2022 Winner

Mr Stephen Ip

Title: Divisional Director
Company: CAN Design Limited
Design Philosophy:

‘Architecture is about people’ - Stephen puts the mission of creating human-centric designs into action by applying his professional knowledge to deliver good designs and contribute to society for a livable future. As a ‘public-spirited’ architect, he has been actively involved in competitions and community designs to explore the synergistic interaction between ar¬chitecture, community, and environment. He believes design is the medium to engage with the world around us. His creative approach with diverse experience helps him successfully navigate projects while keeping the human experience at the fore. He shared, “Turning ideas into reality gives me a sense of accomplishment; while empowering the public to have a stake in what is built around them offers me the greatest sense of achievement.” He plays a leading role in a wide range of high-profile and award-winning projects including mixed-use, retail, office, cultural, hotel, TOD, and public infrastructures. He thoroughly examines each site’s relationship to its history, environment, and stakeholders’ needs, ensuring every possibility has been investigated for a human-centric design solution. Stephen embraces the power of architecture, and participated in numerous of exhibitions include UABB HK, detour, Venice Biennale etc. to share innovative design and promote architecture to the public. Stephen has courage to challenge the status quo, he has spent years on promoting upcycling glass bottles into sustainable products and to raising environmental awareness. He is currently working on the Revamp for the St. James’ Settlement, to create a place to grow old with dignity. He is committed to nurturing the young generation. Besides as guest critic at HKU and Chuhai College, he plays a key role in HKIA activities and events, he was a former Co-chairman of the Young Members Committee and the Co-chairman of the HKIA Annual Exhibition Curator to promote architecture in Hong Kong.