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AIA Hong Kong 2019 Q2 Newsletter

Dear Members and Friends of AIA Hong Kong:

It’s already July and we’re deep into the dog days of summer. While the heat came early this year, with unusually warm and humid weather in June, that hasn’t slowed us down at AIA Hong Kong. We enjoyed an active second quarter headlined by a successful joint symposium with the folks from AIA International Region and the US Green Building Council – The International Green Building Symposium – and sold-out Building Tours of landmark conservation projects right here at home – The Mills, Little Tai Hang and The Hong Kong Jockey Club University of Chicago Academic Complex.

In another highlight, our Young Architects Group completed its inaugural 10-week, peer-to-peer ARE Bootcamp. On the back of this success, plans are already in the works for a second Bootcamp later this year.

Sadly, the second quarter also brought news that Pritzker Prize-winning architect I.M. Pei, FAIA, RIBA, Hon. AIA (HK) had passed away in May, at the age of 102. The Guangdong-born architect was the mastermind behind the bold Louvre pyramid in Paris, the East Wing of the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., Japan’s Miho Museum near Kyoto, the striking Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar’s capital, Doha, and the landmark 70-storey Bank of China Tower here in Hong Kong. We all mourn the loss of this visionary architect and gracious gentleman.

Looking ahead to the remainder of the year, we have calls out for entries to our preeminent AIA Hong Kong Honors & Awards Program and to our Smart City Series: Design Competition, which we are jointly organizing with the HKIA and RIBA (HK). We also have Building Tours planned of the West Kowloon Freespace – Hong Kong’s new contemporary art performance center in the heart of the West Kowloon Art Park, the West Kowloon Competition Pavilion (“Growing Up”) – the winning design of AIA Hong Kong members Evelyn Ting and Paul Tse in the first Hong Kong Young Architects & Designers Competition, and Victoria Dockside.

We look forward to your competition entries and to seeing you at the building tours!

The Executive Committee of 2019 AIA Hong Kong Chapter


Collaboration / AIA Hong Kong + USGBC / The International Green Building Symposium 2019 Hong Kong

AIA Hong Kong, together with the US Green Building Council and AIA International Region, successfully held the inaugural International Green Building Symposium 2019 Hong Kong on June 12.

Award-winning architects – including AIA Hong Kong members Christine Bruckner, FAIA and Vicky Chan, AIA – and green building professionals shared examples of how they are making sustainable buildings into successful businesses and why tenants are demanding such designs. Nearly 200 developers, architects, and academics engaged in a timely exchange on the environmental and economic value of green buildings, and discussion of the efforts needed for a healthier, more sustainable built environment in Hong Kong and around the world.

 


Building Tour / The Mills

The brainchild of Vanessa Cheung, The Mills is a landmark revitalization and exemplary adaptive reuse project that bridges the gap between Hong Kong’s heritage in the textile industry and the future of emerging tech-fashion. Developed by Nan Fung Group, who was at the heart of the textile manufacturing industry in Hong Kong in the 1950s and operated one of the leading cotton-spinning factories, The Mills pays homage to the history of industrial innovation by converting the firm’s now-dormant factories into a hub for technological and cultural innovation. The three former mills have now been combined into a single, cohesive complex covering roughly 260,000 square feet, housing the Center for Heritage Arts & Textile (CHAT), Fabrica (an incubator, fund, and space/lab/store), and Shopfloor.

Ray Zee, the Chief designer at Nan Fung, introduced tour participants to the many innovative startups and technological innovations in this incubator community. In addition to hi-tech facilities like the highly automated garment recycling machines, Ray also drew attention to the many low-tech but equally powerful considerations, such as the decision to preserve in-situ objects and found textures. There is real chemistry between ‘new’ and ‘old’ in the project’s somewhat nostalgic yet forward-looking flair.

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Chapter Q2 Meeting + Building Tour / Little Tai Heng

Developer and new Associate AIA member, Tommy Pao, and his team walked tour participants through the journey of transforming what used to be three separate alleyways into one of the most active neighborhoods in Tai Hang today. Overseen from inception to operation by a single team, Little Tai Hang is an example of urban revitalization that takes the long view to community building. This included starting with questions like “How do you build a successful and sustainable business community?” and “What is the right scale and type of retail mix?”

