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First Projects Conversation Series: COLLECTIVE | September 17, 2021

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Date(s) - 17/09/2021
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Dear Members


We are excited to announce our next AIA Hong Kong First Projects talk, part of a series of conversations with talented young individuals about “the construction of a practice” when they will reflect upon how their firm started – be it a first house, a lost competition, an unsolicited proposal, or a work on paper – and how that became the catalyst for the architectural adventures they are in now.

The series continues with Betty Ng, Assoc. AIA, Chi Yan Chan, Juan Minguez, and Katja Lam, all of whom are directors of COLLECTIVE, an International Architecture Studio practicing Architecture, Interiors, Exhibition and Urban Design; for this talk, we will also be joined by Min Ter Lim, Co-Founder of MIIM in Taipei, who will speak about a collaboration between the two practices.


Date: September 17, 2021 (Friday)
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm (HKT)
CES: 2.0 LUs/HSW
Fee: Gratis
Zoom Link (Registration):

You can use your smartphone, tablet or PC to join. Install the application prior to the meeting.

1. Please use your real name for registration so that we can credit 2.0 LUs/HSW to you.
2. All attendees should mute their audio during the presentation to avoid signal interference.
3. On this occasion, only the host and panellists will be allowed to speak.
4. You may, however, type questions in the Q&A box at the bottom of your zoom screen.
5. The panellists will review your questions and provide responses, time allowing.
6. The presentation will be recorded.



Speakers’ Profiles



Betty is the Founding Director of COLLECTIVE, where she leads the Creative Direction and Management of the practice. She is a Registered Architect in the Netherlands, a Chartered Architect in the UK, and an Associate Member of the AIA. Betty holds a BArch degree from Cornell and an MArch degree from Harvard.

Betty is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), co-teaching an MArch Design Studio with Chi Yan and Juan that focuses on Arts and Culture. She was previously a Senior Visiting Professor of Architecture at the National University of Singapore (NUS), Adjunct Assistant Professor at CUHK and Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong. She has also served as External Examiner and Visiting Critic for design reviews at RMIT, SUTD, NUS, CUHK and HKU.

Prior to setting up COLLECTIVE, Betty was Design Director at OMA Rotterdam under Pritzker Prize laureate Rem Koolhaas, and has also practiced at Herzog & de Meuron in Basel and Massimiliano Fuksas in Rome. She is a Board Director of the Harvard Club Hong Kong.

Chi Yan leads Architecture Projects at COLLECTIVE.

She holds a BA in Architecture from Princeton and an MArch from Harvard, and is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, co-teaching with Betty and Juan in an MArch Design Studio focusing on Arts and Culture.

Prior to joining COLLECTIVE in 2019, Chi Yan was at Herzog & de Meuron, serving on the design team and as Project Manager for the construction of the Tai Kwun Center for Heritage and Arts from 2009 to 2018 as well as a Resident Site Architect for the construction of the M+ Museum.

Chi Yan has professional experience at other award-winning firms in the US and China, including Neri & Hu in Shanghai, Zephyr Architects in Beijing, and Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, BRB and Agrest & Gandelsonas Architects in New York City.



Juan leads the Creative Direction and Architecture Projects at COLLECTIVE.

Juan is a Registered Architect in Spain, an ARB Registered Architect and an RIBA Chartered Architect in the UK. He holds MArch degrees from Harvard University and ETSAM in Madrid. He was the Project Architect and Project Manager for the new Chu Hai College building for OMA and later joined SO-IL in New York City as a Senior Associate, leading construction of the at K11 Musea Private Museum in Hong Kong.

A native of Spain, Juan practiced as an architect in Madrid with Frechilla & López-Peláez Arquitectos before moving to the US and then Asia. He has more than 20 years’ experience in Europe and Asia on a wide range of projects from Architecture to Master Planning to Interior Design. Juan is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), co-teaching with Chi Yan and Betty in an MArch Design Studio focusing on Arts and Culture.



Katja leads Interior Design Projects at COLLECTIVE.

She is a Registered Architect and Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects. A native of Hong Kong, Katja holds MArch and BSSc (AS) Degrees from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Prior to joining COLLECTIVE, Katja was a Project Architect at OMA, leading the interior design studio at the Hong Kong office. Her architecture and interior works include The Red House on the Peak and the China Gold Office at Lippo Centre in Hong Kong, as well as the Shanghai Lujiazui Exhibition Centre, Shanghai. She has experience throughout the Asia-Pacific region: in Hong Kong and Shanghai, Singapore, Korea, Indonesia and Australia. Katja has also worked with Aedas and RMJM and was a Student Advisor at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Hong Kong for Interior Design.



Min Ter Lim is the Co-Founder and Design Director of MIIM. He was previously a Project Leader and Project Architect at Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) in Denmark, where he was responsible for several key projects in the US, Sweden, France, Germany, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Singapore.

He received his MArch degree from Harvard and his BA in Economics and Studio Arts with honors from Wesleyan University. His undergraduate studies focused on the intersection between the Arts and the Social Sciences, with a particular interest in Urban Economics and the multiple urban spatial models that define the built environment.

Min has previously worked for Machado & Silvetti in Boston, Studio Zhu-Pei in Beijing and Kyu Sung Woo in Cambridge. He was an adjunct instructor at Tamkang University in Taiwan and taught studios that investigated new paradigms in design, integrating architecture, urbanism, and landscape ecologies to create cities of the future.

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