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(Lectures) Settlements in Serenity – Origins & Cultural Values of Architectural Heritage of Urban Chinese Community of Hong Kong


Hong Kong is a modern city that integrates Chinese and Western cultures. In addition to its modern appearance, it has rich Chinese traditions, such as Weitou festivals, Chaoshan cuisine, Hakka unicorn dance, and the houseboat community.

These cultural heritages represent a historical evolution of Cantonese, Hakka and Chaoshan communities. But when do these ethnic groups come to Hong Kong and call it their home? What kind of unique villages, houses, ancestral halls and temples did they build? What kind of messages are embedded in their spaces, construction and decorations?

After this series, participants will be able to read the subtle features of these architectural heritage, and to conserve them from a cultural perspective.


Mr Edward LEUNG

Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA), Former Chair of Heritage and Conservation (H&C) Committee, 2015-2019.
UNESCO Hong Kong Association, HK Institute of Education of Sustainable Development (HKiESD), Associate Professor, 2021–now.
UIA (International Union of Architects) World Congresses 2017, Best Paper Award, Seoul, Sept 2017.
Wan Chai 7 Mallory Street Art & Community Centre, Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA), Medal of the Year Award, 2014.
HK Museum of Medical Science (HKMMS), Director and In-house Advisor of Restoration and Maintenance, 2017-now.
Guangzhou Cantonese Opera Arts Museum (COAM), Heritage Adviser, 2012.


PhD Research Degree in Architectural History and Theory, South China University of Technology (SCUT), Guangzhou, 2013.
Open University HK, Chinese Temple Building Management Diploma Course, Core Teacher, 2017-Now.
Chinese Roof Study for Architectural Services Department (ASD) of HK Gov’t, 2015 – Now.
Wu-ben Tang Study Hall Heritage Relic in Zengcheng of Guangdong, Restoration, 2016 – Now.
Tsing Shan Monastery Restoration, HK, Heritage design and site supervision, 2005-2011.
Little Hong Kong (Wine Cellar) Adaptive Re-use, Hong Kong, (UNESCO Award 2007).
Guangyu Ancestral Hall Restoration, Conghua, Guangzhou, (UNESCO Award of Excellence 2003).



22/10/2022 – 19/11/2022 (SAT)
No Class on 29/10/2022

4:00pm – 6:30pm


HKD 2,100

Remarks : This course has 2 sections (Lectures and Field Trips). Students are required to complete “22-PS000037-1AP” [(Lectures) Settlements in Serenity – Origins & Cultural Values of Architectural Heritage of Urban Chinese Community of Hong Kong] of the same series before applying “22-PS000038-1AP” [(On-site Investigations) Transmission in Transformation – Sustainability in Architectural Heritage of Urban Chinese Community of Hong Kong] course.