School of Architecture, CUHK

Teaching as Research II: A Study on the Structural Model of Beginning Programs and the Design of U1+U2 Studio Program

Date & Time

21.11.2014 21.11.2014

10:00 - 11:00


Meeting Room, 1/F, AIT Building, CUHK


Speaker: Professor Hendrik TIEBEN
DSc ETH Zurich, Associate Professor
Director MSc in Urban Design Program
School of Architecture, CUHK
Moderator: Mr. Mika SAVELA (PhD Student)
The presentation discusses a comparative approach to research and teaching developed in context of the new MSc in Urban Design program at CUHK.

With the ongoing integration process of the Hong Kong and Macau Special Administrative Regions into the People’s Republic of China questions occur how to learn from the experiences in each of the territories, with each of their urban rule and guidelines based on the provenience of their Chinese, Portuguese and British planning systems.

The research team (Hendrik Tieben (PI), Doreen Liu, Joanna Chu, Nuno Soares and Edward Yiu) embarked on a comparative study of the remarkably different urban forms and spaces in Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macau and Shenzhen resulting from these different systems, despite their shared Cantonese culture and their similar climatic and topographic conditions.

The presentation will show research findings and related studio projects, and reflect on the strengths and limitations of the selected comparative approach.


“Investigating the Urban Design Guidelines of the Pearl River Delta cities Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macau, and Shenzhen” is a project supported by the General Research Fund (No: 453312) awarded by Research Grant Council Hong Kong.

Professor Hendrik TIEBEN is an architect and Associate Professor at the School of Architecture of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He received his architectural education in Germany, Italy and Switzerland. At CUHK, Professor Tieben teaches urban design and theory. His research focuses on processes of urban transformation and public space in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta. Hendrik Tieben is a Founding Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design, Assistant Director of the B.S.Sc. in Urban Studies program and Director of the M.Sc. in Urban Design program at CUHK.

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