AIA Hong Kong

Community Citations

2021 to LAI CHI WO VILLAGE

in recognition of significant contributions in the Chapter’s region for the ongoing collaborative efforts of individuals and organizations in heritage conservation of this historic Hakka walled settlement including revitalisation of its traditional farming and cultural landscapes together with a number of the houses, thereby promoting sustainable rural community development and encouraging effective control over rural land use in the New Territories.

2021 to TSIM SHA TSUI HARBOURFRONT REVITALISATION

in recognition of significant contributions in the Chapter’s region by revitalising the Avenue of Stars waterfront promenade and Salisbury Garden in Kowloon with a more accessible harbourfront and extensive public open space, including performance venues that enhance both pedestrian connectivity and the public experience.

2020 to THE MILLS

in recognition of distinguished achievement in the Chapter’s region for its creation of The Mills, an adaptive re-use of three former textile factories into a center for innovation, culture and learning, thereby demonstrating the value of heritage conservation to the public and bringing new life to the community.

2019 to DESIGN TRUST

in recognition of distinguished achievement in the Chapter’s region as a not-for-profit initiative supporting creative design projects and research, and advocating for the importance of thoughtful design while actively engaging communities through public events in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area.

2019 to LIGHT BE

in recognition of distinguished achievement in the Chapter’s region as a pioneer of social housing with its Light Home programme that converts disused and abandoned buildings into affordable rental homes for low-income families in collaboration with the private sector, as well as with government support.

2019 to LINK ASSET MANAGEMENT LIMITED

in recognition of distinguished achievement in the Chapter’s region for their long-term support of the Stanley Plaza / Southside Glass Recycling Initiative, a volunteer, community engagement project that emphasizes sustainability while educating the public on the importance of recycling to the  environment, through long-term collection and reduce-reuse-recycle programs across the territory.

2018 to HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB

in recognition of significant contributions in the Chapter’s region for their transformation of the Central Police Station Compound into a center for the arts, culture and heritage through sensitive restoration and adaptive reuse of the existing structures, and contemporary additions to this valuable site that will enhance its legacy as a Hong Kong landmark for generations to come.

2018 to ARCHITECTURE FOR CHILDREN

in recognition of significant contributions in the Chapter’s region by volunteer architects leading educational programs for primary school children in Hong Kong to raise awareness of issues such as equity, access, ecology and sustainability in their built environment.

2017 to ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT, HKSAR GOVERNMENT

in recognition of distinguished achievement in the Chapter’s region for developing T-PARK, a state-of-the-art sludge treatment plant with integrated educational and recreational facilities that showcase to the public the benefits of ‘turning waste to energy’ and sustainable resource recovery.

2017 to URBAN DISCOVERY

in recognition of significant contributions in the Chapter’s region for engaging local communities with events, exhibitions, city walks and mobile apps to promote heritage buildings and neighborhoods as cultural and economic assets in Hong Kong and throughout Asia.

2016 to ALLIANCE FOR A BEAUTIFUL HONG KONG

in recognition of significant contributions in the Chapter’s region for their grass-roots efforts to defend and preserve Hong Kong’s natural trails and pedestrian areas, green belt zones, built artifacts and heritage architecture against encroaching development and destruction.

2015 to HONG KONG GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL

in recognition of significant contributions in the Chapter’s region for promoting green building awareness to the public, for advocating sustainable building policies to the Government, and for developing practical solutions to improve energy and resource efficiency in the high-rise, high density urban environment of Hong Kong.

2015 to MARY CHAN MCCM CREATIONS

In recognition of significant contributions in the Chapter’s region for her commitment to publishing original and inspiring books on art, architecture, design, and the visual culture of Hong Kong and neighboring cities.

2014 to GREG GIRARD AND AND IAN LAMBOT

in recognition of significant contributions in the Chapter’s region for publication of their landmark book, City of Darkness Revisited, the updated and expanded edition of their seminal work about this unique urban settlement and its legacy in the history of Hong Kong.

