Sony Devabhaktuni is assistant professor of design in the Department of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). His research and teaching looks at collaborative processes in architectural design and at urban infrastructure. He is interested in architecture’s capacity to engage critically with political and economic concerns – both using tools such as drawing, and with methods borrowed from the social sciences.
Ongoing projects include: research funded by the Hong Kong SAR government’s University Grants Committee on collaborations between dance and architecture ; HKU funded research on the planning and development of a new capital for the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh; and an ongoing study on the ‘curb-scale’ infrastructure of the Hong Kong street.
With John C.H. Lin, he is the co-author of the forthcoming As Found Houses (Applied Research + Design Publishers)(2020). The book documents self-built renovations to traditional house typologies in rural China. His writing on collaboration includes, with co-author Min Kyung Lee, the essay “Collaboration: Unresolved Forms of Working Together in Contemporary Architectural Practice” in The Routledge Companion to Critical Approaches to Contemporary Architecture (Swati Chattopadhyay and Jeremy White, eds)(2019). He is the co-editor, with Nasrin Seraji and Xiaoxuan Lu, of From Crisis to Crisis: Debates on why architecture criticism matters today (Actar)(2019).
BAAS Common Core: Image, Space and Society
“Image, Space and Society is offered to HKU students from throughout the university as part of the Common Core program. We look at how space and the city are described in architecture and through different media. As part of their work over the semester, students create a film based on a photographic “storyboard”. For many students, it is the first time they are asked to reflect on the images that surround them.”