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    Benny Chan

    Benny Chan is one of the most respected figures in the Hong Kong architecture community, having spent most of his illustrious career in urban development, including major infra-structural projects such as Cyberport and the West Kowloon Cultural District.

    He is now the President of The Hong Kong Institute of Architects and Vice President (Local Affairs) of Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design. Benny was formerly the Assistant Director (Architectural) of the Architectural Services Department and former Chairman of the Hong Kong Architects Registration Board.

    As well as his close involvement with the design and construction of public buildings in Hong Kong, Benny has also been active in cross-boundary professional exchange activities with the mainland. He was Chairman of both the Organizing Committee for 2019 HKIA Cross-Strait Architectural Design Symposium and Design Awards and the Organizing Committee for 2020 and 2022 Greater Bay Area Urban Design Awards.

    Celia Chu

    Celia is an internationally renowned interior designer with a reputation for creating elegantly contemporary hospitality and upscale residential projects.

    Born and raised in Taipei, Celia’s life-long fascination with the creative arts led her to New York and the Parsons School of Design. After graduating, Celia stayed in the Big Apple and joined one of the world’s top interior design firms, marking the beginning an illustrious career in hospitality design, including many award-winning hotels, restaurants, spas, serviced apartments and club houses.

    Since founding her own studio In 2007, Celia and her team have worked on prestigious design assignments, including Rosewood Bangkok, Ambassador Hotel in Taipei, Intercontinental Hotel Semiramis Cairo and several Hyatt hotels throughout the Asia-Pacific region, many of which have featured in international design magazines.

    Barry Wilson

    Barry is an urban planning specialist who has consulted on hundreds of development projects across four continents, with a focus on Hong Kong and mainland China, for nearly 30 years.

    An experienced landscape architect, Barry splits his time between industry roles including the presidency of the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design, academic endeavours at the University of Hong Kong and his own firm Barry Wilson Project Initiatives.

    He sits on various government advisory committees and in 2012 was recognised for his contribution to China’s urbanisation transformation. In 2019, he won the Reed & Mallik Medal from the Institution of Civil Engineers in UK.

    He is also the author of “Futureproof City: Ten Immediate Paths to Urban Resilience” published in 2021.

    Yimei Chan

    Yimei Chan is the co-founder, partner and design director of LOD architecture studio, which embraces a philosophy of designing “far beyond known limits” to help create a more natural, reasonable and beautiful world. The firm serves as an experimental laboratory and open platform for developing new ideas and designs through innovation and collaboration across multiple disciplines.

    Now alternating between the studio’s Shenzhen and Hong Kong offices, Yimei has over twenty years of professional experience including the US, Canada, Europe and China. Her works include masterplan projects in Hong Kong and China, office headquarters, hospitality, co-living and brand experience design.

    Yimei is the founder and Vice Chair of Small World Foundation and current President of AIA Hong Kong. Previously she worked with Steven Holl Architects, Revery Architecture (formerly Bing Thom Architects), Aedas and SOM.

    Vicky Wang

    With over 20 years of industry experience and an extensive global portfolio in hospitality, mixed-use, and high-end residential projects, Vicky has developed a deep understanding and passion for China and Asia Pacific over her 10-year career at WATG. In 2022, Vicky became Managing Director for China, strengthening the firm’s presence in the region and rising to become Managing Director for Asia Pacific.

    Vicky’s unique perspective comes from her education and work experience in both the Western and Eastern hemispheres. She is recognized for her holistic design approach that respects both context and culture, attention to detail and collaborative spirit to bring clients’ visions to life. Vicky has delivered many award-winning projects, including The Ritz-Carlton Hotel and shopping mall in Xi’an, Hard Rock Hotel in Cabo San Lucas, Disney hotel in Orlando and The Nexus Mixed-use project in Ho Chi Minh City.

    Vicky is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and holder of LEED AP certification.