Special thanks to Tommy for sharing his experience on Little Tai Hang from the unusual position of Architect and Developer. In addition to showcasing the technical challenges of creating a meaningful linkage across three pencil lots, the tour highlighted the unique opportunities and challenges for aspiring architect/developers operating in Hong Kong. Of particular interest was the emphasis on building symbiotic tenancy relationships in order to successfully foster a community.

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 Honors & Awards / Call-for entries

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 to the public.

Please note that this year we have revised our submission criteria to allow Associate Members to submit projects for the Interior Architecture category.

The deadline for submissions this year is August 30 at 5 PM.

For any enquiries, please contact info@aiahk.org.


Collaboration / AIA Hong Kong + HKIA + RIBA (HK) Joint Design Competition Call-for-entries

For our Emerging Young Architects, don’t miss our first joint competition with HKIA and RIBA (HK): Smart City Series Design Competition. Showcase your ideas for smart street furniture for the digital age using innovative design, sustainable materials and a new approach to urban thinking. To read more about how to enter, please refer to the design brief here.

The two-phase competition is supported by Development Bureau EKEO and the winning design will be made into a full scale prototype.

The submission deadline is August 12, 2019 (Monday) and we ask that you contact AIA Hong Kong (info@aiahk.org – Subject Header: Design Competition Registration) with your Institute Membership number (AIA, HKIA, RIBA) to be assigned a registration number for your project submission.

For any enquiries, you may also contact info@aiahk.org.


Emerging Architects / ARE boot-camp

In addition to AIA Hong Kong’s monthly ARE study groups at the Chapter Office, our Young Architects Group successfully completed its inaugural ARE peer-to-peer Bootcamp in the second quarter. The Bootcamp is designed to offer motivation and support through weekly meetings and greater interaction among peers, to foster learning from each other and encourage maintaining a study schedule.

Please sign up at emergingprofessionals@aiahk.org to be kept informed of future Bootcamps. Be sure to include your full name, affiliation and email address.


Members in the news / Perspective 40 under 40 Awards 2019

Congratulations to our Emerging Architects, Paul Tse, AIA & Evelyn Ting, Assoc. AIA for receiving the “40 under 40” award from Perspective. In addition to being founders of New Office Works, Paul is an adjunct assistant professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Evelyn is a lecturer at the University of Hong Kong. Keep an eye out in August, for our tour of their award winning design for the inaugural West Kowloon Young Architects and Designers Competition Pavilion!

 

AIA Hong Kong July to September 2019 upcoming events

 

Dear Members and Friends of AIA Hong Kong:

We would like to remind you that a number of exciting programs are scheduled for the next few months.

Further details will be sent out as we approach the date of each event or building tour and we will provide further notifications and reminders as soon as possible.

In the meantime, if you’re planning to attend the China (Guangzhou) International Building Decoration Fair 2019 (in Guangzhou) on July 8-11, you will have a chance to meet our CA Lundhs AS.

We look forward to your continued support and to seeing you again very soon!

 

 

The Programs Committee of the 2019 AIA Hong Kong Chapter

AIA Hong Kong – YAG ARE Study Group

 

At present, Hong Kong is one of only three sites outside of the U.S. where ARE is offered. Our study sessions are led by licensed AIA members and integrate content review, study strategies, tips & tricks, and sample questions. On Saturday, June 29th 2019, 10am-12noon at our chapter office in PMQ, we will host a discussion in AMA  (“Ask Me Anything”) format from ARE 5.0. The study group will be guided by Andrew King, AIA.

If you would like to be added to the notification list related to ARE, email our Young Architects Group at emergingprofessionals@aiahk.org. Be sure to include your full name, affiliation, email address, and any particular areas of interest.

Space is limited and priority will be given to AIA members.  HK$50 will be charged for non-members.  Register via info@aiahk.org.  RSVP Only

 

Young Architects Group Committee of the 2019 AIA Hong Kong Chapter

AIA Hong Kong 2019 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 to the public.

