Architecture is the art of “making.” In the Chinese construction industry, many seemingly shortcomings, such as “lags”, “chaos” and “defects”, are something that architects might take advantage of, and transform into positive potentials. We insist on the strategy of “working together with construction workers”. For each project, we send a site architect to participate in the entire process of construction – from the initial manufacture and experimentation of materials, the testing and correction of details, later on to the full supervision and cooperation on site. It is this long lasting process of adaptation and collaboration that gives us more opportunities to learn the wisdom of making from local and on-site workers lively, and constantly amend the limitations and deviations during the design drawing stage.
Founder / Design Principal of Vector Architects
Gong Dong received Bachelor & Master of Architecture from Tsinghua University, followed by a diploma at University of Illinois where he received the Master of Architecture. He also had an exchange experience at Technical University of Munich. Prior to establishing his own practice, he worked for Soloman Cordwell Buenz & Associates in Chicago, then at Richard Meier & Partners and Steven Holl Architects in New York.
In 2008, Gong Dong founded Vector Architects and has become one of the most active young architects in China.
Gong Dong has been invited as a guest speaker by Universities including Tsinghua University (China), Shih Chien University (China Taiwan), University of Pennsylvania (USA), University of Applied Science Munich (Germany), and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (Swiss), Politecnico di Torino (Italy), CASABELLA Formazione (Italy), etc. He was appointed as the guest professor in Tsinghua University, School of Architecture since the year of 2014, and was appointed as the Distinguished Plym Professor in University of Illinois in the year of 2018.
By engaging in “Agendas for the South” for the Fall 2018 public lecture series, University of Hong Kong’s Department of Architecture invites architects and scholars to align their work and ideas with unique positions related to their locale and design subjects. These architects are presenting projects grounded in the core of the discipline, offering new perspectives on the knowledge of architecture. Through the register of building and discursive positioning, the lectures present particular readings of the programs for architecture and the concept of the South, taking into account the nuanced and diverse sociocultural, geographical, and political contexts.
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