School of Architecture, CUHK
TIEBEN, Hendrik

Prof. TIEBEN, Hendrik (田恒德)

Associate Professor, Associate Director
Director, MScUD Programme

DSc (ETH Zurich)
Post Dipl. (ETH Zurich)
Dipl. Arch (TUBS)

Rm. 306, Lee Shau Kee Architecture Building, CUHK

3943 8095


Hendrik TIEBEN is an architect and Associate Professor at the School of Architecture of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). At CUHK, he serves as the Director of the M.Sc. in Urban Design program and Associate Director of the B.S.Sc. in Urban Studies program. Prof. Tieben received his architectural education at TU Branschweig, University of Florence, and ETH Zurich.

At CUHK, Prof. Tieben teaches studios and courses related to urban design, history and theory. His research and teaching are devoted to the creation of Sustainable Communities and the increase of community benefit in contemporary urban planning processes. He particularly focuses on Hong Kong, Macau and the Pearl River Delta. Prof. Tieben has been the Principal Investigator of three General Research Grants, two Knowledge Transfer Fund Projects as well as a Quality Education Fund Projects. His project “Magic Carpet”, a collaboration with CUHK’s School of Journalism and Communication, aims to empower residents to re-envision their community spaces and has been organised in the districts Sai Ying Pun, Tin Shui Wai and To Kwa Wan (

In 2016, Prof. Tieben has been a guest researcher at the Chair for International Urbanism at the Technical University of Berlin. He has published in international academic and professional journals including Bauwelt, Domus, IN_BO, Urban Morphology, World Architecture, Journal for Current Chinese Affairs, and International Journal for the Semiotics of Law. He is a member of the editorial board of the ICE Journal Urban Design and Planning and member of the scientific committee of the Journal of Public Space.

Hendrik Tieben is a partner in various international urban design networks such as the Urban Lab+ Network (funded by the European Union), the International Forum on Urbanism, the Mobilizing the Periphery Project by the ACNB Metropolitan Lab in Berlin and the MaPS Project by City Space Architecture.

In addition, Hendrik Tieben is a Founding Member and Academic Advisor of the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design, an International Associate Member of the American Institute of Architects Hong Kong and a Registered Architect in North Rhine Westphalia in Germany.



2020: A Year without Public Space under the COVID19 Pandemic


Sustainable communities lab for people’s multifaceted well-being


Conservation of Industrial Heritage at the Ma On Shan Iron Mine


Magic Carpet

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Research Interests

Urban Design, History and Theory, Sustainable Communities, Public Space and Community Empowerment


Y.F. Chen & H. Tieben, “Reflections on Emerging Public Space Design Approaches in Hong Kong,” in M. Mitrasinovic and T. Jachna, Public Space in a Chinese Megaregion: Contemporary Urban Practices and Design Strategies of the Greater Bay Area, Routledge (in print).

Cate Christ & H. Tieben (2020), “Magic Lanes: A Place Making Approach for Laneway Spaces in Hong Kong,” in M. Gibert-Flutre and H. Imai (Eds.), An Urban Vernacular in Times of Globalization, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 165-186.

B. Ahl and H. Tieben (2015). Modern Chinese Court Buildings, Regime Legitimacy and the Public, in: International Journal for the Semiotics of Law.

H. Tieben, E. Baniassad, S. Govada, & H. Grace (2014), Measuring community benefit in public space transformation: A case study of Centre Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, New Urban Configurations, IOS Press & Delft University Press, 535 – 544.

H. Tieben and S. Govada (2013), Negotiating and Designing Public Space – Experiences with a new M.Sc. in Urban Design Program in Hong Kong, IN_BO. Ricerche e progetti per il territorio, la citta e l’architettura, Vol. 4, n. 1., 187-222.

H. Tieben (2013), Hong Kong’s Urban Transformation 2005–2012: A Review and Outlook, in FutureArc, March-April, Vol. 29 (urban edition reviewing 10 years of transformation of four Asian cities), 50-59.

