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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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YAG ARE 10-week Bootcamp, April-June 2019


At present, Hong Kong is one of only three locations outside of the U.S. where the ARE 5.0 exams are offered.

To assist our young members in the licensure process AIA Hong Kong is starting a peer-to-peer ARE Bootcamp that will meet weekly, via conference call, to help keep you accountable and motivated.

Becoming a licensed architect requires a lot of time and commitment, so by meeting weekly you will be able to help, and learn from each other – and keep to a schedule.

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

Seats are limited to AIA members only.

Young Architects Group Committee of the 2019 AIA Hong Kong Chapter

AIA Hong Kong Building Tour – The Mills : New Art and Cultural Complex for Hong Kong

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 invites you to join a building tour of The Mills.

The Mills is a landmark revitalization project conceived and constructed by Nan Fung Group who were 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 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. This project has successfully revitalized a traditional-industrial building, converting it into spaces that support the growth of new startups and cross-specialty collaborations in Hong Kong.

We will tour the facility with Ray Zee, General Manager of Design at Nan Fung Group, on April 11, 2019 (Thursday), at 7:30pm.  The tour will conclude with light refreshments provided by our host, The Mills.

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


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CTBUH 2019 Tall + Urban Innovation Conference, Shenzhen



AIA Hong Kong invites you to join the 2019 Tall + Urban Innovation Conference by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) from April 8-10, 2019.

The annual CTBUH Conference celebrates the very best in tall buildings, urban spaces, building technologies and construction practices from around the world. The three-day conference will include discussions on the latest innovations in façade design, structure, sustainability and technology, among many other topics. Incorporating what was previously known as the CTBUH Annual Awards, owners and developers, and architects and engineers of more than 50 award-winning projects will present their work to an international audience and live juries in hopes of winning distinctions across several categories. Current hot topics in the building industry will also be explored during break-out sessions.

The Conference will present golden opportunities both for consultants as well as for companies in the property and related sectors, and your participation will be greatly appreciated.  Attendees will receive up to 14 AIA CES LUs.

AIA Hong Kong is a supporting organization of this event and members who register online using the Promo Code “AIARATE19” will enjoy CTBUH Member rates if they sign up before March 31st.






AIA Hong Kong invites you to hear our President, Kevin Lim, Assoc. AIA, speak at BCI EQUINOX HONG KONG on Friday, March 22, 2019 at the Haw Par Mansion.  Continuing this year’s theme of “Old Meets New” in architectural design and construction Kevin will be speaking about the influence of history on interior architecture.

The BCI Equinox series of Asia-wide boutique exhibitions is designed to connect architects, interior designers and material specifiers with product suppliers and vendors.  As these are casual gatherings held in more intimate and relaxed environments, each event promotes greater engagement between designers, suppliers, and manufacturers.

AIA Hong Kong is the supporting organization for the Haw Par Mansion evening which is FREE for our members. Register here.

AIA Hong Kong FAIA Leadership Series –Hello Fellow with Prof. Nelson Chen, FAIA, FRIBA, FHKIA

Please join us for our next Hello Fellow event with Professor Nelson Chen, FAIA, FRIBA, FHKIA.

Hello Fellow is a series of informal presentations intended to highlight our chapter’s FAIA leaders and their perspective on architecture, as well as to encourage members to apply for Fellowship.  AIA Hong Kong is pleased to announce this year’s event with Professor Nelson Chen, whose talk is titled Professing Architecture -focused on the intersection between practicing architecture professionally and teaching architecture in a professional degree program.  Professor Chen will also share his experience in applying for Fellowship, the process of doing so, and the roles and responsibilities that achieving FAIA status entails.


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