GSD Design: Hong Kong

The GSD is convening alumni, faculty and friends for an engaging program in Hong Kong. Highlights include The Future of the City in Global City-Regions symposium, local architectural tours and a Grand Reception. See the best of Hong Kong with the GSD.

ProgramRegistration l HotelAttendees


Please note that the locations, times and participants noted are tentative and subject to change.

Event headquarters

Located in the Island Shangri-la hotel lobby throughout the weekend.

Saturday, September 14

Daytime: Self-Guided Walking Tour (more details and directions coming soon). A Sample of Recommended Stops:

  • Mid-level Escalators
  • Design shops in Soho/Noho
  • The Peak Tram
  • Pacific Place by Thomas Heatherwick
  • Asia Society Building by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects
  • Hong Kong Arts Centre by Tao Ho MArch '64

6:00 – 8:00 PM Welcome Cocktail Party

The Lawn at the Upper House Hotel at Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Central Hong Kong
Rain location: Sky Lounge, Upper House Hotel

Meet and greet fellow guests while you take in a view of Hong Kong’s famous Peak and the historic Wan Chai neighborhood from the 49th floor. Intriguing spaces, natural materials and subtle yet playful lighting make the Upper House unique.

Sunday, September 15

1:00 PM Buses depart from the Island Shangri-LA for Central Pier

1:30 - 3:00 PM Hong Kong Architectural Tour by Boat, Victoria Harbor
Central Pier Number 9, Central

View Hong Kong’s majestic skyline and architectural masterpieces from the water as a local design expert offers insight into the city’s architecture. This is a private tour exclusively for Harvard Design: Hong Kong guests.

3:30 - 6:00 PM M+ Museum / West Kowloon Cultural District - Master Plan Presentation followed by a reception, Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Central Ferry Pier Number 8

The West Kowloon Cultural District – the largest cultural initiative of its kind in the world – will establish a major centre for music, performing and visual arts on a dramatic harbour-front site in the heart of Hong Kong. Colin Ward, partner at Foster + Partners, will present the firm’s vision to integrate 30,000 square metres of arts education facilities with the everyday life of the city.

GSD Faculty Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron have been chosen to design M+, the new museum for visual culture focusing on 20th and 21st century art, design, architecture and the moving image, anchoring the budding cultural district in West Kowloon. Aric Chen, Curator of Design and Architecture, M+, will describe how the museum will transform the cultural life of the city while Edman Choy from Herzog and de Meuron will share the design for the new museum.

Opening remarks will be provided by Tianlong Jiao, Ph.D, The Dr. Frank Tsao Wen-king Chief Curator at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum. The Hong Kong Maritime Museum is located in a newly converted ferry terminal, with renovations finished in February 2013. During and after the reception, guests are invited to explore the museum on their own.

Monday, September 16

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Symposium

The Future of the City in Global City-Regions
Island Shangri-La Ballroom, Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Central, Hong Kong

Please click here for a detailed overview of the symposium.

This all-day conference will feature a variety of important perspectives including GSD Faculty, alumni, designers and developers. Breakfast and lunch are included. Information on Professional Credits coming soon!


(this list will be updated regularly)

Arthur Aw
Chief Development Planning Officer, Ascendas Group

T.C. Chew
Project Director, MTR Corporation Ltd.

Sean Chiao, MAUD ’88
Chief Executive, China, AECOM Asia Company Limited

Gordon Gill, MArch '93
Partner, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Yan Huang, LF '04
Deputy Director of the Beijing Municipal Planning Commission
Deputy Director of the Olympic Venue Development Coordination Commission

Paul Katz
Managing Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox

Professor Christopher Lee
Associate Professor of Practice of Urban Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Co-Founder and Principal, Serie Architects

Nancy Lin, MArch '97
Vice President, PDD, Hong Kong, AECOM

Feng Lun
Chairman, Vantone Holdings Co., Ltd.

Professor Rahul Mehrotra
Professor of Urban Design and Planning and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Principal, RMA Architects

Dean Mohsen Mostafavi
Dean and Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Jack Portman III, MArch '73
Portman Holdings
John Portman & Associates

Grace Tan, MDS '00
Principal & President, John Portman & Associates

Professor Bing Wang
Associate Professor in Practice of Real Estate and the Built Environment, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Founder and Design Principal, HyperBina Design Group

Professor Anthony Gar-On Yeh
Head and Chair Professor, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong

Rocco Yim
Co-Founder and Executive Director, Rocco Design Architects

6:00--8:00 PM Grand Reception Hosted by Dean Mostafavi

Sevva, Prince’s Building, 25th Floor, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong

Relax and take in sweeping views of Victoria Harbor and the breath-taking city skyline from this stunning space owned by local socialite Bonnie Gokson and designed by Calvin Tsao, MArch ’79. A unique Hong Kong experience, Sevva means “to experience a taste.” To get a preview, check out this video.

8:00 PM Buses depart Sevva and return to the hotel

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Hotel Information

Harvard Design: Hong Kong will be using The Island Shangri-La, Pacific Place as our main hotel and headquarters throughout the weekend. We have reserved a block of rooms with a special rate for GSD Alumni & Friends weekend: 2400 HKD (~$300 USD) Book by clicking here and entering group code HAR120913. Please note that the room block is valid until August 30, 2013.


