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Afternoon Presentations and Panel Discussions
Registration 1:30 pm
Symposium 2:00 pm
Close 6:30 pm 

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The education of an architect and the practice of architecture have always enjoyed a cyclical, if not polemical relationship since the introduction of the Beaux-Arts system of teaching, learning, and practicing more than two and a half centuries ago. Most architecture students acquire the skill of out-of-the-box thinking at school yet encounter the reality of building science, construction technologies, market demands, building codes and regulations upon entering the professional arena. More than ever, the discipline is facing a rapidly changing society and the built environment that demand a redefinition of professional practice as well as pedagogy.

Laura Briggs is the head and associate professor in the Department of Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. Laura is also a Partner at Briggs Knowles Studio.





The Founding Partner of Atelier Seraji Architectes et Associés, Nasrine Seraji is also the head of department and professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong.





Nelson Chen is the director and professor of practice at the School of Architecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. In addition, Nelson is the principal architect at Nelson Chen Architects Ltd.





Richard Sommer is the dean and a professor at the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. Richard is also the founder of Borfax/ B.L.U.





The Founder of Preston Scott Cohen, Inc, Preston Scott Cohen is also the former chair and professor of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.





Nader Tehrani is the dean and a professor at Cooper Union’s Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture. Additionally, Nader is the founder of NADAAA.





Brian McGrath is the former dean and professor of Urban Design at the Parsons School of Constructed Environments, in addition to his work as the founder of Urban-Interface, LLC. 





Li Zhang is the associate dean and a Professor at Tsinghua University’s School of Architecture, while also serving as partner of TeamMinus, Beijing.




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Event Details

Sat 24 Jun 2017
2:00pm - 6:30pm

Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong

Free admission, Asia Society members only, Online registration required