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AIA Hong Kong – September 2016 President’s Message

Dear Members & Friends:

Some of you were able to escape the searing heat of August to vacation destinations far away. As the summer comes to a close, the Chapter has prepared a number of ‘cool’ events for the coming months.

Before I highlight these programs, it is my pleasure to draw your attention to a couple of things. The AIA National online publication, CONNECTION (The Architecture and Design Journal Of the Young Architects Forum) interviewed Ken Hau, AIA and Vikki Lew, AIA, about the AIA Hong Kong’s Young Architects Initiatives and YAG programs in 2015-2016. The journal also published a featured article : Emerging Hong Kong Firms including interviews with Vicky Chan, AIA,  Kevin Lim, Assoc. AIA and Caroline Chou, Assoc. AIA. To conclude this Hong Kong special edition, it interviewed Sean Chiao, FAIA, in the article titled : “The Challenges of the Asia-Pacific Region”. Please take a moment to review it here.

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AIA Hong Kong 2016 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 12, 2016 and, for any enquiries, please contact

                CALL FOR ENTRIES                                       2016 JURORS

Save the Date for our 2016 Honors & Awards Exhibition and Celebration on October 11, 2016.

AIA Hong Kong – July & August 2016 President’s Message

Dear Members & Friends:

The 2016 AIA Convention with the theme Imagination took place in Philadelphia in mid May, and was attended by a large delegation from Hong Kong.

Among a wide variety of other topics, social justice and new technologies were discussed by Rem Koolhaas and Neri Oxman, the two keynote speakers. Koolhaas’s dialogue with Moshen Mostafavi on architecture, politics and social justice was insightful, while Ms. Oxman, from MIT’s media lab, presented equally stimulating research on digital design interacting with biology. The highlight of the Convention was the appearance of Denise Scott Brown, co-recipient of the 2016 AIA Gold Medal with Robert Venturi. Ms. Brown took the stage to explain her long struggle to success and received a standing ovation – a well deserved and long overdue recognition of her tremendous professional achievement.

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Second Quarterly Meeting –
TANG AO – Tangible & Intangible By Kris Yao

In this talk, Kris Yao will present his recent works, including Water-Moon Monastery, Eslite Suzhou, New Taipei Museum, and Palace Museum-Southern Branch. Through these projects,he will explain how he employs the meaning of “Tang” and “Ao” in his pursuit of architectural design and artistic conception. For more photos, please click HERE

King George V School Performing Arts Block Building Tour

The King George V School Performing Arts Block is a 2014 AIA Hong Kong award-winning project by Ronald Lu & Partners.

The building embraces a majestic 18m-high Banyan tree in the form of the student canteen, which occupies the lower two storeys of the new block. An amphitheatre was carefully designed around the tree, allowing space to flow from the Performing Tree Deck up to the first floor of the outdoor patio, providing a seamless connection to the open grounds of the main campus. Balconies outside the music and drama studios on each floor function as breakout spaces and performing pods while overlooking the tree and the performance deck below. <For more info & photos, please click HERE

AIA Hong Kong Advanced Technology Lecture Series: Technology and Material

The rapid pace of technological development over the last few decades has fundamentally altered the ways in which technology affects our lives and our work. The Advanced Technology Lecture is a three-part series focused on innovative uses of technology in the architectural and design professions.  Each event in the series will feature multiple speakers from the local and regional design community who are pushing the boundaries of technology within their research and practice.  The lectures will provide an important insight into how the practice of architecture is being impacted by technological innovation.  The series is a critical platform to exchange ideas and discuss the use of technology in our profession, not to mention a chance to highlight some of the best design talent in the Hong Kong and East Asia region. For more photos, please click HERE

Asia Society Hong Kong: Architecture as the Embodiment of an Opera

Afternoon dialogue with TOYO ITO, Architect; and performance by BULAREYAUNG DANCE COMPANY
Registration 2:15pm
Introduction 2:30pm;
Dialogue 2:50pm;
Performance 5:20pm 

“The National Taichung Theater is not just a building that houses the opera. The entire architecture itself is an opera. One can feel the flow of air, sound and light not only in the foyer, but within the restaurant, sky garden and everywhere else in the building. One feels overwhelmed by the grandeur of a cosmic brilliance coming out of the architecture.” –Toyo Ito

One of the global landmarks acclaimed by Reuters, the Taichung National Theater will officially open in the autumn of 2016. The building is designed by the 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize laureate Toyo Ito, whose design features curved wall structures which he describes as a sound cave. Toyo Ito will have a dialogue with the artistic & executive director of National Taichung Theater, Victoria Wang, on the architecture, arts and people. The dialogue will be followed by a drinks reception and performance by Bulareyaung Dance Company. Bulareyaung is the first residential artist of Taichung National Theater as well as the artistic director of the Dance Company.

For more info & RSVP, please click HERE