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AIA Hong Kong – January 2021 Newsletter

 

 

AIA 2021 – Serve and Inspire

Dear Members and Friends,

Greetings, and a warm welcome! This is our first AIA Hong Kong Chapter Newsletter of 2021.

I want to begin with a note of gratitude to our 2020 President, Vicky Chan, and to EXCO, and committee members for their distinguished service. Despite the challenges brought on by COVID, the Chapter offered no fewer than 13 LUs and 17 HSW/LUs over a host of webinars, FAIA speaker series, and a spirited design competition jointly hosted with RIBA to design community spaces for our past Community Citation winner, Light Be. These events told stories of resilience in our community, investigated wellness trends, debated deep learning in places of work, and explored the future of automated design and sustainable urban developments. They were well attended by local members and brought us closer to overseas chapters.

I would also like to recognize Yimei Chan, our Chapter’s first GBA representative, who, together with Florence Chan, 2020 secretary and 2021 vice president, have amassed a core group of architects in the region ready to collaborate with the Chapter.

On Chapter matters, I am pleased to welcome Graphisoft into our Corporate Affiliate program. As one of the leading champions for Open BIM, Graphisoft will share the latest trends and capabilities of BIM platforms in an upcoming series of seminars and deep-dive workshops.

The 2021-25 Strategic Plan is now complete. Special thanks to Scott Brooks for leading the strategic planning process; to Megan Donges and Yimei Chan for their direction during the formulation of the program; to Yimei, Yanshun Lee, and Christian Low for studying the strategic plans of other National Components for background information; to Yina Ng for shepherding the member survey from concept to collation of results; to Valerie Or for her valuable contributions throughout, and particularly for digesting volumes of National Component strategic planning reports; and to Nelson Chen, FAIA, for distilling the output from our planning workshops into the core statements that form the basis of our 2021-2025 Strategic Blueprint. More details to come on our website and posts, so do keep an eye out for them. In the meantime, I invite each of you to read the member survey summary report and, in particular, the top seven most requested items on page 6 of the report, which underpins our focus this year.

 

 

With that in mind, the 2021 theme to “Serve and Inspire” frames our strategy:

◦       To serve is to commit to the betterment of others, and to lead by doing, and thereby

◦       To inspire future generations of Citizen Architects

To grow our membership, we need to invest in our members and partners, current and future.

So this year, in addition to traditional building tours, technical seminars, and workshops, our programs committee, led by members Fei Mui and Su Chang, will be working closely with YAG chair Hinki Kwong to launch a series of initiatives aimed at promoting emerging practices, supporting aspiring Architects on their path to licensure, and implementing mentorship programs for all.

–    The First project series will invite emerging practices both from within the membership as well as from around the world to share stories about their first commissions.

–    In conjunction with grumpy hours, fire-side chats will aim to provide emotional and profes-sional support in a more casual setting. This will be a precursor to the formal mentoring program in the works.

–    The Path to US Licensure will invite students from HKU, CUHK, Chu Hai College and CityU, all schools with HKIA accredited architecture programs to join YAG chair Hinki Kwong as he speaks with local graduates Dennis Cheung, Su Chang, and Josely Lam on their experiences and progression from local universities to the US and back. This event will be co-hosted with HKU, CUHK, Chu Hai College, and CityU.

–    Open BIM workshops with Graphisoft will showcase the latest trend towards inclusive, open platform BIM collaborations, and follow on deep-dive workshops.

The first few confirmed events from these series will be as follows:

February 8th       YAG: Path to US Licensure

February 18th     Programs: Rediscovering Bishop Hill Reservoir

February 25th     Programs: First Project Sereis / New Office Works

March 11th          Programs: BIM and Computational Design / Graphisoft

June 11th            Programs: First Project Series / Kwong Vong Linow

October 8th         Programs: First Project Series / Chenchow Little

Please subscribe to the program’s calendar here and stay tuned to announcements for upcoming events. With a bit of luck, we shall resume physical events in Q2 / Q3. In the meantime, if you have any program suggestions and/or would like to submit a question to the Q&A portion of our events, please put the event name on the subject line and email your suggestion/questions to programs@aiahk.org by February 12th.

