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ZAHA HADID Design Across Scales and Continents

Dear AIA Hong Kong Chapter Members,

Tickets are now on sale for Zaha Hadid’s talk on Design across Scales and Continents at Cityline.

Date: 19 March, 2014
Venue: Hong Kong PolyU Main Campus, HungHom
Time: 5 PM
Ticket Price: A$200 (Marked Seat) ; B$150 (Free Seating)

For further information, please click here

SCAD Hong Kong Open Studio – February 20, 2014

Open Studio is SCAD Hong Kong’s showcase of student works from the Department of Fine Arts. Works by current and former SCAD students will be for sale and both professors and students will be present to answer questions about the student works and the Department of Fine Arts.

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Humanizing Megascale: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie

AIA Hong Kong held its first event this year hosted in partnership with the Asia Society at their Hong Kong Center on February 13, 2014.

Noted architect Moshe Safdie, FAIA, CC, talked about his design philosophy and his impressive portfolio of completed work. He stressed the importance of humanizing the design of housing in large cities, and illustrated this with several projects in China, including one in Chongching, as well as with many of his other projects worldwide.

He is well known here in Asia for his design of the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

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AIA Hong Kong –
February President’s Message

Dear Members and Friends:

I would like to wish everyone a wonderful Chinese New Year blessed with happiness and health, and filled with great design ideas and golden moments.

Last month we kicked off 2014 with our first event at ArtisTree in Taikoo Place.  About 60 participants were treated to a detailed and insightful tour of the exhibition “Building M+: The Museum and Architecture Collection” by Mr. Aric Chan and Ms. Shirley Surya (Curator and Assistant Curator, respectively, of Design and Architecture at M+, the new museum for visual culture). Following the exhibition tour the group gathered nearby for a reception and discussion about how greatly the future M+ and its surrounding West Kowloon Arts and Cultural District will benefit Hong Kong. It was especially pleasant to meet a number of new faces amongst the group, some of whom were attending their first event with AIA Hong Kong.

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Arts Pavilion – An exhibition and event space

Winning design to be completed in 2015

First Prize Winning Design: VPANG architects ltd + JET Architecture Inc + Lisa Cheung

The winning pavilion is designed to offer a respite from hectic city life, and impressed the judges with a smart simplistic approach, which allows the Pavilion to blend into its surroundings. Mirrored external walls camouflage the architecture, reflecting the surrounding expanses of greenery and immersing the building within its Park setting. To further this experience, the pavilion’s main exhibition space is elevated, allowing it to float above the foliage, creating the opportunity for artwork to be appreciated against a backdrop of the Hong Kong Island skyline with spectacular views out over Victoria Harbour. The building is designed to be surrounded by natural light, away from noise.  Inside, gallery spaces are created by polished concrete floors and white walls – a flexible backdrop for multidisciplinary art exhibitions and performances.

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Fall Poolside BBQ Party

A wonderful evening was shared by all at the pool side of Dr. Ronald Lu, FAIA, and his wife Stella.   Ron graciously opened up his home for AIA and AIA Associate Members to enjoy a delicious gourmet BBQ.  He also donated the wines and other beverages for the event.  Our Guest of Honor, visiting from Texas, was Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, Vice President / President-elect 2015 for AIA National.  Elizabeth will be the first Hong Kong-born president of the AIA.  She was accompanied by her daughter Elissa Richter, AIA, and her sister, Anna Chu.  The evening was very relaxed and provided an excellent opportunity for old and new members to meet and catch up with each other in a casual setting.


Our thanks to the Lu family and to Kim Wang for organizing this very pleasant evening.

Contributor: J Lee Rofkind, AIA

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AIA Hong Kong – Honors & Awards Reception

Dear members and friends:

Our thanks to those of you who were able to join us!

It was wonderful to welcome a record number of members and friends to the annual AIA Hong Kong Honors and Awards Ceremony on November 5, 2013.

Once again, an outstanding panel of jurors recognized members’ work throughout the Asia Pacific Region. The jury – chaired by George Miller, FAIA, and joined by AIA International Director George Kunihiro, FAIA, Harvard GSD Dean Mohsen Mostafavi, RIBA, and HKU Prof. Lynne DiStefano, Hon. AIA (HK) – focused on design excellence with respect to both sustainability and urban design.  The full list of submissions, jury comments and award-winning projects will be posted on our website.

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AIA Hong Kong –
November President’s Message

Dear members and friends:

We kicked off November with AIA Hong Kong’s biggest annual event – the Honors & Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, November 5th. This year we had a record number of 81 entries.  With an International panel of judges, 9 design awards were given out, as well as Chapter Citations to Gwulo: Old Hong Kong, SOHO China and Project Little Dream. Honorary Affiliate Membership was awarded to Christopher Law, RIBA HKIA Hon. AIA (HK) and Scholastic Prizes were given to Ms. Cui Yujing of The University of Hong Kong and Ms. Wu Shuqin of The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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CES #351 The Architectural Tour of Guangzhou

Saturday, October 19th, started early – the day was to be quite intense with many places to visit and things to see. In fact it was very busy – we saw the Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid, the GuangdongMuseum by Rocco Design and Taikoo Hui by Arquitectonica, all of which were explained to a high level of detail.   

The staff from Rocco Design presented the Museum’s complicated and elaborate structure which, from the outside, makes the building look quite humble – yet still intriguing. The team members did an excellent job of explaining the essence of the building, which is full of dynamic cut outs, and this made the Museum visit particularly educational.

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International Conference on Heritage Conservation 2013 “Latest Movements in Heritage Conservation: Global Vision and Local Outlook”

This conference will be held on 29 – 30 November 2013

Commissioner for Heritage Office, Development Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Architectural Conservation Programmes, Department of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong

Objective :

The conference provides an opportunity for international exchange of insights experience among esteemed heritage conservation professionals from both the public and private sectors. The conference will focus on heritage conservation as an integral theme, with historic urban landscape, experiences in the conservation of privately-owned historic buildings and traditional and innovative tools of urban conservation practice featured in separate sessions.

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