AIA Hong Kong


Event On : October 28, 2022

Citizen Architect : New York and Hong Kong - Emerging Practices in Dialogue

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Date(s) - October 28, 2022
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm


Dear Members

At this event, a small group of young professionals from New York City and Hong Kong will present their architectural firms and enter into dialogue with one another.

Each practice shares the desire to redefine the role of the architect working within the public realm and to find innovative ways to design for communities, engage the wider audience and raise awareness of pressing issues in their respective cities. The projects presented will demonstrate various methods of engaging with a wide range of constituents while establishing alliances with both commercial and non-commercial partners to build institutions with a broad public purpose.

The event will be hosted simultaneously by the AIA NY Global Dialogues Committee and by AIA Hong Kong, and will be moderated by Grace Liao of KPF New York and Nicolas Medrano of SOM Hong Kong.

This event is generously sponsored by Anteric Group.


Date      October 28, 2022 (Friday)
Time      7:00 – 9:30 PM (HKT)
Venue    Anteric Group Office
            Room 18, Unit B, 11/F Cheung Wah Building, Quarry Bay
CES        1.5 LUs/HSW
Fee        Gratis
Quota     35

Please register HERE.

Please note

• This in-person event is limited to a maximum of 35 guests.
• All participants are required to scan the LeaveHomeSafe app upon arrival. Vaccine pass is required; please refer to the Vaccine Pass Guidelines.
• For participants holding an Exemption Certificate issued by a certified doctor, the QR code of your Exemption Certificate must be presented for scanning upon arrival.
• Each participant is required to present a photo with proof of his/her negative Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) result obtained within the previous 24 hours, or a negative PCR test result obtained within the previous 48 hours, upon arrival.
• Persons with a Red Code or Amber Code will not be allowed to enter the premises.

The Speakers

Vicky Chan, AIA, Avoid Obvious Architects

Vicky Chan founded Avoid Obvious Architects in 2012 and now has offices in New York and Hong Kong. The firm designs sustainable buildings and cities with a focus on combining art with green technology. His recent community projects include K-Farm, Walk DVRC and One Sky. Believing that our future will be brighter if children are more equipped with the capacity for creative and collaborative thinking, Vicky founded a volunteer organization Architecture For Children and has taught 7,000 youngsters about the importance of sustainable design and architecture. He served as AIA Hong Kong President in 2020 and is the Chair of Walk DVRC seeking to promote a more walkable Hong Kong.

Vicky is also a board member of VESSEL, an NGO that designs multiple sports facilities for people in all age groups.

Maggie Ma Kingsley, HKIA – DOMAT

Maggie Ma Kingsley is a co-founder and director of DOMAT, a not-for-profit spatial agency based in Hong Kong. DOMAT believes that everyone has the right to a quality environment, and that good design should be accessible at all levels of society. They work with people who have limited access to architects, and, through research, design, and implementation, they engage with multiple stakeholders to generate unique strategies and proposals with sustainable outcomes. 

Maggie is also currently an Assistant Professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Eric Ho, AIA – Architecture Commons/Neighbourhood Innovation Lab

An architect, entrepreneur, and urban thinker who is passionate about architecture and urban environments that have a lasting impact on society, Eric Ho is the co-founder and Director of Architecture Commons, a design agency for urban innovation. He also founded the Neighbourhood Innovation Lab in 2019 to instigate systemic change through a range of strategic innovations designed with and for city and regional governments, property developers, industry leaders, community organizations and policymakers.

Eric received a Faculty Design Award from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and teaches architecture at Chinese University of Hong Kong as well as design strategy at the Parsons School of Design.

Amy YangDash Marshall

Amy Yang manages the logistical, bureaucratic, and construction aspects required to bring complicated, beautiful projects to life. She developed her skills while working as a Project Architect at Toshiko Mori Architect in New York City on a variety of projects for private clients, universities and for the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation. Recently, Amy served on the jury for ARCHITECT Magazine’s 2020 Design Awards.

Amy holds a BS in Art and Design from MIT and a.Master of Architecture from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation.

Koray Duman, AIA, LEED AP – Büro Koray Duman Architects

Koray Duman is the founder of Büro Koray Duman Architects, a research-driven architecture studio with offices in New York City and Istanbul. Originally from Turkey, where he earned his B Arch. degree, he furthered his studies at the UCLA Graduate School of Architecture where he received a Master of Architecture degree. His work explores how architecture can create a sense of belonging, has won numerous design awards and has been published internationally. In 2017 the studio was honored as the Emerging Firm of the Year by Architizer for “…its forward-thinking vision for the role of the architect and the desire to disrupt the stigma of the practice”.

He is an educator and a licensed architect in both New York State and Turkey.

Ivi Diamantopoulou, AIA – New Affiliates

Architect, educator and co-founder of New York – based New Affiliates, Ivi Diamantopoulou explores how architecture is shaped by, and shapes, local economies and dynamic systems through its practice and form. She is a registered architect in New York State and Greece with over a decade of experience in realizing built work in Europe and the US. Her projects with New Affiliates have been recognized with many awards including the Architectural League Prize, the AIA NY New Practices Award, and an Arnold W. Brunner Grant, as well as having been featured in T Magazine, Metropolis, Hyperallergic, Dwell, Die Zeit, and Architect Magazine, among others.

Diamantopoulou currently serves as Director of the Syracuse School of Architecture, NYC Program, and has previously taught design and theory at Princeton, Columbia and Sarah Lawrence College, where she was the Andrew Mellon Endowed Chair in Environmental Architecture. She holds a Master of Architecture from Princeton University, where she was awarded both the Suzanne Kolarik Underwood Prize for excellence in design and a Stanley J. Seeger Fellowship, and a Diploma with honors in Architecture and Engineering from the University of Patras in Greece.

The Moderators


Grace Liao is a Director of KPF New York. Her work blends conceptual design rigor with a strong sense of context and place-making influenced by her background in urban design. Her architecture is characterized by elegant proportions, rich material palettes and expressive structure developed through data-driven design to create unique, high-performance buildings. Grace’s personal experience of living in Asia and North America has provided her with the ability to balance expressions of culture and urbanism through the prism of technology and sustainability in her work.

Nicolas Medrano, AIA – SOM

Nic Medrano begins his design process with an exploration of the local context and culture for each project and site. He is inspired by the density of the cities he works in across Asia, and by the challenge of designing large-scale, mixed-use developments that enhance both the environment and the human experience. As Design Leader for the SOM Hong Kong studio, Nic is responsible for transformative projects across the region, including Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and Hong Kong. He is advancing SOM’s climate action goals by applying cutting-edge sustainability strategies—from advocating for smart density and “15-minute city” designs, to reducing carbon footprints through new construction technologies and the use of regenerative materials.

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