The Chapter is what we make of it. It is my honor to serve with such a committed team, and I look forward to meeting each and every one of you in due course.

Special thanks also to past president Kevin Lim who has agreed to stay on as our IR representative this year, to Caroline Chou for stepping up as treasurer, Ivy Tam for her years of service as membership chair, Joyce Lam, our incoming membership chair, Elva Tang, for a stellar job on H&A, Mona Yeung incoming H&A chair, and Peter Basmajian, who continues his long history of serving members and the Chapter by chairing, and hosting, the Nominating Committee for the 10th consecutive year.

Lastly, I would like to recognize the following individuals who have given their time to serve on Chapter committees in 2020, many of whom are staying on in 2021.

COMMUNICATIONS

Catherine Kao

Scott Brooks

HONORS & AWARDS

Elva Tang

MEMBERSHIP

Nick Chan

Brian Cheung

Tommy Siu

Ivy Tam

NOMINATING

Christine Bruckner

Nelson Chen

Yimei Chan

Darryl Custer

Sujata Govada

Anderson Lee

Simon Leung

Christian Low

Eric Schuldenfrei

Peter Cookson Smith

Peter Basmajian

PROGRAMS

Robert Dani

David Fung

Hinki Kwong

Sunnie Lau

Carlwin Martirez

Fei Mui

Betty Ng

Evelyn Ting

Po Tin

Paul Tse

Winston Yeo

YAG

Caroline Chou
Warm Regards,

Winston Yeo, AIA

2021 President

 

Thank You Letter from President 2020

 

Dear Members,

Happy New Year to you all!

I would like to take this opportunity to say Thank You to all our members for your continued support through a challenging year. Despite COVID, we were able to provide 30 Continuing Education credits through virtual events, building tours and collaboration programs.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the following members who have made 2020 a successful year for the AIA Hong Kong Chapter.

  • Immediate Past President: Kevin Limfor his continued guidance of the Executive Committee and coordination with the International Region;

  Vice President/ President-elect 2020: Winston Yeo for his double duty on EXCO and as Programs Committee chair;

  Secretary: Florence Chan for her coordination and maintenance of our Chapter records, and communication with AIA National to continue to improve Chapter operations;

  Treasurer: Sung Lee for safeguarding our finances and maintaining our self-sufficiency;

  Communications Chair: Scott Brooks for completing our long-term strategic plan and for working with Catherine Cao to develop a social media strategy;

   Honors & Awards Chair: Elva Tang for coordinating the Chapter’s first virtual adjudication and award ceremony;

  Membership Chair: Ivy Tam for maintaining our Corporate Affiliate relationships and for seeking out new opportunities to enlarge the AIA Hong Kong community;

  Nominating Chair: Peter Basmajian for helping bring our attention to individuals and organizations that made significant contributions to our built environment and the community at large;

  YAG Chair: Caroline Chou for maintaining virtual study classes for our emerging members;

  Past Presidents: Nelson Chen, Peter Basmajian, Ronald Lu, Fanny Lee, William Lim, Christine Bruckner, J Lee Rofkind, Christian Low, Sujata Govada, Ken Hau, Christian Low, Rex Wong and Anderson Lee for guiding the 2020 EXCO.

Thank you all once again for your continued support. We are looking forward to an exciting 2021 from the new Executive Committee.

 

Vicky Chan, AIA

President 2020

 

Affordable Housing Symposium | December 14, 2020

 

Dear Members,

We will announce the results of our annual design competition for Communal Space Enhancement with Light Be (LB) on December 14.

