous strength alone, it may revolutionize our built environment – much like concrete did for the Roman Empire and steel did during the Industrial Revolution.

In the second part of the lecture, Dr. Kai Tai Wan explained the use of integral optical fibre sensors that can monitor deformations in a complex structure. When asked about his findings from practical use of the sensors, Dr. Wan shared some very interesting discoveries. On one occasion, sensors installed on the Guangzhou Broadcasting Tower actually detected a nearby earthquake instead of irregular performance in the structure; in another example, at a conventional public housing estate in Singapore, the sensors were able to alert the authorities to early deformation in the structure of the building due to improper construction.

The evening ended with several The University of Hong Kong students sharing their studio projects, each of which incorporated advanced energy-harvesting technologies in their designs.

Overall, it was a fascinating, if quite scholarly, lecture but one that inspired many of us to ponder how we can effect positive changes to the built environment using the state-of-the-art materials and technologies presented.

With grateful thanks to our Corporate Affiliate Member, VSC, and to our Venue Sponsor, BAGNODESIGN, for providing the venue for the evening, as well as some excellent cheese and other snacks, and fine wines.

AIA members in attendance earned 1.5 LUs/HSW/SD

Contributor: Kam Ng, AIA




JAZZ – Recording and reproduction of this unique music

AIA Hong Kong events are definitely not ‘all work and no play.’

On Thursday, the 27th of February, Kenneth Yun of Betrue, along with his daughter, Victoria, turned the Essess Showroom in Central into a veritable auditorium and brought us an enjoyable evening of music appreciation and recording techniques in the process.

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ZAHA HADID Design Across Scales and Continents

Dear AIA Hong Kong Chapter Members,

Tickets are now on sale for Zaha Hadid’s talk on Design across Scales and Continents at Cityline.

Date: 19 March, 2014
Venue: Hong Kong PolyU Main Campus, HungHom
Time: 5 PM
Ticket Price: A$200 (Marked Seat) ; B$150 (Free Seating)

For further information, please click here

SCAD Hong Kong Open Studio – February 20, 2014

Open Studio is SCAD Hong Kong’s showcase of student works from the Department of Fine Arts. Works by current and former SCAD students will be for sale and both professors and students will be present to answer questions about the student works and the Department of Fine Arts.

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Humanizing Megascale: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie

AIA Hong Kong held its first event this year hosted in partnership with the Asia Society at their Hong Kong Center on February 13, 2014.

Noted architect Moshe Safdie, FAIA, CC, talked about his design philosophy and his impressive portfolio of completed work. He stressed the importance of humanizing the design of housing in large cities, and illustrated this with several projects in China, including one in Chongching, as well as with many of his other projects worldwide.

He is well known here in Asia for his design of the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

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