AIA Hong Kong

Curating Architecture as Knowledge Production | May 13, 2021


Dear Members

We often think about contemporary architecture in terms of its immediate impact, its hardware or software, plain or covert political objectives and so on. It is only when we have a bit of distance that we can then talk about its contribution to Architecture, vis-à-vis the works’ impact on the profession, on a city’s image, so on and so forth.

In Curating Architecture as Knowledge ProductionShirley Surya will discuss her work on curating Architecture as a geographically specific yet transnational design and historical project. We will be treated to her perspective on collecting architectural works as points for introspection, conjectures, and perhaps even validation – and just in time as Hong Kong gains new narratives through the M+ Design and Architecture collection.

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1.    Please use your real name for registration so that we can credit 2.0 LUs 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.

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The four exhibitions covered under this talk may be viewed via the links below:

[Yung Ho Chang + FCJZ: Material-ism (UCCA, Beijing, 2012)]

[Building M+ The museum and architecture collection (ArtisTree, Hong Kong, 2014)]

[Incomplete urbanism: Attempts of Critical Spatial Practice (NTU CCA, Singapore, 2016)]

[In Search of Southeast Asia through M+ Collections (M+ Pavilion, Hong Kong, 2018)]



Speaker’s Profile


Shirley Surya is the Curator for Design and Architecture at M+, the new museum for visual culture in Hong Kong which will open at the end of 2021.

Since 2012, Shirley has contributed to building the M+ Collections through her research on design and architectural production in greater China and Southeast Asia. She co-curated Building M+: The Museum & Architecture Collection (2014)NEONSIGNS.HK (2014)In Search of Southeast Asia through the M+ Collections (2018) and the museum’s opening displays that will focus on Hong Kong and key narratives from the Design and Architecture collection.

Shirley received her BA in Media Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and her MA in History of Design from the Royal College of Art in London.