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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 CreativeKids, 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 Cantonese. Watch in the player below, or click here

Summary (Part 2):

 

Critiquing

When asked about his thoughts on “critique”, Stephen says that it is an important part of architecture.

On a regular basis, architects discuss with different consultants about ideas in an interactive process, seeking advice from others to improve the design. Different from mathematics, where answers are more absolutely “right” or “wrong”, architecture is often subjective. Hence, “critique” takes place frequently when architects present their ideas to others.

He gives an example: When you say, “this is a pen”, someone could say, “no, it’s an eraser”, and start a “debate”. He first experienced this process in his first year at university, and learned the vital skills of communicating and critiquing.

“You need to thoroughly understand why someone would think it’s an eraser instead of a pen, and use your own way to persuade that person ……You would keep reflecting on whether what you do and think is right.”

Such training helped Stephen deal with conflicts among different parties at work. To him, a design solution is a “compromise”, the outcome after considering the concerns of each party, such as budget, practicality, etc.

 

Giving Back

Architecture does not only create opportunities in business, but also in giving back to the society with one’s professional knowledge. Stephen emphasizes that public facilities such as schools and sports grounds need to be built particularly well as they have an impact on the daily life of people.

So, it is an architect’s job to make sure that the users are able to do what they intend to do in a specific space, and have an “enhanced” experience. He adds that another way of giving back is through sharing insights and ideas in seminars and talks.

 

Read Part 1 of the Summary