2023 Winner

Mr Chi Kan, Kenneth Wong

Design Philosophy:

Kenneth is a registered architect and design director with diverse cultural experiences and a background working with renowned architecture firms such as Herzog & de Meuron, Toyo Ito and Kengo Kuma, where he worked on signature projects including Tai Kwun and HK Central Market. His passion for conceptual precision, elemental simplicity, exquisite detailing and project management has been shaped by these experiences. At YARD ARCHITECTURE LIMITED, Kenneth and his team are dedicated to creating exceptional spatial experiences that seamlessly merge human needs with cultural, natural, and community elements. Their approach emphasizes storytelling and aims to deliver profound messages that deeply resonate with end-users, going beyond visual appeal. Environmental sustainability and cultural appreciation are integral components of their design process. While architecture is at the core of Kenneth’s training, he embraces a multidisciplinary perspective that recognizes the potential for great architecture to manifest in various mediums, including buildings, landscapes, interiors, furniture, and art installations, which allows him to create immersive experiences that engage and educate the public about the value of architecture. Kenneth’s forthcoming awarded projects, the ’UPCYCLESCAPE’ transformation design proposal for Kwun Tong Promenade Sensory Garden and the ’MEMOIR IN NEON’ Art Installation in Tai Kwun, exemplify his unwavering dedication to raising public awareness of upcycling concepts and reinterpreting the cultural heritage of Hong Kong. These projects showcase his ability to seamlessly blend innovative design with a deep understanding of cultural context and environmental sustainability. In addition to his professional achievements, Kenneth is a senior lecturer at HK Chu Hai College, where he shares knowledge and passion with aspiring architects, contributing to the future of the industry. Ultimately, Kenneth’s design philosophy centers on design that transcends physical boundaries and fosters dialogue among people, culture, and nature. His visionary approach to architecture makes him a deserving candidate for recognition in 40under40Awards.