I would have completed my 2-year tenure as President of The Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) by the end of today (31 December 2020). I extend our congratulations to Donald Choi, the new incoming President and also his incoming 2021-2022 HKIA Council. I wish Donald and all his Council Members success in advancing further on architectural and professional excellence for our Members.
Elected as the President for the 2019-2020 term, I and my Council Members made great efforts via various approaches to promote architectural excellence, while embracing new thinking to tackle the many dynamic professional challenges during the period.
Together with the HKIA Council, I have been striving to promote professional excellence.
Locally the HKIA Council has organised various gatherings with the media and Legislative Councilors on different issues ranging from urban planning, statutory challenges and matters related to our profession. HKIA have also made continuous use of various platforms to promote HKIA’s stance and professional views on local urban and architectural issues such as our responses to the latest Policy Address 2020.
In order to enhance and maintain Hong Kong architecture industry’s professionalism, HKIA Council Members have paid particular attention to the promotion of enhanced CPD programme such as AP workshops, intensive seminars on local latest legislations related to our profession, and new technologies such as BIM and DfMA.
For Registered Practices and Members, HKIA have been in constant dialogue with the HKSAR Government and Mainland counterparts, laying the foundations for enhanced business opportunities in the Greater Bay Area. One latest example is the Qianhai practice registration for our Band 1 and 2 firms, as well as Members’ personal registration.
Taking the pandemic challenge as our opportunity, HKIA have improved communication with our Members through more social media channels such as Facebook Live Chat, Webinar and other online methods. We have also made good use of the online channels to deliver seminars and CPD programmes.
Most significantly, a focused effort was also made to support the new generation of upcoming architects by securing more opportunities for participation in “real build” design competitions in both Hong Kong and the Mainland. Examples included the competitions for Entrance Gateway for Lunar New Year Fair, Tide Gauge Station, DesignInspire in Hong Kong, and Qianhai design competition. More competitions for young talents and new practices are in the pipeline.
In overseas, HKIA have organised architectural exhibitions in London and Los Angles (first ever in the United States) as well as in the Mainland and other Asian cities such as for the CSDAS (Cross-Strait Architectural Design Symposium and Awards), UABB (Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture) and Venice Biennale Exhibitions.
Final but not least, I will continue to devote myself to support the incoming HKIA Council. I wish Council 2021–2022 a great success. And I wish all HKIA Members, who have offered the Institute staunch support, a prosperous and healthy New Year!
FHKIA, Registered Architect, APEC Architect
(只有中文版本，Chinese version only)
It is Christmas and New Year time again and half term for our Council too. It is also a good time to communicate with you all on top of our Facebook Live Chat!
From the outset of our Council term, all our planned events such as HKIA first-ever London Arts Exhibition under the London Festival of Architecture, Architecture Exhibition in Los Angeles, Great Bay Area visit with our members, public engagement project of Co-Vitalise Our Heritage, Exploring HK’s Living Style and Cultures Through Architecture Exhibition and Design Talk especially for our young members, Cross-Strait Architectural Design Symposium and Awards 2019 and Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture Hong Kong 2019 went successfully with great exposures for HKIA overseas and locally.
Also, we have voiced out HKIA stance on local architectural and practices issues through media interviews and press releases. Furthermore, we have constant dialogues with relevant government departments to share our members’ inspirations on government policies. To support our members on Continuous Professional Development (CPD), we have organized the HKIA first BIM Accreditation for our Members with architectural focus and re-structured our CPD seminars with more focus on practicing knowledge such as AP workshops, PRC regulatory update and latest technology related to our industry.
For overseas events, Council and I have attended a number of conferences such as RIBA International Presidents Round Table to strengthen architects’ influences on sustainability and government policies making, ARCASIA Council to introduce HKIA works for the society, and last but not least the Canberra Accord Council Meeting where HKIA has been accepted as one of the Signatory Members for Accreditation Body.
In the last few months, we have experienced unprecedented events too. Many of the Institute’s planned events have to be adjusted, re-scheduled or even cancelled. The Council has been working closely with our secretariat on handling challenges arising during this period. Fortunately, one of our most important events HKIA-ARB Professional Assessment (PA) examination in November had been completed smoothly. Majority of the PA candidates attended their examinations and the PA workshops could go well as scheduled in 2020. Here I would like to thank Professional Assessment Committee and secretariat for their efforts.
Sadly to say that during 2019 HKIA has lost two of its most influential Past Presidents Dr. Tao Ho and Professor Barry Will. The Institute had organized a Memorial Seminar for Dr. Tao Ho on 17 August 2019 and supported a memorial event named “Celebration of Life” for Professor Barry Will on 9 October 2019. Both of them will be missed forever for their contributions to our HKIA and Hong Kong.
For 2020 we are planning to have more design and build competitions for our members to showcase their talents, develop their implementation skills and enrich their experiences. We are committed to organizing local and overseas exhibitions and keeping pace with latest IT development for our secretariat. Your continuous supports to the Council will be very much appreciated!
On behalf of Council and myself I would like to wish you all and your families a Merry Christmas and Prosperous and Peaceful 2020!
President of HKIA
Felix Li Kwok Hing
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all Happy New Year of 2019!
On behalf of all our Council, I would like to congratulate and thank Immediate Past President Marvin and his Ex-Council for their hard work and positive contribution to our Institute over the past two years.
I am honoured and delighted to be the President for 2019-2020. Together with my fellow Officer Bearers and Council, I will work closely with our members and industry stakeholders to continue promoting HKIA’s core values – the architectural and professional excellence.
Our Council will strive for opportunity, professionalism and embracing new ways of thinking to tackle the many dynamic challenges facing members and the Institute arising from an extremely competitive local business environment.
To deliver this thinking, our Council aims to implement new initiatives, including new improved communication channels for our members, enhance CPD Programme, to incorporate greater emphasis on the complete building cycle including design and project management, and also to embrace the use of new technology. This, as architects we face the reality of our role in the construction process is diminishing and spaces filled by others if we do not continuously enhance our knowledge.
Through designing the buildings in which we live, work and play, architects make an enormous contribution to our society; and as competitive as the market for professional services may be, an understanding of the fundamental principles of financial management tells us that we don’t want to engage into a race to arrive at the lowest possible fee without the required quality services to our clients. Surely from a sophisticated client’s point of view they would be willing to pay for reliability and quality when they perceive it is of genuine value to them, such an environment would allow our Members to deliver the needed quality services to our clients and society.
It is also important to explore opportunities in Great Bay Area for our members and I would like to encourage our members to embrace this opportunity not just for their business but also to implement our urban and architectural design experience and skills.
For our young talent and new practices we endeavour to seek more opportunities such as collaboration with relevant stakeholders for more ‘real build’ design competitions.
For Hong Kong society, our Institute will continue to express our professional views on the local urban and architectural issues.
To implement all our initiatives, I appeal for all of your support in joining together in working for the good of the HKIA and our industry in the two coming years.
President of HKIA
Felix Li Kwok Hing