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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

Vincci Mak awarded at the Lord Wilson Heritage Trust

Vincci Mak awarded at the Lord Wilson Heritage Trust

Vincci Mak Awarded at the Lord Wilson Heritage Trust

Ms. Vincci Mak is awarded at the Lord Wilson Heritage Trust – Grant Application 2021/22, for the amount of $305,300, for her proposal titled “Village, Tree, Heritage”.


Project Summary

There is a growing awareness of the built heritage of traditional villages, and the landscapes there also have great significance in the village everyday life. In particular, old trees have great symbolic/cultural values and are the centre of village traditional practices. Anchoring village communal spaces and events through time, they are significant in telling stories, local history, and collective memories of the villagers.

This project will identify old trees in various villages having significance in everyday village culture. They will be studied as a lineage to analyse trends, patterns, and relationships among different practices and rural stories. In the long run, the study aims to establish a comprehensive database and set of knowledge about Hong Kong’s old village trees and their interrelationships with everyday village cultures.

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

MArch graduate won at RIBA’s Ideas and Sketches Students Competition

MArch graduate won at RIBA’s Ideas and Sketches Students Competition 2021

Maxwell Lau Ho Chuen (MArch 2021) has won in the RIBA’s Ideas and Sketches Students Competition 2021 (Asia & Australasia region) for his project ‘2061 Pabulum Odyssey’.

With the theme of ‘Reimagining Cities and Towns Post-COVID’, the Competition invited architecture students worldwide to propose ideas for designing buildings and cities/towns of the future as we emerge from the pandemic. A total of 73 entries were received from 20 schools across four international regions: Americas, Asia & Australasia, Europe, Middle East & Africa.

‘2061 Pabulum Odyssey’ is the winner of the Asia & Australasia region. In response to Hong Kong’s frequent dine-in bans during COVID-19, the project envisions a machine-dominant future of eating out and serving food via drones, facilitated by a drone port transformed from the Kwun Tong MTR station, above which is a centralised robotic restaurant tower built for food preparation, cooking, and virtual dining.

‘2061 Pabulum Odyssey’ is commended by the Evaluation Panel as ‘progressive, showing dreams and aspirations whilst providing a clear vision for the future. The project is imaginative and provocative and at the same time grounded in reality. It touches on one of the most important activities in big cities, which is food and dining in a social context. It also introduces quality drawing and a creative way of presentation, demonstrating a deep understanding of the issues linked to buildings, cities, and pandemic … The images presented are expressive showing first class quality in its ideas, development, and structure.’

Read more about Maxwell’s winning project: https://www.architecture.com/knowledge-and-resources/knowledge-landing-page/reimagining-cities-and-towns-post-covid-results

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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'

Nesia Cheung has won DFA CreateSmart Young Design Talent Special Award 2021

Nesia Cheung (BAAS ’18, MArch ’21) has won DFA CreateSmart Young Design Talent Special Award 2021

Between total disappearance and reconstructed cliché, my thesis proposes an alternative: turning the dismantled Queen’s Pier into a constant process of re-appearing, in each round to retell and re-make history, to re-live in the new reality.

Congratulations to Nesia Cheung @necheung (BAAS ’18, MArch ’21) for winning the DFA Hong Kong Young Design Talent Award (Environmental Design) 2021 with her thesis Dis-a-pier | Re-a-pier, advised by Tao Zhu and Guillaume Othenin-Girard, with Nasrine Seraji.

With this award, Nesia hopes to raise the awareness of Hong Kong’s disappearing historical buildings and contribute to the local architectural scene by conserving and giving new life to historic buildings in Hong Kong.

In this thesis, I have chosen to “reconstruct Queen’s Pier ” as a focus to put forward the hypothesis that architecture can be a tool to retell disappeared history and also open up new uses by injecting new life into this piece of old architecture. Rather than treating Queen’s Pier as an obsolete object, I have paired Queen’s Pier’s historical significance in relation to the current geographical, social and political setting in Hong Kong with the goals of recalling memory as well as opening up new purposes of the pier in the future.

More information on YDTA DFA Awards website

1 – Site and Architectural Analysis of Queens Pier
1 – Site and Architectural Analysis of Queen’s Pier

2 – Site Selection – Three Thresholds of Hong Kong
2 – Site Selection – Three Thresholds of Hong Kong

3 – Site 1 – Edinburgh Square Urban Festival
3 – Site 1 – Edinburgh Square Urban Festival

3 – Site 1 – Edinburgh Square Urban Festival
3 – Site 1 – Edinburgh Square Urban Festival

4 – Site 2 – Tamar Harbour Pool
4 – Site 2 – Tamar Harbour Pool

5 – Site 3 – Border Theatre
5 – Site 3 – Border Theatre

6 – Site 1 – Edinburgh Sq festival Panel B
6 – Site 1 – Edinburgh Sq festival Panel B

7 – Site 2 – Tamar harbour pool Panel B
7 – Site 2 – Tamar harbour pool Panel B

8 – Site 3 – Border Theatre Panel B
8 – Site 3 – Border Theatre Panel B
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Harbourfront Public Furniture Competition

Ten of our students, graduates, and Faculty staff have won in the Harbourfront Public Furniture Competition, organised by the Harbour Office of the Development Bureau and the Harbourfront Commission.