Island Shangri-La Exterior, Hong Kong


Other hotels in the area:

Hotel Name


Walking Distance from
Island Shangri-La

Conrad Hong Kong


0.11 miles/0.17 km

J W Marriott Hotel


0.27 miles/0.45 km

The Upper House


0.37 miles/0.60 km

Empire Hotel Wan Chai

Wan Chai

0.46 miles/0.75 km

Renaissance HK Harbour View

Wan Chai

1.06 miles/1.70 km

Crowne Plaza HK CWB

Causeway Bay

1.35 miles/2.17 km

Regal Hong Kong Hotel

Causeway Bay

1.55 miles/2.5 km


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On-Line Registration is now closed but you can register at the door for all events. Options for both the full package and a la carte events will be available.

Registration desk location

The Harvard Design: Hong Kong Registration Desk
Island Shangri-La Hotel
Upper Level Lobby
Pacific Place
Supreme Court Road
Central, Hong Kong

Registration desk hours

Saturday, September 14: 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Sunday, September 15: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Monday, September 16: 7:30 AM – 6:30 PM

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Please contact alumni@gsd.harvard.edu with questions.

Click here for the US State department entry/exit requirements for U.S. citizens.

For any emergencies, contact Ryan Gosser at 001-1-617-470-7291.


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Richeto Alcordo MArch '70

Herman Au MArch '73

Arthur Aw

Jonace Bascon MArch '99

Gerard Bautista

Lu Bian

Xiaojun Bu MArch '07

Nan Cao MAUD '10

Chi-Yan Chan MArch '08

Florence Chan MArch '02

Frederick Chan MAUD '74

Bernard Chang MArch '97

Chih-Wei G.V. Chang MLA '07

Ji Wook Chang MAUD '09

Zheng Chang DDes '12

Liwei Chen

Nelson Chen AB'75, MArch '78

John ChiuFong Cheng MArch '91

Vanessa Cheung MLA '10

T.C. Chew

Sean Chiao MAUD ’88

Hongchee Chiu MArch '03

Du Nam Choi MArch '83

Frank Chow MLA '95

Denise de Castro MArch '03

GSD Professor Preston Scott Cohen

Whitney Duan

Kimberly Everett MUP '98

Christopher Fannin MLA '95

Jie Feng MAUD '09

Wendy Gan AMDP '13

Edward Gaskin MArch '94

Gordon Gill MArch '93

Kevin Hayes

Chi-Wing Ho MCPUD '70

David Ho

Han Hsi Ho MAUD '06

Hank Hsu MDesS '10

Simon Hsu, MArch '95

Jack Yu-Liang Hsu MUP '96

Jianxiang Huang DDes '13

Miaoyan Huang MAUD '08

Xiaofeng Huang MLA '07

Yan Huang LF '04

Albert Hui

Daniel Hui MArch '10

Erin Hyland

Anthony K. C. Ip

Meng Jia MLA '14

Achyut Kantawala MArch '00

Paul Katz

Ashley Scott Kelly MArch '11

Man Kim MDesS '12

Chi Ping Edgar Kwan AMDP '11

Cynthia Kwan MDesS '09

Victor Lai, MAUD '00

Manuel Lap Yan Lam MArch '08

Rick Lam MArch '06

Ben Lao MArch '72

Steven Hsun Lee, MArch '01

GSD Professor Christopher Lee

Frank Christopher Lee MAUD '79

LenRen Lee MAUD '95

Jinlin Li

Xu Li MArch '11

Zhihao Li

Nancy Lin MArch '97

Min Liu

Vivien Liu MArch '10

William Liu

Zechariah Lockrem MUP '10

Gavin Lu MUP '06

James Lu MArch '02

Feng Lun

Bernadette Ma

Ning Ma

Wingsze Vincci Mak MLA '05

GSD Professor Ali Malkawi

Glenn Man MAUD '03

GSD Professor Rahul Mehrotra

Scott Melbourne MLA '08

Charles Melvoin

Kenneth Min MAUD '93

Juan Minguez MArch '09

Dean Mohsen Mostafavi

Betty Ng MArch '08

Tom Pen MArch '00

Guy Perry MArch '89, MAUD '89

Jack Portman MArch '73

Joshua Roberts MArch '06

James Robinson

Genevieve Shaun

Mark Siu

Fangzhou Song MAUD '08

Hugh John Sullivan MArch '78

Sakae Sugiura MLA '01, MUP '01

Justin Szeremeta MArch '08

Grace Tan MDS '00

Vichai Tantrativud MAUD '73, AMP '97

Austin Tang MArch '92

Faustina Tsai MArch '00

Stones Tse, AMDP '12

Edward Tsui MArch '99

Troy Vaughn MLA '12

James von Klemperer AB '79

Lance Walters MArch '11

GSD Professor Bing Wang

Nai-Huei Wang MAUD '07

Xiaojing Wang

Yuhui Wang

Daniel Mateos Werner AMDP '13

Simon Whittle

Douglas Wu MArch '10

Susanna Wong

Anthony Gar-On Yeh

Rocco Yim

Ka Yip MArch '12

Jane Yu

Feng Yue MAUD '09

Jinsen Zee

Runzhou Zhang MDesS '00

Yingfan Zhang MAUD '08

Zhiyang Zhang MAUD '05

Jin Zhong MAUD '08

Dailin Zhou MUP '08

Shi Zhou MArch '10

Ying Zhou, MArch '07

Alexander Zipprich MDesS '06

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