School of Architecture, CUHK
CHUNG, Wang Leung Thomas

Prof. CHUNG, Wang Leung Thomas (鍾宏亮)

Associate Professor

MA (Cantab)
DipArch (Cantab)
MPhil (Cantab)

Rm. 404, Lee Shau Kee Architecture Building, CUHK

3943 8096


Thomas Chung is Associate Professor at School of Architecture, CUHK. His current research is driven by the regenerative approach to include countryside conservation, co-creative place-making and design for well-being. Ongoing projects on rural revitalization and co-creative conservation range from competitive grants and government funding to research consultancies and design projects.

Thomas’ internationally recognised multiple award-wining projects Value Farm (2013) and Floating Fields (2015) fuse ecological design, productive landscape with socially innovative public space.

Since 2008, Thomas has been active in curating, exhibiting and steering the Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism\ Architecture in Hong Kong and Shenzhen (UABB). In 2018, Thomas co-curated the prestigious Venice International Biennale Hong Kong Exhibition. Currently, Thomas serves on the Hong Kong Architecture Centre Board of Directors (2009-2015, 2021-) and is Chief Editor for the Hong Kong Institute of Architects Journal.

From 2008-2014, Thomas researched the urban metabolism of multi-scalar fabric by conducting typo-morphological baseline studies on Hong Kong’s inner-city districts (Central District, Sheung Wan, Shau Kei Wan) and interpretive studies in urban cultural representations. Since 2014, Thomas has combined Thesis and Master design studios and courses with research that focuses on urban-rural settlements and landscape with ecological design. Hong Kong’s New Territories have been studied to explore village revitalization, regenerative development approaches and innovative conservation strategies.

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Research Interests

  • Regenerative Design
  • Countryside Conservation
  • Design for Well-being



CHUNG, Thomas & CHEUNG, Sidney (2021) Cultural and Historical Studies for South Lantau. Hong Kong: School of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 176 pgs.

CHUNG, Thomas (2021) “The Greater Bay Area: integration, differentiation and regenerative ecologies” in Eyes of the City, eds Daniele Belleri, Valeria Federighi and Monica Naso. Berlin, Germany: Hatje Cantz Verlag GmbH, pp.119-128.

CHUNG, Thomas (2019) “Overseas Cases of Adaptive Reuse” in Sustainable Revitalization: Adaptive Reuse of Industrial Buildings. Edited by Tris Kee, pp44-121. Hong Kong: The Commercial Press.

WANG, Weijen and CHUNG, Thomas (2019) Vertical Fabric: Density in Landscape. Hong Kong: Hong Kong Institute of Architects, 132 pgs.

CHUNG, Thomas (2016), “Cultivating Ground in a Post-Urban Future” in Evergreen – Living with Plants ed.s by Sven Ehmann, Robert Klanten and Victoria Pease. Berlin, Germany: Die Gestalten Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, pp.178-183.

CHUNG, Thomas (2016), “Floating Fields – Cultivating a Productive Pondscape as Leisure Public Space”. Urban Environment Design vol.10, no.06, pp.376-379. Tianjin, China: School of Architecture, Tianjin University.

CHUNG, Thomas (2014), “Value Farm – Transplanting ‘post-urban’ cultivation”. Urban Environment Design, vol.083, no.06, Tianjin, China: School of Architecture, Tianjin University, pp.224-227.

CHUNG, Thomas (2013), “The Measure of Hong Kong’s Urban Intensivity: Case Study on Graham Street Market”. Intensities in Ten Cities: Mn’M Workbook 1 ed. by Darko Radovic. pp.30-35. Tokyo, Japan: International Keio Institute.

WANG, Weijen and CHUNG, Thomas (2010), Refabricating City: A Reflection. Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, 299 pgs.

CHUNG, Thomas (2010), Mapping the Fields of Gods. Hong Kong: School of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 106 pgs.

CHUNG, Thomas (2009), “Valuing Heritage in Macau: on contexts and processes of urban conservation”. Journal of Current Chinese Affairs vol.38 1/2009, pp.129-160. Hamburg, Germany.

