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Event On : October 21, 2023

AIA x AECOM Symposium and 2023 AIA Hong Kong Annual General Meeting

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Date(s) - October 21, 2023
9:30 am - 1:00 pm

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Dear Members

Adverse climate conditions, resource depletion, rising energy costs and pollution of our rivers, streams and seas are just some of the critical challenges we face today. By integrating environmental considerations into our business practices, we can strive for sustainable development and begin to mitigate the negative impacts mankind has caused to the planet.

Jointly organized with AECOM, this event will convene policy-makers, real estate developers, design professionals and academics from around the region, all of whom are helping to drive these changes.

We are honored to have Dr. Samuel Chui, JP, (Environmental Protection Department); Dr. Sun Yimin (South China University of Technology); Dr. Raymond Yau (Swire Properties); and Mr Lenren Lee, AIA (AECOM) joining this event.

The symposium will be held in-person and the Keynote Speakers will explore the critical steps necessary across Hong Kong and the GBA to achieve more sustainable development – and how collaboration, strategic interventions and government legislation can improve how we live and work in our cities and communities.

The symposium will be moderated by Dr. Christine Bruckner, FAIA (M Moser).

Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held prior to the symposium and members are strongly encouraged to attend. The meeting agenda will include a Chapter Report by the President, a Financial Report by the Treasurer and the Chapter Election for 2024 Executive Council (EXCO) Members.

Registration for the AGM will be open from 9:30 AM for a 10:00 start. Light refreshments will be served.

A reminder that this is an in-person event!

Please register HERE.

Date               Saturday, October 21, 2023
Time               9:30 AM Registration for AGM opens
                       10:00 – 10:45 AM Annual General Meeting
                       10:30 – 11:00 AM Registration for Symposium opens
                       11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Symposium
Venue             Miller Theatre, Asia Society Hong Kong Center
No. of Seats    80
CES                 2.0 LUs/HSW
Fee                 AIA Members – Gratis; Non-members – $100

About the Speakers

Dr. Samuel Ho Kwong Chui, JP, Director – Environmental Protection Department (EPD), HKSAR

Dr. Samuel Ho Kwong Chui is an Environmental Engineer with more than 30 years of experience in water quality management as well as planning and implementation of the sewerage and waste management infrastructure for Hong Kong. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) where he has taught a Master’s Degree course on Wastewater Treatment and Reuse for over 20 years, as well as at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Chui used his expertise to launch a territory-wide sewage surveillance and compulsory testing programme that successfully predicted the trend of pandemic development in real-time, identified over 26,700 hidden cases and successfully broke the chain of transmission.

Dr. Sun Yimin, Professor – South China University of Technology

Dr Sun Yimin has completed multiple large-scale, award-wining sports venues for the Olympic Games and the Asian Games. He is the recipient of many national awards and has published papers, monographs and technical manuals that advocate for sustainability for many years.

Professor Sun received his doctorate in 1992 and is the first PhD in Sports Architecture trained in China. He has long pushed for the careful use of resources and energy, and practices smart construction with the goal of optimization of performance for sports buildings, large scale public buildings and urban design.

Dr. Raymond Yau, General Manager, Technical Services & Sustainable Development – Swire Properties Limited

Dr Raymond Yau led the formulation of the company’s SD2030 strategy and established 1.5°C-aligned Science-Based Targets. These strategies paved the way for the company to advance towards a net zero future and, to achieve the targets, he spearheaded implementing energy reduction strategies through Retro-Commissioning and Digital Transformation including a Cloud-Based Smart Energy Management Platform and tenant engagement programs. Dr Yau partnered with HKUST and Tsinghua University in studying embodied carbon emissions for new developments in Hong Kong and on the Chinese Mainland. He also commissioned climate risk assessments to better understand the potential risks to company assets and, to support the transition towards a net zero future, he helped establish the company’s ESG Green Finance Framework.

Lenren Lee, AIA, Vice President/Regional Director of Master Planning – AECOM

Mr. Lee is the Regional Director of AECOM’s Master Planning and Urban Design practice in Asia. He is an architect, planner and urban designer with more than 20 years of experience working on a wide range of complex urban and public infrastructure projects, as well as on climate change planning and sustainable design and strategy projects for both public and private sector clients.

Lenren handles contract negotiation, project management and coordination of multi-disciplinary teams for planning, design and implementation. He oversees a number of master planning projects, including the production of planning and urban design guidelines, and large-scale regeneration, green infrastructure, and strategic development plans. He received his Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University and a Master of Architecture degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

About the Moderator

Dr. Christine Bruckner, FAIA, HKIA, LEED AP, WELL AP, Director – M Moser Associates

As a Director at M Moser Associates, Dr Bruckner actively implements best practice, sustainability and wellness in design. She brings her experience with urban integration, revitalisation and design excellence to guide the development of our built environment at all scales.

Her focus is working with client and community stakeholders to encourage deep dive investigations, coordination and holistic life-cycle considerations. Christine leads M Moser’s global sustainability and wellness design initiatives and is passionate that architectural solutions be:
• Relentless in the design of spaces that heal, inspire, and empower.
• Inclusive in the engagement of all stakeholders to create life-affirming, creativity-provoking, healthy places for people.
• Equitable, vibrant, safe communities that touch lightly on our shared planet.

Supporting Organizations

ASHRAE Hong Kong Chapter
Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) School of Architecture
IFMA Hong Kong Chapter
Hong Kong Interior Design Association (HKIDA)
Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design (HKIUD)
University of Hong Kong (HKU) Faculty of Architecture

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