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What is AIA Hong Kong?

AIA Hong Kong, A Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, was established in 1997 to serve the professional interests of the growing number of AIA member architects practicing in Hong Kong, China and the Asia Pacific region.
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International Region Board Nomination 2017

As provided for in the International Region corporation bylaws, the officers (President, First Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary) have staggered two-year terms.  AIA Hong Kong welcomes nominations for the posts of IR First Vice President and IR Treasurer.  The two-year terms of both positions start on January 1, 2018 and conclude on December 31, 2019. Express of interest should be submitted to AIA Hong Kong by Monday, March 27, at 5:00 p.m. (Hong Kong Time) at info@aiahk.org.  Final nomination including the candidate biography and platform must be submitted no later than Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. (U.S. Eastern Daylight Time) to AIA General Counsel.

Election of the two posts will be conducted at the 2017 AIA International Region Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Orlando, Florida. If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, you may also indicate your preference for a candidate for First Vice President and Treasurer electronically and select an eligible member attending the meeting to represent you by proxy and to vote on your behalf.  Further information on electronic voting will be available shortly.  All electronic voting/proxying must be completed no later than Friday, April 14, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. (U.S. Eastern Daylight Time).  Details of the election and nomination form with instructions may be downloaded here.

 

Sustainable Acoustic Panels and Your Health

Good acoustics are important to our well-being, whether at home, at work, at a leisure center or in a public building.  This seminar will introduce the audience to the use of natural wall and ceiling claddings that improve the acoustic quality of indoor spaces.  Technical criteria such as sound absorption, reverberation time, and speech intelligibility will be explained, and case studies will be presented to illustrate solutions to acoustic problems in offices, shops, theaters, schools, and sports facilities.  With a focus on sustainability, the lecture will also address the environmental considerations of different raw materials, production processes, environmental labels, and industry standards.  Finally, aesthetic issues such as panel structures, textures, colors, and edge-profiles will also be presented.

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He Jianxiang: The Hidden City

As part of CUHK New Chinese Architecture Series, this lecture will show O-office’s critical observation and architectural practices in the Pearl River Delta region, which witnessed an unprecedented wave of urbanisation driven by the spirit of “making” and “mass production”. The architect attempts to rediscover the hidden proxemics within the unstoppable urban process that has seemingly swallowed the original urban-rural structure built through history in the region. Constructed in four interrelated episodes – arch-scenario, urban ruin, the village-city and landscape – the lecture presents O-office’s alternative design strategy and micro space-time operation mostly in fragments within the vast urban mise-en-scène which has been dominating the region’s geography.  He Jianxiang is a founding partner of Guangzhou-based O-office Architects and Visiting Lecturer of the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. He has won major national and international awards, including Iconic Awards and Design for Asia Awards, and was featured as a Design Vanguard in 2015 by Architectural Record. He was also an acclaimed speaker at Emerge! AIA Hong Kong Young Architects Forum last year. The lecture will be held at CUHK on March 23, 2017.  AIA members please RSVP via the Chapter online or at info@aiahk.org

 

Architecture Trip – The Pearl River Delta Megalopolis: Three Cities / Three Scales

The Pearl River Delta Megalopolis, which includes Hong Kong, is the largest urban agglomeration in the world in both size and population. Continuing its role as China’s economic growth engine, the region’s environment has undergone tremendous change in recent years.  Not only has the development of extensive transportation infrastructure enhanced physical connectivity, but architects and urban designers have continued to have a profound impact on the design of buildings, neighborhoods and cities.

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ARE Study Group

At present, Hong Kong is one of three site outside of the U.S. where ARE is offered.  Led by licensed AIA Hong Kong members, our study sessions integrate content review, study strategies, tips and tricks, and sample questions.  If you would like to be added to the notification list related to ARE, email our Young Architects Group at emergingprofessionals@aiahk.org  Be sure to include your full name, affiliation, email address, and any particular areas of interest.  Our next session will be on April 1 (Sat). Space is limited, RSVP here or via info@aiahk.org