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Third Quarterly Meeting – Collaborating with the Community: Design for the International Public Sector

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Date(s) - 01/09/2017
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

BAU Showroom by TFH
1/F, Gaylord Commercial Bldg, 114-118 Lockhart Road


In order to expand on this year’s theme: AIAHK20++, the Chapter’s third Quarterly Meeting will attempt to reinforce our role in promoting the benefits of working with American practitioners who also have an international perspective. The gathering will feature talks by our visiting Honors and Awards jurors, each of whom will share their experience as an AIA member practicing globally, as well as within the continental US.

The three distinguished Honors and Awards jurors will share their stories as AIA architects collaborating with the public sector in the US and overseas. Influenced by the global economy and the flood of digital information, the speakers will discuss their experiences, methods and challenges in working with different stakeholders. They will demonstrate how their work contributes to the people, cities and countries in which they practice.


Guest Speakers:

George Kunihiro, FAIA
Principal Architect, T-Life Architecture Environmental Lab, Tokyo

T-Life Architecture Environmental Lab is a global consulting firm based in Tokyo, with affiliate offices in the U.S. As the name suggests, T-Life, or “Total Life”, is a team practice that provides consulting services in the areas of “food, shelter and clothing” with its own architecture, urban design and interior design group – with a focus on modern Asian heritage in contemporary society.  George is Professor of Architecture at the Kokushikan University in Tokyo, Japan.  He has received Presidential Medals from the American Institute of Architects and from the Federacion de Colegios de Arquitectos de Mexico in recognition of significant contributions in the field of architecture.


Claire Weisz, FAIA
Principal-in-Charge, WXY Architecture + Urban Design, New York

WXY is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary practice specializing in the realization of urban design, planning and architectural solutions in challenging contexts.  Focused on innovative approaches to public space, structures and urban issues, the firm’s commissions are normally carried out in collaboration with community-based, public authority, and private clients.  Claire is the founding principal of WXY, which has received the League Prize from the Architectural League of New York and has been selected as one of the League’s Emerging Voices practices.  The firm has also received numerous other awards from both the AIA and the American Planning Association.


James Wright, FAIA
Senior Principal, Page Southerland Page (Page), Washington, DC

Page is a 400-plus person multi-disciplinary architecture and engineering firm with offices in the U.S. and abroad. The firm’s work consists largely of complex projects that benefit from its integrated disciplines and that make a significant impact on the communities they serve.  In 40 years of practice James has led the design of nearly $4 billion of building construction in the U.S. and more than 40 other countries. Joining Page as its Washington, DC, Principal in 1997, James developed a U.S. embassy design studio that transformed the five-person office he inherited to a team of 60 architects and interior designers which has since developed a vast portfolio of State Department work performed overseas.



Anderson Lee, AIA HKIA RIBA
Principal, Index Architecture Ltd.


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