14–15 December 2017 (Thursday and Friday)

10:00am–4:45pm (Thursday)
10:00am–12:30pm (Friday)

Room 419, Knowles Building, The University of Hong Kong

English with Cantonese simultaneous interpretation

Barry Bergdoll, Chang Chin-Wei, Chang Jiat-Hwee, Chang Yung-Ho, Aric Chen, Nelson Chen, Thomas Daniell, Juan Du, Huang Ming-Wei, Seng Kuan, Lin Bing, Liu Linfan, Liu Thai-Ker, Eric Mumford, Kamran Afshar Naderi, Eunice Seng, Nasrine Seraji, Sara Stevens, Janet Adams Strong, Calvin Tsao, Wu Kwang-Tyng, Marjorie Yang, Zhu Tao

Tao Zhu, Shirley Surya, Aric Chen, Eunice Seng

M+ and The Department of Architecture at The University of Hong Kong


About The Department of Architecture at The University of Hong Kong
The Department of Architecture at The University of Hong Kong, founded in 1950, is one of the preeminent institutions for architectural education in Asia and around the world. The department features an internationally recognized design curriculum in architecture, urbanism, and landscape that prepares students for the environmental, social, and aesthetic challenges of contemporary architectural practice. The department offers an accredited undergraduate program of Bachelor of Architectural Studies and an accredited professional program of Master of Architecture. It also features Postgraduate Research MPhil and PhD degree programs.

About the Participants
Barry Bergdoll, Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology in the Department of Art History at Columbia University, and Curator of Museum of Modern Art. His research interests centre on modern architectural history, with a particular emphasis on France and Germany since 1750. He has studied questions of the politics of cultural representation in architecture, the larger ideological content of nineteenth-century architectural theory, and the changing role of architecture both as a profession and as a cultural product in nineteenth-century European society. He served as Philip Johnson Chief Curator at the Museum of Modern Art from 2007 to 2013, where he offered a series of exhibitions intended to offer more inclusive visions of subjects, including Mies van der Rohe, the Bauhaus, Henri Labrouste, Le Corbusier, Latin American post-war architecture, and most recently Frank Lloyd Wright.

Chang Chin-Wei was trained as an architect and awarded a master’s degree in urban design in Taiwan, currently a PhD candidate at the Bartlett School of Architecture of the University College of London. His previous research addressed social production of spatial forms within non-architects consequences, everyday landscapes, and their conflicts with modernity in the contemporary built environment. His current research focuses on architectural profession and academy, with special attention on histories and dissemination of design education in China, Europe, and the USA.

Chang Jiat-Hwee, Assistant Professor at National University of Singapore, is the author of A Genealogy of Tropical Architecture: Colonial Networks, Nature and Technoscience (2016) and co-editor of Non West Modernist Past (2011) and Southeast Asia’s Modern Architecture: Questions in Translation, Epistemology and Power (2018). He is currently a Mellon researcher working on the Canadian Centre for Architecture/Mellon Foundation’s research project “Architecture and/for the Environment.”

Chang Yung-Ho, Founder and Principal Architect of FCJZ. He has taught at architecture schools around the world and he is currently Professor of Tongji University, Peking University, and MIT. He was the Kenzo Tange Chair Professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He holds a master’s degree in architecture from the University of California at Berkeley (1984).

Aric Chen, Lead Curator, Design and Architecture at M+. Previously, he served as Creative Director for Beijing Design Week, helping to launch that event in 2011 and 2012. Chen has curated numerous exhibitions in Asia, Europe, and the US, and has written for dozens of publications, including the New York Times, Metropolis, Architectural Record, Wallpaper*, Monocle, and Abitare. He is the author of Brazil Modern (Monacelli, 2016).

Professor Nelson Chen, FAIA FRIBA FHKIA, Director of the School of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Principal Architect of Nelson Chen Architects Ltd., established in 1987. Professor Chen was educated at Harvard University, receiving the BA degree summa cum laude and MArch degree with distinction and AIA School Medal as first-ranked graduate. His professional work has been recognised by over 35 major design awards from the AIA, HKIA, UNESCO, and Architect of the Year from Hong Kong Artists’ Guild, among others.

