FOR AN UNFORGOTTEHN HERO WHO NUTURED SO MANY ARCHITECTS IN HONG KONG * — AN OBITURARY FOR DR. J.A.SHILLINGLAW, ONE WHO INTEGRATED TEACHING, RESEARCH AND PRACTICE
Andrew joined the School of Architecture University of Hong Kong as Lecturer from September 1977 until the end of 1989 in full time capacity. He was the primary instructor of building services for both architecture and building students and ran the HKU based center of fire testing for compliance with BS476 and HK FSD rules. On a professional side, he was the researcher who first introduced the concept, design and commissioning of testing facility for curtain walling construction in Hong Kong. In today ‘s language, Andrew’s achievement has been an exemplar of research and practice in the best scenario possible-developing and delivering knowledge to meet new and real challenges (since both fire testing and curtain wall testing are core drivers of building construction, technology and safety). Knowledge exchange took place both ways, as Andrew was known for bringing his students to visit major constructions in town whenever possible, where he would deliver his lectures in situ. Following we have collected a number of notes for the memoirs,
“He was an engineer who can think outside the box and taught us engineering that is useful to an architect. With this I am hugely indebted to Andrew, as the engineering foundation he instilled in each of us helped me to break barriers and managed multidisciplinary teams with ease.”
(* Tony Shou Fat WONG, BAAS 83, BArch 86)
“He added humor to his lectures, and made building services interesting. I can still recall vividly when he took us to the then newly completed Sheung Shui Sewage Treatment Plant and told us the treated water was drinkable, He did drink some.“
(CHEUNG Kwong Wing, BAAS 79, BArch 81)
“He inspired me to pursue a PhD degree which changed my career development.”
(NG Fung Fai, B Building 84.)
“Andrew has been pivotal in the making of Hong Kong as a top Asia Global City.“
(TANG Moon Wah, BArch 79, Managing Director, HKRI Intl Ltd).
“Andrew was pioneer in many fields and helped to groom the construction safety standards in HK.”
(Leslie LAU, C&S 1987-2019, Partner Campbell Shillinglaw Lau Ltd, 2010-2019).
The Department of Architecture would like to offer its condolences to the Shillinglaw family, and wish him rest in peace.
Honorary Professor, Faculty of Architecture, University of Hong Kong