School of Architecture, CUHK

Architecture Explorer Programme

Programme Period

July 13 – July 24, 2020 (Fundamental Course)
July 27 – Aug 1, 2020 (Extended Course)


Explore how to see, make and experience architecture.

This summer programme aims to enable secondary school students from Hong Kong and abroad to understand first-hand the joys and challenges of studying architecture. It provides an opportunity for enrolled students to unleash their creative potential through art, design and architecture.

During the two-week programme, students will learn to see the significance of architecture through lectures offered by professors from the School of Architecture, and explore the fun of design making by transforming a concept into three-dimensional spaces, using both hand tools and computing software. Students will also experience architecture through guided field trips to significant buildings and professional architectural offices.

Over the course of the programme, enrolled students will be tutored to develop their individual design projects. Periodic “design reviews” are also scheduled for students to present their work and receive advice from faculty members and design professionals.

The combination of studio learning, workshops, lectures and field trips presents a unique introduction to different aspects of architectural practice today.

What will you explore?

Fundamental Course (2 weeks)

  • How a design is transformed from an initial concept into a built form for people to live, work and play in.
  • How an architect translates a design from two-dimensional plans and sections into three-dimensional spaces.
  • What hand tools are used to make such design transformations.

Extended Course (1 week)

  • How computing tools are integrated with 21st century design challenges.

What do we offer?

  • Lectures, building tours, workshops and design studios
  • Manual and digital drawing and model-making skills
  • Direct access to Design Studios, Digital Design Lab, Workshop and Architecture Library
  • Guided tours of architectural offices
  • Personal career counselling in architecture
  • On-campus living in CUHK college housing (optional)

Who will be your instructors?

An international panel of architects, as well as professors of architecture in design, history and theory, building technology, computational design and urban design will be your studio instructors:

Patrick Hwang (Programme Director)
Assistant Professor and Registered Architect (USA)
MSAAD (Columbia), BArch (RISD), BFA (RISD)

Simon Hsu
Adjunct Associate Professor and Registered Architect (USA)
MArch (Harvard), BSc (Brown), AIA

Yutaka Yano
Adjunct Assistant Professor
MArch (UCL), BSSc (UCL)

The following professors of our School of Architecture will also give lectures during the two-week programme:

Thomas Chung
Associate Professor and Registered Architect (UK)
MPhil (Cantab), DipArch (Cantab), MA (Cantab), HKIA, RIBA, ARB (UK), HKIA

Bruce Lonnman
Adjunct Associate Professor
MAUD (Cornell), MCE (Cornell), BArch (Syracuse), BS Eng (Cornell)

Francesco Rossini
Assistant Professor and Registered Architect (Italy)
PhD (UPC – Barcelona), MA (U Naples), BA (U Naples)

Jeroen van Ameijde
Assistant Professor and Registered Architect (UK)
MSc Arch & Bldg Tech (TU Delft), RIBA, ARB (UK)

With outstanding CUHK architecture graduate as Teaching Assistant: Sukey Hui (BSSc 2017, MArch Year 2 student)


Secondary School Form 4, 5, and 6 Students
No prior art and design experience required

Application Deadline

Hong Kong Residents: 30 April 2019
Non-Hong Kong Residents: 31 March 2019 (with visa application, if required)

Course Fee

HK$14,500 (Fundamental Course)

HK$ 5,500 (Extended Course)


Course fee includes all design tool sets, computer lab fees, and micro-controller starter kit.

On-campus college accommodation is also available with additional fees.

Refund Policy

  • Deposit and accommodation fees are not refundable.
  • Programme withdrawal requests should be sent to as early as possible and by 10 June 2020 so that your place can be given to applicants on the waiting list. 50% of the programme fee will be refunded if we receive a written withdrawal request with a valid reason by 10 June 2020. No refund will be made for requests received after this date.
  • No refund or reduction of course fee, accommodation fee, or visa application fee will be made to late arrival to the programme, dropout, or dismissal from the programme due to violation of programme regulations.


Tel: (852) 3943 6583

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