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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


Vicky Chan, AIA
Chair, Joint Competition Organizing Committee


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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 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  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 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 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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International Green Building Symposium 2019 Hong Kong

Dear Friends of AIA Hong Kong,

You are cordially invited to join the International Green Building Symposium 2019 Hong Kong on Wednesday, June 12, 2019.  The symposium is a collaboration between AIA Hong Kong and the US Green Building Council (USGBC).

The symposium will provide a broad overall view of sustainable projects and will also be a great opportunity for industry leaders to exchange ideas on how to combat the negative effects of climate change in Asia.

This exciting and very timely discussion will take place at the Holiday Inn Golden Mile Hong Kong and all AIA attendees will receive 2 AIA CES LU/HSWs.

We hope you will have time to join us at this symposium.  Please RSVP (Click here for details).

See you on June 12th!

The Executive Committee of 2019 AIA Hong Kong Chapter


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AIA Hong Kong Technical Seminar – Sustainable Landscape Design

Due to unstable weather, this event will be postponed!  We will rearrange the visit for a later date.


Dear Members and Friends of AIA Hong Kong,

As we prepare for summer, we invite you to join us for a barbeque and tour of the Caballo Living Nursery in Sai Kung on May 18 (Saturday) from 11:00am – 2:00pm.

We will learn about plant species best suited to Hong Kong’s climate and environment, as well as best practices in landscape design.  After the presentation, there will be time for networking, food, and drinks.

We encourage you to join us with your friends and family for the light BBQ lunch sponsored by our host, Caballo Living.  Please RSVP with the names of your guests by May 15th (Wednesday).



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Save-the-date! AIA Hong Kong May & June 2019 upcoming events


Dear Members and Friends of AIA Hong Kong:

Your Programs Committee has been planning a series of events in May and June 2019:

May 18 (Saturday) 11:00am – 2:00pm: BBQ at Caballo Showroom, Sai Kung.  This event will also be our Chapter’s Second Quarterly Meeting.

June 1 (Saturday) 10:00am – 12:00noon: Building tour of The Hong Kong Jockey Club University of Chicago Academic Complex

June 12 (Wednesday) 2:00 – 4:30pm: International Green Building Symposium Hong Kong

June 15 (Saturday) 10:00am – 12:00noon: Building tour of Little Tai Hang

Further details and reminders for each event or building tour will be sent out as we approach the dates, but we encourage you to mark your schedules now.

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



The Programs Committee of the 2019 AIA Hong Kong Chapter

AIA Hong Kong 2019 Q1 Newsletter

Dear Members and Friends of AIA Hong Kong:

We hope everyone’s year got off to a good start and you’re looking forward to the lead-in to summer. At AIA Hong Kong our first quarter brought the second instalment of our AIA Leadership Series – Hello Fellow with Professor Nelson Chen, FAIA; two engaging Building Tours – of the French International School and Haw Par Mansion; further development of our cooperation with The Chinese University of Hong Kong School of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong Department of Architecture, Asia Society Hong Kong Center, Design Trust and RIBA; and our annual Kick-off Party, of course.

In the coming quarter we have a major, joint symposium with AIA International Region and the US Green Building Council –The International Green Building Symposium – on June 12, 2019 (Wednesday); three tours of landmark conservation projects; and our fun outing in May! We encourage everyone to join in.

Chapter Q1 Meeting – AIA Hong Kong FAIA Leadership Series / Hello Fellow with Professor Nelson Chen, FAIA, FRIBA, FHKIA  

We enjoyed an engaging, intimate ‘fireside’ chat with Professor Nelson Chen, FAIA, at the Gaggenau Poggenpohl Showroom in Causeway Bay. Introduced by his former student – Florence Chan, AIA, Professor Chen shared his career experiences of both practicing architecture professionally and teaching architecture in a university degree program.

The AIA Fellowship program was developed to acknowledge architects who have made significant contributions to architecture and society and achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Fellowship recognizes the architect as an individual and honors the awardee on an international level. The AIA College of Fellows seeks to stimulate a sharing of interests among Fellows and encourages them to promote the purposes of the Institute, advance the profession of architecture, mentor young architects, and be of ever-increasing service to society.

