Design of the Xiqu Centre for Chinese Opera: A Conversation with the Architects
Evening Discussion with architects Bing Thom and Ronald Lu, moderated by Professor Qingyun Ma, Dean, USC School of Architecture
Drinks Reception at 6:30 pm
Discussion at 7:00 pm
Close at 8:30 pm
The Xiqu Centre will be the first of 17 arts and cultural venues to be opened within Hong Kong's West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) and will symbolize the importance and rich heritage of Xiqu (Chinese opera) for the region. Architects Bing Thom and Ronald Lu will be joined by Professor Qinyun Ma in a discussion on their design proposal, which is the first commission awarded under the WKCD international design competition.
Bing Thom, CM FRAIC AIA, is one of Canada's leading architects. Born in Hong Kong, Mr. Thom immigrated to Canada during childhood and received his B.Arch. degree from the University of British Columbia and M.Arch. degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He established his own firm in 1982, receiving numerous awards including the Order of Canada and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for outstanding contributions and architecture and the community. He holds an honorary professorship at Tongji University, Shanghai, and was the recipient of the 2011 RAIC Gold Medal, the highest honor given to a Canadian architect.
Ronald Lu, FAIA FHKIA FRAIA, is founder and chairman of Ronald Lu & Partners, an award-winning architectural practice established since 1976. He received his first professional degree in Sydney and an M.Arch. degree from MIT. His professional experience covers Hong Kong, China, and he broader Asia in both private and public sectors. Mr. Lu is a past President of both the AIA Hong Kong Chapter and Hong Kong Institute of Architects, as well as a Fellow of both institutes. He is an active member of several other professional organizations within the architectural industry and is actively involved with community service.
Qingyun Ma (moderator) is an architect, educator, and, since 2007, the Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California. He earned his bachelor's degree of civil engineering in architecture from Tsinghua University, Beijing, and M.Arch. degree from University of Pennsylvania. His renowned architectural firm, MADA s.p.a.m. was founded in 1996, gathering worldwide recognition for the design of modern buildings, and urban communities. Professor Ma was chief curator of the 2007 Shenzhen Hong Kong Biennale. As Dean of USC, he has launched serveral global initiatives including the USC American Academy in China.
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