AIA Hong Kong


Event On : June 30, 2022

A Tale of Two Cities: Hong Kong and Shenzhen

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Date(s) - June 30, 2022
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Dear Members

AIA Hong Kong is excited to announce the second event of its 25th Anniversary Symposium: Connectivity and Placemaking in the Greater Bay Area (GBA). Jointly organized with AECOM, the symposium includes webinars, talks and seminars to provoke thought and provide insight into the urban planning and development of the GBA.

Event 2: A Tale of Two Cities: Hong Kong and Shenzhen will discuss infrastructure changes and their influence on urban planning and development in the north of Hong Kong and the downtown area of Shenzhen, where our rural countryside is rapidly becoming urbanized and the border between the two cities is disappearing, which is unlocking monumental new opportunities.

We are honored to have Prof. Laurence Liauw (HKU), Dr David Gallacher (AECOM), Mr Anthony Cheung (Ronald Lu & Partners), and Ms Pearl Hui (AECOM) joining our second event. During this in-person talk and webinar, the four speakers will share their experience in Greater Bay Area urban planning – from Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) to the Northern Metropolis Development Strategy that has been crucial to achieve proper planning of this region. Smart City and City Resilience / Ecology Challenges will also be covered as Hong Kong and Shenzhen work together as Twin Cities.

This event will be moderated by Mr Rex Wong, AIA, CEO of Kum Shing Group and Past President of AIA Hong Kong (2017).


Date: June 30, 2022 (Thursday)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 PM
Venue: Soho House, 33 Des Voeux Road West, Sheung Wan
No. of Seats: 40
CES Credit: 2.0 LUs/HSW
Fee In-Person: $150 (Drinks and Canapes will be served)
Fee Webinar: Gratis

The in-person talk is limited to a maximum of 40 guests and, per Soho House policy, all attendees are required to have had at least two doses of COVID-19 vaccination, and must record their visit with the LeaveHomeSafe mobile app.

About the Speakers

Professor Laurence Liauw is Director of SPADA and Spada Health Concepts. An ex-investment banker in London and Tokyo he has now practiced for more than 27 years as a registered architect, urban designer and strategic planner in the UK and Asia. Laurence specializes in the strategic planning and design of large-scale projects, creating value propositions through research and development consulting at all scales. SPADA has worked on numerous TOD projects related to airports, high speed rail, metro and ports in the GBA and SE Asia.

Spada Health Concepts focuses on the development, operations and management of senior living and healthcare environments for aging populations.

Laurence has been an Adjunct Associate Professor of Urban Design with The University of Hong Kong Faculty of Architecture since 2010. He is the author of AD: New Urban China (Wiley) and is a frequent juror on major urban initiatives in Shenzhen and the GBA.

Dr David Gallacher is an Executive Director of Environment with AECOM Hong Kong. He has an academic background in ecology and environmental management, and has contributed to hundreds of sustainable design, environmental planning, conservation, ecological monitoring, impact assessment and habitat design projects across Asia, partnering with government departments, private developers and multilateral development banks.

David is also the Executive Committee Secretary of the Hong Kong Institute of Environmental Impact Assessment, and serves on the Ecology & Biodiversity Group Qualification Panel for the Hong Kong Institute of Qualified Environmental Professionals. He gives lectures, seminars and courses throughout the Asia Pacific Region and has been a key contributor to AECOM publications including Brownfield Remediation and Redevelopment; Climate Design: Planning for the Age of Climate Change; and the Wetland Restoration Handbook.

Anthony Cheung, AIA, is a Director, Head of Studio, and Vice President (Design) for mainland China at Ronald Lu & Partners (RLP). He holds a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Southern California. Since joining RLP in 1998, his extensive knowledge and expertise has been applied to a wide range of projects, many of which have revitalized the urban fabric and reshaped the skylines and harbourfronts of cities around Asia, including Hong Kong.

He is an expert in highly complex transit-oriented development projects, having been involved in TODTOWN, the first real such development in mainland China; the Wuhan Chow Tai Fook Finance Centre; Zhuhai Unipark; Beijing City Next; and the Shenzhen Pinghu Comprehensive Development. In addition, he co-authored “High-Density Transit-Oriented Development” and is a member of the Harbourfront Commission of the Hong Kong SAR. Anthony is a frequent public speaker and guest lecturer.

Pearl Hui is a registered professional planner with nearly twenty years of practical experience in planning and project management. After graduating with master’s degrees in town planning and sustainable development in Australia, she worked in the Hong Kong Planning Department where she was responsible for statutory and district planning measures, including preparation of development plans and organizing public engagement activities.

Since joining the private sector in 2003, Ms Hui has directed a wide range of local planning studies and multi-disciplinary projects for the public and private sectors in Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China and Southeast Asia. In Hong Kong, Pearl’s planning experience covers a wide spectrum of development, including public and private housing, commercial, TOD, underground and cavern space, industrial, institutional, science park, public space, and urban renewal/revitalization.

About the Moderator

Rex Wong, AIA, is the CEO of Kum Shing Group, a prominent Hong Kong-based international infrastructure and property development firm. Rex is a fine arts major, an architect and an impact investor.

Mr Wong’s areas of expertise are smart city and sustainable urban development as well as higher education and corporate governance. In recognition of his volunteer work, he has been honored as a Justice of the Peace (JP) in Hong Kong.

He is a guest speaker who is frequently invited to attend private and professional events both locally and internationally – most recently the ASTRI Smart City Forum; InvestHK’s StartmeupHK Festival; and RISE Conference Hong Kong. Rex has also addressed the opportunities and challenges of urbanization at the UN-Habitat World Cities Day Forum as an expert panelist.

He received his BFA and BArch from RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) and holds a master’s degree from Columbia University. In addition to his service at CityU as a Council Member, Mr Wong has served on the Board of Trustees of RISD since 2021; the Board of Governors for Brentwood College School (British Columbia) since 2019; and as President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Hong Kong Chapter in 2017.

Supporting Organizations

Chu Hai College of Higher Education (CHCHE)
Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design (HKIUD)
Hong Kong Interior Design Association (HKIDA)
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
The Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA)
The University of Hong Kong (HKU)
Urban Land Institute (ULI)

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