July 15 – August 3: Career Discovery in Architecture (Hong Kong) Summer Programme


Founded in 1997, the Career Discovery Programme in Architecture is a summer course organized by the Department of Architecture. Previously part of the HKU summer institute, it was set-up to promote the involvement of secondary school students in the Department of Architecture at The University of Hong Kong.

This three-week programme is targeted at any secondary school students who is considering architecture as a future career. The programme introduces students to historical, theoretical, and practical aspects of architecture. The programme comprises a series of lectures, field trips, architectural design workshops and studio conducted by professors, practicing professionals, and staff from the Faculty of Architecture.

This course consists of lectures on the appreciation of aesthetics, the urban environment, landscape design, historic building conservation, environmental considerations, and computer-aided design, etc. The workshops include free-hand drawings, orthographic projections, perspectives, photography and model making.

Design Studio forms an integral part of architectural education. The studio aims to raise students’ awareness of the hands-on and interactive nature in architectural training.  A series of small design exercises is assigned to provide students with opportunities to apply the design skills and knowledge acquired during the course.

Program highlights:

  • Architectural Design Studio
  • Workshops in: Sketching / Technical Drawing / Model-making / Computer Modeling
  • Lectures in: Visual Arts / Performing Arts / Architecture
  • Fieldtrips

Program Director:

Anderson Lee – Associate Professor, HKU
Anderson is an architect, educator and independent curator. He founded Index Architecture in 2000 and has been teaching at the Faculty of Architecture, the University of Hong Kong since 2003. He is the Academic Director of the HKU Shanghai Study Centre and the Program Director of the Career Discovery Program for the past 15 years.

Past Lecturers:
Our lecturers are a range of practising professionals and academics that have been carefully chosen to give the students a comprehensive understanding of architectural design, history and theory, a holistic view of the Architecture industry as well as the related fields.

Wallace Chang – Associate Professor, HKU
Tony Ip – Founder of Tony Ip Green Architects (TiP), Architect
Hoyin Lee – Associate Professor – Architectural Conservation Program Director, HKU
Vincci Mak – Senior Lecturer, Department of Landscape Architecture, HKU
Ying Zhou – Assistant Professor, HKU
Naserin Seraji – Professor, HKU
Eric Schuldenfrei – Associated Professor, Head of Deparment of Architecture, HKU
Thomas Tsang – Associate Professor, HKU
Weijen Wang – Professor, HKU
Jia Beisi – Associate Professor, HKU

Past Studio Instructors:
Career Discovery studios are taught by practising professionals, and are supported by a team of Teaching Assistants that have a comprehensive understanding of architectural design as well as studio culture. The studios are set up in a way that each student would be encouraged to exchange ideas with each other as well as develop the projects rigorously under the guidance of our staff.

Sunnie Lau – Lecturer, HKU
Joshua Roberts – Assistant Professor, HKU
Norman Ung – Co-Founder of “DEFT”, Architect
Peter Colin Lampard – Co-Founder of “DEFT”, Architect
Amanda Ho – Co-Founder of “A Minute Studio”, Architect
Dennis Cheung – Co-Founder of Studio Ryte, Architect
Betty Ng – Co-Founder of Collective Studio, Architect

Programme Information

Date and Time
Monday to Friday, 15 July to 2 August 2019, 9:30am – 5:30pm
Saturday, 3 August 2019 only, 9:30am – 1:00pm

3/F, Knowles Building, The University of Hong Kong

– Grade 10 – 13 students (or equivalent) in the academic year 2018-19
– Non-architecture major undergraduate students who are considering changing their majors to architectural studies. (Note: this programme is cater towards High School students as their introduction to the study of architecture at the university level.)

Tuition Fee
HK$18,500 (including material kit).
The fee excludes accommodation, meals and transportations.

Student Visa
All non-local students are required by law to obtain a student visa/entry permit issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department to study this programme.

Non-local students aged under 18 are required to nominate a HK permanent resident as their authorized guardian. The Department of Architecture will NOT serve as a representative to take up the role of guardian.

Accommodation is not provided and covered by the programme. HKU does not guarantee the allocation of a hostel place due to the number of accommodation is too limited. Successful non-local applicants please be prepared to arrange your own off campus housing.

Past Fieldtrips:
Comix Home Base (7 Mallory Street, Wan Chai)
Court of Final Appeal (8 Jackson Road, Central)
Asia Society (9 Justice Drive, Admiralty)
Hong Kong East Community Station (30 Oi Shun Road, Sai Wan Ho)
Skypark (17 Nelson St, Mong Kok)
PMQ (35 Aberdeen St, Central)
Central architectural tour

Past Office Visits:
Foster + Partners (HK)
The Oval Partnership


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Application Deadline:
31 May 2019 for local students
15 March 2019 for non-local students (visa application takes 10-12 weeks to process)
– Applications for non-local students past 15 March 2019 can still be accepted but we can not guarantee the visa process.

For more information please visit:  http://fac.arch.hku.hk/summer/hk/cd/

Contact Us

Department of Architecture, 3/F Knowles Building, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong

(+852) 3917 2135

(+852) 3917 0067


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