Hong Kong at 15 / Redefining the Public Realm


Simultaneous presentations in Hong Kong and New York

From its earliest days as a British colony to its return to mainland sovereignty 15 years ago, Hong Kong's energy and dynamism has transformed it from a group of sleepy fishing villages into a center of international trade and finance. The Asia Society Hong Kong Center is pleased to co-present with AIA Hong Kong this program that features leading international architects across time zones — in New York and Hong Kong. They will discuss their vision and intent behind their projects in Hong Kong and explore the concept of urban development.

Cesar PelliFAIA, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects (Joining from New York)
Cesar Pelli's projects include the International Finance Center in Hong Kong. Pelli's work has been widely published and exhibited, with nine books dedicated to his designs and theories. Pelli has also served as Dean of the Yale University School of Architecture. He has received 12 honorary degrees, over 200 awards for design excellence and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.



Peter Cookson Smith, Hon. AIA HK, MHKIP, HKUID, President, The Hong Kong Institute of Planners (Joining from Hong Kong)
Dr. Peter Cookson Smith is an architect, planner, urban designer and Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects Hong Kong. He is also the author of two books on urban design: “The Urban Design of Impermanence,” on Hong Kong, and “The Urban Design of Concession,” on the Chinese Treaty Ports. Peter moved to Hong Kong in 1977 to create URBIS – one of the first specialist planning, urban design and landscape consultancies in South-east Asia and remain a special consultant for them. For several years he was an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong and a Visiting Scholar at the Centre of Asian Studies. Peter is also currently Vice-President of the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design.   

Billie Tsien, AIA, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (Joining from New York)
Billie Tsien has worked with Tod Williams since 1977. Her work includes the Asia Society Hong Kong Center complex, a new museum for the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia and an information technology campus in Mumbai, India. Ms. Tsien maintains an interest in work that bridges the realms of art and architecture. Ms. Tsien has taught extensively in architectural programs throughout the US including the Parsons School of Design, Harvard University and Yale University.

Tod Williams, FAIA, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (Joining from New York)
Tod Williams is principal of his own firm, and in 1986 formed the partnership, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects. The firm's work was honored by the American Institute of Architects in 2002 for the American Folk Art Museum, the first new museum built in New York City in over three decades. Williams has held visiting professorships at the University of Texas in Austin and the University of Virginia. In 1992 he was made a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects.


Robert Whitlock, AIA, Kohn Pedersen Fox (Joining from New York)
Robert Whitlock is responsible for the design of Hysan Place in Causeway Bay, the first LEED Platinum building in Hong Kong. His role as designer of high-rise towers, mixed-use developments and large-scale master plans has been as much about enhancing the urban experience as about shaping individual buildings. Whitlock has focused on density, public space, supertall building, and the influences of these elements on the quality and sustainability of the "global city."


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Event Details

Tue 11 Dec 2012
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong
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