Research Projects


Project Leader & Principal Investigator  Regenerating Shui Hau: Developing sustainable village revitalization in Lantau South through heritage restoration, cultural conservation and village co-operatives (Lantau Conservation Fund, CEDD) Jan 2022 – July 2025 (HK$ 12M)

Project Leader & Principal Investigator  Cultural and Historical Studies for Pui O, Shui Hau and Neighbouring Areas at Lantau (Sustainable Lantau Office, CEDD) Oct 2020 – March 2022 (HK$ 2.5M)

Principal Investigator  From Valley to Plain: Conservation and Revitalisation from ‘Ng To’ to Kuk Po River and Plain via Multi-disciplinary, Educational and Action Research (Countryside Conservation Funding Scheme, EPD) Oct 2021 – Jan 2024 (HK$ 3.0M)

Principal Investigator  Project Plum Grove: Revitalising Mui Tsz Lam with Experimental Restorations (Countryside Conservation Funding Scheme, EPD) Oct 2020 – April 2022 (HK$ 2.0M)

Principal Investigator  A Co-create Approach to Integrated Regeneration of Village Communities: Fu Tei Au Village (Direct Grant, CUHK) July 2020 – December 2021 (HK$ 100K)

Co-Investigator  Cultural Revitalisation Project at Fu Tei Au Tsuen with Hong Kong Lutheran Social Service (Countryside Conservation Funding Scheme, EPD) Mar 2021– Feb 2023 (HK$ 1.9M)

Co-Investigator  Study on Effective Transitional Housing Delivery in Hong Kong (Strategic Public Policy Research, Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office) May 2021 – May 2024 (HK$ 3.2M)

Principal Investigator  Primary School Redesign Placemaking Projects in Jockey Club Positive Education “Ascend and Radiate” Project (Supported by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust and the Faculty of Social Science, CUHK) Feb 2019 – Feb 2021 (HK$ 1.8M)

 Co-Investigator  Responsive Classroom, United Christian College (Kowloon East), (Quality Education Fund, EDB) Mar 2021 – Feb 2023 (HK$ 1.9M)

Advised Theses


WONG Lok Hei, Jessie (2020) Regenerative Architecture: Seaweed Machine at Tung Ping Chau (ARCASIA Thesis of the Year Awards, Bronze Award, HKIA Student Medal Award 2020, CUHK Best Project 2020 Commendation, RIBA President’s Silver Medal 2020 Nomination)

LAM Wai Hon, Joshua (2018) Tidal Urban Architecture, Inducing Anthropogenic Ecology in Deep Bay (HKIA CADSA Awards Student Category, Honourable Mention)

LAU Kin Keung, Jason (2018) Architecture of Brownfields, Playful Landscapes of New Materialism in Hung Lung Hang

LI Hiu Yan, Anna (2017) Mycelium Inc.: Growing an Autopoietic Architecture for Regenerative Metabolism

AU Sin Man, Sophia (2015) Algaemy Factory: Salutogenic Ecology in Yuen Long, 2014-15 (A&D Trophy Awards 2015 – Student Category: Best Architecture)

DOCEKAL, Nikola (2015) Weak Architecture: Brewing Nature in Sham Tseng

HO Tsz Wai, Jimmy (2015) The Yellow: Architectural Interrogation of Local Social Activism

CHOW Chiu Yin (2014) Architecture of Exchange: Market as ground for Community Food Ecology

NG Shuk Wai, Sarah (2012) Ecological Consumerism: Consumption and Resumption in Mong Kok (HKIA Student Medal Award 2012, CUHK Best Thesis Project Award 2012, RIBA President’s Silver Medal 2012 Nomination)

Honours and Recognitions

2020 School Redesigns for Well-being, WINNER Most Outstanding Design, DesignInspire 2020, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC)

2019  Vertical Fabric: Density in Landscape, EXCELLENT WORK: PUBLIC AWARD, from Organizing Committee, 2019 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (Shenzhen) UABB(SZ). Co-curated with Wang Weijen and Thomas Tsang.

2016 Floating Fields, WINNER, World Architecture Festival (WAF) 2016, Berlin, Completed Buildings Production Energy & Recycling Category

2016 Floating Fields,GRAND AWARD from Organizing Committee, Shenzhen Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture 2015-16 UABB(SZ)

2015 Value Farm, GOLD AWARD, Architecture for Social Innovation HKIA Cross-Strait Architectural Design Awards

2015 Value Farm, FINALIST, World Architecture Festival (WAF) 2015, Landscape Category

2014 Value Farm, WINNER, Exhibition installation category, Iconic Awards, Germany.

2014 Value Farm, ACADEMIC COMMITTEE AWARD, Shenzhen Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture 2013-14 UABB(SZ)

2009 Refabricating City, SPECIAL JURY PRIZE, Hong Kong Institute of Architects Annual Award

Honorary Appointments

Judging panel, Green Building Award 2021. Hong Kong Green Building Council and the Professional Green Building Council (2021-)

Judging panel, Eco Home Model Design Competition. Education Bureau. (2021-)

Board of Directors, Hong Kong Architecture Centre (2009-)

Steering Committee Member, Hong Kong Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, Hong Kong Institute of Architects (2010- )

Steering Committee Member, Venice Architecture Biennale, Hong Kong Institute of Architects (2010-)

Jury Member, Architizer A+Awards, Global Architecture Awards (2014-)

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