Category Archives: Conservation

Lynne DiStefano Awarded AIA Honorary Affiliate Membership

ACP Adjunct Professor Dr. Lynne DiStefano has been invited to join the American Institute of Architects (AIA) as an Honorary Affiliate Member.

The AIA Honorary Affiliate Membership is an honour extended to “distinguished individuals not professionally eligible for AIA architect membership for their contributions in promoting the value of architecture in society and for fostering awareness of issues related to the built environment in the Chapter’s region.”

This is the first time that an Architectural Conservationist has been conferred the honour by the AIA Hong Kong Chapter.  As you can see from the list of AIA HK Chapter Honorary Affiliate Membership, Lynne has joined the rank of such renounced architects as I. M. Pei and Dr. Tao Ho, as well as distinguished past Heads of the Department of Architecture at HKU and CUHK, Profs. Eric Lye and Tunney Lee.


Gesa Schwantes attends workshop on Cave 465 in Dunhuang

Gesa Schwantes, Conservation Laboratory Officer of the Architectural Conservation Programmes in the Department of Architecture was part of a conservation workshop in Mogao, Dunhuang, Gansu Province, China.

The 2 weeks workshop (10 September to 21 September) was part of the “Cave 465 Conservation Project” of the Dunhuang Academy in collaboration with the Swiss Isabel+Balz Baechi Foundation. Gesa Schwantes joined the workshop to continue the ongoing investigations of the Yuan Dynasty wall paintings in the cave. The project aim is to develop a suitable conservation plan for Cave 465 over the next years.

Hoyin Lee lectures on “Heritage Mysteries of Yau Ma Tei Theatre”

Hoyin Lee, Director of the Architectural Conservation Programme in the Department of Architecture, was part of a public lecture titled “Heritage Mysteries of Yau Ma Tei Theatre“.

He was invited to the lecture as part of the Seminar on Building and Heritage Conservation of the Yau Ma Tei Theatre (油麻地戲院的建築與文物保育座談會), organized by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. It was held at the Yau Ma Tei Theatre, 21 July 2012.

ACP Singapore Field Study (Year 1)

From 6 to 19 June 2012, the Year-1 ACP class went on a field study to Singapore, under the compulsory ACP core course “ARCH 8107 Field Study II: South China and East Asia.” This year’s ACP Field Study II focused on Singapore’s most important waterfront development: Fullerton Heritage, which combines conservation with new development. The Field Study was supported by the following organizations in Singapore: (1) the architectural practice WOHA (lecture and studio for students); (2) Singapore Government’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (lecture and review of students’ presentations); (3) Sino Group (lecture and guided tour of the study site).

In Memory of Herb Stovel (1948-2012), ACP Honorary Associate Professor



With great sadness, ACP mourns the passing of Mr. Herb Stovel, who passed away of heart failure on 14 March 2012. He is survived by his wife, Meryl Oliver, and two children, Colin and Virginia.

Herb was an Honorary Associate Professor of ACP, and he was actively involved in teaching ACP’s technical courses, especially in the programme’s early years.

Trained as an architect and an architectural conservationist, Herb held two tenure professorships, the first in the School of Architecture at the University of Montreal, and later in the School of Canadian Studies at Carleton University. He taught conservation at both universities. Significantly, he held the Directorship of the Heritage Settlements Unit at the Rome-based International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM, a UNESCO-affiliated organization).

Widely respected for his active promotion of conservation within an international framework, Herb is acknowledged as a key person involved in the international adoption of the ground-breaking Nara Document on heritage authenticity. Last year, Herb’s work in conservation was recognized with the equivalent of the Noble Prize in conservation – the most prestigious ICCROM Award, for which candidates are nominated by UNESCO.

ACP is privileged to have had him as one of us, and we will always remember him as a close friend, a great teacher and a caring mentor.

Hoyin, for ACP