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President Marvin Chen (2017-2018)


President's Message <2018/12>


Dear Members,

This is the last day of 2018, which is also the last day of my term as the HKIA President.

I wish to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude to all of you, and in particular members of the Council as well as the Boards, the Committees and the Taskforce, for your support over the past two years.

With concerted efforts, various events/activities are delivered including a number of new initiatives and collaborations, such as
- Qianhai(前海)Architectural Design Competition
- HKIA Furniture Design Competition
- HKIA Tokyo Architectural Exhibition
- Joint HKIA/AIA(HK)/RIBA(HK) Forum
- Joint HKIA/ MAA (Macau) CPD seminar
- Joint Institutes collaborations and press conferences on Yuen Long Footbridge and Land Supply Issue
- Co-founding of the "Guangdong-Hong Kong -Macau Bigger Bay Area Engineering Design Alliance"
- Visit by the Council to the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in HKSAR
- Successful admission of HKIA as a Canberra Accord Signatory

Looking forward, I’m confident that our Institute will scale to a new height under the leadership of President Felix LI.

Finally my best wishes to you and your family for a happy and healthy new year!

Marvin CHEN, FHKIA, Registered Architect
President
香港建築師學會陳沐文會長2018年新春賀辭


各位會員:

凱歌辭舊歲,萬象喜迎春。我謹此代表理事會同寅在戊戌年伊始之際,祝願大家闔府歡樂安康,工作順利輝煌,新年大吉福運連綿!

今年「香港建築師學會」將繼續以專業為本,籌辦一系列的活動,服務會員、貢獻社群、宏揚卓越建築、提昇優質服務。

專業獎項及設計比賽
我們香港建築師不單擁有國際水平的項目管理經驗,並以認真高效及具專業操守,及充滿創新設計思維而見稱。為鼓勵及展示會員的設計創意,2018年學會將更積極主辦及大力推動與官方或民間單位合作協辦建築設計比賽,並有多項不同類型的設計比賽及展覽活動是專為學會年青會員而設;為我們新一代打造平台,一展所長。

2018年度已落實或正在籌劃中的本地設計比賽及展覽活動包括 :
• 1月 香港環保署主辦,學會支持的「綠在灣仔概念設計比賽」
• 2月 香港規劃署及土木工程拓展署主辦,學會支持的「市區地底空間發展概念設計比賽」
• 2-11月「香港建築中心」主辦,學會協辦的「築。自室2 - 玩轉油樂場」展覧
• 3-5月 「香港建築師學會2017/18年獎」
• 5月 「香港建築師學會青年建築師獎」
• 10月 「香港建築師學會2017/18年獎」展覧

此外學會經過多月努力及磋商,和深圳市「前海深港現代服務業合作區管理局」達成協議,將在本年度3月舉辦一項專為「香港建築師學會」青年會員及學生會員而設的建築設計競賽。

本次設計項目是一個位於深圳市前海自貿區城市新中心、待建中的小型市政設施建築。這次方案設計比賽不單是獎項額多、獎金豐厚,青年建築師組別的優勝者更有機會參與後續深化設計/施工圖階段。學會希望透過這突破性的跨境合作,能夠為香港青年建築師開展未來更多大灣區的發展機遇。

雙年展
剛在春節前的2月11日,由「香港建築師學會雙年展基金會」和深圳市政府合作主辦,每兩年一度,為期兩個月的盛事 - 「港深城市建築雙城雙年展」香港展「城市執生」,於銅鑼灣鬧市白沙道上舉行了一個精彩而熱鬧,名為「城市五感全盒」的露天嘉年華會閉幕典禮。感謝由陳麗喬建築師帶領的策展團隊,為本屆帶來多項創新安排,和充滿本土特色的展覽及講座。

5月下旬,學會與「香港藝術發展局」第七度合辦的第16屆「2018年威尼斯國際建築雙年展」的香港展將於義大利威尼斯展開。為配合本屆雙年展大會主題 「Free Space」,王維仁教授帶領的香港策展團隊將會在威尼斯香港展區內,以100個由不同人士創造的柱體展品,演繹香港城市獨特的塔樓建築形態,向世界展現建築師如何在高密度環境的局限下,如何運用創意思維和策略去創造城市景觀。

一帶一路/大灣區
國家提出的「一帶一路」倡議,雖然創造不少商機,但其實內地國有企業才是落實這項國策的主要建設者。故香港特區政府聯同香港「一帶一路總商會」,特別在香港行政長官親自帶領下,於節前2月3日在北京主辦「國家所需 香港所長 - 共拓一帶一路策略機遇」論壇。我亦獲邀以「香港建築師學會」會長身分,代表香港建築工程業界,向超過三百八十位來自逾一百七十間國企的負責人及高管,介紹香港建築師及相關專業在海外的優勢;如何可以和內地企業把握「一帶一路」發展機遇,聯合打造「一帶一路」沿線的建設項目。

學會將繼續和香港政府及相關商貿部門保持密切聯繫,積極反映香港專業的需求。學會亦會加入由「香港貿易發展局」建立的「一帶一路國際聯盟」,以便和大家分享涉及香港專業的「一帶一路」最新企業商貿資訊及合作機遇。

