AIA Hong Kong

Design Advocates for Underserved Communities

Dear Members and Friends,

Design Advocates is a collaborative, nonprofit network of independent design firms and individuals who work together with small businesses and organizations in disadvantaged communities to adapt their spaces and operations to COVID-19, and beyond. An advocate for the potential of small firms and interdisciplinary / collaborative practice, architect and Design Advocates’ co-founder and board president, Michael Chen will present recent work by the group, as well as his own firm’s civic-minded projects. He will also discuss the potential of citizen science, collaboration and craft and how these can serve both communities in need and the public good.

You can use your smartphone, tablet or PC to join. Install the application prior to the meeting.

  1. Please use your real name for registration so that we can credit 1 LU/HSW to you.
  2. All attendees should mute their audio during the presentation to avoid signal interference.
  3. On this occasion, only the host and panellists will be allowed to speak.
  4. You may, however, type questions in the Q&A box at the bottom of your zoom screen
  5. The panellists will review your questions and provide responses, time allowing.
  6. The presentation will be recorded.

Please register in advance here:



Presenter’s Profile

Michael K. Chen AIA
Michael is a co-founder of Design Advocates and principal of Michael K. Chen Architecture (MKCA) with offices based in New York City.

He studied architecture at the University of California, Berkeley and at Columbia University, and now teaches design studios and seminars at Pratt Institute School of Architecture. Michael previously taught at UC Berkeley, Cornell, Columbia, and the Parsons School of Design.

He is the recipient of grants for independent research from the Graham Foundation, Pratt Institute, Columbia University and the Van Alen Institute, and was the 2004 John Dinkeloo Fellow at the American Academy in Rome.