Thomas Daniell, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Architecture at the University of Saint Joseph in Macau. He holds a BArch from Victoria University, an MEng from Kyoto University, and a PhD from RMIT University. His books include FOBA: Buildings (2005), After the Crash: Architecture in Post-Bubble Japan (2008), Houses and Gardens of Kyoto (2010), Kiyoshi Sey Takeyama + Amorphe (2011), Kansai 6 (2011), and An Anatomy of Influence (2018).

Juan Du, Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture and Associate Dean for International and Mainland China Affairs in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. Her research and writings have been published in China, Europe and the United States, including China VoicesUrban Trans FormationsDomus InternationalUrban China, and the Journal of Architectural Education. She is also the founding director of the Hong Kong-based office IDU architecture, with projects ranging from the extent of built forms to the social and ecological processes of the city.

Huang Ming-Wei, Founder and Principal of Studiobase Architects, a Taichung-based firm founded in 2002. He holds degrees from Harvard University Graduate School of Design (M.Arch., 1994), and Tunghai University in Taiwan (1990). He has worked in the United States and in Taiwan, and his design work has been recognised with several awards for excellence in architecture, interior design, and real estate.

Seng Kuan, Lecturer of Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Kuan is an architectural historian with a scholarly focus on twentieth century and contemporary architectural and urban design in Japan and China. He has published extensively on the architectural and urban culture of East Asia, most notably Kenzo Tange: Architecture for the World (Lars Müller, 2012), Shanghai: Architecture and Modernism for Modern China (Prestel, 2004), and Architectural Encounters with Essence and Form in Modern China (MIT Press, 2002). His curatorial work includes Metabolism, The City of the Future (Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2011) and Utopia Across Scales: Highlights from the Kenzo Tange Archive (Harvard Graduate School of Design, 2009).

Lin Bing, Partner of OLI Architecture PLLLC. Lin is an architect and curator based in Shanghai. He has worked as a designer with NBBJ (199597) and Pei Partnership Architects (19982010), where he was the Director for Asian Development. He has worked on a number of internationally recognised projects, including the Suzhou Museum, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Washington D.C., and the Shanghai World Financial Center. He has taught at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico and has been a frequent guest critic at Columbia University. He wrote and translated the award-winning Conversations with I. M. Pei [Chinese language edition] (2004), and he served as the chief reviewer for the Chinese language edition of I. M. Pei Complete Works (2011).

Liu Linfan, PhD Candidate of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Architecture. Liu’s dissertation examines the use of Chinese landscape painting as a conceptual device in contemporary architectural practice. Liu was trained in architecture in both China and the United States. She also practiced as an architect and researcher after receiving her Master Degree in Architecture at the State University of New York. Her research interests include historical and theoretical connections between painting, architecture, and landscape architecture, and the possibility of inter-disciplinary translations within practice.

Dr Liu Thai-Ker, architect-planner. Dr Liu has been the Director of RSP Architects Planners & Engineers Pte Ltd. since 1992. He is concurrently the Founding Chairman of Centre for Liveable Cities, a position he has held since 2008. Dr Liu served in the Housing & Development Board of Singapore from 1969 to 1989, the last 10 years as its CEO.  As CEO of Urban Redevelopment Authority (198992), he led the major revision of the Singapore Concept Plan. Dr Liu has planned for over 40 cities overseas. Dr Liu worked at I.M. Pei & Partners in New York from 1965 to 1969.

Eric Mumford, Rebecca and John Voyles Professor of Architecture at Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the author of The CIAM Discourse on Urbanism, 19281960 (MIT Press, 2000); Modern Architecture in St. Louis (Washington University, 2004);  Defining Urban Design: CIAM Architects and the formation of a discipline, 19371969 (Yale University Press, 2009), and a forthcoming textbook, Designing the modern city: Urbanism since 1850 (Yale University Press, 2018).  He has also published several edited books and many scholarly articles and other publications.

Kamran Afshar Naderi, architect and professor based in Tehran. Naderi is the co-founder of the influential Iranian architectural magazine Memar (1997) and its associated prestigious Memar Award. He has published three books, including Public Institutions in the Islamic Cities (1987), Iranian Architecture (2003), and The Gardens of Paradise (Rome, 2007), and has written over 170 articles and essays in a variety of international magazines and books.

