From 28 August to 6 September 2012, Prof. Lynne DiStefano of the Architectural Conservation Programmes (ACP) was appointed a Technical Evaluator by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) for an evaluation mission to Japan’s latest UNESCO World Heritage nomination – “Fujisan”.
Associate Professor Bay Wong elected President of the HKIS
Mr Bay Wong, Associate Professor of the Department of Real Estate and Construction, has been elected as the President of The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS) for the year 2010 -2011.
Mr Jonathan Solomon appointed co-curator at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale
Mr Jonathan Solomon, Acting Head of the Department of Architecture has been appointed co-curator of a major exhibition in the American Pavilion at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale, the official representation of the United State of America at the world’s most prestigious architecture exhibition, opening 29 August 2010.
The exhibition, Workshopping: An American Model of Architectural Practice, was selected by the US State Department in an open competition following the recommendation of the Federal Advisory Committee on International Exhibitions, convened by the National Endowment for the Arts. Workshopping is co-curated by Jonathan and Michael Rooks, and organized by the High Museum of Art (Atlanta) and 306090, Inc (New York).
Workshopping focuses on architects as initiators of trans-disciplinary collaborations in practice focusing on research and social engagement. With an emphasis on projects rather than individuals, and on processes and their impacts rather than on products, the show will highlight the work of American architects practicing at a range of scales.
Professor K W CHAU, Chair Professor of the Department of Real Estate and Construction, has been elected as the President of The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS) for the year 2009 -2010.
Dr Lynne DiStefano appointed as Facilitator for the UNESCO-ICCROM Conference
Dr Lynne DiStefano is the Facilitator for the 2nd UNESCO-ICCROM Asian Academy for Heritage Management Conference, “Urban Heritage and Tourism”; 1-3 December 2009, at the Heritage Studies Centre, Institute for Tourism Studies, Macao.
Assistant Professors Marisa Yiu and Eric Schuldenfrei have been selected by HKIA, HKIP and HKDA to curate upcoming 2009 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture.
This year’s 2009 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture will mark the first cultural event of international magnitude to take place in the West Kowloon waterfront promenade from 4 December 2009 to 27 February 2010. The theme of “City Mobilization: BYOB” (Bring Your Own Biennale), a catchphrase and framework is designed to inspire individual participation and networked collaboration among the citizens of Hong Kong and international audiences.
This year’s selected Curatorial Team is Marisa Yiu (Chief Curator, Assistant Professor HKU Architecture, co-founder of ESKYIU) and Eric Schuldenfrei (Curator for Education, Film and Media, Director of Media Studies HKU Architecture, co-founder of ESKYIU), and also comprises of Alan Lo (Curator for Arts, City Integration and Events, co-founder of Pressroom Group), and Frank Yu (Curator for Architecture, Urbanism and Landscape, Director of Gravity Partnership Ltd.). The Curatorial Team hopes to engage a similarly diverse group of Hong Kong and international citizens and make the Biennale an event that‘s made for everyone.
The 2009 Hong Kong – Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale is organized by The Hong Kong Institute of Architects, Hong Kong Institute of Planners, and Hong Kong Designers Association. The Home Affairs Bureau is the principal sponsor of the event. The Bi-City Biennale is one of the celebration programs of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People Republic of China. It is the hope of the Home Affairs Bureau that the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale, to be held at the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) site, will help establishing the WKCD as an exchange platform between overseas partners and Hong Kong, and help bringing Hong Kong arts and cultural talents out of Hong Kong to connect with the world. It is also a hope that the Biennale will help familiarize local citizens and tourists with the WKCD site and frequent the place for arts and cultural enjoyment.
Dr Daniel C W Ho appointed as Asia Representative on the RICS Governing Council
Dr Daniel C W Ho, Associate Professor of the Department of Real Estate and Construction, has been elected and appointed as Asia Representative on the RICS Governing Council for the period July 2009 to June 2013.
Ho-yin Lee appointed to the Antiquities Advisory Board
Dr Ho-yin Lee, conservation expert and Director of the Architectural Conservation Programme offered by the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong, has been appointed as a Member of the Chief Executive’s Antiquities Advisory Board (AAB).
Lynne DiStefano appointed as World Heritage Advisor
Dr Lynne DiStefano, conservation expert and a key teaching staff member of the Architectural
Conservation Programme offered by the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong, has been appointed as World Heritage Advisor by the Paris-based ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites), the organization tasked with the valuation of UNESCO World Heritage applications and nominations, as well as other aspects of implementing of the World Heritage Convention. Lynne is also the former Director of the Conservation Programme, a position she held for more than five years.
Associate Professor Stephen Lau appointed as Official Representative for China and Hong Kong by the World Green Building Council WGBC
The World Green Building Council has appointed Associate Professor of the Department of Architecture Stephen Lau as the Official Representative for China and Hong Kong.
The World Green Building (WorldGBC) is a global not-for-profit organization working to transform the property industry towards sustainability through its members – national Green Building councils. The WorldGBC serves as a global voice and supports and promotes individual Green Building Councils, and helps to establish a clearing for knowledge transfer between Councils. Hong Kong and China are in the early stages of forming a Green Building Council.