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Event On : September 11, 2013

Masterplanning China’s greatest cities: lessons learned for Hong Kong

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Date(s) - September 11, 2013
12:00 am - 2:00 pm

AmCham Office

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The Talk:

Many of China’s great cities have gone through unprecedented transitions as China evolves from a rural peasant society to a global economy with a majority of its population living in modern urban environments. Due to the rapid societal changes happening in China, municipal leaders have encouraged and implemented creative and thoughtful master planning processes to accommodate these dynamic shifts. Learn from Ame Engelhart of SOM, on how one of the world’s most respected architectural firms has helped China manage this transition unlike any other country before it. There are many valuable lessons which the city of Hong Kong could learn for the benefit of its residents.


The Speaker:

ameAme M. Engelhart has lived and worked in Hong Kong for nearly 20 years. She currently serves as Director of SOM Hong Kong. In this capacity, she is responsible for the firm’s operations and project facilitation in South East Asia. She works in cooperation with their U.S. based office in New York, Chicago and San Francisco. Ame has a proven track record for successful outcomes and offers a unique array of expertise that includes architecture, urban design and planning, project management, and business development.

Since 1994, Ms. Engelhart has focused her efforts on South East Asia and gained tremendous knowledge working as an architect, urban planner, and project manager in the region. Her expertise extends to many project types–hospitality, retail, mixed-use developments, residential complexes, convention centers, airports, institutions, housing, and hotels. Most recently, Ame has assisted in the facilitation of the firm’s master planning, high-rise, commercial, mixed-use and planning projects in China, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Vietnam and Jakarta.

Ame is particularly interested in working with her SOM colleagues to develop innovative ideas to address challenging urban planning contexts and in guiding development interests to create public benefit. She is keenly interested in promoting sustainable development. Tenets of sustainable planning creating pedestrian-friendly and transit-oriented developments, integrating elements of site features with development needs, while engendering a sense of identity rooted in the culture and aspirations of the place.

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) is one of the leading architecture, urban design and planning, engineering, and interior architecture firms in the world. Their sophistication in building technology applications and commitment to design quality have resulted in a portfolio that features some of the most important architectural accomplishments of modern times including, the Burj Khalifa- Dubai, Jin Mao Tower- Shanghai, One World Trade Centre- recently topped out in New York City and is now the tallest building in North America.


Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm (sandwiches & beverages included/ first 15-20 minutes is for networking)

Fee(s):Member Fee: HK$250/Non Member Fee: HK$380

Inquiries: Ms. Katherine Lau at (please use the following subject line for your email: “Date of event / Speaker name(s) or event title”)

Fax (852) 3753 1202


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