Category Archives: Faculty

Knowledge Exchange (KE) Funding Exercise 2012/13

KE Fund Allocation for Impact Project

The KE Funding for Impact Projects aims to facilitate projects that can create impact which, ideally, can be recognized and acknowledged by the non-academic sectors concerned, or even the general public.

The following Impact Projects are supported in 2012/13:

No. Project Co-ordinator Project Title
1 Ms Vincci Mak HAD (Heritage x Arts x Design) Walk Project Tseun Wan & Kwai Tsing – Productive Landscape in Tseun Wan/Kwai Tsing and its Cultural Significance
2 Mr Matthew Pryor;Ms Melissa Cate Christ Edible Green Roof Prototype: A project for converting roof spaces of existing buildings to productive use
3 Ms Dorothy S W Tang Hong Kong Platforms: Educating Secondary School Students about the Sustainability of the City
4 Dr Poon Sun Wah The quarrying industry and the infrastructure development of Hong Kong: influence and interaction
5 Mr Anderson Lee;Ms Tris Kee Publication for public sharing about the Hong Kong Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture 2011-2012
6 Ms Tris Kee Community Architecture: to Promote Horticulture Therapy in an Urban Landscape
7 Ms Tris Kee Digital Audio-Video Archive for Architecture
8 Ms Tris Kee Publishing the collection of Faculty KE activities

Three Books Launched

Building the Dragon City: History of the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong

This book celebrates 60 years of the founding of the Faculty of Architecture at HKU. The Faculty has grown over the years from a single Department to a multi-disciplinary Faculty including: Architecture; Landscape Architecture; Urban Planning and Design; Housing Management; Real Estate and Construction; and Architectural Conservation.

The development of the Faculty has paralleled the vibrant growth of Hong Kong, especially following World War II when it became clear that a new generation of first-rate architects and other building professionals were needed if Hong Kong was to adequately house its burgeoning population and develop into a world-class city. Hong Kong’s role as a global city has been fulfilled, and HKU Architecture graduates can take pride in having contributed significantly to the city’s dazzling skyline.

The history of the Faculty, Building the Dragon City: History of the Faculty of Architecture at The University of Hong Kong, makes it clear that the basic issues surrounding the education of building professionals have been vigorously debated for the last six decades and this has been reflected in the development of the Faculty.

Hour 25: Architectural Papers Vol. 1

Hour 25 is the first volume of the HKU Architecture Papers, a student-edited series of annual publications chronicling the design work of the Department of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. With an emphasis on process and critical reflection, the series provides a window into contemporary design education in Hong Kong.

Initiated and edited by a group of architecture students at the University of Hong Kong, Hour 25 creates a platform for architectural discourse through highlights of the year’s best student works, critical essays from staff, reviews of programming, and a chronicle of the Department of Architecture.

The 25th hour is a critical moment for architects: the space beyond the daily routine of 24 hours. It also exemplifies the struggle of architecture students: lack of sleep due to endless studio work. 24 hours a day is simply not sufficient.

In response to overwhelming media saturation in the architectural field, which tends the pursue fashionable images but often suffers from a poverty of content, The HKU Architecture Yearbook actively engages the readers’ critical thinking towards the built environment locally and globally. Supported by the Department of Architecture but initiated and edited by students, the Yearbook is an authentic production of the next generation of leaders in the field, and a valuable commentary to a year of vigorous engagement in architectural discourse.

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Factory Towns of South China: An Illustrated Guidebook 華南工廠城: 圖示旅遊書

Edited by Stefan Al; Contributing Editors: Paul Chu Hoi Shan, Alexander Giarlis, Claudia Juhre, Casey Wang

Most consumer products come primarily from the Pearl River Delta, the “factory of the world” with the largest industrial region on earth. The delta has attracted millions of poor rural residents to settle in factory towns in hopes for a better life. Factory Towns of South China opens a window on these walled compounds, exposing the gritty establishments, crowded dormitories and monotonous labor carried out by workers. Some function as self-contained cities, with their own fire brigade, hospital, bank, TV station and as many as half a million workers living within the compounds. Other factories are scattered in larger villages to mask their existence and evade governmental crackdowns on the production of fake consumer goods and illegal casino machines.

Contributors include David Bray, Minnie Chan, Jia-Ching Chen, Paul Chu Hoi Shan, Eli Friedman, Claudia Juhre, Laurence Liauw, Paul Lin, Ting Shi, Casey Wang, Rex Wong, and Chun Yang.