2014 to HONG KONG HERITAGE CONSERVATION FOUNDATION

in recognition of distinguished achievement in the Chapter’s region for converting a former police station into the Tai O Heritage Hotel, thereby preserving a colonial-style, late 19th century building in an elegant., adaptive re-use of this historic site.

2014 to DARE KOSLOW

in recognition of distinguished achievement in the Chapter’s region for the sensitive renovation of numerous “tong lau’ dwellings as contemporary residential units, helping contribute to the preservation not only of individual buildings but also of Hong Kong’s historic urban fabric.

2014 to GWULO.COM

in recognition of distinguished achievement in the Chapter’s region for collecting, researching and sharing thousands of historic photographs of our buildings, relics, neighborhoods and people, now preserved in the interactive website, Gwulo.com, thereby raising public awareness and appreciation for the physical and cultural heritage of Hong Kong.

2013 to PROJECT LITTLE DREAM

in recognition of distinguished achievement in the Chapter’s region by a fully student-run volunteer organization and registered charity that furthers education for underprivileged children in rural Cambodia with both idealism and pragmatism in their ongoing program to design and build schools and communal facilities with sustainable vernacular architecture.

2013 to SOHO CHINA

in recognition of distinguished achievement in the Chapter’s region by one of the most prominent real estate developers in China for their sustained advocacy of innovative architecture in such iconic developments as the Commune by the Great Wall; ]ianwai, Sanlitun and Galaxy SOHO projects; among many other property developments.

2013 to ASIA SOCIETY HONG KONG CENTER

in recognition of distinguished achievement in the Chapter’s region for developing the Asia Society Hong Kong Center (designed by Tod Williams/Billie Tsien Architects) as a cultural, artistic and intellectual hub that showcases the successful integration of heritage conservation, adaptive reuse and contemporary architecture at the historic site of the Former Explosives Magazine compound.

2012 to GREEN GLASS GREEN PROJECT

in recognition of significant contributions in the Chapter’s region to promote public awareness for a more sustainable environment as initiated by The Hong Kong Dumper Truck Drivers Association with support from the Hong Kong Government Environment and Conservation Fund in the organized collection of discarded glass bottles in Hong Kong and recycling into ecological paving bricks.

2012 to ROGER HO YAO-SHENG

in posthumous recognition of distinguished achievement in the Chapter’s region as the author of numerous books on street markets, festivals and other aspects of intangible Hong Kong heritage; as co-founder of the Central and Western Concern Group, which campaigned vigorously for the conservation of heritage sites in Central; and for inspirational leadership of the Conservancy Association Centre for Heritage.

2012 to CHINA VANKE CO. LTD.

in recognition of distinguished achievement in the Chapter’s region for developing the Vanke Center, Shenzhen, designed by Steven Holl Architects as a “horizontal skyscraper” for an office, hotel and exhibition complex that is an innovative hybrid of building, landscape and infrastructure, as well as a triumph of sustainable design.

2011 to CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE

in recognition of distinguished achievement in the Chapter’s region for the design and construction of an ecological demonstration village school in Maosi, Gansu Province, China, that relies on traditional building materials and techniques to create energy saving sustainable architecture with optimal thermal performance in extreme climatic conditions.

2010 to THOMAS SCHMIDT, AIA, LEED AP

in recognition of significant achievement in promoting the values of cultural heritage, eco-tourism and vernacular architecture in the Chapter’s region, such as Borneo and Sumatra,

through educational graphic novels in the Bumbling Traveler adventure series that are richly informed through detailed research and vividly portrayed by exquisitely hand-drawn illustrations.

2010 to CENTRAL & WESTERN CONCERN GROUP

in recognition of sustained and distinguished achievement in the Chapter’s region by consistently raising public awareness about the value of our built heritage, specifically through the group’s advocacy of sensible planning policies, organization of community initiatives and petitioning for conservation of the urban fabric through Town Planning Board applications for the Central and Western Districts in Hong Kong.

2009 to CHIU KWONG CHIU

in recognition of distinguished achievement in promoting the value of traditional Chinese architecture to contemporary society as author of “Chinese Wooden Architecture” and “The Grand Forbidden City – The Imperial Axis” and as founder of the Design and Cultural Studies Workshop in Hong Kong.

