Date(s) - September 17, 2021
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
AIA Hong Kong is excited to announce First Projects, a series of conversations about “the
construction of practice” with talented young individuals who have initiated and maintained a
a career in architecture and design.
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.
February 25, 2021 (Thursday)
7:30pm – 9:30pm (HKT)
Zoom Link (Registration):
What We Learnt
- Collaboration is essential, and this is valid for architects in different phases of their career. Collaboration brings not only friction and inspiration for design thinking but also could open up more business opportunities;
- Architects in the city should think collectively how small and medium size firms could craft their competency and eventually compete in the same arena with corporate offices for larger-scale projects;
- There is always a learning curve in creating partnership for the office, and we should adjust and adapt collectively while considering both the forms of partnership and the culture of the office.
BETTY NG RIBA, Assoc AIA
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 CHAN
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 MINGUEZ RIBA
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 LAM HKIA
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.
GUEST: MIN TER LIM
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.