Constructing the Green Building Movement

On 5 March 2012, Acting Head of the Department of Architecture and Senior Lecturer, Stephen Lau, was an invitee and respondent to the speakers for a panel discussing the growing green building movement in Hong Kong. The luncheon panel occurred at the new Asia Society Hong Kong Centre. Buildings consume 40% of power generated globally, and a staggering 89% in Hong Kong. Recent research by the Climate Change Business Forum suggests that targeted alterations to a building’s lighting and air conditioning can reduce energy use by as much as 50% percent. The discussion focused on how Hong Kong property developers are investing in more sustainable buildings and what the role of property developers, policy makers, and consumers play in creating a vibrant green building market in Hong Kong and Asia.

“ACP is the first of its kind in China”

In 12 years of operation, the postgraduate Architectural Conservation Programme (ACP) has become a “gold standard” as well as a brand name in academic excellence in conservation education in Hong Kong. It is as much due to the consistent and sustaining dedication of our ACP alumni as the commitment of the ACP teaching and lecturing staff. We can proudly say that the ACP Community – students, graduates and staff – has contributed to the development of Hong Kong’s education and emerging professional field in architectural conservation.

The Masters of Science in Conservation programme uses field trips and case studies of various World Heritage sites and important local heritage zones to bring a timely and topical education to the students. Almost all recent graduates have found conservation related jobs in private practice and local governments. Some have even become successfully headhunted to middle and senior management positions in private consulting firms.

Graduates still consider themselves part of the ACP community, which is itself an important testament to the value of the programme and the importance of preserving history. For more information please visit ACP.


Lessons on the Past: Qualified Architects are being called on to safeguard history
By Michael Kremmer
SCMP: Special Report: MBAs and Master’s Degrees
February 13, 2012

Masters of Housing Management Graduates receive HKHS Awards

In 1994, the Hong Kong Housing Society’s Executive Committee agreed to donate two awards annually to the graduating class of the Master of Housing Management degree of the University to commemorate the contributions made in the housing field by the late Rev. Fr. F. Cronin, a long serving member of the Committee.

In 2011, Mr. CHAN Chak Chuen and Mr. WU Ho Fung received the Father Cronin Award (Best Student) and Father Cronin Award (Best Dissertation) respectively.

The Hong Kong Housing Society held the award presentation ceremony on 11 February 2012. Mr. Marco Wu, Vice-Chairman of the Hong Kong Housing Society, presented the awards to the two graduates.

Dr. Albert CHAU, Dean of Student Affairs and Mrs. Sylvia WONG, Chief Student Advisor (Campus Life) also joined the occasion with the students.

Department of Architecture praised for its forward-looking Masters program

Department of Architecture praised for its forward-looking Masters program

The two-year Masters program at the Department of Architecture, which has a multidisciplinary curriculum with emphasis on current design and production technologies, as well as a strong foundation in the history, theory and the culture of architecture, received considerable praise for its high quality and relevance to the profession worldwide.

Research and Development Studios – a new initiative by the Department – will commence in early 2012, to further enhance the Masters program by providing students with an invaluable opportunity to gain authentic experiences by working with industry partners operating in the region.

Building future at HKU, CUHK

Education Post, South China Morning Post

9th January 2012

Department of Architecture Launches Research and Development Studios

The Department of Architecture’s Research and Development (R&D) Studios offer opportunities for students to engage in active architecture and urban design projects underway at various and stages as an integrated part of their curriculum. Each studio pairs a professor at the University of Hong Kong with an industry partner based in the region to work with students in the Master of Architecture program on a design challenge set around a real project. Addressing issues ranging from public space in contemporary cities to heritage conservation, from technology to design ecologies, R&D Studios are designed to draw on the diverse resources of all five academic units of the Faculty of Architecture and to provide a unique vehicle for knowledge exchange with the industry and with local communities affected by the rapid pace of urban development in Asia. Each studio involves site visits and on-site research, participation in project meetings, and presentations to local communities and stakeholders. The R&D Studio preserves the academic integrity of the design studio, the foundation of an architect’s education, while providing opportunities for teaching and learning in a complex contemporary context, reflecting the Department of Architecture’s commitment to experiential learning. Students are encouraged to see the R&D Studio as an opportunity to learn about the practices of the profession from the inside, while at the same time creatively questioning and productively challenging the profession’s prevailing practices. The format and pedagogy of the R&D studios will be reviewed annually to ensure its continued improvement.

The first R&D Studios to launch in spring 2012 will be in collaboration with a diverse group of partners. Associate Professor Tom Verebes will work with the Hong Kong design firm LWK & Partners; Assistant Professor Anderson Lee will work with Hong Kong Developers Nan Fung Group; Associate Professor Weijen Wang will work with the Fok Ying Tung Foundation; and Assistant Professor David Erdman will work with the Environment Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong SAR.