因應國家對「粵港澳大灣區」的發展策略,學會於2017年底在「廣東省住房和城鄉建設廳」支持下,與「廣東省工程勘察設計行業協會」簽定了戰略合作備忘錄,共同推動雙方建築行業的交流和合作。為了進一步加強粵港澳各專業組織的聯繫,學會正籌劃於短期內和「廣東省工程勘察設計行業協會」、「廣州市工程勘察設計行業協會」「深圳市勘察設計行業協會」以及「澳門建築師協會」,成立「粵港澳大灣區設計聯盟」,以便於發揮香港建築師獨特優勢,開拓大灣區內的機遇,亦有利和內地企業合作,併船出海,攜手「走岀去」。

7月23-25日「中國住房和城鄉建設部」和「香港特區政府發展局」將於貴州省貴陽市共同舉辦「內地與香港建築論壇」。本屆論壇是由「香港建築師學會」負責主辦。在此鼓勵學會會員積極參加,把握契機和內地官員及建築業界溝通交流,搭建合作平台。

康樂活動
4月下旬,「香港建築師學會」將舉行「2018 運動及家庭同樂日」。

「香港建築師學會」戊戍年新春酒會,謹定於3月1日晚6時30分假「香港足球會」舉行,歡迎大家親臨共賀同樂!到時見!

再次恭祝大家新春愉快,心想事成!

香港建築師學會會長
陳沐文建築師
President's Message <2017/12>


Dear Members,

2017 is a New Chapter for the Institute, after its first 60-year cycle.

With the year end festivities just around the corner, I am pleased to report that significant accomplishments beyond original expectation had been made this year, to promote architects’ profession and architectural excellence, both locally and abroad.

The following are some of the key events of interest during the last quarter of 2017.

International Communications
The 38th ARCASIA Council Meeting
I and Board of External Affairs Deputy Chairman Mr. Thomas CHEUNG attended the 38th Architects Regional Council Asia (ARCASIA) Council Meeting organized by the Indian Institute of Architects from 3 to 4 November 2017 at Kathmandu, Nepal. During which, the latest architectural development of Hong Kong and report of hosting the 17th Asian Congress of Architects (ACA17) were presented during the ARCASIA for sharing.

With Rita SOH from Singapore elected as the President of ARCASIA for 2018 / 2019, we may be expecting a robust development in ARCASIA in the coming years and a closer collaboration with the Institute on various aspects such as accreditation, professional practice, environment and sustainability etc within the Asian region.

Connection with the Mainland
One Belt and Road Experience Sharing Session
HKIA organized its debut One Belt and Road Sharing Session on 26 September 2017 in Shenzhen with a view to providing both Hong Kong and Guangdong practices with a platform to share the experiences and challenges in projects in Belt and Road region. The event was well received by over 130 attendees including HKIA members, representatives of mainland architectural firms, developers and contractors in Guangdong.

In response, the key Guangdong construction professional associations will host a joint forum "分享經驗、攜手走出去交流會" on 13 and 14 December 2017 in Hong Kong, to explore further collaboration opportunities under the Belt and Road Initiatives with Hong Kong allied professionals including architects, surveyors, planners, landscape architects and engineers. Participation of our members are welcome.

Communication with the SAR Government
Policy Address 2017
Subsequent to announcement of the Policy Address on 11 October 2017, the Institute had been engaging in active discussions with the top government executives as well as the relevant Bureaus to reflect architects’ opinions and suggestions for the common good of the profession and the community at large.

In parallel, a media luncheon was held on 23 October 2017. During the interview, the Institute had voiced concerns on various aspects including the impact to the profession following the immediate implementation of BIM for government capital works due to the current monopoly of software market, as well as the appointment of adjudicator to review architects’ certification under the proposed Security of Payment Legislation. I am most pleased to report that responsive action has been undertaken by the relevant Bureau since and I hope some amicable measures could be announced soon to achieve a win win solution.

Communication with the Community
HKCSS Community Housing Movement
HKIA has been one of the major supporting professional bodies since the introduction of the new initiative for providing affordable and decent transitional social housing by the Hong Kong Council of Social Services ("HKCSS").

Apart from participating as the panel facilitator in the HKCSS Convention 2017 on 1 November, I have also accepted the invitation to sit in the Social Housing Steering Committee for the movement. For those members who wish to contribute to this meaningful project, you are welcome to respond to the HKIA invitation of EOI to join the Working Committee under the Steering Committee of HKCSS.

Promoting Architectural Excellence
HKIA Annual Awards 2016/2017
One of the main commitments this year is to revamp the HKIA Annual Awards in line with the latest practice, which was held since 1965. One of the changes is to re-introduce the award for Architectural Sustainability and Inclusive Design under the Special Architectural Award, in recognition of architect’s responsibilities in addressing emerging social and sustainability issues in Hong Kong.

A 5- days public exhibition of the same was held at Pacific Place in late October. To promote public engagement during that exhibition, the general citizens also voted for their favourite architectures amongst the projects on show for a special “My Favourite Architecture” prize. It’s really interesting to see from the public perceptions against our Award Jury. The Annual Award Prize Presentation Ceremony was integrated as part of the Annual Dinner 2017 programme, which is again a new endeavour.