Due to the worsening COVID-19 situation, the symposium will be held virtually on Zoom and Facebook live. Our speaker from Light Be will present the LB affordable housing concept, followed by presentations from the four competition finalists. We will announce the results on the same day.

Domat will present their design for affordable housing, followed by a panel discussion with Alex Jones, Goman Ho, Ray Zee and the four finalists.

The Zoom Registration Link

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_MOMAdc2ZQget7aYaSncKBw

 


 

The Four Finalists

 

Team-05

Project Name: Vitamin

  1. Kwok Tsz Yi Sandy
  2. Chan Yuen Wai Christy

 

Team-08

Project Name: Light Housing

  1. Angie Wong
  2. Natalie Lu
  3. Joshua Shum
  4. Jefferson Chan
  5. Justin Cheng

 

Team-12

Project Name: Communitopia

 Yimei Chan

  1. Ann Yan
  2. Yiwen Zhan
  3. Lucas Lau
  4. Zhiwei Zhang
  5. Siqi Liang

 

Team-18

Project Name: Connect-Maximize-Develop

  1. Lee Nip Man, Mandy
  2. Tse Yu Hin

 

 

Building Tour: The Open University of Hong Kong Jockey Club Institute of Healthcare | November 28, 2020

 

The new OUHK Jockey Club Institute of Healthcare will be situated on Sheung Shing Street, opposite the Open University’s Ho Man Tin Main Campus. The site, at a major traffic interchange and on a steep slope, posed numerous design challenges but also generated an innovative and vibrant circulation concept called “GREEN OU LINK” to achieve these three goals:

         Everywhere is learning

         Engaging with greenery

         Community connector

The 13-storey building will be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including lecture theatres and nursing laboratories; allied health laboratories and a psychology laboratory; a special education needs centre, learning commons, student activity and active learning classrooms. The academic concourse comprises open stairs, pathways and alcoves to promote walking and offer flexible, relaxed learning spaces. More than 30 percent of the Institute will be wrapped in greenery to harmonize with the adjacent public park and unify the neighborhood.

There are only 24 slots available for this tour and our guests will be split into three groups, each one guided by an architect from Ronald Lu & Partners.

During the tour, guests are required to:

1.         Wear shoe coverings (these will be provided by OU for visiting the conference hall)
2.         Wear a surgical mask during the entire visit
3.         NOT consume any food or drink during the visit
4.         NOT take photos of the nursing lab and/or the Chinese Medicinal Lab.

Please RSVP at rsvp@aiahk.org with your full name, membership number and number of tickets by 5:00pm on Thursday November 26 (maximum of 2 tickets per each registration) and, if you have any questions, contact the Chapter office at rsvp@aiahk.org / 2882-6011.

Priority will be given to AIA members and attendees will receive 1.5 LUs/HSW.  We look forward to seeing you there!


 

Tour Leaders’ Profiles

 

Albert CW Ng, Associate Director

Albert holds both a Bachelor of Architecture degree and a BSc in Design Studies from the University of New South Wales, Australia. He joined Ronald Lu & Partners in 1995 and has a regional portfolio that includes projects for all sectors in Australia; infrastructure and building works in Hong Kong, Macau and China; and a comprehensive development in Bangkok, Thailand.

 

Kenneth CK Wong, Director

Kenneth is a registered architect in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom, an Authorized Person (Architect) and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He has over 20 years working experience as an Architect in England and Hong Kong on a wide range of projects, from commercial shopping centres and residential developments to railway stations and railway related property developments.

 

Maxx KH Leung, Architectural Assistant

Maxx Leung graduated from RMIT University with a Master’s Degree of Architecture in 2011. He returned to Hong Kong to start his career in 2012 and joined Ronald Lu & Partners in 2015. He is currently working on Alterations and Additions to the Salisbury Garden in Tsim Sha Tsui and on another educational building for The Open University of Hong Kong in Ho Man Tin.

