In the second instalment of our Co-X series of online panel discussions on May 28, 2020, we will speak with AIA Hong Kong past-president Peter Basmajian about the evolution of work place design as the nature of work – individual versus collaborative – has progressed. We will also hear from two innovative co-working operators, Jacky Yeung of Desk-one, and Alex Shu of T.H.E Design, who will share different strategies on adapting to this fast-changing landscape and coping with the recent COVID – 19 crisis.
This panel discussion is free for all AIA Hong Kong members, with a maximum of 100 participants. Below are instructions for participating in this event:
1. You can use your smartphone, tablet or PC to join. Install the zoom.us application prior to the meeting.
2. Please use your real name for registration so that we can credit 2.0 LUs/HSW to you.
3. All attendees should mute their audio during the presentation to avoid signal interference.
4. On this occasion, only the host and panelists will be allowed to speak.
5. You may, however, type questions in the Q&A box at the bottom of your zoom screen.
6. The panelists will review your questions and provide responses, time allowing.
7. The presentation will be recorded.
Peter Basmajian is a founding partner of Richards Basmajian. He has worked in New York City, Tehran and Cairo, and has lived in Hong Kong since 1981. Prior to establishing his firm with partner David Richards in 1986, he was employed by Foster Associates on the design and construction of the HSBC Headquarters at 1 Queen’s Road Central. He is a Registered Architect in Hong Kong and New York State, a member of the HKIA and RIBA, and served as AIA Hong Kong Chapter President in 2005.
Jacky Yeung, Desk-one
Jacky Yeung is a co-founder of Desk-one, a local boutique co-working space with four locations in Hong Kong. Desk-one is the pioneer of on-demand work and study space that combines the best features of co-working, cafe and library, while charging users only for the actual time they spend at each facility.
Aside from his involvement in Desk-one, Jacky is a finance executive managing global real estate and natural resources private equity investments.
Alex Shu, T.H.E Design
Alex Shu is a design-strategist and co-founder of T.H.E Design, a co-working space that provides a collaborative, stimulating environment to foster the development of young architects, designers and other creative professionals. Together with his co-founder father, Winston Shu, Principal of Integrated Design Associates, Alex leverages their inter-generational experience to help young designers from different disciplines overcome typical start-up challenges as they shape the future of their industries.
Alex received his M.Arch from the University of Southern California and also holds an MBA in Design Thinking from the California College of the Arts. Prior to founding T.H.E Design, Alex worked as an Architectural Designer at Moore Ruble Yudell Architects.
Fei F.M. Mui, AIA
Fei received a Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural Studies at HKU and her Master of Architecture at UCLA. Licensed in the US, she has worked in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Australia and Japan. In 2015, Fei worked on the GOOGLE PARTNERPLEX in Google Tokyo office as the lead designer. Fei is currently working in the Hong Kong office of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.
AIA Hong Kong will host an online panel discussion on co-living on May 14, 2020. AIA member Yimei Chan, Design Principal of LOD Space, will present several projects the firm has completed in Beijing, Shanghai and Suzhou that are centered around co-living, and examine how existing/historical buildings can be adapted to new modes of social activity. Her client, Ascott, will share their insight as an operator of co-living projects. The panel will raise questions such as the impact of social distancing on shared spaces and the sharing economy, among others.
This panel discussion is free for all AIA Hong Kong members, with a maximum of 100 participants. Below are instructions for participating in this event:
You can use your smartphone, tablet or PC to join. Install the zoom.us application prior to the meeting.
Please use your real name for registration so that we can credit 1.5 LUs/HSW to you.
All attendees should mute their audio during the presentation to avoid signal interference.
On this occasion, only the host and panelists will be allowed to speak.
You may, however, type questions in the Q&A box at the bottom of your zoom screen.
The panelists will review your questions and provide responses, time allowing.
Yimei Chan graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York with BArch, BSc in Building Science and Civil Engineering degrees. She has been with notable firms including Steven Holl Architects, Bing Thom Architects, Aedas and SOM. She brings to all projects over twenty years of professional experience internationally. Her research focus on architectural concepts for enhanced experience. Her works bring along design thinking strategy and multi-discipline approach to enhance user’s experience, innovate interactive spatial experience and develop future space concept.
Her completed works include Soundon Masterplan (Hunan), Tujia Headquarter (Beijing), Marina Residence (Beijing), Ascott Citadines Apart’hotel (Xuzhou), Xiqu Center (Hong Kong), Vanke Center (Shenzhen), Linked Hybrid (Beijing), SkyPlaza (Hong Kong) and Aberdeen Center (Vancouver).