Li Chung (Sandi) Pei  is the founding partner of Pei Partnership Architects, a firm he established with his brother, Chien Chung (Didi) Pei, after working at I. M. Pei & Partners from 1976 until 1992. Since then, he has directed the design of over five million square meters of building and large-scale urban development projects in the United States, Mexico, China, Indonesia, and Singapore. Some of his firm’s notable projects include the Chinese Embassy in Washington, DC, Suzhou Museum, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, and The Centurion luxury condominium building in New York City. The firm has designed projects for BMW, Bank of China, China Institute, Creative Artists Agency, Macao Foundation, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, and MIT, among others. He serves on Christie’s Advisory Board and is Vice President of the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art. Sandi Pei graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1976.

Eunice Seng, Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. She received her Ph.D. in architectural history from Columbia University in 2014. Her publications include essays on domesticity, Hong Kong, and Singapore in journals ranging from the Journal of ArchitectureSingapore Architect Journal to Time + Architecture. She is currently working on a book project titled The Resistant City: Essays on Modernity, Architecture, and Hong Kong.

Nasrine Seraji is Professor and Head of the Department of Architecture at The University of Hong Kong. After receiving her degree from the Architectural Association in London, she established her design studio in Paris, where she continues to practice. She has taught and lectured widely at institutions around the world, including Columbia University, the Architectural Association, Princeton University, the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, and Cornell University. Prior to her arrival in Hong Kong, she was Dean of the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris-Malaquais (formerly the École des Beaux-Arts) between 2006-2016.

Sara Stevens, Assistant Professor of the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia. Her research examines mid-twentieth century American urbanism and real estate. She holds degrees in Architecture and Environmental Design from Princeton University (Ph.D., 2012), Yale University (Master’s degree in Environmental Design, 2006), and Rice University (B.Arch., 2002). Her book Developing Expertise: Architecture and Real Estate in Metropolitan America was published by Yale University Press in 2016. Her writings have also been published in Buildings + Landscapes and the Journal of Architectural Education.

Janet Adams Strong is an architectural historian (PhD, Brown University). She was engaged to write for I.M. Pei & Partners in 1986, and continued at the firm (now Pei Cobb Freed & Partners) for twenty plus years as documentalist and Director of Communications. Dr Strong has independently authored, co-authored, and edited more than a dozen books on architecture, including I.M. Pei: Complete Works (2008).

Calvin Tsao, the Principal of Tsao & Mckown. He is a recognised and leading voice in contemporary architecture whose work draws from a lively engagement with a variety of art forms. He serves on the Board of The American Academy in Rome, and is an active board member and President Emeritus of The Architectural League of New York. He is also the former Vice President for Design Excellence of the AIA New York chapter, and served several years as a member of the Visiting Committee to Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. In 2012 Tsao received a Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) Legacy Award and in 2009 the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Award for Interior Design, along with his partner Zack McKown.

Professor Wu Kwang-Tyng, Director of the Architectural Design Program in the Department of Architecture at National Cheng Kung University. His research focuses on post-1945 architecture in Taiwan. He was the founding chief editor of ARCH (1990–1991), former chief editor of Architecture Taiwan, and former editorial advisor to Taiwan Architect. He has also held positions as Director of the Taipei Fine Arts Museum (2010–2011) and Chairman of the Board of the Chinese Institute of Urban Design (2003–2007). Professor Wu holds a degree in architecture from the University of Michigan (M.Arch, 1982). In 2016, he was elected as a Fellow of the Architectural Institute of Taiwan.

Marjorie Yang, the Chairman of Esquel Group, a leading global textile and apparel manufacturer headquartered in Hong Kong. Marjorie co-chairs the advisory board of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT, and chairs the steering committee of CoolThink@JC by Hong Kong Jockey Club. She also advises Harvard University, Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan, Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management, and Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University. Marjorie has a Bachelor of Science degree from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Tao Zhu, Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. He received his PhD from Columbia University in 2015. His book Liang Sicheng yu tade shidai [Liang Sicheng and His Times] was published by Guangxi Normal University Press in 2014. His essays can be found in journals like AA Files, Journal of Architecture and in several edited volumes, including A Critical History of Contemporary Architecture 19602010, which was published in 2014.