Aaron studied architecture at Harvard from 1990-1993, where he completed his thesis on the Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong. Part of the research has been published in various international journals, and has been exhibited in several international Biennales including Vienna, Bordeaux, Seoul, Michigan, New York, Denmark and etc.. Inspired by the intelligence of this walled city, and the dynamic growth of Asian cities in general, Aaron founded OMA Asia in Hong Kong in 1994 with Rem Koolhaas, to explore new design possibilities. In 2001, the office became independent and was named RAD. Aaron continues to operate the office with a similar vision and interests. He works with a team of talented designers of multinational origin, to pursue new design approaches in the unique Asian socio-cultural matrix. Aaron’s desire is to make meaningful intellectual and physical contributions to our culture and the built environment
In this presentation, Aaron will begin with a question on “what is heritage in Hong Kong? ” – a question that may seem not relevant, especially as Hong Kong is a trade city which focuses mostly on economic returns, and that the city has gone through so many rounds of building erasure and rebuilding, so that not much was done to safeguard our architectural memory. It is in this context that Aaron would like to take us through his thought process and to make an attempt to identify the relevant influences and concepts behind RAD projects. Aaron will show few recent projects in reference to this discourse.
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 Spring 2013 Public Lecture Series are co-sponsored by “Ronald Lu & Partners (HK) Ltd.” & “Woo, Chow, Wong & Partners (HK) Ltd.” visiting lectureship in architecture.