H. Tieben (2011) Emerging Cross Border Tourism Region Macau-Zhuhai: Place to Play/Place in Play, ARA Journal of Tourism Research/Revista de Investigacion en Turismo, Vol. 3, No. 2, 143-151.

H. Tieben (2011), Cities and Design Rules: An Architect’s Approach, in Urban Morphology, 15(2) October, 163-167.

H. Tieben (2011), Bi-City Macau & Zhuhai – More Happiness with Big Plans Ahead? in Domus China, September, 57, 118-121.

T. Chung & H. Tieben (2009), Macau: Architecture and urbanism in the first post-handover decade, 1999-2009, editorial, World Architecture 234, 12, 18-20.

H. Tieben (2009), Urban Image Construction in Macau in the First Decade After the ‘Handover’, 1999-2008, Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, vol. XXXVIII , 1, 49-72.

Research Projects

As Principle Investigator:

Since 2015 – Magic Carpet – To Ka Wan, Quality Education Fund project, funded by Hong Kong Government, with Anthony Fung (Director of the School of Journalism and Communication).

Since 2014-15 – Re-envisioning Community Space in Tin Shui Wai, Knowledge Transfer Project, with Anthony Fung (Director of the School of Journalism and Communication).

Since 2013-14 – Re-envisioning Community Space in Sai Ying Pun, Knowledge Transfer Project with Anthony Fung (Director of the School of Journalism and Communication) and Colin Fournier (Visiting Professor).

Since 2014 – Measuring the impact of the MTR West Island Line on public space and community life in Hong Kong’s Western Districts, competitive General Research Fund project. Co-Investigators: E. Baniassad, S. Govada, H. Grace & R. Ho.

Since 2013-15 – Investigating the Urban Design Guidelines of the PRD cities: Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macau and Shenzhen, competitive General Research Fund of the Research Grants Council Hong Kong SAR, Co-Investigator: Prof D. Liu (CUHK)

Since 2012-14 – Measuring Community Benefit in Public Space Transformation in
Older Urban Districts: A Case Study of Sheung Wan & Sai Ying Pun, competitive General Research Fund of the Research Grants Council Hong Kong SAR, Co-Investigators: E. Baniassad, S. Govada, H. Grace & R. Ho.

As Hong Kong partner of international research projects:

2015-16 – Mobilising the Periphery, research project investigating urban peripheries in Africa, America, Asia and Europe organised by the ANCB Metropolitan Lab with Schindler Transit Management Group, Berlin.

2013-15 – International Urban Lab+ Network, funded by the Erasmus Mundus program of the European Union. The project focused on “Urban Inclusion”. The network included eight urban laboratories in Berlin, Calabria, Johannesburg, Lausanne, Hong Kong, Mumbai and Santiago.

2011-13 – Mn’M: Measuring the Non-Measurable, initiated by Darko Radovic (PI), at Keio University, Tokyo, funded by a Japanese Government Grant. The project investigated Urban Densities and Intensities in ten cities in Asia, Australia and Europe.

Advised Theses

Graduated PhD students supervised by Hendrik Tieben


  • Yongming CHEN, From the Cold War Front Line to the Global City: Everyday Politics in Urbanization of Boat People’s Settlement, Xiamen, 01/11/2014-31/08/2019.

The study received the distinguished Anthony Sutcliffe Dissertation Award by the International Planning History Society (IPHS) in 2020.


  • Kuang DA, Learning from Floods: Understanding the Relationship between Flood Experience and Flood Resilience, co-supervisor Liao Kuei-hsien, 01/08/2016-31/08/2020.


  • Mika SAVELA, The Urgent Modernity – Reviewing Displays of New Urban China Amidst the Curatorial Turn and Global Biennialization, 01/01/2012-31/01/2016.

After graduating Mika Savela was awarded a Carnegie Mellon Fellowship for a research at the Canadian Centre of Architecture and then became Editor in Chief of the Finish Architecture Review, the leading architecture journal in the country.


  • HUANGFU, Wenzhi, Between Seeing and Being Seen: Understanding a Social Logic Based on Asymmetry of Single Visual-Interaction (ASVI) in Built Space and its Application in Space Analysis, co-supervisor Thomas Chung, 01/08/2016-30/09/2019.


