School of Architecture, CUHK
HWANG, Cheng Chun Patrick

Prof. HWANG, Cheng Chun Patrick (黄聖鈞)

Assistant Professor

MSAAD (Columbia)
BArch (RISD)

Rm. 203, Lee Shau Kee Architecture Building, CUHK

3943 6581


Patrick Hwang is a design professional focusing on architectural education. Since 2010, he has been developing an empirical operational theory involving a transformative design process through real-world architectural projects. Within the Master of Architecture design studio setting, these projects more than 7 thus far, have engaged with the issues of collective memory, heritage adaptation and urban revitalization in the city of Hsinchu, Mumbai and Hong Kong. His interest in design methods, history and theory has to lead him to an ongoing 5 year research project in the works of French visionary architect and educator Étienne-Louis Boullée, part of which is supported by the Direct Grant from the Faculty of Social Science.

As Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture, Patrick has invested a significant share of his efforts in curriculum development, particularly focusing on the design studio on both the advanced and foundation level. In 2016, he piloted the first ever summer programme tailor-designed for secondary school students. The programme enable the students to discover both the wonders and challenges of studying architecture and the environment for which they are situated, sowing the seed for students from the community to unleash their creative potential through art, design and architecture for the future.

Patrick is a licensed architect in the United States. He has over a decade of experience in practice working on the design of various speculative and built works of architecture, including the Art Gallery of Ontario heritage transformation; Fresno Metropolitan Museum; David L. Lawrence Convention Center and Rainbow Apartments in Skidrow. Prior to joining CUHK, he was Assistant Professor at University of Arizona. Patrick holds degrees of architecture from both Columbia University and Rhode Island School of Design.

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Research Interests

Architectural design, monuments and monumentality,
Cenotaph of Turenne by Etienne-Louis Boullée


Hwang, Patrick & Hsu Liyu. ed. “Transmutation of the Prison Industrial Complex”, A Design Book of Hsinchu Juvenile Prison & Guards Dormitory Regeneration, Taiwan: National Chiao Tung University Press, 2016

Hwang, Patrick. “Urban Repository: Memories & Artifacts”, HKIA Journal, December, 2015

Hwang, Patrick. ed. Urban Repository: Memories & Artifacts, Hong Kong: CUHK, 2015


Research Projects

Digitizing and Analyzing the Geometry of Cenotaph of Turenne by Etienne-Louis Boullée

Advised Theses

FUNG Sze Wai, Veera, “Gestalt in Architecture: The Function of Gestalt in Programming and Appearance,” 2015-16

LIU Chun Ting, Larry, “Place of Suspension: The Mental Centre for Mental People Everyone,” 2015-16

PARK Ji Soo, “Sound Exploratorium and Rehabilitation: A Study in the Relationship between Sound and Space,” 2015-16

TSUI Sze Man, Eunice, “The People-Governed Transformer: The Return of the Spatial Autonomy to the Public Space Lingerer,” 2015-16 (Best Thesis Project Commendation)

SIN Chung Kin, Kenton, “Connected Isolation: A Machine for Healing,” 2013-14 (Best Thesis Project)

Honorary Appointments

Visiting Faculty, Department of Architecture, Delft University of Technology

Technical Committee Member, Buildings Department, Hong Kong

Committee Member, Hong Kong Institute of Architects

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