Paul Tse, AIA
Paul Tse is co-founder of New Office Works and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He received 1st prize in the inaugural Hong Kong Young Architects & Designers Competition, 2nd prize in the Busan Opera House Competition and 2019 Perspective 40 Under 40 Award. His works have been exhibited internationally, including the 16th Venice Biennale and London Festival of Architecture in 2019.
Prior to NOW, he worked at Adjaye Associates in London as a project lead for various cultural and commercial projects and played a key role in establishing Adjaye Shanghai. He has also worked at Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) in New York, and MAD in Beijing.
Paul has received a Master of Architecture from RMIT University in Melbourne and a Master in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University GSAPP, where he was awarded the Honor Award for Excellence in Design. He is a licensed architect in New York State.
The next event in AIA Hong Kong’s Hello Fellow Leadership Series will be led by Moira Moser, FAIA, FHKIA, FCTBUH, NCARB, Chairman and Founder of M Moser Associates, who will share valuable insights on the creation and management of a global design organisation. The firm’s decades-long focus on people and community, combined with a continuous drive to push the boundaries of innovation, was recently recognized with the AIA International Region’s first-ever Firm Award.
During this interactive event, Ms Moser will conduct a tour of the firm’s Hong Kong office, highlighting the key success factors that have enabled the company, as well as its clients, to achieve their common goals.
The presentation will also address the ongoing global pandemic, the challenges faced by businesses and staff, as well as suggested solutions to ensure that projects undertaken during such unprecedented times remain unaffected and that continuity and quality is retained
A native of California, Moira Moser gained an international education as an architect before founding M Moser Associates in Hong Kong in 1981. Today, M Moser is a global firm with over 1,000 staff in 21 offices on four continents. The company provides a holistic approach to physical and digital workplace environments of all scales, integrating expertise in workplace strategy, architecture, engineering, interior design, and digital infrastructure, together with sustainability and wellness.
Ms. Moser is a recognised architect in California, the UK and Hong Kong, and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. In 2001, she became one of the few women to be made a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects. She is also a Fellow of the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat and was a member of its Advisory Group from 1988-2015.
In 2004, Ms. Moser was also recognised as Hong Kong’s ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ by the Women of Influence group, and in 2008 received the prestigious ‘Legend Award’ at the Contract Annual Design Award in New York.
Robert Dani, Assoc. AIA, MSc Architect Engineer, Reset AP
Robert Dani is an Associate Director at M Moser Associates. He has joined M Moser in 2015 after working at an independent branding and design agency for 7 years. His training in architecture has been a key influence in his approach to design ever since. Over the years, Robert has been involved in a wide range of projects, working directly with clients. Robert has a holistic approach to handling projects and prefers following through from concept design to execution coordination. He brings the firm expertise in concept design, spatial planning and technical development with his experience in wayfinding, branding and graphic design.
AIA Hong Kong hosted our first 2020 webinar on Wellness Design in Office Environments on Thursday, March 26. WELL faculty from the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), Stephen Brown from New York and Richard Chang from Shenzhen, gave us a presentation on WELL v2 and case studies. The presentation was followed by a Q&A session and tips to fight against COVID-19 using tools offered by IWBI.
The Chapter’s theme for 2020 is Citizen Architects. Our goal is to use our expertise, creativity and professional network to empower our community. Our building tours, design competitions and annual awards will be curated around this theme.
In response to the coronavirus, in-person events will be postponed to June 2020. Between March and June, we will provide online content and webinars for your continuing education. These will include a video demonstrating how seasoned AIA firms weathered previous economic downturns, an online Hello Fellow discussion with Moira Moser, FAIA, and a joint webinar with AIA California.
We hope the coronavirus will subside by early June, which will allow us to resume in-person programs. In anticipation of this, our early summer schedule includes our kick-off summer party and building tours to the Museum of Art, Rosewood Hotel and K11 Atelier in Quarry Bay. We will also launch a joint design competition, to establish a prototype of communal spaces for transitional housing.
Hello Fellow with Moira Moser, FAIA
Hong Kong Museum of Art by ArchSD
AIA Hong Kong Partner COLOURLIVING
COLOURLIVING, the ultimate lifestyle curation brand, has launched a new pop-up store, focused on boosting the health of Hong Kongers in a stylish manner.
Set within its three-storey luxury retail space in downtown Wan Chai, this new Wellness Living concept has three distinct strands – special kitchen, customized tea and indoor pool.