The Competition called for creative furniture designs to enhance visitors’ experience along the Victoria Harbourfront. The winning entries are:

  1. ‘By the Harbour’ by Vicky KONG Chin Wai (BSc(Surv) 2004), HUNG Kam Fai (BAAS 2004; MArch 2007) and their team
  2. ‘Dialogue at Distance’ by Weldon LEE (MArch 2012)
  3. ‘Endurance of Stricken Woods’ by Charles LAI Chun Wai (PhD student) and his team
  4. ‘Flip Along’ by Zeth KO Pak Kan (BAAS 2012; MArch 2015) and his team
  5. ‘VH Puzzled’ by Zeth KO Pak Kan (BAAS 2012; MArch 2015) and his team
  6. ‘Sit-easy’ by Wyan YEUNG Li Shung (MArch 2011) and his team
  7. ‘Social Ring’ by Arnold WONG Yok Fai (BAAS 2011; MArch 2014)
  8. ‘Urban Pebbles’ by Jason HILGEFORT, Adjunct Assistant Professor of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, and Jennifer YIP Yi Kwan (MArch 2019)
  9. ‘The Weave Chair’ by CHO Lok Man (MArch1)

These winning projects are installed at three promenades by Victoria Harbour, namely Hoi Fai Road Promenade, Promenade at Water Sports and Recreation Precinct, and Promenade at Pierside Precinct. For more information, visit: https://www.devb.gov.hk/en/issues_in_focus/harbourfront_public_furniture_competition/Index

1. By the Harbour by Vicky KONG Chin Wai, HUNG Kam Fai and team
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2. Dialogue at Distance by Weldon LEE
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3. Endurance of Stricken Woods by Charles LAI Chun Wai and team
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4. Flip Along by Zeth KO Pak Kan and team
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5. VH Puzzled by Zeth KO Pak Kan and team
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6. Sit-easy by Wyan YEUNG Li Shung and team
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7. Social Ring by Arnold WONG Yok Fai
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8. Urban Pebbles by Jason HILGEFORT and Jennifer YIP Yi Kwan
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9. The Weave Chair by CHO Lok Man
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Ir Dr Llewellyn Tang’s ‘BIM Warehouse’ won Silver Medal at International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva 2021

Ir Dr Llewellyn Tang led his team at Llewellyn and Partners Company Limited (LPC) – the first HKU BIM Innovation start-up – to win a Silver Medal at the 2021 Special Edition of International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, with their project ‘BIM Warehouse’.

LPC’s mission is to reshape the Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Owner-operated (AECO) ecosystem with revolutionary solutions. The winning invention, ‘BIM Warehouse’, formulates a new AEC business model. It is a B2B2C e-warehouse and e-commerce platform to house AECO assets within an ISO-compliant asset information management platform (AutoCDE) that integrates BIM, GIS, IoT, A.I. and Blockchain. Its A.I. functionality (AutoBIM) can generate semantic 3D BIM models. Powered by blockchain (AEC2hain), it is a solution to AECO and real estate tokenisation. ‘BIM Warehouse’ optimises the processes and unifies the supply chain of the industry for higher cost efficiency and security. It empowers the industry for a new construction normal in digitalisation, standardisation, integration and industrialisation.

IEIG is one of the world’s most significant annual events devoted to inventions. This year, around 600 inventions from 20 countries were evaluated on virtual platforms by an international jury of specialists during 10-14 March 2021. Its award ceremony was held on 17 May 2021.

Press release: https://www.hku.hk/press/news_detail_22555.html

Selected media coverage on Dr Tang’s start-up experience and views on BIM development in Hong Kong:

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Dr Llewellyn Tang at IEIG 2021 Award Ceremony
Dr Llewellyn Tang at IEIG 2021 Award Ceremony
Dr Llewellyn Tang at IEIG 2021 Award Ceremony
Dr Llewellyn Tang at IEIG 2021 Award Ceremony

 

John Lin bestowed a 2021 Graham Foundation grant

John Lin bestowed a 2021 Graham Foundation grant

John Lin bestowed a 2021 Graham Foundation grant

More from Graham Foundation


Project title

Renovation Toolbox: A guided tour of innovative houses by self-builders in rural China

Project abstract

“Renovation Toolbox: A guided tour of innovative houses by self-builders in rural China” develops a series of short movies to spread stories of vernacular adaptations.

It has been over 50 years since Architecture Without Architects introduced vernacular or “non-pedigreed” architecture to a wider audience. Revisiting Rudofsky’s premise on vernacular architecture through the lens of contemporary China is to be confronted with abandonment, infrastructural collisions, mutations, adaptations, and contested territories. What we find today is a transitional life-style through a hybrid way of living. Stories of structural adaptation of traditional houses often happen alongside social and community transformation. The films act as “guided tours” of these transformations, narrating the design responses that negotiate between traditional housing forms and the changing conditions of the rural village. The goal is to bring the research to life actively demonstrating to governments and self-builders the culturally and environmentally sustainable benefit of adapting traditional houses as opposed to abandonment.

Project statement

The underpinning research uncovered examples of innovative, sustainable and efficient renovations of vernacular houses done by spontaneous builders in four remote locations in rural China. These renovated houses have already been represented through photographs and drawings in the previous research project, but in order to bring the research to life and to actively demonstrate the benefits of adapting traditional houses, a series of follow up films will be developed. The films act as “guided tours” of the renovations, making those remote houses virtually accessible.

There will be four films, each one corresponding to a vernacular house typology that emerged from the previous research (underground houses in Sanmenxia, Shanxi; wooden houses in Guizhou, Guiyang; collective houses in Longyan, Fujian; and seasonal houses in Shangri-La, Yunnan). The aim is to encourage people to consider adaptation as alternative over cheaply available building methods that are currently transforming the rural landscape. The project will also potentially influence policy in vernacular houses preservation. The understanding of adaptation as a viable strategy can help to reduce the abandonment of traditional houses and ensure the longevity of vernacular structures.

The films will have a greater impact on the actual production of the rural built environment – much of which is made without architects.


John Lin bestowed a 2021 Graham Foundation grant