School of Architecture, CUHK

Architecture Explorer Programme

Programme Period

16-28 July 2018


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?

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

If you would like to explore these ideas and skills and see whether Architecture could be your future career, then the Architecture Explorer Programme at CUHK is the right place for you.

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.

Patrick Hwang (Programme Director)
Professional Consultant and Registered Architect (USA)
MsAAD (Columbia), BArch (RISD), BFA (RISD)

Kelly Chow
Professional Consultant
BASc (UBC), BEDS (TUNS), MArch (Dalhousie)

Adam Fingrut
Assistant Professor
MArch (UCLA), BArch (Carleton)

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

Rina Ko
MArch (CUHK), BSSc (AS) (CUHK), Certified Public Accountant (UK)

Bruce Lonnman
Professional Consultant
MAUD (Cornell), MCE (Cornell), BArch (Syracuse), BS Engr (Cornell)

Maggie Ma
Adjunct Assistant Professor and Registered Architect (HK)

Hendrik Tieben
Associate Professor and Director of MSc in Urban Design programme
DSc (ETH Zurich), Post Dipl. (ETH Zurich), Dipl. Arch (TUBS)


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

Application Deadline

Hong Kong Residents: 30 April 2018 Extended to 31 May 2018
Non-Hong Kong Residents: 31 March 2018 (with visa application, if required)

Course Fee

HK$12,500 (includes design tool set and computer lab fee)
On-campus college housing fees are separate.


Tel: (852) 3943 6583
Email: aep@arch.cuhk.edu.hk
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