Its singular take on the kitchen space has been designed, first and foremost, to make food preparation a fun and engaging experience for the entire family. As for the chosen teas, the lifestyle brand has opted to incorporate local award-winning brew dispenser brand. The indoor bathing facility – evocatively titled the Faraway Pool – summons the sheer sensuality of an al fresco immersion, with its luxury KOS tub the perfect solution for the aspirationally inclined. Mood lighting and submerged shelving are also all available as add-on extras.
A fascinating and most welcome addition to COLOURLIVING’S core offerings, Wellness Living takes comfort, style and personal care to a whole new level.
Making Kitchen Time Special
Relax the Body and Mind in this Cutting-Edge Home Pool
Highlights of 2019
In 2019, we convened two programs designed to increase AIA Hong Kong’s impact in the community through greater cooperation with other professional associations and by making unusual, creative connections.
The first was a joint design competition to explore the future of Smart Cities. Thanks to generous sponsorship from COLOURLIVING and the Hong Kong Design Centre, we launched this event together with the HKIA and RIBA Hong Kong to seek smart street furniture designs that reimagine the existing phone booth. The winning submission by Leo Li and Grace Yeung was prototyped in full scale and unveiled at our Symposium at EKEO in Kwun Tong. The prototype remains on exhibit at The Mills until March 15, 2020, as part of the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (UABB) in Hong Kong.
The second program was an experiment to create a link between architecture and music. At the event, sponsored by Betrue, members listened to three pieces of music from the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Grand Opening Concert and were asked to respond to each piece by drawing sketches. The result was three sets of stunning architectural drawings. Click here to see all three sets. And a big Thank You! to our contributors for creating these lovely drawings.
Smart City Symposium and Phone Booth Prototype at EKEO
Members’ Sketches from Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Concert Movie Screening
Our Citizen Architects
Professor Nelson Chen, FAIA FHKIA FRIBA
As practicing architects, we are not only designers of buildings but also builders of communities. A graduation message I share with architecture students is that we enter the profession to serve the needs of society. When you design for yourself, you may be called an artist; when you design for others, you can become an architect.
Outside of practice, we can all contribute to society by serving on community boards – whether for a church, school, institute or other organization. From education and experience, we are trained to understand and synthesize complex problems to achieve innovative solutions. For several years, I served on my Church Council as well as a School Board – lots of late nights with prolonged discussions, but invaluable in engaging all stakeholders to build consensus. These lessons served me well when I later became head of the School of Architecture at CUHK.
For the entirety of my practice, now over three decades, I have donated professional services to a local community project every year. Sometimes these commitments extended way beyond expectation – one of them lasted 12 years! But, at the end of the day, God provides for all who seek His ways first. The more we are willing to give away, the more He gives back to us in ways that cannot be counted or measured.
Fairview Park Alliance Church – 12 years in the making
Thomas Schmidt, AIA
While many took to the streets in 2019, I took to my drawing board to re-imagine a better Hong Kong. In an attempt to improve our community through communication of ideas, I created and assembled dozens of design concepts and uploaded them to a new website www.enhance.hk to share them with the world. Sometimes architects just need to plant seeds, as things often take on a life of their own. I would hope that I might be regarded as a “Citizen Architect” by providing food for thought for how our community and lives could be improved, one idea at a time.
Design Proposal in www.enhance.hk
The Chapter also partnered with MIT Innovation Node to teach a group of primary school students from Sau Mau Ping about city planning and presentation. We demonstrated methods like storytelling, mind mapping, model making, and body language, to teach the students how to distill their ideas into 2-minute presentations. Our members Vicky Chan, Chris Cho, Sunnie Lau, Fanny Lee and Kevin Lim guided the 2-hour session.
Janice Lam from MIT lectures on presentation techniques
Past Chapter President Fanny Lee, AIA, with students
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It is with profound sadness that AIA Hong Kong Chapter has learned that John T (Jack) Sidener, PhD FAIA, passed away in Washington State on February 14, 2020, at the age of 83.
Dr Jack Sidener served as Chapter President in 2000 and received the inaugural AIA Hong Kong Community Citation for co-founding the Designing Hong Kong public participatory design charrette in 1998.
Professionally, in addition to his private practice, Jack was Chief Architect for Bechtel for the KCRC development as well as Campus Architect/Planner at both the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and University of Hawaii. Academically, he was Professor of Architecture at both CUHK (1997-2000) and U Hawaii (2001-08).
Jack received two degrees at University of California at Berkeley (BArch and PhD in Environmental Planning) as well as two degrees at University of Pennsylvania (MArch and MCP), where he studied with Louis Kahn.
