Participatory Design in Architecture – Designing the design process
Date: 27th April 2019 (Saturday)
Venue: Rm622, Knowles Building, Main Campus, University of Hong Kong
Howard Chung, Registered Architect (Netherlands), RIBA, Co-founder of HIR Studio
Irene Cheng, Registered Architect, HKIA, RIBA, Co-founder of HIR Studio
Hermion Au, Urban Designer, Co-founder of Infinite Street Space
Angus Chan, Architectural Designer, Co-founder of Infinite Street Space
Robert Wong, Registered Architect, HKIA, RIBA, Project Development Director, Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council Limited
Gwyneth Chan, Construction Manager of Kowloon City Themed Walking Trail, Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council Limited
Moderator: Rosalia Leung, Lecturer, Department of Architecture, University of Hong Kong
“Participatory design” and “public engagement” are terms which appear more and more often in contemporary architectural discourse. While one cannot deny the social impact of architecture, there are debates on whether and how architects could be more socially engaged during the production of architecture.
This forum serves as an open platform for practitioners and students to review their current practice and to discuss how participatory design could be further promoted in the architectural context of Hong Kong.
After a semester of investigation, students will present their experience and findings on using participatory design as a design method. The outcome of the course and the sharing of invited speakers on participatory design will serve as a ground for discussion and debate.
This forum is part of the HKU MArch elective course ARCH 7405 Research on Participatory Design in Architecture and is co-organized with the Young Members Committee of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects.
All interested are welcomed.
Bio of guest speakers:
Design Principal and co-founder, HIR STUDIO
Graduated from the Delft University of Technology and the University of Hong Kong, Howard is a Dutch registered architect. Prior to founding HIR Studio, Howard was the design architect for Foster + Partners (F+P) and Adjaye Associates London, with a strong background in urban design, master planning and infrastructure buildings, from planning and design to construction. Together with Irene and the team, Howard established the HIR Studio in 2017, striving to bring the studio’s design philosophy into practice.
Design Principal and co-founder, HIR STUDIO
Irene is the design principal and co-founder of architecture office HIR Studio. Having graduated from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL and the University of Hong Kong, Irene subsequently practiced with Foster + Partners in London and Hong Kong Aedas. In 2017, her passion in architecture inspired her to establish her own practice where she can bring her design belief into practice. Her recent works include architecture, interior design, public installation and exhibition. She is the winner of HKIA young architect award 2017.
Urban Designer, Co-founder of Infinite Street Space
Hermion Au received her undergraduate degree in Surveying from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2016, and her Master of Science in Urban Design and City Planning from University College London in 2017. Started her career as an urban designer, Hermion had contributed to large scale planning and urban design project locally and internationally. She then shifted toward the social sector and is currently working as a researcher in Make A Difference Institute.
Crossing over her spatial background and passion in co-creation with the community, Hermion has actively engaged in placemaking and community initiatives locally to promote public participation in planning. She is now the Associate Director of Think Tank 3 of the Hong Kong Public Space Initiative.
Hermion is one of the co-founders of Infinite Street Space (ISS), a street place-making initiative based in Hong Kong. ISS shares the belief that street is more than a passageway but pivotal city place for the people.
Architectural Designer, Co-founder of Infinite Street Space
Angus Chan received his undergraduate degree in Architectural Studies from City University of Hong Kong in 2016, and his Master of Arts in Transport Policy and Planning from the University of Hong Kong in 2018. Gaining his year-out experience, he is currently working in a local architectural practice, DLN Architects Limited, as an Architectural Trainee.
Angus actively engages in dialogues with architectural design and community engagement locally in his spare time. His emphasis on inclusive design and social innovation with architecture has become very much his ambition for his design. Joining the local social innovative lab, he finished the design researches in different typologies, including park and streetscape in Sham Shui Po.
Angus is one of the co-founders of Infinite Street Space (ISS), a street place-making initiative based in Hong Kong. ISS shares the belief that street is more than a passageway but pivotal city place for the people.
Project Development Director, Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council Limited
Robert Wong is a Hong Kong registered architect and a member of Royal Institute of British Architects with over twenty years of professional experience and academic training in architecture, design and urban development planning. Over the years, he has been actively involved in community services. He is currently holding the position of Project Development Director at Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council. Robert is passionate in creating human-centred design by engaging users in the participatory design process. These humanities design projects improve the living environment for the poor, elderly and the disadvantaged.
Robert was awarded the Hong Kong Ten Outstanding Young Person 2015 and Hong Kong Humanity Award 2017 to recognize his achievement in the architectural profession and his contribution to community in Hong Kong. In 2016, Robert was selected as the Top 3 in the Changemaker of the Year in 4th ElderCare Innovation Award 2016 in Singapore. In the architectural professions, Robert has continuously received different design awards including design competitions in Singapore, Korea and Hong Kong. Robert has been invited to present his works at international conferences, including World Health Organisation, UN-Habitat World Urban Forum, Union of International Architects World Congress.
Building up on Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council’s rich experience of elderly service and its architectural design, Robert worked together with his colleagues to publish “Construct Miracles for Seniors – Reference Booklet for Elderly Service Project Design” in China in 2015.
“Architects are not only serving those with resources, but also the poor and the underprivileged.”
Construction Manager of Kowloon City Themed Walking Trail, Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council Limited
Gwyneth has been working in Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council as a Design Manager and Project Designer for the last 4.5 years with a focus in applying design on social services. She received a bachelor degree in Architectural Studies from Queensland University of Technology and had been working for residential design prior to joining the Council. She developed a strong sense of devotion for practising participatory design into social service projects and is currently working on the Development of Kowloon City Themed Walking Trail. This experience gave her a new perspective of how social design can be achieved through design thinking based on users’ needs. Besides her involvement in community workshops and seminars, she also took part in co-writing a participatory design case study which was published in Creative Ageing Cities: Place Design with Older People in Asian Cities.