Promoting Our Profession and Members
HKIA Furniture Design Competition
Having prepared by the Young Members Committee since the beginning of the year, the first ever HKIA Furniture Design Competition winning SOFAs were showcased at 9/F, Hysan Place, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong from 25 November 2017 to 6 December 2017. During the exhibition, two public lectures were held on 26 November and 1 December respectively. The Prize Presentation Ceremony on 2 December 2017 afternoon was well attended by around 60 participants.

Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (Hong Kong Exhibition)
Themed "Density 2.0 (城市執生)", the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (Hong Kong Exhibition) 2017 marks the 10th Anniversary of our concerted effort in collaboration with Shenzhen counterpart. The UABB HK has been developed to a brand name for quality exhibition over the last decade.

HKIA is indeed honoured to be part of the Biennale, which has become one of the most prestigious cultural events in the world.

Curated by our Member Dr. LK Chan, the UABB-HK 2017 shall take place in 9 satellite sites namely Central Market, H6 CONET, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Harbour Building, Z Gallery of Hysan Place, 9/F of Hysan Place, Central Station Exit J, Connecting Space and Nantou in Shenzhen. The Grand Opening Ceremony shall be held at the Open Piazza of Grand Millennium Plaza in Sheung Wan on 12 December 2017 (Tuesday) at 3pm officiated by the Honourable Matthew Cheung, Chief Secretary for Administration of HKSARG. I look forward to seeing you at the Opening Ceremony.

Communication within Institute
HKIA Annual Dinner 2017
Themed "New Chapter", the Annual Dinner 2017 cum HKIA Annual Award Prize Presentation Ceremony, was held on 18 November 2017. We have received support from the Honourable Matthew Cheung, Chief Secretary for Administration of HKSAR government, guests and participants from local government, allied institutes, learned societies, universities, as well as our working partners. All tables were sold out a month before the event.

It is indeed encouraging that many guests and members had come to me that night or specifically texted me afterwards, to express how they had enjoyed the event this year as it offered another good networking opportunity amongst and beyond the industry.

The Secretariat
While the President of the Institute comes and goes every two years, one woman has stayed on to support the Institute's dramatic transformation for the past 28 years. She is Mrs. Rita CHEUNG, who joined HKIA as the Registrar in 1989 and has doubled-up as the Registrar of the Architects Registration Board, HKSAR ("ARB") since 1991. In her nearly three decades service overseeing the daily operation of HKIA-ARB Joint Secretariat, Rita had served 17 HKIA Presidents and 16 ARB Chairpersons.

Despite her tender age, she chooses to retire at the end of this year and this is her last AGM with us as the leader of the Secretariat.

At this occasion, I would like to share with you the following remarks once made by one of our Past Presidents, which is a fitting testimony of her long service to our Institute:

'Rita is a person of loyalty and trustworthiness, who always put the collective interest of the Institute as her foremost concerns.'

Let’s give a big applause to Rita to show our appreciation of her remarkable devotions and contributions to the Institute.

At the same time, thanks to the great effort of the selection task force comprising the Office-bearers, ARB President and past HKIA Presidents, the appointment of the Chief Operating Officer ("COO") of the Institute will be announced soon.

I am confident that the Secretariat under the new COO will continue our current focus to deliver a good and effective services to our members, while achieving efficiencies through streamlined operations and the use of technology.

Note of Appreciations
I would like to thank my fellow Office-bearers, Council, Boards and Committees as well as the supporting Secretariat for their dedication and hard work to live up to the challenging calendars for a fulfilling year. However nothing is possible and meaningful without general members’ support and participation.

So thank you all again and wishing everyone of you a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2018!

Marvin CHEN, FHKIA, Registered Architect
President
President's Message <2017/09>


Dear Members,

This summer has gone really quickly in the blink of an eye. Out of a busy schedule packed with both internal and external events, I am pleased to share with you some of the encouraging endeavors and advancements for the Institute.

International Communications
International Presidents Roundtable Meeting, London

I was honoured to be invited by the Royal Institute of British Architects ("RIBA") to attend the International Presidents Roundtable at RIBA Headquarter in London and was presented with the International Presidential Medal, which was the highlight event in the RIBA International Week from 3 - 6 July 2017.

This was the first time that the presidents of major international and national architects organisations sat together and exchanged on challenges for architects' profession from global perspective. Apart from HKIA, the participants include
- International Union of Architects (UIA),
- Architects Council of Europe (ACE),
- Architects Regional Council Asia (ARCASIA),
- Africa Union of Architects (AUA),
- Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA),
- American Institute of Architects (AIA),
- Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC),
- The Indian Institute of Architects (IIA), and of course the host,
- Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

The western parties showed keen interest in Belt & Road initiative and possible collaboration on various fronts. I also took the opportunity to introduce the unique role and experience of HKIA in local registration/accreditation and the impact on Mainland China for full architects services.

AIA (HK Chapter)
HKIA met with the leaders of American Institute of Architects (Hong Kong Chapter) in June 2017 to explore opportunities for co-operation.

RIBA (HK Chapter)
On 2 September 2017, HKIA invited the leaders of RIBA (HK Chapter) together with RIBA President Jane Duncan, who visited Hong Kong enroute to Seoul for UIA Assembly, for a lunch meeting to reinforce the communications and to explore accreditation collaboration opportunities.

