The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) today (18 September) launched a Chapter in Hong Kong. At an event held at the British Consulate Hong Kong, guests from the Hong Kong government, the local built environment industry and RIBA members heard speeches from RIBA President Angela Brady and Andrew Seaton, the British Consul-General to Hong Kong and Macao.
With over 600 RIBA members in Hong Kong and mainland China, the Chapter will enable the Institute to offer increased support and provide networking opportunities, a forum for local activities and CPD. The Chapter will also provide a platform for the RIBA and its members to connect with colleagues in mainland China and throughout the wider Asia Pacific region.
Coinciding with the launch the RIBA has also announced that it aims to introduce the RIBA Part 3 in Hong Kong next year. This will strengthen the existing professional skills and knowledge both locally and regionally.
Mr Seaton, welcoming the development, said: 'The Chapter will support the strong contribution that RIBA architects from Hong Kong and mainland China are making to the improvement of the built environment in the region. Its launch is another sign of the continued strong growth in business and professional links between the UK and Hong Kong'.
RIBA President Angela Brady said: 'Hong Kong is home to some of the world's best architecture and many of our members are established in this wonderful city. It is a perfect base for the RIBA to build upon our existing relationships, explore new ones and promote the important role of architecture throughout the wider region'.
Interim Chair of the RIBA Hong Kong Chapter, John Campbell, said:
'This initiative from the RIBA presents the opportunity for local members to collectively participate in architectural issues and champion high quality design, technical excellence, environmental and social policies and innovation'.
The RIBA Chapter is being launched with the support of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) and their activities will complement each other. HKIA President Dominic Lam welcomed the move, and the spirit of collaboration between architects who share the goal of excellence in their profession.