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HKIA Young Architect Award 2020 - Results

The HKIA Young Architect Award (YAA) is co-organised by the Hong Kong Institute of Architects and Asian Cultural Council Hong Kong annually to honour and acknowledge the talents and contribution of architects aged 35 or below.  Each year, the winner is selected based on 4 criteria: the quality of the design proposal for that year's theme, quality of previous personal work, professional and social participation, and proposal for the 3-week architectural study trip in the United States or one destination in Asia, sponsored by the Hsin Chong - K. N. Godfrey Yeh Education Fund.

The theme of HKIA Young Architect Award 2020 is “Revitalization of Bishop Hill Underground Cistern".  The competition seeks for showcase how heritage site could be re-examined; promote co-existence of building and nature;and celebrate the depth and characteristics of Hong Kong’s infrastructure while contributing to the general public.

Results are decided by a 7-member Jury Panel after a series of investigation, conversation with candidates and debate in 4-week time.  We would like to express our gratitude to the 7-member Jury Panel, consisting of

  • Ms. Josephine Wai, Director, Asia Cultural Council Hong Kong
  • Prof. Bernard LIM, HKIA Fellow, HKIA Past President 2005-2006, Former member of Antiquities Advisory Board
  • Mr. Marvin CHEN, HKIA Fellow, Past President 2017-2018
  • Mrs. Sylvia LAM, HKIA Fellow
  • Mr. Humphrey WONG, HKIA Member, experienced architect for revitalization projects
  • Mr. Stanley SIU, HKIA Young Architect Award 2013 Recipient
  • Ms. Sarah MUI, HKIA Young Architect Award 2015 Recipient
for their wisdom and dedication to the judging exercise.


Mr. WONG Sau Yin Samuel
The Jury recognised Mr. WONG as an all-rounded young architect who demonstrated his passion in design, social participation and professional development.
Mr. WONG’s research and design interests in public engagement were reflected in his proposal.  The subtle intervention not only respected the nature and the context but poetically recorded the re-discovery of this hidden gem; and it also transformed the Underground Cistern into a communal space for the neighbourhood.
The Jury Panel believes that Mr. WONG could benefit from his study tour; and that Mr. WONG would undoubtedly share his insights gained with the local architectural profession and put his knowledge to good use in serving the public in Hong Kong.
Honourable Mention
Mr. LAW Chun Wai (Justin)
Mr. LAW demonstrated his enthusiasm for striving for architectural excellence through both practices and design competitions.  The Jury Panel was also impressed by his unique and interactive design proposal that captured and re-interpreted time and space of a heritage site.
Mr. LAM Joshua Wai Hon