UIA Congress and General Assembly 2017 Seoul
I just returned from Seoul after participating in the triennial UIA Congress and General Assembly from 3 to 10 September.

Over 15 HKIA members attended the UIA Congress this year. I understood that most, if not all, found the trip fruitful and inspiring. Moreover the research papers and design works presented by our HKIA members were of such good quality that we managed to scoop 6 awards in the Congress including the Best Paper Award! My congratulations to Edward LEUNG, Alice YEUNG, Thomas WAN, Castle WONG and Kenneth TSE ! I would also like to record my appreciation to our Board of External Affairs, in particular Joseph KWAN, Stephen HO and Calvin CHAN for the leadership as well as UIA Committee for their enthusiastic effort in setting up the HKIA exhibition booth. I still kept receiving positive feedback for the upon my return to Hong Kong. Thanks to for the marvelous job for promoting HKIA!

As reported at the UIA General Assembly, it was noted that substantial progress on various professional aspects had been made in the last 3 years including architectural education, accreditation system, procurement of architectural services, standard of professionalism in architectural practice, code of professional conduct etc. These guidelines established would be a good reference for advancing our professional practice and professionalism.

The UIA General Assembly elected UIA Bureau/Vice Presidents /Regional Directors for 2017-2010. I had the opportunity to have a good dialogue with the new UIA President Thomas VONIER from USA, who expressed keen interest to foster a closer tie with our Institute on various fronts.

Connections with Mainland
HKIA Council Visit to Beijing

Thanks for the coordination of Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR, me and 9 Council Members undertook a 2-day visit to the Central Governmental Departments in Beijing, which were of relevance to our Institute or practice, in late July.

This year at the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development住房和城鄉建設部 ("MOHURD"), we were received by the Deputy Minister YI Jun, followed by a 3-hours meeting well attended by many senior department officials. They were all very responsive with great interest in our comprehensive PowerPoint presentation on HKIA /ARB, the Registered Architects and Authorized Persons Systems in Hong Kong as well as our Full Architectural Services. This face to face exchange helped to dissolve any misunderstanding over the years and enhanced mutual understanding and communications for the future professional development.

At the meeting with Ministry of Commerce商務部, a PowerPoint to highlight ‘Hong Kong Architects' Edge on Belt and Road Initiatives.’ was presented so as to connect with Mainland counterparts for collaboration opportunities arising from Belt and Road and Great Bay Area initiative.

While in Beijing, a dinner was organized with invited guests and HKIA Non-resident Members. We were so delighted to have our Honorary Member Ye Rutong, President of Architectural Society of China President Xiu Long and representatives from HKSARG office in Beijing attended the occasion.

Visit by Guangzhou Government Delegates
From time to time HKIA had received Mainland delegates for exchanges on issues of common interest. On 12 Sept, a 15 plus Guangzhou Government Delegates visited HKIA for an in depth discussion on the complete scope of services that could be provided by Architects. I together with VP Felix LI had a good sharing on our Hong Kong established practices.

Communication with HKSAR Government
Together with about 2,000 guests, I felt honoured to attend the Inauguration Ceremony of the Fifth Term of HKSARG on 1 July 2017.

So far, I had met the following new HKSAR government secretaries and discussed in length to reflect our professional views and aspirations on various issues.

- Mr. Michael Wong, Secretary for Development
- Mr. Frank Chan, Secretary for Transport and Housing
- Mr. KS Wong, Secretary for Environment
- Mr. Edward Yau, Commerce and Economic Development

In August 2017, I also attended two special invitations by Financial Secretary Mr. Paul Chan on Policy Address Consultation on the aspects of "Professional (專業)" as well as "Cultural Creativity Industry (文化創意產業)" .

We hope our ideas and suggestions are useful for the policy makers in formulating the upcoming Policy Address and relevant strategies for the future.

Promoting Architectural Excellence
As HKIA President, I had accepted the invitations to be the juror for the following competitions,
- HKIA Furniture Design Competition 2017
- Hong Kong Young Architects & Designers Competition 2017 – A new competition to design an iconic Temporary Pavilion in the West Kowloon Nursery Park (organized by West Kowloon Cultural District Authority).
- AIA (HK Chapter) Honours and Awards 2017

I believe that the subsequent exhibitions and publicity of the winning and/or finalist projects at various platforms would draw the public attention to our architects' talents and also attract the interest of youngsters considering a career in architecture.

Communication with the Communities
A positive public image is important for enhancing the status of architects and attracting the public interest in the work of our profession. Therefore, I, on HKIA's behalf, have also been proactive to take part in the public exchange activities in August and September 2017:
- Consultation Session on Great Bay Area with the Property Development, Construction and Surveying Industry organized by Savantas Policy Institute (匯賢智庫「大灣區?討會」)
- Closing Ceremony of "Dream Builders" organized by Junior Chamber International Tai Ping Shan (太平山商會之「築夢 青年人理想城市2017」閉幕禮)
- Opening Ceremony of International Design Furniture Fair Hong Kong 2017
- Launching Ceremony of the Transitional Social Housing Project on 19 September 2017
- Construction Safety Week 2017 Kick-off Ceremony cum Conference on 21 September 2017

Special General Meeting
At a Special General Meeting ("SGM") held on 18 August 2017, Members of the Institute voted to pass 4 motions in relation to the amendment of the Institute's documents namely The Rules of The Institute, HKIA Code of Professional Conduct, HKIA Agreement between Client and Architect HKIA Agreement between Client and Architect and the Scale of Professional Charges, Guidelines to HKIA Members on Participation in Invited Submission for Architectural Consultancy Proposal.

