Public Lecture Series

Olivier Ottevaere

Olivier Ottevaere
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Room 730, 7/F, Knowles Building, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
Concrete Approximations
Olivier Ottevaere

Tobias Klein
Assistant Professor, School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong


Through the lens of specific materials and the interaction with their active properties, the practice work focuses on alternative procedures of construction that challenge typical generic forms of building.

In developing unique methods of fabrication, the aim is to create designs that have the potential to impact and influence the monotony of mainstream construction systems. Each model is conceived as a prototype that adheres to the limitations of material and structural logic, exploiting the gap between digital inputs and physical outputs as a productive space for design-research innovations.

The practice work involves laboratory experiments with various materials, applies knowledge gained from different types of materials demonstrated to site-specific design-build structures and investigates the economic feasibility of realizing larger scale architectural projects through the specific industrial production practices found in the Pearl River Delta.

How some of the conducted material experiments and invented prototyping techniques inform the making of architecture at larger building scales, will be the focus of the presentation. A single project examined at four scales; a column, a tower, a house and a shaft, will attempt to expose an alternative methodology to architectural practice.


Olivier Ottevaere is an Associate Professor in Practice at The University of Hong Kong.  His practice intersects between the physical experiments and multilateral organizations, a hybrid approach in architecture and geometry. Integration of active structural principles, properties of materials and procedures of construction prompt the design pursue at the onset of each of his projects.

He practiced in New York, Lisbon, and London until founding Double (o) Studio in 2012. His current work includes precast research works such as ‘House Me Tender,’ which received the 2015 Best Residential Future Award from the Architectural Review/MIPIM. His projects gained international recognition at the World Architecture Festival, Chinese Architecture Award, Wood Excellence Prize, Architecture & Design Awards-Asia-Pacific, Design for Asia and Perspective 40 under 40.

Olivier taught at the Architectural Association, Royal Academy in Copenhagen, and EPFL in Switzerland. He received B.Arch from the Cooper Union and MSc in Adaptive Architecture and Computation from the Bartlett in London.

“In order for nothing to change, all has to be changed”
il Gattopardo (The Leopard)
Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa interpreted by Luchino Visconti

The Department of Architecture launches its  2017-2018 Public Lecture Series, on the work of its faculty. The “In-Progress” series will critically examine the relevance of a vast number of issues in relationship to architecture. The Teaching staff will share their most recent work/ research/ publications in a 60 minute talk which, will be followed by a discussion chaired by a person of the speaker’s choice. The respondent will preferably be from other faculties at HKU or outside of the university. We look forward to your active presence and participation.

****No registration is required. All interested are welcome****