    Emma Maclean

    Emma Maclean is an acclaimed Hong Kong-based interior designer who specializes in commercial, hospitality, office, and select residential projects in Asia Pacific. With a family background in architecture and design, Emma was exposed to the world of design from a young age. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Architecture from Sydney, Emma worked for renowned firms such as BLD, Steve Leung Designers, and Hirsch Bedner Associates.

    In 2017, Emma joined the ranks of PERSPECTIVE’s 40 Under 40 Award winners. The following year, she launched EM Bespoke, her own interior design practice. Emma has continued to work on luxury hospitality projects with clients such as Hongkong Land, Sino Group, and globally recognized hotel brands like The Fullerton Hotel Ocean Park Hong Kong, Four Seasons Macau, Conrad Hong Kong, and Ovolo Hotel Hong Kong.

    At EM Bespoke, Emma prides herself on creating tailored, luxurious interiors by fostering close relationships with clients to reflect their unique vision, needs, and preferences.

    Wesley Liu

    Wesley is a renowned interior designer acclaimed for his ability to create harmonious and warm interiors on any scale. His exceptional work has been recognized with numerous awards, including two Gold Awards in A&D Awards 2022, the Best of Year Award (US), Architecture MasterPrize (US), and Design for Asia Award (HK). In 2016, he was honored as one of the “10 Most Outstanding Young Persons” in China, and last year was recognised as a 40 Under 40 Award winner by PERSPECTIVE.

    In 2009, Wesley founded his own studio, PplusP Creations, and has since been actively involved in the design community. He currently holds positions as Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Interior Design Association (HKIDA), a Board Member of the Asia Pacific Space Designers Association (APSDA), and an associate member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

    Wesley’s commitment to innovation and design excellence is unwavering, and he is currently pursuing a PhD at the School of Architecture & Urban Design at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Australia.

    Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui

    UK-trained architect Kenny has built a reputation for his bold contemporary designs, notable for an elegant, fresh and humanistic aesthetic. Since co-founding Bean Buro with partner Lorene Faure in 2014, the studio has produced a string of forward-thinking workplaces, residential, retail and hospitality projects driven by cross-cultural east-west design narratives.

    One of the studio’s most published projects was The Work Project, described by Forbes as “one of the most beautiful co-working spaces in the world”. Other clients include Warner Music, L’Oréal, Jardine Restaurant Group, AstraZeneca, Cigna and UBER.

    A former winner in PERSPECTIVE’s 40 Under 40 Awards, Kenny has also served as a visiting associate lecturer at some of the world’s top design schools, including The Bartlett School of Architecture, The Royal College of Art, Oxford Brookes and Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture Paris.

    Frank Leung

    As founder & principal of via., Frank Leung brings over 25 years of experience across the residential, retail and hospitality space. Trained in the US, the Hong Kong native spent eight years as a project manager for a leading developer which enhanced his ability to protect a design’s integrity while managing the practicalities of budget and time constraints.

    Frank established via. in 2009 based on an ethos of “respect, passion, delight” and an all-inclusive culture. The name ‘via.’ was chosen to reflect the collaborative and multi-disciplinary nature of the studio. His work is characterized by a worldly sophistication and a respect for cultural nuances. In 2021, he was named by Tatler as one of Asia’s Most Influential creatives shaping the region’s design and innovation. The studio is active across Asia, with ongoing projects in Jakarta, Changsha, Nanjing and Suzhou.

    Sarah Lee

    Sarah is a registered architect, having received her Master of Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London. She is a founder of the multidisciplinary practice SKY YUTAKA with a focus on architecture, landscape and art projects exploring history, culture, materiality and technology, and the potential to develop design through collaboration and community engagement. The practice won an A&D Award for a landscaping project in 2016.

    She is an honorary officer of the RIBA Hong Kong Chapter and an advocate for equality, diversity and inclusion. Active in academia, she is Adjunct Associate Professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and a lecturer at the University of Lincoln in Hong Kong. Her research evolves around the topic of place making and the history of Hong Kong and she has contributed to initiatives to promote emerging local creative talent.