The resolution on 4 motions was passed by an affirmative vote of two thirds of those Members having a right to vote at the General Meeting. You may wish to have a recap by reading the meeting minutes of the SGM that could be downloaded from the designated link as revealed on the 3rd QGM notice.

The amendments to the HKIA documents concerned was indeed a complicated issue that must engage collective wisdom. On behalf of the Council, I am greatly indebted to the Taskforce members for your devotion and determinations. Lastly a big applause to all our Members who came and vote, especially those who stayed through the SGM.

Thanks again for your unstinting support to HKIA.

Yours sincerely,

Marvin CHEN, FHKIA, Registered Architect
President
President's Message <2017/06>


Dear Members,

I found the second quarter of 2017 extremely fulfilling and fruitful.

Same as every architect sitting here, we hope that we could have more than 24 hours per day to handle endless tasks and challenges. Many thanks for the unfailing support of our dedicated Members and Secretariat, I could safely through the last few weeks and now, I would like to share with you the following happenings :

Joint-Institute Chief Executive Election Forum (18 March 2017)
During election for our HKSAR Chief Executive ("CE"), a Joint Institute CE Election Forum was held together with HKILA, HKIP and HKIS at the Hong Kong Design Institute on 18 March. It provided a face-to-face platform for members of the functional constituency to get a closer touch with the CE candidates. Although only one of the candidates turned up at the Forum, she became the eventual Chief Executive-elect. Yet, the Forum could not be held without the coordination of our Vice President Mr. Ivan Ho who made the liaison with different parties. Thank you, Ivan.

Canberra Accord General Meeting (5-7 May 2017)
In May I had made two duty visits to South Asia. In the final preparation for HKIA to apply for the Canberra Accord full signatory status, I attended the Canberra Accord General Meeting at the Colombo, Sri Lanka and presented our HKIA/ARB accreditation system to the other signatories.

When becoming a signatory, the academic qualification obtained from HKIA/ARB accredited architectural programmes will be recognised by all signatories of the Canberra Accord which includes Canada, USA, Commonwealth Association of Architects, Korea, and Mainland China.

As one of the pre-requisites, Canberra Accord had sent two reviewers to observe the latest HKIA/ARB revalidation visit to HKU from 19-23 June, in order to assess whether the HKIA/ARB accreditation system meets the requirements of Canberra Accord. I had attended both the opening meeting and exit meeting to greet the Canberra Accord observers and to address their queries on our HKIA/ARB accreditation system.

Architects Regional Asia ("ARCASIA") and Union of Architects ("UIA") Region IV Meeting (23 May 2017)
On 23 May, I attended the ARCASIA and UIA Region IV Meeting at Jaipur, India, Together with the HKIA representatives from various Boards, we shared with the other 18 ARCASIA member institutes what HKIA had achieved in the aspects of architectural education, social responsibility and green & sustainable architecture.

Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (14-15 May 2017)
I also had flied to Beijing twice in May. Upon the invitation by the HKSAR government, I joined the Hong Kong official delegation, which was lead by our Chief Executive Mr. CY Leung to the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in mid-May 2017. It was evident from close observations that the international interest on the Belt and Road development is huge with immense opportunities for professionals. However it was shared by the Hong Kong delegates that the Hong Kong government must play a more leading role in promoting and supporting the Hong Kong business and professionals to venture into these new but volatile markets.

Liang Sicheng's Award and Annual General Meeting organized by Architectural Society of China (中國建築學會梁思城大獎及周年大會)
My second journey to Beijing was to attend Liang Sicheng's Award and Annual General Meeting ("AGM") organized by Architectural Society of China ("ASC") 學會梁思城大獎及周年大會).

Then it was equally colorful for me to attend the various events in Hong Kong.

Play to Change Exhibition @ Oil Street
Exhibits in relation to Play to TREASURE, Play to LIVE and Play to NURTURE of young and energetic architects were showcased at Oil Street to express their ideas and ideals of "Chang" on city planning urban architecture and other social development issues.

Venice Biennale International Architectural Exhibition 2016: Hong Kong Response Exhibition themed "Stratagems in Architecture" (建築兵法)
With the concerted efforts of The Hong Kong Institute of Architects Biennale Foundation, co-organizers Oil Street, Create Hong Kong, the Venice Biennale International Architectural Exhibition 2016: Hong Kong Response Exhibition curated by our Member Mr. Stanley Siu in May 2017 was concluded with great success.

HKIA has been on the way of organizing Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (Hong Kong)("UABB") 2017 which aims to be launch in December. As reported by the Honorary Secretary, Dr. LK Chan was appointed as the Chief Curator of UABB 2017. An open call for exhibits shall be launched in coming weeks and please stay tuned for HKIA Daily and our Facebook.