 

Partners


 

Design Advocates for Underserved Communities

Dear Members and Friends,

Design Advocates is a collaborative, nonprofit network of independent design firms and individuals who work together with small businesses and organizations in disadvantaged communities to adapt their spaces and operations to COVID-19, and beyond. An advocate for the potential of small firms and interdisciplinary / collaborative practice, architect and Design Advocates’ co-founder and board president, Michael Chen will present recent work by the group, as well as his own firm’s civic-minded projects. He will also discuss the potential of citizen science, collaboration and craft and how these can serve both communities in need and the public good.

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

  1. Please use your real name for registration so that we can credit 1 LU/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.

Please register in advance here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RrH7XiOoRnGdELQA9_MHhw

 


 

Presenter’s Profile

Michael K. Chen AIA
Michael is a co-founder of Design Advocates and principal of Michael K. Chen Architecture (MKCA) with offices based in New York City.

He studied architecture at the University of California, Berkeley and at Columbia University, and now teaches design studios and seminars at Pratt Institute School of Architecture. Michael previously taught at UC Berkeley, Cornell, Columbia, and the Parsons School of Design.

He is the recipient of grants for independent research from the Graham Foundation, Pratt Institute, Columbia University and the Van Alen Institute, and was the 2004 John Dinkeloo Fellow at the American Academy in Rome.

 

AIA Hong Kong – September 2020 Newsletter

 


Updates from EXCO


 

Dear Members,

 

Thank you for supporting our Honors & Awards Program. Despite the unprecedented challenges we are all facing this year, we are pleased to see that many of you invested substantial time and effort and we now have an outstanding collection of entries. We received almost the same number of submissions as in 2019, an inspiring testament to our members’ belief in the importance of an AIA Hong Kong design award.

In the third quarter, we continued to host design-focused webinars and expanded our range by curating two special events on land use and landscape design, both of which were well attended. We will continue to diversify our selection of topics so that every member can obtain what he or she needs from what is on offer. If you have suggestions for future programs, please feel free to email the Chapter office at info@aiahk.org.

As we approach the end of 2020, we also hope to host some in-person events. If the law allows, these will include grumpy hours at the PMQ office, and a Housing Symposium at The Mills, to announce the result of the Light Be Design Competition on December 14th.

Please mark your calendar for our Annual General Meeting which will take place on October 27th, when we will vote for our next EXCO and present an update on the Chapter’s finances and operations for this year.

We have also concluded a member survey and Phase 1 of our strategic plan for 2025, which will be announced early in the fourth quarter.

 


Third Quarter Webinars


 

Lantau Tomorrow Vision provided an opportunity for a heated debate between the presenter, Tom Yam, and our panelists who considered the topic of the proposed reclamation on Lantau and its environmental impact. There was some good news about the health of aquatic life in Hong Kong’s harbor, and members were excited to see more citizen architect’s efforts to promote change.

A recording of the webinar is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wL9VkQ5cFdU

 

 


 

Landscape in Urban Spaces attracted many seasoned AIA members hoping to effect change. Mathew Pryor, FHKILA, presented some very insightful research on the benefits of rooftop farming in Hong Kong. Steven Cantor, ASLA, filled in many technical details on landscaping and green rooftop design. The duo got the members very excited about the future of landscape in our city – including the potential for renewable energy and productive rooftop farms.

A recording of the webinar is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhwSKgDjZuk

 

 


 

Visually Dynamic Façades gave members valuable insights into the coil and extrusion industry via an expert from Sherwin-Williams and Florence Chan, AIA, who gave us a brief introduction to how KPF uses coil and extrusion on their buildings in China.

A recording of the webinar is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWeYATee6ls

 

 


Citizen Architects


 

AIA Members, Michael Luk, Janice Hui, Kevin Lim and Vicky Chan worked with Asia Society Hong Kong to deliver a 4-part webinar exploring the heritage value of architecture via sketching, history and model making. Although the volunteers weren’t able to meet the students in person, the zoom lectures were successful and resulted in a broad range of impressive models and sketches by the young students.

