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In Memory of Ms Diane Haigh (1949-2022)

Ms Diane Haigh, who taught design in the Department of Architecture from 1982 to 1985, passed away in Cambridge, UK on 31 July 2022.  She is survived by her husband Dr William Fawcett, who also taught architecture in the Department, her daughter Eleanor, son Francis, and grandchildren.

Colleagues in the Department of Architecture send our condolences to Dr Fawcett and the family.

There will be an event to celebrate Diane’s life in October in Cambridge.

The family has created a website where photos and memories of Diane can be shared:
http://www.mykeeper.com/profile/DianeHaigh

Dr William Fawcett’s contact — email: wf@wfdh.co.uk
37A Queen Edith’s Way, Cambridge CB1 8PJ

Honorary Professor Patrick Lau received HKIA Gold Medal 2021

Lau, Patrick S.S.

Congratulations to Honorary Professor Patrick Lau on receiving the HKIA Gold Medal 2021.

Professor Lau taught architecture at HKU from 1973 to 2004, and was Head of the Department of Architecture from 1996 to 2000. His research has been widely published, including ‘Rural Architecture in Hong Kong’ (1979), which influenced the Hong Kong Government then to establish the Antiquities Advisory Board for the preservation of historical heritage.

Professor Lau’s numerous award-winning designs include the University of East Asia in Macau, French International School of Hong Kong, Hong Kong International School, West Island School, Australian International School Hong Kong, HKIEd Jockey Club Primary School, IVE Shatin Learning Resources Centre, Centre for the Blind and Sam Tung Uk Museum.

In public service, Professor Lau’s experience is just as impressive. He was Member in the Legislative Council from 2004 to 2012, serving the Architectural, Surveying and Planning Functional Constituency; HKIA President; Founding Chairman and Director of the Professional Green Building Council, among other significant roles. He was therefore praised by the Jury for ‘[leading] the profession with all-rounded contribution which is instrumental to the advancement of the profession and even the society. He is the first-ever architect in Hong Kong as an outstanding practitioner, educator, and LEGCO member advocating architecture in parallel with sustained success.’

Jury Statement

Press Coverage:
Hong Kong Economic Times
Hong Kong Economic Journal

HKIA Annual Awards 2021

Congratulations to Anderson Lee, Professor Weijen Wang, alumni Vincent Ng (BAAS 1983; BArch 1985; MUD 1994), Tony Lam (BAAS 1982; BArch 1984; MScCon 2005), Michael Tsang (BAAS 1982, BArch 1985) and Bob Pang (BAAS 2004; MArch 2007), whose projects have won the HKIA Annual Awards 2021:

HKIA Merit Award (Hong Kong – Institutional Building)
‘Christian Zheng Sheng Ha Keng Centre’ by Index Architecture Limited (Founder and Principal: Anderson Lee)
Location: Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Building Type: Rehabilitation Centre

Christian Zheng Sheng Ha Keng Centre - Front Facade
Christian Zheng Sheng Ha Keng Centre
Christian Zheng Sheng Ha Keng Centre - Central Courtyard

HKIA Medal of the Year (Outside Hong Kong)
‘Valley Retreat: Xiaoyou Dongtian’ by Wang Weijen Architecture Limited
Location: East bank of Xiaoyou River, Wangwu Town, Jiyuan City, Henan Province
Building Type: Resort Hotel

Valley Retreat - Xiaoyou Dongtian
Valley Retreat - Xiaoyou Dongtian - Guesthouse Courtyard
Valley Retreat - Xiaoyou Dongtian - Enrance Lobby

Special Architectural Award – Heritage & Adaptive Re-use
‘Central Market’ by AGC Design Limited (Senior Directors: Grace Cheng, Vincent Ng [BAAS 1983; BArch 1985; MUD 1994], Tony Lam [BAAS 1982; BArch 1984; MScCon 2005], and Michael Tsang [BAAS 1982, BArch 1985])
Location: 80 Des Voeux Road Central and 93 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
Building Type: Public Space / Civic / Communal Building, Heritage & Adaptive Re-use

Special Architectural Award – Heritage & Adaptive Re-use
Special Architectural Award – Heritage & Adaptive Re-use
Special Architectural Award – Heritage & Adaptive Re-use

Special Architectural Award – Curation & Exhibition Design
‘BRUTAL! – Unknown Brutalism Architecture in Hong Kong’ Exhibition, curated by Pang Chin Wah, Bob (BAAS 2004; MArch 2007)
Co-curators: Chan Lok Yan, Alison (BAAS Year 3), Law Ka Wai, Charlotte (BAAS 2006; MArch 2009), Tsang Ka Lee, Candy (BAAS 2020), Siu Kin Wai, Kevin (BAAS 2004; MArch 2007), Wong Hin Fai, Kenji (BAAS 2004; MArch 2007), and Ting Wing Sze, Vivian
Photographer: Mak King Huai, Kevin
Concrete Artists: Lau Chung Ming, Mig, and Ma Cho Fai, Joe
Sponsor: Design Trust Seed Grant

