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Meet The Author – Peter Cookson Smith | June 29, 2021

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Date(s) - 29/06/2021
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Ronald Lu & Partners Office
33/F Wu Chung House, 213 Queen’s Road East, Wanchai



Dear Members


Architect, urbanist and author of six books on cities and urban design, Dr Peter Cookson Smith will discuss his books – both new and old – in this talk. Subjects include the impermanent urbanism of Hong Kong; the treaty port concession areas of China; imposed and adaptive places in Asian cities; a narrative of American urbanism focused on Savannah; past and present city dynamics of Barcelona; and After Dante – the perpetual tension and dialogue between design, religion and science from the Middle Ages to the present.


Date:               Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Time:               6.30 – 8.00pm
Venue:             Ronald Lu & Partners Office, 33/F Wu Chung House, 213 Queen’s Road East, Wanchai
No. of Seats:   25
CES Credit:     1.0 LU
Fee:                 $100


This talk is limited to a maximum of 25 guests. If you would like to attend, please RSVP ( with your full name and membership number by 5:00pm on Friday June 25, 2021 and, if you have any questions, contact the Chapter office at or 2882-6011.





About the Speaker




Dr Peter Cookson Smith has resided in Hong Kong since 1977 when he founded URBIS – the first planning, urban design and landscape consultancy in the Territory, that has over the years won 300 local and international awards for their work in Hong Kong, Mainland China, and other parts of Asia. He was one of the first overseas professionals to work on projects commissioned by the Chinese Government after the Reforms of 1978. He is a Past President of the Hong Kong Institute of Planners and of the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design, a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects. Dr Cookson Smith is also a Past Professor in the Faculty of Architecture, the University of Hong Kong; a Visiting Scholar at the HKU Centre for Asian Studies; and an Adjunct Professor at the Chinese University. Over the years he has also been appointed to a number of government planning committees and design commissions, including the Strategic Development Commission.


His books, written and illustrated over the past fifteen years, include The Urban Design of Impermanence (2006, 2011), The Urban Design of Concession (2011), The Urban Design of Intervention (2014) – published by MCCM Creations; and Seeking Savannah (2018), An Enterprising Path to Barrio Chino (2020), and After Dante: Divine, Design and The Cosmos (2021) – published by ORO Books. Each book is illustrated with his own drawings and sketches which convey not just static images but a “spirit of place”.

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