Guangdong-Hong Kong- Macau Great Bay Area Consultation
HKIA continues to reflect our members' voices in good time. On 14 June 2014, I attended a Guangdong-Hong Kong- Macau Great Bay Area Consultation Session organized by Development Bureau.

Board of Mainland Affairs had also made timely response to prepare a joint submission with 10 local professional institutes of Hong Kong Coalition of Professional Services to National Development and Reform Commission (國家發展和改革委員會). The joint submission was also filed to Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau and the Belt and Road Office of HKSAR Government on 19 May 2017.

HKIA Cross-Strait Architectural Design Symposium and Awards 2017 ("CADSA")
HKIA was a leading organizer of the Cross-Strait Architectural Design Symposium and Awards 2017, which was attended by about 300 guests, students and HKIA members.

On the same evening, 90+ prizes and awards were presented to acknowledge the outstanding works amongst cross-strait region.

In the coming quarter, You may wish to take note of a special Members Forum and Special General Meeting.

On 3 July 2017 at 7pm, the Council shall organize a Members' Forum to keep Members abreast of our progress on our comprehensive review of the following key documents of the Institute before processing the SGM to be held in late July 2017:
a) The Rules of The Institute;
b) HKIA Code of Professional Conduct;
c) HKIA Agreement between Client and Architect; and
d) Guidelines to HKIA Members on Participation in Invited Submission for Architectural Consultancy Proposal.

Your participation is of importance and we will send email to all Members early next week.

Last but not least, I appreciate that our members have great hopes and aspirations for the new term of the HKSAR government and also understand that you would like to share with incoming Bureau Secretaries on many local issues. Council would extend invitations to them on various HKIA occasions when they have been on post to facilitate communication between the Institute and the policy makers.


Yours faithfully,

Marvin CHEN, FHKIA, Registered Architect
President
President's Message <2017/03>


Dear Members,

This is my first President's report for you since I took office on 1 January this year. The past 2.5 months have been a period of connection and out reaching development.

Apart from overseeing the operation of the Institute and the regular Council meetings, OBs meetings, Board meetings and Taskforce meetings, I have presided over 10 official events organised by the Institute or jointly organised with allied institutes. Moreover I have also been invited and participated in another 40 more external functions and activities during the first 70 days in the capacity of HKIA President. Perhaps that is why I have this very feeling that time has passed so quickly.

Instead of giving you the boring details of my long diary, please allow me to share with you the highlight of some of the events I attended, as well as the ongoing tasks by the Institute, which help to advance the 3 main commitments undertaken by the Institute, namely;
- Connecting with our members
- Caring for our profession
- Caring for our community

A) Connecting with members
1) HKIA Sports Team Dinner
As reported by our Hon Secretary, the HKIA Sports Team Dinner was well attended by about 60 HKIA member. They had actively represented the Institute in various sports events over the years namely, basketball, football, volleyball, badminton, table-tennis and dragon boats. This kind of interest group activities under HKIA umbrella not just celebrates the spirit of "work-hard, play hard", but also fosters the bondings between the Institute and the members. Your participation and support is more than welcome.

Currently we are reviewing proposal from some members to set up music interest groups under HKIA umbrella. So stay tuned for more details.

2) Welcoming Party for Prospective Members
It is for those candidates who have passed the 8 written papers of Professional Assessment. More than 100 prospective members turned up for the event. Apart from sharing on the techniques and preparation for Professional Interview, I had made a brief introduction on the Institute and the updates of our membership profiles so that they would have a good perspective of the Institute upon admission.

3) <Play to Change> Exhibition
The year also highlighted the collaboration with Oil Street, North Point and the Hong Kong Architectural Centre on the <Play to Change> Exhibition. Launched on 11 February 2017, it is a year-long experimental project with roving monthly exhibitions at Oil Street. Through the exhibition of the creative artworks by our members, the group of young and energetic architects can express their ideas and ideals of ‘Change’ on city planning, urban architecture and other social development issues.

I truly believe that this architect's flagship at Oil Street Art space will become an essential feature of our professional creativity.

4) Youth Construction Forum
On 18 February 2017, I attended the Youth Construction Forum organised by Construction Industry Council as the representative of the Supporting Organization. HKIA also played a leading role in the Forum. We had our Honorary Secretary Paul CHU as the Moderator for the panel discussion and the sincere sharing of our member Tony IP on his "Architect Story". Tony’s presentation focused on the voluntary services for the construction industry and the community out of the busy office works. It was well received by the audience predominately comprise of young professionals from different disciplines in the construction industry.

B) Caring for our profession
Since taking the office, I have been engaged in active communications with the various government authority such as Development Bureau, Architectural Services Department and Planning Department on issues of interest to our profession and our construction industry.

In parallel, special task forces had been appointed to look into the particular areas which are of members' concern:
1) Competition Ordinance; and the consequential review of the Agreement between Client and Architects as well as code of Professional Conduct.
2) Proposed Security of Payment Legislation
3) Review HKIA Rules,

We targeted to submit the final version for members consideration and endorsement in the third quarter of the year.

