Prof. BANIASSAD, Essy (白思德)
FAIA (Hon), RAIC (Past President), HKIA
Essy Baniassad is currently Adjunct Professor in the School of Architecture of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He served as the third Chairman and Chair Professor of the then Department of Architecture from 2000 to 2006.
His past academic positions included a term of six years as Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Manchester, UK, a term of eight years as Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Architecture at Dalhousie University, Canada, and Professor at the University of Botswana, leading a programme in architecture which he was instrumental in establishing.
In terms of professional capacity, Essy has received Honorary Fellowship from the American Association of Architects (AIA). He is also a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA), Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Nova Scotia Association of Architects (NSAA), Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), and Architects Association of Botswana (AAB). In addition, he served as President of RAIC and Chancellor of RAIC College of Fellows.
Essy has advised internationally on the development of several architectural programmes, chaired and participated in numerous architectural awards programmes and is the founding editor of the Dalhousie Architectural Press, a leading architectural publisher in Canada.
His current research concerns architectural education and urban development, focusing on the development of culturally responsive architectural programmes in post-colonial Africa, and urbanisation of rural settlements in Southern Africa and especially in Botswana. His research in Hong Kong concerns the design of hospitals as civic institutions, as part of a development plan of new hospitals by the Hong Kong Hospital Authority.