Please note that this year we have revised our submission criteria to allow Associate Members to submit projects for the Interior Architecture category.

As usual, no physical boards are required, only digital files, and in addition to sending in your USB, you will also be required to upload the material to Dropbox, Google Drive or a similar web-based platform.

Note that the deadline for submissions this year is August 30 at 5 PM and, for any enquiries, please contact info@aiahk.org.

CALL FOR ENTRIES

Save the Date for our 2019 Honors & Awards Celebration on November 12th at The Rotunda, Exchange Square!

The exhibition of submitted projects will be open from November 11-14.

 

 

Honors and Awards Committee of the 2019 AIA Hong Kong Chapter

AIA Hong Kong Building Tour : Little Tai Hang – Bring Hong Kong’s modern culture into the living space

 

Due to popular demand, this event is sold-out. 

Please contact Chapter office if you wish to be on our waiting list.

Please join us at Little Tai Hang for a journey through the eyes of developer, and recent GSD graduate, Tommy Pao, as he and his team walk us through their journey of transforming what used to be three separate alleyways into one of the most active neighborhoods in Tai Hang today.

Overseen from inception to operation by a single team, Little Tai Hang is an example of urban revitalization that takes the long view to community building. This included starting with questions like “How do you build a successful and sustainable business community?” and “What is the right scale and type of retail mix?”

The Little Tai Hang tour will be led by Tommy Pao and his team and will conclude with light refreshments hosted by the group. Note also that we will have our Chapter’s Second Quarterly Meeting before the tour, at 3:15 pm.

Due to the popularity of our building tours and limited space available, early registration is strongly recommended. Priority will be given to AIA members and attendees will receive 2 HSW/LU credits (pending Institute approval).

We looking forward to seeing you on June 15th!

 

 

The 2019 Programs Committee of AIA Hong Kong

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AIA Hong Kong, HKIA and RIBA (HK) Smart City series: Design Competition

 

 

Dear Members and Friends of AIA Hong Kong,

Following the success of the 2018 Joint Symposium with HKIA and RIBA (HK), we are excited to share more new ideas with you as we continue our dialog on public and private spaces. AIA Hong Kong is launching a design competition to explore the concept of the “Smart City” – the first of which is to create smart street furniture for the digital age using innovative, sustainable and urban thinking.

What is the 21st century equivalent of a phone booth? This competition will encourage cross disciplinary teams to explore the lowly phone booth’s potential new use and identity in a smart city. The winners will get a chance to exhibit their prototype and present at our annual symposium. The competition will have two rounds and it is open only to young members (under 40 years of age) of AIA Hong Kong, HKIA and RIBA Hong Kong. Please download the design brief here to find out more. The submission deadline is Aug 12, 2019 (Monday), at 5pm and, for any enquiries, you may contact info@aiahk.org.

 

Vicky Chan, AIA
Chair, Joint Competition Organizing Committee

 

Supporting Organization & Venue Sponsor :

 

 

AIA Hong Kong – YAG ARE Study Group

 

At present, Hong Kong is one of only three sites outside of the U.S. where ARE is offered. Our study sessions are led by licensed AIA members and integrate content review, study strategies, tips & tricks, and sample questions. On Saturday, May 25th 2019, 10am-12noon at our chapter office in PMQ, we will host a discussion of Contracts from ARE 5.0. The study group will be guided by Andrew King, AIA.

If you would like to be added to the notification list related to ARE, email our Young Architects Group at emergingprofessionals@aiahk.org. Be sure to include your full name, affiliation, email address, and any particular areas of interest.

Space is limited and priority will be given to AIA members.  HK$50 will be charged for non-members.  Register via info@aiahk.org.  RSVP Only

Young Architects Group Committee of the 2019 AIA Hong Kong Chapter

AIA International Region’s Election of 2020 – 2021 Officers

 

Reminder to Vote!

As provided for in the International Region corporation bylaws, the officers (President, First Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary) have staggered two-year terms. Elections are now open for a new First Vice President and Treasurer, who will each serve in those respective capacities from January 1, 2020, through December 31, 2021.

