The fourth HKIA Cross-Strait Architectural Design Symposium broke geographical boundaries for an enthusiastic exchange of innovative ideas and celebrated success by honouring the best designs across Greater China
Organised by the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA), the HKIA Cross-Strait Architectural Design Symposium & Awards 2019 (HKIA-CADSA), held on June 21, provided a platform for architects and scholars from across the world to exchange and share their creative visions. For the first time this year, the symposium invited renowned architects from the 'Belt and Road' regions, in addition to delegates from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau and mainland China, to join forces to reshape the aesthetics of architecture.
With the theme of 'Shape the Shapeless: Cross-Strait Architects and the Architecture of the Belt and Road and Africa', the event encouraged eminent cross-straits key thinkers to explore innovative architecture and analyse challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. The event was officiated by Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau Tang-wah GBS, JP, with keynote speeches delivered by industry heavyweights such as CY Lee, principal architect, CY Lee and Partners of Taiwan; Iranian architect Mehrdad Iravanian, founder of Mehrdad Iravanian Architectural Office; and Emre Arolat, founder of EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture, coupled with a panel discussion in the afternoon.Chan Chak-bun, chairman of the HKIA-CADSA 2019 organising committee, expressed his wish that "all architects had learned something from the exchanges and discussion and would construct architecture with international vision and more innovation in the future".
The event encouraged eminent cross-straits key thinkers to explore innovative architecture and analyse challenges and opportunities that lie ahead
The event concluded with an awards presentation that recognised design excellence in the Greater China region. Headed by an international jury panel, the awards drew nearly 200 nominations, competing for Gold, Silver and Merit awards in eight categories in the professional category, while the student category also received a record number of nominations. Among the top winners were Hong Kong-based Ronald Lu & Partners (RLP) which received two Gold awards for Integral, an industrial ecotourism garden in Guilin, in the category of Un-built Projects: Architectural Design Scheme; and Ocean Terminal Extension, the new extension building of Harbour City, in the category of Commercial (Shopping). Other multiple award winners included Tongji Architectural Design (Group) and Architects & Engineers Co., Ltd. of Southeast University, Nanjing.