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AIA Hong Kong April 2018 Newsletter

Dear Members and Friends of AIA Hong Kong:

We have had a great start of the year! We had a full house for the Tai Kwun Building Tour visit on March 24th.  Wrapping up Q1 was our first Chapter Quarterly Meeting on March 26th sponsored by Kitchen Infinity, with a technical seminar given by our Corporate Affiliate member Mr Kenneth Yun of BeTrue Limited on Scenography.

We have provided over 12 LUs so far, and represented AIA Hong Kong on numerous events as supporting organizations.

We would like to continue to bring to your attention all the exciting upcoming programs scheduled in the next few months so you can plan ahead…

Further details of each event will be sent out as we approach the dates, but we encourage you to mark your schedules now.  We will provide further notifications and reminders of these events as soon as possible, and we look forward to your continued support!

Should you have any questions please feel free to contact the Chapter Office.

The Executive Committee of the 2018 AIA Hong Kong Chapter
April 2018

John Sellery, FAIA, Newest Fellow of The American Institute of Architects


It is with great pleasure that AIA Hong Kong announces the elevation of Mr John Sellery to Fellow of the Institute (FAIA). He will be inducted into the College of Fellows at an investiture ceremony on June 21 during this year’s AIA Conference in New York City.

John has dedicated his career to transforming the role of the architect. With the experience and integrity of a master builder, he champions a collaborative approach that expands architectural leadership into all phases of the project. From preliminary program definition to scope development, this trans-disciplinary design leads the entire construction process. John’s architect-led design-build methodology ensures that clients’ visions are achieved while maintaining the highest ideals of the institute and of our profession.

The AIA Fellowship program was developed to elevate architects who have made significant contributions to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to Fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of the architect as an individual, but also honors the awardee on a national, or 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.

Please join the Chapter in congratulating John Sellery, FAIA, on this honor and on his continued success as an architect.

AIA Hong Kong Building Tour – H Queen’s

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

Please join us for a building tour of H Queen’s – Art & Lifestyle Tower.

Designed by William Lim, FAIA, of CL3 Architects, H Queen’s is Hong Kong’s first art and lifestyle hub. Developed by Henderson Land, the 24-storey building occupies a prime location in Central, with entrances on both Queen’s Road and on Stanley Street.

The development emphasizes spaciousness, flexibility, functionality, eco-friendliness and energy efficiency. Interior spaces have been optimized for large-scale exhibitions, with systems for both outdoor and indoor displays, while a glass shuttle lift allows visitors to observe the galleries from G/F to 10/F. To ensure a variety of activities, several floors of the building have been dedicated to retail outlets and fine dining.


RSVP here.

AIA Hong Kong First Quarterly Meeting – Scenography, by BeTrue

Please join us for a Technical Seminar by BeTrue. 

A long-standing member of the audio visual community in Hong Kong, Kenneth Yun of BeTrue will present a talk focused on how to properly integrate multi-media components into interior spaces.  Using case studies he will review the considerations that go into achieving well-considered AV design in spaces both large and small, introduce the latest standards of media display and discuss the development of systems that support the incorporation of sound into the architectural experience.


RSVP here.



AIA Hong Kong invites you to BCI EQUINOX HONG KONG on Friday, 23 March 2018 at the Sky100.

BCI Equinox is part of the BCI Media Group, the leading provider of building and construction information across the Asia Pacific region. The group holds evening boutique exhibitions across Asia to connect architects, engineers, consultants, interior designers and design specifiers with product suppliers from throughout the region and the world.

This is the first time BCI Equinox will be held in Hong Kong, with talks, exhibitions and knowledge sharing.

AIA Hong Kong is the supporting organization for this event which is FREE for our members. Register

Design Trust: Design Trust Futures Studio 2018 Public Lecture – The Future of Urban Parks


AIA Hong Kong invites you to join the Design Trust Futures Studio 2018 lecture – The Future of Urban Parks.  This event will be held on the evening of Monday, March 19, 2018 at the Kerry Hotel.  RSVP

The talk will feature internationally renowned architect Richard Hassell, co-founder of WOHA, in dialogue with Hong Kong-based architects and sustainability experts. During the lecture, Hassell will explore the relationship between architecture, urbanism and micro-parks, and how we can improve the quality of life within high density environments.

Speaker: Richard Hassell (Co-founder, WOHA)


Christopher Law, Hon. AIA (HK) (Founding Director, Oval Partnership)

Marisa Yiu, AIA (Co-founder and Executive Director, Design Trust)

Ada Wong (Convenor and Director. The Good Lab; Chairperson, Make A Difference Institute; Director, Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture; Supervisor, HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity)

Andrew Tsui (Co-founder, Rooftop Republic Urban Farming)


AIA Hong Kong is the supporting organisation for this lecture and the event is FREE.  The full lecture is AIA/CES credited with 2LU/HSW.


HKIUD: HKIUD Urban Design Conference 2018 “Actions for Active Ageing – Urban Design for All”

AIA Hong Kong invites you to join the HKIUD conference – Actions for Active Ageing: Urban Design for All.  This event will be held on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 8:45 am at the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

While it is well understood that the population is living longer and more independently, there is still a great deal to be learned and considered.  From broad public policy to the finer details of how to create environments that successfully address the needs of this group, there are many opportunities for us to gain greater insight and provide more thoughtful responses in our work.  The conference will incorporate a workshop, seminar, and pilot projects to further explore the topic and encourage discussion on the urban planning aspects of the ageing community.

The HKIUD Conference 2018 will explore both the physical and social issues of how our cities can be more inclusive and why better urban design is essential in reinforcing the cultural ties in our communities, especially with an ageing population.  This conference will provide a unique platform for the exchange of ideas like walkability, active living environments, transport modes, social participation, healthcare, mixed-use development, and others.

AIA Hong Kong is the supporting organization for the conference and members can register before 15 March 2018 to enjoy the early bird rate. Registration Form




HKU: Lecture – Making Plans: How to Engage with Landscape, Design, and the Urban Environment by Prof. Frederick R. Steiner


AIA Hong Kong invites you to join a HKU lecture – ‘Making Plans: How to Engage with Landscape, Design, and the Urban Environment’ by Prof. Frederick R. Steiner.  This event will be held on  Monday, March 5, 2018 at 6:30pm at the Knowles Building, KB 730, The University of Hong Kong, and will be moderated by Minjung Maing, AIA.

Frederick Steiner is Dean and Paley Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, and co-director of the Ian L. McHarg Center.  A fellow of both the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, he has written, edited, or co-edited 18 books, including Making Plans: How to Engage with Landscape, Design, and the Urban Environment (UT Press, 2018). He served for 15 years as Dean of the School of Architecture and Henry M. Rockwell Chair in Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin.

As dean of the UT School of Architecture, Steiner served on planning committees that addressed the future growth of the city and the university. As he walks readers through the planning processes, Steiner illustrates how large-scale planning requires setting goals and objectives, reading landscapes, determining best uses, designing options, selecting courses for moving forward, taking actions, and adjusting to changes. He also demonstrates that planning is an inherently political, sometimes messy, act, requiring the intelligence and ownership of the affected communities.

AIA Hong Kong is the supporting organisation for this lecture and the event is FREE. AIA members please RSVP via the Chapter at by Mar 2, 2018 (Friday). The full lecture is AIA/CES credited with 2LU/HSW.