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President Marvin Chen (2017-2018)

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'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




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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。

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,香港建築中心則作爲支持機構。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参與活動,進一步和社區藝術結合,讓居民和建築師透過對話與溝通,啓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。

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。







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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