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Event On : September 14, 2021

Fireside Chat with Sean Chiao, FAIA | September 14, 2021

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Date(s) - September 14, 2021
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Soho House


Dear Members,

Please join us for the next in our FAIA Leadership Series – Hello Fellow with Sean Chiao, FAIA.

The AIA Fellowship program was developed to acknowledge architects who have made significant contributions to architecture and society and achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Fellowship recognizes the architect as an individual and honors the awardee on a national, or international, level. The AIA College of Fellows seeks to stimulate a sharing of interests among Fellows and encourages them to promote the purposes of the Institute, advance the profession of architecture, mentor young architects, and be of ever-increasing service to society.

Sean Chiao, FAIA, is an architect with more than 30 years of experience in urban design and firm management. He currently serves as Asia Chairman and Chief Executive of the Buildings + Places global business line at AECOM, where he actively oversees global operations and mobilization of AECOM’s international talent across architecture and interiors, urbanism and planning, building and systems engineering, cost and project management. Sean has spearheaded award-winning master-plans for new towns and regeneration of existing urban landscapes across Asia, including the Kuala Lumpur River of Life; Metro Manila Bonifacio Global City in the Philippines; and Suzhou Industrial Park new town in Suzhou, China.

Sean is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a Global Trustee of the Urban Land Institute, a member of the Asia Society Executive Committee, and the Harvard University Master in Design Engineering External Advisory Board and Council Member of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design Dean’s Leadership Council.

In this event, Sean will share with us his career path in a multinational design and engineering firm.

Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Time: 6.30 – 8.00pm

Venue: Soho House, Des Voeux Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

No. of Seats: 40

CES Credit: 1.0 LU

Fee: $100

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

If you would like to attend, please RSVP (  with your full name and membership number by 5:00pm on Monday, September 13, 2021 and, if you have any questions, contact the Chapter office at or 2882-6011.

What We Learnt

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This is what we learnt from Sean Chiao, FAIA, who is leading 15,000 professionals from AECOM. To be a successful architect like him, you have to be
1) passionate
2) determined and work very hard
3) with good clients
4) with a multidisciplinary team
5) like a sponge and learn new things as you go.
Thanks Florence Chan, AIA, for organizing and moderating this event.



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