School of Architecture, CUHK

Professor Hendrik Tieben announced as new Director of CUHK School of Architecture

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The School of Architecture of the Chinese University of Hong Kong is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Hendrik Tieben as the Director of the School of Architecture as of 1 August 2021, succeeding Professor David Dernie, who is retiring from the position after two years of distinguished service. 

Professor Tieben is an architect, researcher and educator devoted to the creation of healthy and inclusive cities. He joined CUHK in 2006 and served as the Founding Director of the Master of Science in Urban Design program and the Associate Director of the B.S.Sc. in Urban Studies program. He received his architecture education in Germany, Italy and Switzerland and holds a Doctor of Science degree from ETH Zurich. He is a registered architect in Germany (AKNW) and a Founding Member and academic advisor of the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design.


Over the past few years, Professor Tieben developed a series of public space and placemaking projects to empower local communities, which were featured in international publications and biennale exhibitions. He served as an editorial board member of the ICE Journal Urban Design and Planning and scientific board member of the International Forum on Urbanism. In his current research, Professor Tieben focuses on the relationships between urban forms, health and wellbeing. One of his latest projects was the global initiative “2020: A Year without Public Space under the COVID19 Pandemic”, a collaboration with the Journal of Public Space (a partner of UN Habitat) which attracted attendees from more than 80 countries.

Professor Tieben remarks, “I am honoured to lead CUHK’s School of Architecture. I look forward to working closely with our students, colleagues, alumni, local and international partners to address our time’s pressing environmental and urban challenges. I am committed to the School’s legacy as an inclusive and welcoming place, which encourages excellence and team spirit.”


For further information, please get in touch with the School of Architecture of the Chinese University of Hong Kong at Tel. +852 3943 6583 or Email:

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