20 September 2023

By Simon YU

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Simon first joined ZHA in 1995 to work on two London cultural and civic competitions. After a period of working internationally, he then re-joined ZHA in 2004, and has since become the head of ZHA's Hong Kong office, bashed in China.

Simon has extensive experience working on major projects in China and internationally, including the Guangzhou Opera, the Jockey Club Innovation Tower for the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Changsha Meixihu International Culture & Arts Centre.  

He is currently working on projects such as Shenzhen Science & Technology Museum, Zhuhai Civic Art Centre, Huanggang Port Area Masterplan and the Henderson Tower in Hong Kong.

Block Party

27 September 2023

By Jan Clostermann

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In Jan Clostermann's talk, "Block Party", the focus lies on the significance of social space in the context of contemporary urban life. In introducing CLOU’s work, Jan highlights strategies to overcome practical limitations, reshaping conventional commercial typologies into environments with the potential to foster community and spontaneous interactions. He will share his insights into the delicate balance between commercial interests and the human need for sociable urban environments.

Architecture of Happiness Creating “Softspaces”

18 Oct 2023

By Manfred Yuen

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Manfred Yuen is the founder of Groundwork London, Hong Kong (2011) and Shenzhen. 

Manfred received his architectural training from the University of Hong Kong and Cambridge University before working with Coop-Himmelb(l)au, Vienna, where he was responsible for their operations in China.

Some of his notable awards include the “40-under-40 Design Talents/Asia” (2011) “ The Next Generation Architects, Backstage Architecture, Italy” (2010), and the 40 under 40 FA Emerging Chinese Architects (2019). Manfred is also the recipient of the 2013 Spirit of Hong Kong Award 

In 2019, Manfred was invited to give a TEDX talk at Shenzhen advocating humanistic and socially responsible architecture.


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