  • Alex ZIPPRICH, Designing the University with the City: A Study of Campus Typologies emerging with Urbanization: The Architecture and Space of Hong Kong’s Universities in the Context of Time and Place, 01/08/2008-31/07/2015.


  • Charmaine HUI Cheung Man, Ontological Politics: The Discursive Construction of Built Heritage Conservation in Hong Kong, co-supervisor Pui-Peng Ho, 01/08/2015-31/07/2019.


Graduated Master of Architecture students supervised by Hendrik Tieben


– Jim Tak CHUN, Add-on Space – Installation Space for Social Conversation

– Eddie KWAN, Tracing the past – The Forgotten Mining Community of Ma On Shan

– Carol NING, The Conservation of Gwo Laan


– Kelvin LI, Fragments of Memories

– Jackson CHAI, Revitalise the Former Industrial Landscape Ma On Shan Iron Mine


– Annie CHAN, Redevelopment of Choi Hung Estate in Fostering the Social Interaction

– Shita LAM, Alternative City Life for Working Youth in Hong Kong

– Sonia SO, Biophilic Acupuncture


– Vivian Lee, Self-Sustainable Community under World Heritage Label

– Jasmine LEUNG, An Alternative to Current Mass Transit Typology in Hong Kong

– Calvin SIU, Street Revitalization of Abandoned Space in High Density City


– Katherine LOK, Rethinking Hong Kong Lane as Alternative Public Space

– Cindy CHAN, Organic Affordable Housing

– Barry Tsui, Dignity to Absence: Respectful Status and Journey


– Kathleen TSANG, A Complementary Social Network as Catalyst between Old and New

– Kenneth CHAN, People Voice – City Life

– GAO Ying, Reviving the Slab Block Type


– Celine CHONG, New Urbanized MTR Model

– Stella IEONG, Social Hybrid Infrastructure

– Vanessa KWOK, From Car Park to Community “Park

– Louis LAW, Perceptual Journey of Locus


– Alan CHANG, Undefine – Ranger Centre on Lantau Island

– Ryan IP, Urban Rules as Alternative Design Tools to Re-define the Public Realm

– Tony LEUNG, Vertical Urban Prison in Hong Kong

– Kingsley LIANG, Architecture of Redistribution in Macau


– Jenny WAN, Alley as the Communal Spaces for Beijing

– Sophy SHEK, New Mobility Hub in Beijing

– Seven WONG, Social Connection in High-rise City

– Doris YUE, Formulating a New Station Identity


– Steven HO, Shopping Mall as Privately-owned Public Space

– Eugene LEUNG, Transportation Hub as the New Urban Center

– Jonas TANG, Blue Space – Bringing the Harbor to the City


– William LUK, Enhancing the Public Realm through POPS

– Caspar LAM, Multi-scalar Infrastructure


– Theresa CHOW, Identity of a District – Yau Ma Tei

– David WING, Dissolving Urban Boundaries in Shenzhen

– Hung CHIM, Background – Housing Estate in Hong Kong


– Waiman KWOK, Future Heritage in Hong Kong

– Wilson NG, 3DDLC – Three-Dimensional Dynamic Labyrinthine City

– Wang Chung YAN, Urban Cut

– Mimi TO, Wasteland in the City

Honours and Recognitions

Best Paper Award, 6th IFoU Conference, TOURbanism-toURBANISM, Catalonia Politechnic University (UPC), Barcelona, 2012.

Best Paper Award, 4th IFoU Conference, The New Urban Question – Urbanism beyond Neo-liberalism”, TU Delft, Amsterdam & Delft, Netherlands, 2009.

Doctoral Scholarship, ETH Zurich (1999-2002)

Fellow of the German National Academic Foundation (1990−1995)

Honorary Appointments

HKIUD – Founding Member and Academic Advisor

AIA International Associate Member

AKNW – Registered Architect (NRW Germany)

Professional Consultancy Work

URA Consultancy Study – Kowloon City

Magic Lanes, Urban Renewal Fund Project (with Caritas Mok Cheung Sui Kun and CACHe), Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

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