It gives me great pleasure to present this issue of The Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) Journal to you. First of all, I would like to express my warmest congratulations to the Editorial Board and the Publication Committee under the Board of Internal Affairs on the successful release of this year’s Journal. With the theme of “Towers”, this year’s Journal provides a timely opportunity for architects across the globe to explore the impacts of skyscrapers, potential challenges they pose to the built environment, and for HKIA Members to navigate the challenges ahead and embrace such unique opportunities to become an exemplar. High-rise buildings create Hong Kong’s unique skyline which symbolize immediate, decisive and robust collaborations. Many towers have become landmarks of our city. The editors, writers and contributors are pleased to share with you some of the latest initiatives, insights and inspirations on such an important and timely subject. HKIA will continue our efforts in facilitating the exchange of information and ideas in relation to all aspects of architecture and matters in connection with the architectural profession. In this issue, we also pay our heartfelt tributes to our two Past Presidents – Dr Tao Ho and Professor Barry Fegan Will who sadly passed away earlier this year. Both Past Presidents volunteered their valuable time and leadership to scale up HKIA during their presidencies. We will not dismiss lightly their devotion and far-sighted visions for the Institute, the profession and society. They will be forever missed. Last but not least, let us all join hands to propel Hong Kong’s cityscape forward by applying our wisdom, expertise and experience for the benefit of our future generations.
Felix Li 李國興
FHKIA Registered Architect President