One of the key feature of ARCASIA is the Asian Congress of Architects (ACA) Forum which is a major regional congress held every two years that take the form of a large international congress for fostering intellectual exchange and strategic discussion on regional challenges, initiatives and development amongst hundreds of architects.
The theme for the ACA17 in 2016 is “Growth and Diversity: The Green Age of Asia”.
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong
The The 17th ASIAN CONGRESS OF ARCHITECTS (ACA17) will be held at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).
HKCEC is one of the two major convention and exhibition venues in Hong Kong, along with AsiaWorld-Expo. It is located in Wan Chai North, Hong Kong Island. Built along the Victoria Harbour, it is linked by covered walkways to nearby hotels and commercial buildings. The venue was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, in association with Wong & Ouyang (HK) Ltd. Larry Oltmanns led the design as the Design Partner with SOM.
The Council of the ARCASIA consists of all the Presidents of the National Institutes.
The organization itself serves as an extension for each member institutes' regional programme and relations. Annual meetings are held in different member institute countries, to deliberate and to give collective directions and representation to matters that affect the architectural profession in the Asian region.
To unite National Institutes of Architects on a democratic basis throughout the Asian region, to foster friendly, intellectual, artistic, educational and scientific ties;
To foster and maintain professional contacts, mutual co-operation and assistance among member institutes;
To represent architects of the member institutes at national and international levels;
To promote the recognition of the architect's role in society;
To promote the development and education of architects and the architectural profession in their service to society;
To promote research and technical advancement in the field of the built environment.
On 3 September1956, 27 architects gathered and formed “The Hong Kong Society of Architects”. After that, the membership number grew constantly and recognition as an Allied Society was given by Royal Institute of British Architects. The Institute officially changed its name to “The Hong Kong Institute of Architects” in 1972. The main purposes of the Institute are to continue to raise both the standard of architecture in Hong Kong and the standard of professional services offered by its members. On 12 January 1990, the Institute was incorporated as a statutory body.
Today, The Hong Kong Institute of Architects has around 4,200 members, including 183 Fellows, over 3,000 Members and more than 800 Associates and Graduate Members. In addition to the responsibilities of architects as professionals under law, members of the Institute are governed by a Code of Professional Conduct. This Code aims to provide the standard of professional conduct and self-discipline required of the members of the Institute in the interest of the general public. The Institute also serves the public by applying the collective expertise of its members in an advisory role to government and to the building industry.