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Hong Kong to host 17th Asian Congress of Architects – ACA-17

by Sophie Cullen on Apr 29, 2016 in Architecture
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The restoration and regeneration of Sangzhutse Fortress by Chang Qing, Ding Jiemin and Hua Yun
in Tibet, was a past winner in the conservation category of the ARCASIA Awards (All images courtesy ARCASIA)

The restoration and regeneration of Sangzhutse Fortress by Chang Qing, Ding Jiemin and Hua Yun in Tibet, was a past winner in the conservation category of the ARCASIA Awards (All images courtesy ARCASIA)

Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) will work with ARCASIA to host the 17th Asian Congress of Architects – ACA-17 – from 25 September to 01 October

This major regional event is held every two years, and takes the form of a large international congress that fosters intellectual and cultural exchanges of ideas between hundreds of architects. The 2016 iteration will mark the first time that the congress has met in Hong Kong, and will be centred around the theme "Growth and Diversity: The Green Age of Asia".

ACA-17 will focus on the diversity and growth of Asia through four key architectural issues: Business, Social, Green and Technology. These different categories will correspond with architectural practice, social responsibility, sustainability, design and construction breakthroughs, allowing participants at the event to initiate and engage in dialogue that will ensure a dynamic future for architecture in Asia.

BES Pavilion (3)

Receiving the Gold Award in the Socially Responsible Architecture category at a past edition of the ARCASAIA Awards, BES Pavilion in Vietnam was designed by Doan Thanh Ha and Tran Ngoc Phuong

The event will open with a selection of ARCASIA fellowship and council meetings before transitioning into the conference part of the schedule. Throughout the week, a range of excursions, ceremonies and social opportunities will also take place with a key highlight being the official dinner and ARCASIA Awards ceremony.

Ar. Duangrit Bunnag

Duangrit Bunnag – Founder of Duangrit Bunnag Architect Limited

Mr Stephen Tang

Stephen Tang – Deputy Director of HKSAR Government's Architectural Services Department

Speakers from across the region will be taking part in the event and will include: Young Kyoon Jeong – CEO, Chair of the Board at Heerim Architects & Planners Co (South Korea); Duangrit Bunnag – Founder of Duangrit Bunnag Architect Limited (Thailand), Professor Kazuo Iwamura – Founder of Iwamura Atelier Inc (Japan) and Stephen Tang – Deputy Director of HKSAR Government's Architectural Services Department.

Running concurrently with the event will be the ACA17 Students' Jamboree. With around 250 students from across the region expected to attend, the Jamboree will allow delegates to deliver presentations and engage in dialogue with their peers. The students will also have the opportunity to tour various projects throughout Hong Kong, enter into competitions and attend lectures by various industry professionals, as well as taking part in aspects of the professional programme.

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