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.
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.
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.