School of Architecture, CUHK

Professor David Dernie announced as new Director of CUHK School of Architecture

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Prof David Dernie

The School of Architecture of the Chinese University of Hong Kong is very pleased to announce the appointment of Professor David Dernie, Reg Arch (UK) ARB RIBA, as the Director of the School of Architecture as of 1 August 2019, succeeding Professor Nelson Chen, who is retiring from the position after more than five years of distinguished service. Professor Dernie has served the School as external examiner and professor, as well as on the CUHK Visiting Committee in 2018.

Professor Dernie is an architect and academic whose work focuses on the practice of drawing and the questions of materials, colour and representation in architecture. He has a deep interest in the natural environment and founded global educational network “Latitudes” in 2014, engaging future generations with innovative design for climate change.

A graduate of the University of Cambridge with a starred distinction (1988), Professor Dernie was twice a Rome Scholar in Architecture (1991-93) and elected a Fellow at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge (1999). He has held many leadership roles at universities in the UK – previously Head of Manchester and Leicester Schools of Architecture, he became Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Westminster in 2012.

Professor Dernie has lectured and published widely, and exhibited his drawings and paintings internationally. Among his critically acclaimed publications are: Victor Horta: The Architect of Art Nouveau (1995), Villa d’Este at Tivoli (1996), New Stone Architecture (2003), Exhibition Design (2006), Architectural Drawing (2010), and Material Imagination in Architecture (2016).

For further information, please contact Ms. Sylvia Kwok, Executive Officer at the School of Architecture, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, at Tel. +852 3943 6519 or Email: sylvia.kwok@cuhk.edu.hk.

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