We thank Professor Chen and our sponsors – Gaggenau, Poggenpohl, Kitchen Infinity, BeTrue – for making this evening possible and we look forward to continuing this series with more of our FAIA members.

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Building Tour / French International School

The French International School at Tseung Kwan O provides an open and active learning environment for kindergarten, primary and secondary level pupils. Completed in September 2018, the 19,600 m2 campus sets an outstanding example for sustainability, with its strategic use of daylight, extensive landscaping and energy saving features.

The facility was designed by Henning Larsen –practitioners of sustainable design and inclusive design strategies– and the tour was led by Henning Larsen’s Elva Tang and Claude Bøjer Godefroy, together with Jean-Charles Querette, International Associate. AIA, who served as Project Manager for the school.

Tour participants gained insights into the architect’s renowned approach to daylighting design while experiencing how the school’s collaborative learning vision has been implemented while integrating many state-of-the-art sustainable design strategies.

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Building Tour / Haw Par Mansion

The former Haw Par Mansion, a Grade II historic building located in Causeway Bay, has been revitalized into the Haw Par Music Foundation. The original estate was built in the 1930s and consisted of a four-story mansion, a private garden, and the landscaped Tiger Balm Garden – which has since been demolished. The Mansion itself has been under preservation by the government since 2001.

Tour participants were treated to an informative and entertaining presentation by conservation architect, Roger Wu, on the estate’s history, the important cultural influence of Tiger Balm Garden and the Aw family, and the challenges of adaptive reuse and conservation projects in Hong Kong.

Built in the Chinese Eclectic style, which incorporated both Chinese and Western design elements and construction methods, the exterior of the Mansion features flying eaves, dougong bracket sets, red columns, and a green-glazed tiled roof and ridge decorations. On the interior, however, some distinctly Western features begin to appear in the form of an entrance porch and bay windows, and the floor layout is symmetrical, with a Palladian staircase and fireplaces, in the Western tradition.

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Emerging Architects / Young Architects Group, ARE 5.0

Thanks to a generous AIA Fellowship Grant, the YAG has upgraded our comprehensive lending library of ARE 5.0 study guides and flash cards. These materials are available at the AIA office.

AIA Hong Kong hosts monthly ARE study groups at the Chapter Office in PMQ and, at present, Hong Kong is one of only three locations outside the U.S. where the ARE 5.0 exams are offered. Our study sessions are led by licensed AIA members and integrate content review, study strategies, tips & tricks, and sample questions.

In addition, we are starting a peer-to-peer Bootcamp that will meet weekly, via conference call, to help keep you motivated and accountable.

Remember – Becoming a licensed architect requires a lot of time and commitment. Through weekly meetings, you will be able to both help, and learn from each other, and to keep a study schedule.

Please signup at Be sure to include your full name, affiliation and email address.

Collaboration / Docent Training and Architectural Tours with Asia Society Hong Kong

Building on the success of our first docent training series and Architectural Tour of the Asia Society Hong Kong Center (ASHK) in 2018, in the first quarter of 2019 we conducted two more rounds of docent training and a second Architectural Tour of the Center.

Transformed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects and opened in 2012, the former Explosives Magazine of the old Victoria Barracks in Admiralty was re-established as the Asia Society Hong Kong Center –a fine example of repurposing a heritage site in a city where conservation and development are almost always in conflict.

Going forward, we will continue this program of quarterly docent training and Architectural Tours with ASHK. Trained docents will be qualified to lead architectural tours of the Center and all docents will enjoy gratis access to one AIA Hong Kong event for each 1-hour session they lead.

Collaboration / CUHK, HKU, Design Trust, GSD

In case you missed it, we have been collaborating with CUHK and HKU to keep you up to speed on the academic lectures offered in Hong Kong. Members have heard Winy Maas, Rocco Yim and many others offering interesting and thoughtful discussions on architecture and the built environment.

We were also lucky enough to have our members join the Design Trust exhibition on pocket parks in Hong Kong. The group has been pairing emerging architects with mentors in the field, then working with stakeholder groups to develop interesting and adaptable design options for Hong Kong’s many pocket parks.

And Last but definitely not least, we are continuing to connect with students and alumni groups in town. In January, we teamed up with Harvard GSD alumni and a group of visiting students for a great evening of connecting across the globe. If you have any suggestions for more of these interesting opportunities, please let us know!
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