Ivan Valin is Head of the Division of Landscape Architecture and an Associate Professor of Practice at the University of Hong Kong. His ongoing research and design is seated in a multidisciplinary background and explores urban and environmental design at the intersections of strategy, technology, and detail.
Valin’s design work has been exhibited internationally with the National Building Museum, Housing for Humanity, the International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam, and the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Biennale. Ivan received his B.S. with distinction in Architecture from the University of Virginia and his professional degrees (M.Arch & MLA) form the University of California, Berkeley, where he was the recipient of the G. Hoshi Prize and the J.K. Branner Travelling Fellowship.
Ivan has worked for more than ten years in private practice, most recently as a designer with Tom Leader Studio in Berkeley California and AECOM Planning and Design in Hong Kong where he frequently addressed ideas of urban and ecological intervention, hydrological frameworks, and ‘open’ programming. Before joining the Division of Landscape Architecture, Valin held positions in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at HKU, and the Landscape Architecture Department at UC Berkeley.
He currently instructs the MLA foundation design studio and leads seminars on Strategic Landscape Planning and Materiality in Landscape Design.