 

Michael Luk

 

 

 


 

Thomas Schmidt AIA NCARB ANZIA LEED AP WELL AP

Venus Rover Award Announcement

Founder and Managing Director of Sepia Design Consultants Limited, Thomas Schmidt was recently awarded an Honorable Mention in the NASA Exploring Hell: Avoiding Obstacles on a Clockwork Rover design competition. Organized by HeroX, the design challenge called for a mechanically based obstacle sensor system for a rover that would be able to withstand the extreme temperatures and pressures on the surface of Venus. The international design competition attracted 572 entries from more than 80 countries. Schmidt’s solution was among the top 15 entries that received awards from the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

 

 


Members News


 

Hinki Kwong Assoc. AIA

Hinki Kwong recently completed all seven sections of the Architect Registration Exam (ARE) and is now waiting for the final paperwork to complete his registration. In addition to volunteering with the Programs Committee, Hinki participated in our ARE study group for the last two years and has now donated his study materials to AIA.

 

 


New Corporate Affiliates


 

Neolith

Neolith is the market-leading brand of Sintered Stone, a revolutionary new product that has become a material of choice for architects, designers, specifiers and fabricators. This material can be specified for the most demanding interior and exterior building projects. Combining high-definition detailed decoration with high-performance qualities, Neolith offers the triple reassurance of strength, beauty and longevity. Tried, tested and trusted, Neolith’s combination of realistic appearance, high performance and versatile formats make it a go-to material for a wide range of projects.

Neolith is the optimum surfacing material for both indoor and outdoor applications. From tower façades to kitchen countertops, Neolith’s physical and mechanical characteristics deliver ultimate performance, unmatched beauty and long-term value.

 

 


 

Amtrac

Established in 1988, Amtrac is a one-stop furnishing resource for hospitality designers, developers, institutions and private clients.

Our comprehensive furnishing products include furniture, lighting, wardrobe, wall unit, rug and accessories. Over the years our product range has expanded to include a variety of architectural and landscape products. These include a broad range of timber products, architectural stonework and metal work, clock system, street furniture, auditorium and stadium seating, outdoor furniture, outdoor lighting, shade and gazebo, pots and planters. Our products are selected for their design, quality, value, and environmental friendliness.

Today we are proud to have served many developers, hotel groups, private and public institutions in Hong Kong, China and Asia Pacific areas.

 

 


News from Our Corporate Affiliates


 

Dyson

How Dyson Helps To Reduce Carbon Footprint

At Dyson we strive to use technology to solve problems, be more sustainable, and contribute to mankind. Since 1983, our bagless vacuum cleaners have saved billions of vacuum bags from clogging landfills.

In 2006, Dyson launched Airblade™ hand dryers, to dry hands quickly and hygienically without the need to use paper towels. This can help to reduce up to 85% of CO2 emissions per hand dry. Since then, it has become a sustainable solution for many sectors including M+ Museum, Hong Kong FT Life Tower, Guangzhou Taikoo Hui and Serpentine Galleries, London.

 

Building Design with Automation

 

Dear Members and Friends,

This webinar will address the future of building design utilising automation and artificial intelligence. Anthony Hauck, chair of the AIA Innovation Awards Committee and COO of Hypar, will introduce our members to their proprietary software and demonstrate how it can be used to automate the generation of building design proposals. Experts and newcomers alike will learn how the Hypar ecosystem eliminates the drudgery of routine tasks and fosters quality and consistency.

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

1. Please use your real name for registration so that we can credit 1 LU 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.

Please register in advance here:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_A6jFB3PLR8iQD65iVZBXeg

 


 

Speaker’s Profile

 

Anthony Hauck, COO of Hypar

 

Anthony Hauck had more than 20 years’ experience in architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) IT before entering the software sector. As a member of the AIA CIO Large Firm Roundtable, he was part of a community of CIOs who helped guide their firms through the transition to BIM while developing methodologies for project collaboration still in use today.