2008 to WANG JUN

in recognition of distinguished achievement as a dedicated journalist, historian, urbanist and author of Chengji, or “The Record of the City”, to raise public awareness of the essential value of preserving the historic urban fabric and cultural heritage of Beijing.

2008 to DESIGNING HONG KONG and Central Waterfront Design Competition

in recognition of distinguished achievement in the Chapter’s region for promoting innovative master plan alternatives for the Central Waterfront Design Competition and its public exhibitions which have raised awareness in our community of the great need to protect and enhance one of Hong Kong’s most valuable assets its harbourfront.

2007 to AMERICAN HARDWOOD  EXPORT COUNCIL

in recognition of distinguished achievement in the Chapter’s region by its active promotion of architectural programs that educate the profession and the public, and for its leading support and sustained contributions as an exemplary corporate member of the AIA Hong Kong Chapter.

2006 to CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG  DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE

in recognition of distinguished achievement in the Chapter’s region for the hand-built construction of a footbridge in Maosi Village, Gansu Province, China, known as “A Bridge Too Far”, that has successfully unified sustainable design, natural materials and volunteer participation among design professionals, students and villagers.

2006 to ASIAN CULTURAL COUNCIL

in recognition of sustained and distinguished achievement in the Chapter’s region by promoting international cultural exchange, including annual fellowships for architectural travel and research between the United States and countries in Asia, that informs and enriches the visual arts and architecture in our society.

2005 to PARA SITE ART SPACE

in recognition of emerging and significant achievement in the Chapter’s region by promoting contemporary art and independent artists through exhibitions, publications and educational activities that provoke and inspire public awareness of issues related to our built environment.

2004 to CULTURAL INSTITUTE OF THE  MACAO SAR

in recognition of distinguished achievement in the Chapter’s region through its sustained efforts to protect, interpret and creatively utilize the rich architectural heritage of Macao.

2003 to HONG KONG TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT

in recognition of distinguished achievement in the Chapter’s region by successfully promoting and implementing pedestrianized districts, which enhance the urban environment of Hong Kong.

2003 to SAVE OUR SHORELINES

in recognition of distinguished achievement in the Chapter’s region by raising public awareness of threatened natural coastlines and by advocating a specific development strategy to ensure that the western shoreline of Hong Kong Island would be protected.

2003 to SOCIETY FOR PROTECTION OF THE HARBOUR

in recognition of distinguished achievement in sustained efforts to protect Victoria Harbour by courageously opposing excessive reclamation and by fostering public awareness of the Harbour’s significance in the past, present and future of Hong Kong.

2003 to EDWARD STOKES and Hong Kong Conservation Photography Foundation

in recognition of his distinguished photography, speaking and writing related to the natural environment, in particular his advocacy of alternative solutions for slope stabilization and his continuing efforts to demonstrate how a greener Hong Kong can be achieved.

2002 to SHUI ON GROUP

in recognition of distinguished achievement at Xintiandi in Shanghai where, by merging creative design with historic architecture, a greater public awareness has been fostered about the adaptive reuse of heritage buildings in a dynamic urban environment.

2002 to JASON WORDIE

in recognition of distinguished achievement in promoting greater public awareness of the cultural heritage of Hong Kong and Macau through engaging journalism, probing essays and inspiring books, as well as historical walking tours.

2001 to TESS JOHNSTON AND DEKE ERH

in recognition of distinguished achievement in fostering greater awareness of historic architecture in China, by photographing and documenting significant buildings and neighborhoods in their compelling publications.

2001 to ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY SERVICE REHABAID SOCIETY

in recognition of distinguished achievement as a community based consultancy service in promoting and implementing barrier-free accessible environments for the elderly and people with disabilities in Hong Kong.

2000 to SWIRE PROPERTIES LTD.

in recognition of distinguished achievement in promoting the Hong Kong Central Waterfront Development Concept Plan, as well as other progressive urban design initiatives that have enabled existing planning policies to be improved and give greater emphasis to the community and environmental issues.