Electronic Vote/Proxy
The posts will be filled by a secret ballot election at the IR 2019 Annual Meeting on June 6 in Las Vegas, Nevada, during this year’s AIA National Convention. If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, you may indicate your preference for candidates for the positions electronically.  You should have already received a link from info@aiainternational.org with instructions (don’t forget to check in junk mail!).

If you prefer, you may authorize 2019 AIA Hong Kong International Region representative Christine Bruckner, FAIA, to vote on your behalf at the IR Annual Meeting. Should you choose to submit your vote by proxy, sign this form and return to the Chapter office at info@aiahk.org by noon, May 24, 2019 (Hong Kong Time).

The 2019 Election is for the offices of First Vice President and Treasurer. The office of First Vice President will occur from 2020 – 2021, and will serve as President of the AIA International Region from 2022 – 2023. The office of Treasurer is a two year term from 2020 to 2021.

Please find the background information and position statement for the 2020 – 2021 candidates for First Vice President candidates here.

Please find the background information and position statement for the 2020 – 2021 candidate for Treasurer here.

The AIA International Region, formed in late 2012, is the nineteenth region of the Institute and encompasses all areas outside of the United States. Please get involved in the democratic process and exercise your right to shape the region’s governance.

Appreciating I.M. Pei

 

Appreciating I.M. Pei

As many of our members will know, Pritzker Prize-winning architect I.M. Pei, FAIA, RIBA, Hon. AIA (HK) passed away on 16 May at age 102. We join in mourning the loss of a visionary architect and gracious gentleman.

Pei was prolific and successful across a wide range of architectural genres, and we will remember him for a daring modernist style that was nonetheless grounded in history. In his remarks during the I.M. Pei Centenary Symposium in 2017, AIA Hong Kong founding president Professor Nelson Chen, FAIA, FHKIA, FRIBA, noted that Pei “made it all look so easy. As much as he was a master form-maker, he was equally a master strategist – conceiving and synthesizing seemingly impossible sites and complex problems with singular design solutions that were daring and innovative – while ultimately being compelling and timeless.”

Accolades Pei received over the years include the AIA Gold Medal in 1979, the Pritzker Prize in 1983, the inaugural Praemium Imperiale for Architecture in 1989, and the RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture in 2010, among many others.

The Guangdong-born architect was the mastermind behind the bold Louvre pyramid in Paris, the East Wing of the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., Japan’s Miho Museum near Kyoto, the striking Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar’s capital, Doha, and the landmark 70-storey Bank of China Tower here in Hong Kong. The Bank of China Tower was completed with Sherman Kung, AIA, as associate architect (pictured below with Pei).

We share the sentiment of the Pritzker Architecture Prize jury who in their citation declared that Pei gave the 20th century some of its most beautiful and inspiring exterior forms and interior spaces.

 

 

 

 

 

AIA Hong Kong Building Tour – The Hong Kong Jockey Club University of Chicago Academic Complex

 

 

 

Due to popular demand, this event is sold-out. 

Please contact Chapter office if you wish to be on our waiting list.

AIA Hong Kong will host a tour of The Hong Kong Jockey Club University of Chicago Academic Complex by Revery Architecture (formerly Bing Thom Architects) on June 1st (Saturday).

The 52,000 square foot building was completed in 2018 and is now The University of Chicago’s satellite campus in Asia and home to its renowned Booth School of Business (Chicago Booth). The Mount Davis site was a former military facility, later a detention center, and has been converted to a landmark academic hub for business education.

The tour will be led by Mr. Earle Briggs, Director of Revery Architecture, and his project team. They will share their experience and discuss the challenges that arose during construction with respect to both the historic buildings and the complex natural landscape. This will be a rare opportunity to learn firsthand how the global academic institution and this lovely site were sensitively combined to create this remarkable new complex.

Due to the popularity of our building tours and limited space available, early registration is strongly recommended. Priority will be given to AIA members.

 

We look forward to seeing you on June 1st!

 

The 2019 Programs Committee of AIA Hong Kong

 

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