Joining the Autodesk Revit development team in 2007, Anthony became the Director of AEC Product Management and, finally, the Director of Product Strategy for AEC Generative Design.

He founded Hypar with his partner, Ian Keough, in 2018 and recently had a chance to return to his AIA roots by chairing the 2019 AIA Innovation Awards committee.

 

Rescheduled: AIA Hong Kong 2020 Annual General Meeting | October 28, 2020

 

 

Dear Members:

You are cordially invited to join our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday October 28, 2020. This event is free and exclusive for members only!  The meeting agenda will include a Chapter Report by the President, a Financial Report by the Treasurer and the Chapter Election for 2021 Executive Council (EXCO) Members.

Due to COVID-19’s gathering restriction order, our Annual General Meeting will be held online via ZOOM this year with details below:

Date: October 28, 2020
Time: 6:30pm HKT
ZOOM link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82950690309?pwd=WXpLSVM0TVBLWlUwTjNTU0E4S3FiQT09
Your participation is highly encouraged.

On behalf of AIA Hong Kong, we look forward to seeing you there!

Vicky Chan, AIA                             Winston Yeo, AIA 
2020 President                                Vice President / President-elect 2021

AIA Hong Kong 2021 Chapter Election – Call for Nominations

 

Dear Members,

As a Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, AIA Hong Kong is required to hold an annual election for the following positions:

Vice President / President-elect 2022
Secretary
Treasurer

Although these positions are voluntary and unpaid, it is essential to the health of the Chapter that qualified individuals contribute their time, energy and professional experience in whatever capacity they can to ensure that AIA Hong Kong continues to thrive and to serve its members effectively.

There are also five standing committees:

Programs
Membership
Communications
Honors and Awards
Nominating
and
The Young Architects Group (YAG)

As we rely heavily on the personal involvement and commitment of our members, we strongly encourage and welcome your participation either as one of our three elected Officers or as a member of a Committee / YAG based on your area of interest.

Note that self-nominations for any of the above positions and committees are welcome.

Please click here for further details about the upcoming election and send the completed Nomination Form(s) to the Chapter Office by  Friday September 18, 2020. The Chapter Election will take place at our 2020 Annual Meeting on Tuesday October 6, at 6:30pm in the AIA Hong Kong Chapter Office at PMQ and via Zoom.

Your continued participation and involvement is greatly appreciated and we thank you in advance for your support.

Vicky Chan, AIA                       Winston Yeo, AIA
2020 President                          Vice President / President-elect 2021

 

Lantau Tomorrow Vision | August 18, 2020

 

Dear Members and Friends,

The Lantau Tomorrow Vision (LTV) is a Hong Kong Government reclamation project comprising approximately 1,700 hectares that is intended to house 400,000 residential units upon completion.

The project has generated a long list of both pros and cons for consideration.

This webinar will feature Tom Yam, from the Citizens Task Force on Land Resources, who will share his assessment of the LTV with our members. He will give us an overview of current land and housing policy in Hong Kong and the likely environmental impact of this massive reclamation project.

The webinar will be followed by a panel discussion with urban planners Dr. Sujata Govada, Dr. Peter Cookson Smith and Gary Stokes from OceansAsia.

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

  1. Please use your real name for registration so that we can credit 1 LU/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.

Please register in advance here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_43WVtG96Tle6l2L9J_ZAug

 


 

Speaker’s Profile

 

Tom Yam MBA PhD

 

Tom is a member of the Citizens Task Force on Land Resources. He has a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

His professional experience spans aerospace, telecommunications, and management consulting in the USA and East Asia, where he has headed the AT&T and Ernst & Young management consulting practices in Shanghai.

Tom contributes to the SCMP on science, technology, waste management and urban development.