School of Architecture, CUHK
NG, Yan Yung Edward

Prof. NG, Yan Yung Edward (吳恩融)

Yao Ling Sun Professor of Architecture

PhD (Cantab)
MBA (Dist) (Warw)
BArch (Dist) (Manc)
BA (1st Hons) (Nott)

Rm. 504, Lee Shau Kee Architecture Building, CUHK

3943 6515


Professor NG Yan Yung Edward is Professor of Architecture in the School of Architecture of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He is the first incumbent of the Yao Ling Sun Endowed Chair in Architecture. He obtained his doctoral degree from the University of Cambridge. He worked as an architect before becoming a professor. He specializes in Green Building, Environmental and Sustainable Design, and Urban Climatology for City Planning.

At CUHK, Professor Ng is also Associate Director of the Institute of Future Cities (IOFC), and the Team Leader of Urban Sustainability and Public Health in the Institute of Environment, Energy and Sustainability (IEES). As an environmental consultant to the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Professor Ng developed the performance-based daylight design practice note, the Air Ventilation Assessment Technical Guidelines and the Urban Climatic Maps for City Planning. He is now working with the governments and agencies in Singapore and Macau, as well as a number of Chinese cities, on Urban Climatic Maps. Among many of his research interests, he is collaborating with public health colleagues to investigate the impact of city design and climate change on urban living. In 2005, Professor Ng pioneered the idea of “Wu Zhi Qiao” (Bridge to China) and successfully built the first bridge in Gansu in China together with students from CUHK and other universities and professionals. Later, in 2007, he founded the “Wu Zhi Qiao (Bridge to China) Charitable Foundation” and held the founding chairmanship until 2013. In 2006, while still building bridges, Professor Ng initiated “A School To Learn” campaign and led his architecture students to build school facilities and start an education assistance programme in Guangxi in South West China. In early 2014, noting the cultural and socio-economical needs of remote villagers in South West China, Professor Ng established the “One University One Village Project Initiative” to continue his humanitarian work with his students. He believes that knowledge creates the future, and it is the responsibility of academia to chart this future. Professor Ng has published over 400 papers and 3 books. He has twice received the International Award from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). He has also twice been honoured by the UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Jury Commendation for Innovation Award. He was the recipient of the 2010 Red Cross Humanitarian Award and was named as one of the “Asian of the Year” by Reader’s Digest in 2011.

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Research Interests

Sustainable Architectural Design and Urban Planning


Ng, E. (2016). Urban air ventilation in high density cities in the Tropics, in Urban Climate Chanllenges in the Tropics, Emmanuel Rohinton (ed), Imperial College Press, London, UK. ISBN: 978-1-78326-840-5

Ng, E. and Ren C. (ed) (2015). Urban Climatic Map – an information tool for sustainable urban planning, Earthscan-Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 978-1-84971-376-4

Ng, E.(2012) Dense Cities in the Tropical Zone, in Solar Energy at Urban Scale, Benoit Beckers (ed), John Wiley and Sons. ISBN: 9781848213562

Ng, E. (ed) (2009). Designing High Density Cities – For Social and Environmental Sustainability, Earthscan Publications Ltd., London, UK, 342 pgs. ISBN-13: 978-1844074600

Research Projects

Understanding urban transient human comfort for more pedestrian
friendly design of urban spaces in the summer months of high density tropical cities (RGC-GRF 2016)

A pilot study to establish the future Design Summer Years (DSYs) of Hong Kong that take into account climate change and urban climate for more sustainable urban and building design (RGC-GRF 2015)

Parametric studies of urban morphologies of high density cities and their air ventilation performance under neutral and unstable atmospheric conditions using advanced LES (RGC-GRF 2014)

Advised Theses

ZHENG, Vanessa (PhD), “Planning Strategies for Urban Heat Island Mitigation: An Application of Local Climate Zone into the High-density City of Hong Kong,” 2013-16

SHI Yuan (PhD), “Mapping the Air Pollution in High-Density Urban Environments of Hong Kong for Environmental Urban Planning and Design Using Land Use Regression Approach,” 2012-16

CHEN Yang (PhD), “Investigation of Context Sensitive Thermal Comfort in Urban Open Spaces: A Study in Xi’an,” 2010-16

ZHENG Tan (PhD), “Design for Outdoor Comfort with Tree Planting in Subtropical High-Density Cities: Microclimatic Effects of Roadside Trees under Different Building Morphology and the Planning Implication,” 2011-15

YUAN Chao (PhD), “Urban Planning and Design for Mitigating the Climate Change at (Sub) Tropical Compact Cities –– Integral Climatic Sensitive Strategies,” 2010-14

Honours and Recognitions

2016 Terra Award

2013 Achievement Award (Knowledge Transfer), KTO, CUHK

2012 University (CUHK) Research Excellence Award 2011/12

2011 UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Awards (Jury Commendation for Innovation)

2010 China Architectural Media Awards

2009 RIBA International Awards

2008 World Architectural Festival (WAF) Awards

2007 Design for Asia Awards

2006 RIBA International Awards

2005 AR Emerging Architecture Design Competition Awards

Honorary Appointments

Specialist, Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ)

Member, Expert Advisory Panel. Hong Kong 2030+: Towards a Planning Vision and Strategy Transcending 2030. Planning Department, HKSAR Govt

Director, International Association of Urban Climate External Advisor, “Quantitative Urban Environment Simulation Tool (QUEST)”, Top-Down Funding, Land & Liveability National Innovation Challenge (L2 NIC), managed by Urban Redevelopment Authority, Singapore

Member, Development Committee, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA)

Professional Consultancy Work

Consultant, consultancy for the review of the building (planning) regulations – Buildings Department HKSAR

AVA Consultant, Air Ventilation Assessment Submission – Cat A. Expert Evaluation

Consultant, Consultancy for Lighting Study of 1/F Main Block APB Centre, Architectural Services Department HKSAR Govt

Expert Witness, Town Planning Appeal no. 10 of 2005, Proposed Hotel and Open Space at Ship Street and Kennedy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong for Department of Justice, HKSAR

Consultant, Passive Design Review on BEAM Plus, for BEAM Society

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