Rocco Yim was born and educated in Hong Kong. After graduating from the University of Hong Kong he joined the firm of Spence Robinson for two years before starting his own practice in 1979, which eventually evolved into a partnership with Messrs Patrick P W Lee and Bernard M B Hui in 1982.
Since winning a First Prize Award for the L’Opéra de la Bastille international competition in 1983, his works have consistently been awarded both in Hong Kong and overseas. Recent accolades include ARCASIA Gold Medals in 1994 & 2003, Chicago Athenaeum Architectural Awards in 2006, 2011 and 2013, Kenneth F. Brown Award in 2007 and World Architecture Festival category winner in 2010.
Rocco is a regular invited speaker in local and international symposia. His works have been published in various regional and global journals, and have been exhibited four times in the Venice Biennale over the last decade.
He is currently an Honorary Professor at HKU Department of Architecture, the Advisory Council for the HKU Department of Architecture, Adjunct Professor in HKU SPACE, a Museum Adviser to the LCSD and a member of the IAF Council of International Advisors for the University of Southern California. He was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Social Sciences by the University of Hong Kong in 2013.
Rocco’s work was published in The City in Architecture in 2003, Being Chinese in Architecture in 2004 and Presence 2012. A new monograph Reconnecting Cultures is released in mid- 2013.
Architecture is the embodiment of culture.
Culture stems from the past, but it is not just about tradition or heritage.
Culture actually deals with the present. It is about contemporary living and current attitudes, tempered by the past, towards space, material, perception of beauty and balance of values.
All of which are essential ingredients in the making architecture, if such architecture is to be authentic and relevant.
As an art, architecture is unique in that it is tied both to a place and to its time. In this regard Asia is a place with disparate cultural and physical landscapes where modern and tradition cultures co-exist, and in her more cosmopolitan cities like Hong Kong and Singapore, values from diverging times and places converge and collide. I believe a unique architecture would only result from the resolution of such values, rather than a single-dimensional pursuit of the stylistic / technical agenda, and if architecture is indeed to be authentic and relevant, it should address, through individuals borne of this place and age, such diverse cultural phenomena like density, connectivity, community, materiality, spatiality and identity.
CPD Credit Hours and AIA CES Learning Unit Hours are offered to members of the HKIA and the AIA.
This lecture is open to the general public.
The Fall 2013 Public Lecture Series are co-sponsored by “Ronald Lu & Partners (HK) Ltd.” & “Woo, Chow, Wong & Partners (HK) Ltd.” visiting lectureship in architecture.