On 24 February a Luncheon Talk by HKSAR Chief Executive was held jointly with HKIE, HKILA, HKIP and HKIS on the topic of “Continuous Multi-Pronged Strategies to Increase Land and Housing Supply” to keep abreast of government policy in connection with local affairs.

HKIA would continue to reflect our members' voices regarding Policy Address 2017 and Hong Kong 2030 Planning Vision and Strategy for making appropriate responses in good time for HKSAR's long term planning.

C) Caring for community
1) Inclusive design
I was honoured to be invited as a speaker at the Prize Presentation Ceremony of Inclusive Environment Recognition Scheme cum Seminar on Barrier-Free Buildings (共融環境嘉許計劃頒獎典禮暨無障礙建築研討會) organized by The Hong Kong Council of Social Service on 9 February 2017. In my speech, I summarized architects' professional input in this aspect to arouse awareness of around 200+ audience.

With the development of the society, the approach to design of our buildings, to facilitate the use of the less abled persons, is no longer limited to the provisions for barrier free facilities only. Especially in Hong Kong, the number of the aging population is growing fast. Therefore it is about time for our architects to embrace the Universal Design approach so as to increase the potential for developing a better quality of life for a wide range of individuals.

To this end, I am glad to announce that the Council has already endorsed the proposal to introduce a special Inclusive Design Award category for the HKIA Annual Award starting this year. Apart from the normal buildings, the categories can also cover humanitarian efforts such as disaster relief buildings and shelters.

We look forward to encouraging architects’ active participation and promotion of the caring architecture.

2) Design for Safety
On 14 March 2017, I attended a CEO Forum on Safety to promote occupational safety in construction sites of new works, together with Heads of stakeholders in the construction industry, including government officials, developers, professionals and contractors.

It is revealed that despite a decreasing trend in construction site accidents, the main cause for fatalities is dropping from height. There was calls from various sectors for architects to make relevant consideration to avoid risky construction operation during design stage of building.

Finally, may I remind you that a Forum for CE candidates will be held this Saturday morning on 18 March at Hong Kong Institute of Design campus at Junk Bay. It is jointly organised by the HKIA, HKILA, HKIP and HKIS for members of the functional constituency. Please come and meet your CE candidates face to face for more of his platform and exchange of views.


Yours sincerely,
Marvin CHEN, FHKIA, Registered Architect
President
香港建築師學會陳沐文會長2017年新春賀辭


在此送舊迎新,金雞初啼之際,我謹代表學會理事會全體成員恭祝大家:

年年美美滿滿,
月月平平安安,
日日順順利利,
時時康康健健,
刻刻快快樂樂!

感謝你們的支持及投入,學會去年經歷了多姿多采,琳琅繽紛的60週年慶典活動。面對新年、新事,新機遇,相信大家對未來都充滿期待及希望。為讓我們在日後的工作、專業及社會服務上做得更好,躍得更高,學會在這兩年會「休養生息」,「固本培元」;集中資源專注學會的核心使命,強化專業功能:

- 弘揚卓越建築
- 提昇專業服務

學會將繼續倡議且主動創造更多機會給新進建築師發揮創意才華,並就社會關注的議題反映建築專業的觀點,重建建築師專業領導地位。同時我們也會積極鼓勵會員與學會的互動溝通和參與;精簡學會的組織,優化秘書處的架構,以善用資源,提高效率。

請容我藉此機會,與你分享一下學會本年度部分重點活動:

創意青年住屋設計比賽得獎作品展
由學會主辦,香港房屋協會協辦的「創意青年住屋設計比賽」得獎作品,現正在沙田香港科學園科技大道西2號生物資訊中心地下公開展覽。 是次比賽旨在鼓勵年輕建築師發揮創意,其中冠軍作品「築青亭」更被製作成一比一的示範單位,參觀者除可內進親身感受設計者的用心外,亦可欣賞冠軍和其他四隊優異作品的展板、模型和短片。得獎作品展展期由即日至2017年3月26日。

玩轉「油」樂場
這項展覽是由康樂及文化事務署主辦,學會與「油街實現」合作策劃,香港建築中心則作?支持機構。展期由2017年2月-10月在北角油街舉行。期間每個月會有不同的本地建築師,透過展覽別具創意的作品,表達他們對社會發展、城市建築等議題的想法和意見。同時亦會舉辦一連串公眾?與活動,進一步和社區藝術結合,讓居民和建築師透過對話與溝通,?發參與者對社會及城市價值觀的新思維。首項展覽「玩轉 - 尋(一)」經已開展。

香港青年建築師獎
青年建築師獎由香港建築師學會與亞洲文化協會合辦,新昌 – 葉庚年教育基金贊助,旨在表揚年青有為的建築師。獎項提供得獎者赴美考察,增廣見聞的機會,並以此鼓勵他們繼續發揮才能,貢獻社會。本年度設計主題為「香港(新)美術館」,比賽將於2017年3月舉行通介會,4月截止報名,5月提交作品。

香港建築師學會週年建築獎
在總結了多年的經驗,並參考去年諮詢的意見,2016/2017年度的香港建築師學會週年建築獎,在獎項類別,評選標準以及舉辦形式等各方面都將有所改革優化,冀令整個活動更加客觀、專業及具影響力。現定於2017年3月開始接受報名。

