Department of Architecture
2019 Andrew KF Lee Lectureship
From the beginning I have searched for that which defines our architecture.
And I’ve long recognised that Hong Kong’s ‘regional-ness’ has seldom been driven by cultures of materiality or tectonics. Rather, it is her unique social culture which exemplifies such traits as resourcefulness, flexibility, practicality and inclusiveness that are instrumental in the formulation of effective design strategies such as stacking, mixing, linking, blurring and embracing, and that ultimately result in architectural works that are special but at the same time only meaningful in our social and physical context.
I am adamant that architecture transcends the mere visual packaging of shapes and skins. Only by connecting with relevant cultures of times past and present, so that it is both an expression of form and an interpretation of such cultures in their essence, can architecture possess an identity both regional and authentic. For our city, this is particularly true.
Rocco Yim was born and educated in Hong Kong, and is currently Principal of Rocco Design Architects.
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, World Architecture Festival category winner in 2010, Chicago Athenaeum Architectural Awards in 2006, 2011 and 2013, ULI Global Award in 2014, and German Design Council Iconic Awards in 2014 & 2016.
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 Honorary Professor at CUHK in the Faculty of Social Science, Honorary Professor at HKU Department of Architecture, Adjunct Professor at HKU SPACE, Museum Advisor to 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 was released in mid-2013.
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