BRUTAL - Unknown Brutalism Architecture in Hong Kong Exhibition
BRUTAL - Unknown Brutalism Architecture in Hong Kong Exhibition
BRUTAL - Unknown Brutalism Architecture in Hong Kong Exhibition

All the awarded and finalist projects are showcased in ‘Central’s Hub’ – HKIA Annual Awards 2021 Exhibition:
Venue: 1/F Event Space, Central Market, 93 Queen’s Road Central and 80 Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong
Exhibition Period: 20 – 29 May 2022
Opening Hours: Daily, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

HKIA Annual Awards 2021 Exhibition

Established in 1965, the HKIA Annual Awards is one of the most prestigious architectural awards in the Asia-Pacific region. It aims to strive for local, regional and international architectural excellence through professionalism and creativity, and to provide a supportive environment for its members to practise quality architecture and realise their professional potential.

More information: https://www.hkia.net/en/awards-competition.html?id=1&news=156
Media coverage: https://www.thestandard.com.hk/breaking-news/section/2/190331/Prestigious-award-honors-outstanding-architectural-excellence

Top 1% Most-cited Researchers

Congratulations to the following members of the Faculty, who have been ranked by Clarivate Analytics in the top 1% worldwide by citations, for their outstanding performance in at least one of the 22 research fields:

Professor Shenjing He
Dr Xingjian Liu
Professor Wilson Lu
Dean Chris Webster
Professor Anthony Yeh

The data is drawn from Essential Science Indicators (ESI). For its methodology, please visit the Clarivate Analytics webpage.

More information on HKU Scholars in the Top 1% (2009-2021).

*Data source: Essential Science Indicators, updated as of 9 July 2021 to cover a 10-year plus 4-month period, from 1 January 2011 to 30 April 2021.

Arnold Wong (BAAS 2011, MArch 2014) won Victoria Harbour Word Art Competition

Alumnus Arnold WONG Yok Fai (BAAS 2011, MArch 2014) and his team have won in the Victoria Harbour Word Art Competition for their entry ‘The Beacon of Hong Kong’.

With a hollow letters design, ‘The Beacon of Hong Kong’ creates an interactive effect and enables visitors to become part of the art. A mesh design is also incorporated to reinterpret the traditional Chinese window frame and ‘screen’ craftsmanship in a contemporary way.

Organised by the Development Bureau and the Harbourfront Commission, the Competition called for a photogenic Victoria Harbour word art design to be developed into a new landmark on the Hong Kong Island.

‘The Beacon of Hong Kong’ is currently installed at the East Coast Park Precinct at Fortress Hill’s harbourfront. For more information, please visit: https://www.devb.gov.hk/en/issues_in_focus/victoria_harbour_word_art_competition/word_art/index.html
https://arta.archi/project/the-beacon-of-hong-kong

Victoria Harbour Word Art Competition winning entry - 'The Beacon of Hong Kong'Victoria Harbour Word Art Competition winning entry - 'The Beacon of Hong Kong'Victoria Harbour Word Art Competition winning entry - 'The Beacon of Hong Kong'Victoria Harbour Word Art Competition winning entry - 'The Beacon of Hong Kong'Victoria Harbour Word Art Competition winning entry - 'The Beacon of Hong Kong'Victoria Harbour Word Art Competition winning entry - 'The Beacon of Hong Kong'

CCFS Awarded Projects

CCFS Awarded Projects

Rural Urban Lab and Division of Landscape Architecture are among the 10 winners of this year’s Countryside Conservation Funding Scheme (CCFS), launched by the HKSAR Government to promote the sustainable conservation and revitalisation of the remote countryside. In addition to two other CCFS projects awarded in 2020-21, by Centre for Chinese Architecture and Urbanism and Social Infrastructure for Equity and Wellbeing Lab respectively, FoA has received close to HK$9M funding from the government scheme:

2021-22

 

    • ‘Village Commoning: Developing a Community-led Model in Countryside Revitalisation’, by Vincci Mak (Principal Investigator), together with Dr Cecilia Chu and Maxime Decaudin of Division of Landscape Architecture, proposes village revitalisation that attends to the needs and aspirations of local villagers and engages them throughout the process.

      Vincci Mak (PI, centre), together with team members Dr Cecilia Chu and Maxime Decaudin
      Vincci Mak (PI, centre), together with team members Dr Cecilia Chu and Maxime Decaudin

 

2020-21

 

 

Established under the Countryside Conservation Office in 2019, the CCFS supports non-profit-making organisations with funding on projects about nature conservation management, restoration of built heritage, cultural rehabilitation/revitalisation, and countryside conservation and revitalisation in Hong Kong’s rural hinterland.

About CCFS