Public Lecture Series

John LIN

John LIN
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Room 730, 7/F, Knowles Building, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
Making Architecture in a Place without Architects
John LIN
Associate Professor
Department of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong

We are sorry to inform you that the Lecture by Mr John Lin this evening will be cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience caused and look forward to your participation in the rest of the In-Progress Lecture Series.

Associate Professor
School of Architecture, Chinese University of Hong Kong


In 2005, the Chinese government announced its intention to urbanize half of the remaining 700 million rural citizens within 30 years. At the same time, Rural Urban Framework was established as a research and design studio to investigate the processes of rural urbanization though engagement by making buildings. The intervening years has led to the design and completion of community centers, hospitals, schools, libraries, houses and the planning of entire villages. Not only has the work re-defined these basic building programs for rural contexts, the processes of making architecture has often taken place in settings without prior engagement with architects – leaving the architect’s role open for new definition. These projects require new collaborative and funding models involving charities, government and the university. Combining different streams of funding, the projects operate without a single ‘client’, and allow the exploration of both research and design agendas, its ultimate goal to be construed as prototypes for living.

A new context refers to how our design process has adapted itself to a situation of rapid transformation, where the literal site of building is often more dynamic and ever-changing. Can the process of building enable the deeper understanding and research into these new contexts?


John Lin is an architect based in Hong Kong and currently an Associate Professor at The University of Hong Kong. Together with Joshua Bolchover he is the director of Rural Urban Framework (RUF), a research and design collaboration based at HKUrban Lab dedicated to developing sustainable prototypes for rapidly urbanizing areas. Their approach combines research into the large scale processes of urbanization and integration of local construction practices with contemporary technology in built projects.

John Lin was educated at The Cooper Union School of Architecture and has taught previously at The Royal Academy, School of Architecture in Copenhagen and The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

“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****