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 the School of Architecture, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He graduated from the University of Cambridge, and has practiced as a registered architect in the United Kingdom. His research interest involves understanding how architecture contributes to the urban order and culture of the modern city. His research focused on the interplay of architecture with urban representation and cultural imagination, and the metabolisms of urban vernacular in Hong Kong.

Besides research, Thomas is active in steering, curating and exhibiting at the Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of UrbanismArchitecture (UABB) both in Hong Kong and Shenzhen since 2008, as well as at the Venice Biennale in 2010 and 2014. He was co-curator for Refabricating City, the inaugural UABB(HK) 2008. Currently, he is on the Steering Committee for the Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of UrbanismArchitecture, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Hong Kong Architecture Centre.

Following his multiple award-wining projects Value Farm in UABB(SZ) 2013 and Floating Fields in UABB(SZ) 2015 that fuse ecological design, productive landscape with socially innovative public space, Thomas is researching how ecological architectural strategies can combine with socio innovation to explore alternative sustainable designs.

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Research Interests

  • Urban Metabolism
  • Vernacular Culture
  • Ecological Design


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 (2014), “Fundamentally Hong Kong: Squaring the Delta Anchoring the Pearl River Delta Metropolis-making Process”. Venice Biennale 14th International Architecture Exhibition Venice, Italy.

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

A Pilot Study in Investigating the Metabolism of Hong Kong’s Urban Voids: From Mapping to Creative Reuse of Vacant Spaces in North Point, 2016-2017, funded by CUHK Research Committee Funding (Direct Grants)

IKI – Mn’M Project: Between Urban Densities and Intensites – The Hong Kong Case, 2012-2014, funded by Keio University, Japan

Mapping Urban Culture in Hong Kong: An inter disciplinary investigation of architecture, urban process and filmic imagination of Central and Yaumatei, 2012-2014, funded by University Grant Committee

Investigating the Problem of Urban Metabolism in Hong Kong through Case Studies, 2011-2012, funded by University Grant Committee

Advised Theses

LI, Anna, “Mycelium Inc.: Growing an Autopoietic Architecture for Regenerative Metabolism,” 2016-17

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

DOCEKAL, Nikola, “Weak Architecture: Brewing Nature in Sham Tseng,” 2014-15

HO Tsz Wai, Jimmy, “The Yellow: Architectural Interrogation of Local Social Activism,” 2014-2015

CHOW Chiu Yin, “Architecture of Exchange: Market as ground for Community Food Ecology,” 2013-14

HO Hao Yen, Daniel, “Waste Glorious Waste: Wholesale Market Re-development,” 2012-13

NG Shuk Wai, Sarah,

“Ecological Consumerism: Consumption and Resumption in Mong Kok,” 2011-12 (Best Thesis Project Award)

Honours and Recognitions

“Floating Fields”, World Architecture Festival (WAF) 2016, Production Energy & Recycling – Completed Buildings Category Finalist

“Floating Fields”, Organizing Committee Grand Award, Shenzhen Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of UrbanismArchitecture 2015-16 UABB(SZ)

“Value Farm”, World Architecture Festival (WAF) 2015, Landscape Category Finalist, World Building of the Year Award 2015 Shortlist

“Value Farm”, Iconic Awards 2015, Winner for architecture, Exhibition installation category, Nominated for 2016 German Design Award, German Design Council

“Value Farm”, HKIA Cross-Strait Architectural Design Awards 2015, Gold Award, Architecture for Social Innovation

“Value Farm”, Academic Committee Award, Shenzhen Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of UrbanismArchitecture 2014 UABB(SZ)

“Refabricating City: Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture 2007”. HKIA Annual Awards 2008, Special Architectural Award – Jury’s Special Prize

Honorary Appointments

Board of Directors, Hong Kong Architecture Centre (2011-)

Steering Committee Member, Hong Kong Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of UrbanismArchitecture, 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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