AIA Hong Kong


Event On : May 10, 2024

Build4Asia'24 - Championing Wellness and Sustainable Design

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Date(s) - May 10, 2024
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Dear Members

In this thoughtfully curated symposium, you will gain insights from the leaders of Urbanus, CL3 Architects and The Oval Partnership into the innovative strategies and design philosophies they employ to achieve their projects’ sustainability and wellness objectives. We will explore the challenges they faced and the remarkable outcomes they’ve achieved across a range of award-winning projects in what promises to be a fascinating afternoon event.

The symposium will facilitate interactive panel discussions with the three architects and provide a platform for you to engage in conversations, pose questions and gain a deeper understanding of the strategies used in the projects highlighted. You will also be able to explore the latest advancements in sustainable technologies and materials through the Build4Asia exhibition where solutions from industry-leading partner companies will be exhibited.

Join us and be inspired by our award winners, as we pave the way towards a more sustainable and user-centric future.


Date May 10, 2024 (Friday)
Time 2:00 – 4:30 PM
Venue Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (HKCEC)
Fee Gratis
Quota 80


To join us, please sign up HERE on or before May 9, 2024, at 10:00 PM.

Program Rundown

1:30 PM Registration & VIP tour of the exhibition
2:00 PM Welcome Message by AIA Hong Kong Chapter President Johnny Fu
2:10 PM Kingway Brewery Renovation by Urbanus
2023 Honor Award in Architecture
2:40 PM The Quayside by CL3 Architects
2021 Honor Award in Interiors and Sustainability Award
3:10 PM 1 Hotel Haitang Bay, Sanya by The Oval Partnership
2023 Honor Award in Open-International and Sustainability
3:40 PM Panel discussion moderated by Melanie Cheng and Scott Brooks
4:00 PM Closing Remarks by Scott Brooks


Our Speakers

Mr. Meng Yan  AIA RIBA
Founding Partner, Lead Architect
URBANUS Architecture & Design Inc.

A licensed architect in New York State, Meng has focused on architectural design, urban design and research in the context of contemporary Chinese cities for more than two decades. Many of Meng’s built projects have become landmarks of urban life, won prestigious awards and have been exhibited and published worldwide. Models, renderings and photographs of many of his works are now in the permanent collections of both the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and at M+ in Hong Kong.

Meng also leads research into high-density urban building typologies, Shenzhen Urban Village regeneration, and the preservation of Beijing historical districts. He was the chief curator for the Shenzhen Case Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo, one of the chief curators for the 2017 Shenzhen-Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (Shenzhen), and served as a visiting professor at the School of Architecture, Syracuse University, and at the University of Hong Kong.

Dr. William Lim  FAIA
Founder, Managing Director
CL3 Architects Ltd.

William Lim graduated from Cornell University, has spent the past two decades at the forefront of architecture, culture and art in Hong Kong, and explains that:

“Architects have a social obligation to improve urban environments”

Since founding CL3 in 1992, William has established a notable presence on the global design scene. The studio’s diverse, award-winning portfolio includes architectural and interior projects for hotel, restaurant, retail and corporate clients, as well as residential interiors and artwork installations. Notable projects such as the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore; Raffles City, Chongqing; Gaysorn II and Gaysorn Amarin, Bangkok; and H Queen’s, Hong Kong, demonstrate the firm’s commitment to innovative design and sustainable practices.

Dr. Lin Hao  Assoc. AIA RIBA
The Oval Partnership

Dr Hao received his BArch at Tsinghua University, his MArch from UC Berkeley and his PhD at  Cambridge. He is currently a Director of the Oval Partnership, a Managing Director of INTEGER Intelligent & Green, and an Honorary Research Fellow at Tsinghua University.

His extensive experience spans urban regeneration, green architecture, and public space and community building. Dr Hao specializes in embedding culture and heritage into unique place-making, while achieving imaginative, innovative and inclusive sustainability in his projects.

Award-winning work under his leadership includes Taikoo Li, Chengdu and 1 Hotel Haitang Bay, Sanya. He has lectured and published widely on urbanism and sustainable architecture, and been an Adjunct Associate Professor at CUHK for years

Dr Hao is also the author of the book Green Design for the Future.

Our Moderators

Ms. Melanie Cheng Corporate Affiliate Member, AIA Hong Kong
Sustainable Solutions Strategist
JEB Group and Sustainable Office Solutions (SOS)

Melanie possesses a unique blend of design knowledge and a passion for sustainability. Having studied architecture in both Hong Kong and London, she brings a diverse perspective to the local industry. Her journey towards sustainability began with a strong personal commitment, starting with her own lifestyle changes. Recognizing the crucial role industries play in driving sustainable practices, Melanie co-founded a sustainable product start-up and explored the intersection of architecture and sustainability in other, previous positions.

Since 2019, Melanie has focused on her advisory role, developing expertise in project management, and now has a track record in the successful delivery of supply chain projects that address human rights and environmental risks. She has worked across a wide range of industries, from finance and property development, to manufacturing, F&B, and waste management. Melanie has consistently demonstrated an ability to implement sustainable practices that make a positive impact on the environment.

Mr. Scott Brooks Affiliate Member, AIA Hong Kong

Scott Brooks is a distinguished development strategist who bridges creative industries and real estate finance. As Director of Imagennix and co-Founder of TransAct Asia, a specialist real estate advisory practice, Scott combines creative vision with business strategies to support the AEC industry’s pursuit of financially viable, yet sustainable development.

His career spans a wide geographic and project scope, with 460 completed engagements in 142 markets and 32 countries across Asia and the Middle East. Scott’s work is extremely diverse, including the city center redevelopment of Aqaba, Jordan, and concept studies leading to successful tenders for the two hotels at Ocean Park Hong Kong.

Scott is deeply committed to sustainability and design excellence. As an active AIA Hong Kong member, he led the development of the Chapter’s 2021-2025 Strategic Plan, and, as co-Chair of our Honors & Awards Committee for many years, is now integrating the Institute’s 10-point Framework for Design Excellence into the Chapter’s 2024 – and future – Honors & Awards Programs.


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