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William Lim – Architect as Exhibition Curator | July 8, 2021

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Date(s) - 08/07/2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Grotto SKW
2/F, 17 Main Street East, Shau Kei Wan



Dear Members


Architecture and art are becoming more and more closely knit and architects may sometimes be invited to curate art or design exhibitions.


One of the most important events is the Venice Biennale of Architecture.  Every two years, an important curator, oftentimes an architect, is invited to design the exhibition and there will be an open call for a Hong Kong architect to curate the Hong Kong Pavilion.


One reason architects are good at this is because curating an exhibition involves planning, storytelling, functionality, lighting and construction. It may also involve engineering, structural calculations, tracking construction timelines, permit applications and cost control.


In this event, William Lim will discuss how he has curated two recent exhibitions: Shining Moment at Tang Contemporary Foundation and A Year of Lost and Found at Grotto Fine Arts, from conception to set up and installation.


Date:              Thursday, July 8, 2021
Time:              7.00-8.30pm
Venue:           Grotto SKW, 2/F East 17, 17 Main Street East, Shau Kei Wan, Hong Kong
CES:               1.5 LUs
Fee:                $100; 
Gratis for students, mentors/mentees


This talk is limited to a maximum of 50 guests. If you would like to attend, please RSVP ( with your full name and membership number by 5:00pm on Tuesday July 6, 2021 and, if you have any questions, contact the Chapter office at or 2882-6011.





About the Speaker




As Founder and Managing Director of CL3 Architects (CL3), Dr. William Lim, FAIA, brings more than 30 years of experience to his projects. An acclaimed architect and artist, William graduated from Cornell University and has spent the past two decades at the forefront of architecture, culture and art.


William’s designs are distinctive and contemporary. Since founding CL3 in 1992, he has established a notable presence on the global design scene. The studio’s diverse, award-winning portfolio includes architectural and interior projects for hotels, restaurants, retail outlets, corporations, residences and art installations. Marina Bay Sands, Singapore; Raffles City, Chongqing; Gaysorn II, Bangkok; and H Queen’s, Hong Kong are some of these award winning projects.


William is also an accomplished artist focusing on large scale installations. Throughout his career he has shown internationally, most notably at Lantern Wonderland Hong Kong, 2003 and 2011; the Venice Biennale International Architectural Exhibition in 2006 and 2010; Hong Kong and Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture in 2007, 2009 and 2017; and Architecture and Heritage: Unearthing Future, Seoul, Korea, 2019. His signature piece, the West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre received the Grand Award and Special Award for Culture in Design for Asia in 2013.


Committed to promoting culture and education, William is currently on the Board of Trustees of Cornell University, a member of the Arts and Culture Council and Gallery Advisory Committee for Asia Society Hong Kong Center and a member of Museum Expert Advisers for the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.


He was conferred an Honorary Doctorate degree by the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in 2018.


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