At CUHK, Professors Jack Sidener and Nelson Chen co-taught design studios together in the late 1990s. Nelson remembers Jack as being “a Renaissance Man for the 20th century. For his students, Jack was appreciated for teaching and inspiring them with encouraging words and exquisite hand drawings, while furthering the legacy of his own mentors at Penn including Louis Kahn, Ed Bacon and Denise Scott Brown.”
During retirement in Kirkland, WA, with his wife, Katherine, and their family, Jack was actively engaged in writing, painting and photography.
Jack Sidener will be remembered for generously sharing his experience and wisdom in all aspects of his professional and academic life, including his early contributions to AIA Hong Kong. He will be greatly missed.
Happy New Year to you all! I would like to take this opportunity to say Thank You to all our members for your continued support through a challenging year. Despite the difficulties, we were able to provide more than 40 continuing education credits through our events, building tours and collaboration programs.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the following individuals – members of our Executive Committee and Committee Chairs – who have made 2019 successful for the AIA Hong Kong Chapter.
Immediate Past President: Anderson Lee for his continued guidance of the Executive Committee.
Vice President/ President-elect 2020: Vicky Chan for his dedication in organizing our collaboration symposium with the three institutes (HKIA, RIBA, AIA Hong Kong) on the theme of Smart City.
Secretary: Megan Donges for her coordination and maintenance of our Chapter, and communication with AIA National to continue to improve our chapter operations.
Treasurer: Eddie Tsui for safe guarding our finances, and maintaining our self-sufficiency.
Programs Chair: Winston Yeo for successfully arranging the year’s events.
Communications Chair: Scott Brooks for taking the initiative to launch our long term strategic plan, and for working with our members to develop a framework for the future of the Chapter.
Honors & Awards Chair: Greg Leong for his long term efforts in this committee, and continued improvements to the H&A Program throughout the years.
International Chair: Christine Bruckner for her relentless efforts in showcasing the Hong Kong Chapter within the larger AIA community.
Membership Chair: Ivy Tam for maintaining our Corporate Affiliate relationships, and for seeking out new opportunities to enlarge the AIA Hong Kong community.
Nominations Co-chairs: Peter Basmajian and Sujata Govada for bringing our attention to individuals and organizations that made significant contributions to our built environment and the community at large.
YAG Chair: Caroline Chou for maintaining and updating our ARE library to stay relevant and initiating a Bootcamp program to help motivate our YAG members for the ARE.
Symposium Task Force: Andrew King and Hinki Kwong for helping to organize and execute a series of symposium events.
Thank you all once again for your continued support. Please look forward with me to an exciting 2020 from the new Executive Committee.
The Smart City Street Furniture Design Competition held this summer was an outstanding success and the winning design – #CallMe by Grace Yeung, RIBA, and Leo Li, HKIA – was announced at our Smart City Symposium on Tuesday, December 3rd.
A full scale prototype of the award-winning design has been made and is now on display at The Mills, in Tsuen Wan, as part of the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (UABB) in Hong Kong.
You are cordially invited to join the Opening Ceremony of the UABB which will take place on December 19, 2019 at 5:00pm. The #CallMe prototype and all of the other 16 competition entries will also be on display from the 19th until March 15, 2020. Don’t miss the chance to check them out!
At this time we would also like to thank our sponsors for their generous support to our first joint competition, and fabrication of the prototype. We look forward to more opportunities to collaborate in 2020.
The Executive Committee of 2019 AIA Hong Kong Chapter
AIA Hong Kong is extending our Smart City series to the neighborhood scale.
The Neighborhood Innovation Lab is a joint initiative by AIA members from Architecture Commons and Epiphany Labs. Their teams seek to understand how we can shape our neighborhoods and foster identity through an inclusive, human-centered design approach.
The Neighborhood Innovation Lab has already initiated a pilot project in Wanchai’s Star Street Precinct. They have led community walks, held public engagement workshops, and conducted 1-on-1 interviews and other listening sessions. This workshop will share their findings and will be followed by two panel discussions.
December is a wonderful time for festivities with friends and families!
Since we missed the opportunity to meet face-to-face at the AGM this year, you are cordially invited to join us for a pre-holiday gathering at the Chapter Office on Monday evening, December 9. Wine and light refreshments will be served.
If you would like to attend this free event, please RSVP here before December 6 so we have a good idea of numbers.
We hope to greet many of you next week, to bid farewell to our EXCO 2019 and to welcome EXCO 2020!