Ar Ada Y. S. FUNG, BBS, is an architect by profession, and an alumnus of the Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong. She is an active member in the architectural field as well as in the construction industry at the local and international arena. Apart from her role as Distinguished Fellow in the Faculty of Architecture, she is also serving as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Hong Kong.
With a passion for people and the environment, Professor Fung is a keen advocate for sustainable development, safety and health, green building movement, and digital transformation for the betterment of society. She has made tremendous contribution in Hong Kong as a civil servant throughout her career. In her former position as Deputy Director of Housing prior to her retirement in the end of 2017, she headed the Development and Construction Division of the Housing Department, serving as the executive arm of the Hong Kong Housing Authority as well as taking up bureau function of the Transport and Housing Bureau (Housing). She led a multi-disciplinary team of over 2,500 staff at the time to take up all facets of public housing development work (including redevelopment) for the Hong Kong Housing Authority, with a portfolio of challenging and award-winning projects that are people-centric, lean and green.
Through establishing and developing various systems, Professor Fung had been instrumental in enabling the Housing Authority to champion in a whole spectrum of initiatives including safety leadership, green leadership, corporate social responsibility etc., with numerous awards. She has also gained recognition for herself as an award recipient, including the Golden Helmet Award for safety leadership in 2012 (conferred by CIC & the Lighthouse Club), BIMer of the Year Award in 2014/15 (conferred by CIC), and International Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA) Award (2018). After 32 years of meritorious public service, she received the honour of Bronze Bauhinia Star from the HKSAR Government in July 2016.
Professor Fung had been representing the Permanent Secretary for Transport and Housing (Housing) as an alternate Member to attend Hong Kong Construction Industry Council (CIC)’s meetings. She was Chairperson of CIC’s Committee on Construction Safety (2016-2017), as well as Chair of two of its Task Forces, on Lift Shaft Safety and on Lorry Mounted Cranes.
Professor Fung has also been making significant contribution in the professional and public spheres in society, at both local and international levels, receiving recognition on various fronts. She is Chairperson of the Committee on Building Information Modelling of the Hong Kong Construction Industry Council (CIC), Director of Logistics and Supply Chain MultiTech R&D Centre, President of the Lighthouse Club (HK), President of Hong Kong Alliance of Built Asset & Environment Information Management Associations, and Chairperson of the Hong Kong Chapter of buildingSMART International. She is a member of the HKSAR Government’s Advisory Council on the Environment, Green Tech Fund Assessment Committee, Advisory Panel on Land Sharing Pilot Scheme, and the Green Council’s Advisory Committee of the Hong Kong Green Label Scheme. She is also Chairperson of Hong Kong Green Building Council’s Organising Committee for the first ever Ideas Competition in Advancing Net Zero in Hong Kong (2020-2021).
Professor Fung was Chairperson of the APEC Architect Monitoring Committee of Hong Kong (2012/13-2015/16), Chairperson of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects’ Biennale Foundation (2014-2016), President of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (2013-2014), Chairperson of the Architects Registration Board (2010/11-2011/12), Chairperson of the Advisory Committee for the Department of Land Surveying and Geo-informatics of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2015-2017), Honorary Secretary of the Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association Ltd. (2014-2019), Board Director of the Hong Kong Green Building Council (2014-2016; 2017-2019), Board Secretary (2019-2020) and Director of the World Green Building Council (2018-2020).
Since her retirement from civil service, Professor Fung has been investing her time in green building movement, construction site safety, BIM development and environmental protection, as evinced by the many activities and appointments to serve on public bodies and government boards. Most notably, she is the Founding President of Hong Kong Alliance of Built Asset & Environment Information Management Associations (HKABAEIMA) and Chairperson of the Hong Kong Chapter of buildingSMART International (2019 onwards), driving openBIM to enable full benefits from digital ways of working in the built asset industry, and fostering societal collaboration for smarter information management across built asset and environment.