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【Creative Parenting Online Sharing Series】Session 1│ Presenter: Architect, Stephen Chow

Our First Online Creative Parenting Sharing Session LIVE on YouTube

Nov 27, 2020 (Friday), Time: 7:30pm to 9:00pm

 

  • Moderator: Founder of CrerativeKids, Angie, who recently completed a PhD in design education for children
  • Guest Presenter: Mr. Stephen Chow (Architect, Lecturer, and recipient of “40 Under 40” Award 2016 from Perspective architecture and design magazine)

 

The session is conducted in Camtonese. Watch in the player below, or click here

Summary (Part 1):

Stephen speaks about three requirements for an architect:

 

1) Communication Skills

In the architecture industry, communication is crucial. It facilitates one to deliver the “big ideas” verbally. Architects need to communicate with different people, such as developers and consultants, to deliver the messages and ensure the design could be fully presented and executed on site.

During different stages of the project, an architect carries an important role being as an “agent” between the consultant, developer, and contractor. The aim is to “mediate” and reach a compromised conclusion – a solution that allows all parties to achieve their respective objectives. So, it takes more than “ideas” to be an architect. Communication skills are vital for the design processes and meetings.

 

2) Social Awareness

Stephen highlights that social awareness is another crucial quality for a responsible architect. Apart from the aesthetical and artistic realm, one needs a sensible mindset to process design: to understand the context, to respect the culture and to engage with the community. That gives an architect a social responsibility – to develop quality and sensible work in its context.

Throughout his career across different countries, Stephen learned that every city has its uniqueness. With a thorough understanding of the local context, culture and community, one will be able to develop and reflect the design essence in architecture, even with constraints and limitations.

In the urban jungle of Hong Kong, where property development seems to have little room for creativity, he discovered that, with an appreciation of the culture of each district, “even designing residential property or a public toilet in Hong Kong can be quite distinctive (every time)”.

 

3) Logical Thinking

Stephen also highlights that an architect needs to be fueled by “logical thinking”. Besides being artistic, one must think logically. “Our work not only needs to be aesthetically-pleasing, but also logical”. Architecture is about a place for end-users to use, hence architects should ensure that the space they have created is logical in all aspects.