Anderson Lee

Anderson Lee
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Room 730, 7/F, Knowles Building, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
Sculpting in Time
Anderson Lee
Associate Professor of Practice,
Department of Architecture

Prof. Ying Chan
Journalist, Educator, Master of Shun Hing College, HKU


Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky suggested that time is a concept rather than a substance.  In the art that he practiced, story-telling was executed through the moving images with time being frozen, suspended, expanded or compressed within a fixed duration of the art form itself.  In reality, we are all made aware of our own mortality as a function of time, or it being perceived as a marker of progress through life…

What is Time in Architecture?  Is it possible to examine the meaning of architecture through the lens of Tarkovsky,  and to ponder that architecture enables us to bear witness to the passing of time?

In experiencing, or through practicing, architecture, the meaning of time takes on multiple dimensions.  This lecture explores the notion of time as an inevitable, important and ultimately, inspirational element in Architecture.  Anderson will share works from his practice, Index Architecture Limited, and bring to discussions the multifaceted notions of time. Plausible interpretations on Historical Time, Cyclical Time, Absolute Time and Metaphorical Time will be revealed through projects of various types and scales.  The possibilities of interplays between these temporal notions and their implications on the architectural practice will also be presented,  and will be concluded on how these forces impact, influence and finally, inhabit within our profession.

Tarkovsky published his semi-autobiography titled “Sculpting in Time” in 1986, which is the same year he died of cancer at the age of 54.   This lecture pays homage to one of the greatest poets of our time.


Anderson Lee is the inaugural Professoriate of Practice from the Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong, and the recipient of the Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award In 2015.  He founded the award-winning practice, Index Architecture Limited, in 2003. He is the President of The American Institute of Architects (Hong Kong Chapter) 2018 and was the Chief Curator of the Hong Kong /Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale on Architecture and Urbanism in 2012. As a Registered Architect in Hong Kong and the U.S., and a full licensed member of HKIA, RIBA and AIA, he has practiced extensively in Europe, the U.S., Japan, Hong Kong and Mainland China. Anderson obtained his Master of Architecture from Princeton University and B.S.(Arch) from the University of Michigan.

“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****