兩岸四地建築設計論壇及大獎
每兩年一次的「兩岸四地建築設計論壇及大獎」今年已是第三屆。是次設計論壇及大獎頒獎晚宴定於2017年6月17日在香港舉行。本屆主題是:「高速、高密、多元、建築」。透過論壇及大獎的交流平台,讓兩岸四地的建築師互相切磋觀摩,有助進一步提升兩岸四地的設計水平。

創意設計比賽
為了讓多才多藝的建築師有更多發揮的機會,學會除了會繼續和政府有關部門爭取落實舉辦建築設計比賽外,亦會自行籌辦多元化的創意設計比賽,包括將於今年下半年推出的創意傢俱設計及城市基建設計等不同類型的設計比賽。

提昇專業服務
針對「競爭法」對業界的影響,學會理事會成立了專責小組,正就「建築師執業操守守則」以及「客戶與建築師顧問服務合約範本」進行梳理。預期於年中提交報告,爭取年?落實相關修訂。

此外學會也會恆常舉辦與執業息息相關的?業持續進修課程,以令會員們可及時掌握最新的建築法規及專業資訊。

最後我謹代表理事會誠意邀請各位會員朋友,參加學會於2月20日(星期一)晚7時至8時30分,假香港跑馬地體育路香港足球會跑馬地廳舉行的丁酉年新春酒會。除了會員之間的聯誼外,亦可以與眾多政府官員,社會賢達及業界嘉賓朋友進行交流。期待屆時和你一起共賀新春!


香港建築師學會會長2017-2018
陳沐文建築師
President's Message <2017/01>


Dear Members,

On the commencement of the new year, I wish you all an aspiring 2017 blessed with energy and joy!

It is indeed my privilege and honour to serve the Institute as your President for the coming two years. However I would not underestimate the expectations and challenges ahead, especially after the remarkable 2 years under the great leadership of my predecessor Mr. Vincent Ng, JP.

Together with his dedicated 2015-16 council members and the enthusiastic support by our members, an array of colourful and memorable activities and events, both local and regional, had been successfully delivered in the celebration of the 60th Anniversary of our Institute.

Apart from the strong commitment to promote the architectural excellence and to uphold our professional standards, I'm particularly impressed and inspired by Vincent for his vision to nurture the future generation for our profession and the numerous new initiatives introduced under his presidency, to encourage our young architects to keep pursuing their dreams.

Now as we say goodbye to the first 60 years of the Institute, I see the major impending challenge for me and my council members is how to prepare the Institute and to chart the way forward for the next 60 years ahead, especially in view of the dramatic changes in Hong Kong’s professional, cultural, social and political environments in recent years.

So after all the highlights in 2016, it is a good opportunity for reflection and consolidation; to realign and to focus our limited resources and energy to advance our core missions, with efficiency and effectiveness.

However, I can assure you that 2017 is by no means going to be a quiet year for the Institute and for our members......


To promote architectural excellence

Apart from the HKIA Annual Award, we will also have regional and international events to showcase Hong Kong architecture such as Cross Strait Architectural Design Awards, Hong Kong Shenzhen Biennale and the Response Exhibition in Hong Kong for Venice Biennale 2016.

Moreover, we will continue to work closely with our partner, the Hong Kong Architecture Centre, to reach out the community for the appreciation of local architecture.


To uphold professional integrity and standards

In order to enhance the core competence of our members, more structured Continuing Professional Development seminars, such as the Intensive Seminars on practice related issues and the Master Class for Authorised Person Candidates, will be organised.

With the implementation of the Competition Ordinance, our Code of Professional Conduct and the Agreement between Client & Architect & Scale of Professional Charges are under review by a task force for revamp for statutory compliance, where necessary.


To promote visibility of architects

We shall align various media partners; newspaper, TV, radio and online, so as to convey our professional views on relevant social issues including town planning, urban design, heritage conservation and revitalisation, harbour front enhancement, environmental protection and sustainable development, building safety, in an appropriate manner.


To nurture the local talents

We will continue to explore opportunities for our members, in particular the younger generation, to showcase their creativities and talents through exhibitions and/ or design competitions.

Riding on the success of the previous 2 Reveal Exhibitions which had been well received by the public for recognition of the artistic creativity of the architects, the Institute has been invited by the Oil Street to host a one year exhibition programme in 2017. This exhibition, which is named as ‘Play to Change’, will showcase artefacts/ installations created by our members.


To connect with our members

We shall allocate resources to revamp and to strengthen the current communication channels such as E-daily HKIA, websites and HKIA Journal.

In order to keep you in touch with me and the office bearers of the council, a Facebook page has just been launched. Please feel free to visit our page at OBs@HKIA Council 2017-18.

Moreover a Communication Manager shall be designated within the Secretariat, with the responsibilities to monitor and to explore means for effective and efficient services for our members.

Soon you will receive invitation from our Chief Executive Officer, Mrs Rita Cheung, to express your interest to participate in our Committees. I look forward to collaborating with you for a fruitful and rewarding year in 2017!

Together we can!


Marvin CHEN FHKIA, RA, APEC Architect
President, The Hong Kong Institute of Architects
3 January 2017

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