School of Architecture, CUHK

Mr. LONNMAN, Bruce

Adjunct Associate Professor

BArch (Syracuse)
MAUD (Cornell)

Rm. 406, Lee Shau Kee Architecture Building, CUHK

3943 6514


Bruce Lonnman completed his architectural education at Syracuse University (BArch) and Cornell University (MAUD), where he also received degrees in Civil Engineering (BS and MCE). He was a recipient of the first Skidmore Owings and Merrill Travel Fellowship in 1983.

After a six-month study trip to Europe and a brief practice in both engineering and architecture, Bruce began a career in architectural education, first at the University of Kentucky, followed by Ohio State University, Syracuse University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and then CUHK (1998). For a period of five years, from 2002 to 2007, he taught at the American University of Sharjah, serving as Department Chair from 2004 onwards.

Bruce currently teaches architectural design and building structures at CUHK. As the Coordinator of the U4 Design Studio, he has introduced building technology and climate responsive design to the Studio as its major themes. In addition, he has created the foundation course, Introduction to Architecture, which offers studio-based learning through abstract, issue-driven design exercises. At a school-wide level, Bruce contributes to the curriculum and various pedagogical issues as Chair of the Professional Programme Committee.

For many years, Bruce has served the architectural profession in Hong Kong as a member of both the HKIA Licensing Examination Panel for structures and the Advisory Committee on the Appearance of Bridges and Associated Structures (ACABAS). He is a licensed architect in the USA and has participated in numerous design competitions, receiving honorable mentions in the Evanston Library Design Competition (USA, 1991), International Design Competition for David’s Island (USA, 1997) and Weaving New City-Fabric Design Competition (Hong Kong, 2012).

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Research Interests

  • Beginning Design Education
  • Structures in Architectural Education
  • Urban Infrastructure Design


LONNMAN Bruce Eric, XU Liang and GU Daqing. “Space Exercises: A Kit-of-Parts Approach”. The Architect, 2014 (172) pp. 39-49.

LONNMAN Bruce Eric. “Constructing Design in the Studio: Projects that Include Making”.  Proceedings of the 98th ACSA Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 2010.

LONNMAN Bruce Eric. “Incremental Constructs: A Graduated Approach to Constructed Design”. Proceedings of the 2nd Conference of the Building Technology Educators Society, Albuquerque, NM, 2009.

LONNMAN Bruce Eric. “Tectonic Case Studies: Fabricating Reality”, Proceedings of the 95th ACSA Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, 2007.

LONNMAN Bruce Eric. “Tectonic Case Studies”. Exhibition Catalogue, Gallery at Qanat-Al-Qasba, Sharjah, UAE, 2006.

LONNMAN Bruce Eric. “Structural Performance Modeling in Architectural Design Education”. Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference of ASCAAD, Sharjah, UAE, 2006.

LONNMAN Bruce Eric and WEISS Gregor. “Design to Build: The Workshop and the Studio, A Graduated Approach to Design-Build”. Proceedings of the 21st National Conference on the Beginning Design Student, 2005.

LONNMAN Bruce Eric and BERTIN Vito. “A Study of Form: Mutually Supported Stick Structures”. Proceedings of the 89th ACSA Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, 2001.

LONNMAN Bruce Eric. “Structural Models in Design Education: Visualizing Form and Behavior”. Architectural Theory Review. Vol.5 No.2, 2000.

LONNMAN Bruce Eric. “A Bridge to Tectonic Expression: The Use of Precedent and Type in Structures”. Proceedings of the 86th ACSA Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 1998.

Advised Theses

LEE Yiu Ming, Julius, “Podium of the City: The Revival of Open-air Shopping,” 2012-13.

WONG Siu Pan, Joe, “Vertical Park: Experiencing Nature in the City,” 2012-13.

SIU Chi Heng, Eric, “From Ashes to Ashes: Funerary, Memory and Choreography,” 2012-13.

WELTEROVA, Barbora, “Tall with Benefits: Office Tower in Central,” 2011-12 (Thesis Prize, Honorable Mention)

HO Hung Tai, Kenneth, “Hostel Complex and Communal Facilities in the Urban Landscape,” 2010-11

MAK Sze Wing, Swing, “Continuing the City: Replanning for Tin Shui Wai,” 2010-11.

CHENG Kai Tung, Crispian, “A Naturally Ventilated High-rise Office Building in Hong Kong,” 2008-09.

SERVICE, Michael (Georgia Institute of Technology), “A Pre-fabricated Expandable School Design,” 1995-96 (Thesis Prize).

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