WanChai Connect: A World-Class Vision For the Future

Supported by the Construction Industry Group


James Gibson, Executive Director, DCMSTUDIOS: Architects and Urban Design

Robert Gordon, Regional Director, BuroHappold


WanChai Connect: a world-class vision for the future

The WanChai Connect Design Group have conceived a world-class urban design vision for the future of WanChai in Hong Kong, one that draws inspiration from the New York High Line and a new wave of people-centric and socially responsible developments that are now emerging within the world's great cities to bring a brighter environmental future.

Join this event to hear from Buro Happold and DCM Studios as they share their insights on the Government's recent announcement that they will publicly auction the site of their major office complex on the northern side of Gloucester Road in WanChai North. This effectively signals the future re-development of this critically important site currently located on arguably the largest and most strategically located in all of WanChai.


About the speakers


Following early experience in the UK and Hong Kong, in 1983 James was appointed as an executive design director of one of the largest international architectural practices in Australia. Then based in Melbourne, Sydney and HK, he was instrumental in the expansion of the practice into the UK, South East Asia and China.

In 2003, with his establishment of a new and more progressive practice, DCMSTUDIOS Architects and Urban Designers, James chose to prioritise his area of operation back into Hong Kong and China in a renaissance of the original Hong Kong design office, 
With its head office in HK, The practice has continued to be widely acclaimed by its peers in the profession for the highest level of innovative design in architectural, urban and interior design. 
James has been a member of the RIBA and the HKIA since 1977 and in 1999, he was appointed as an Honorary Fellow by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland for his contribution to architectural design excellence on an international basis.


Robert leads Buro Happold’s business in Hong Kong, has over 25 years’ experience as a consulting engineer.  Robert is a Fellow of both the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers.  Robert spent much of his formative years in the construction industry delivering large scale transport and infrastructure projects across Asia and the UK.  Over the past nine years in Hong Kong Robert has been leading the delivery of projects across multiple sectors including highways, railways and various building typologies with clients from both the public and private sectors. 


This event is hosted by David Graham.

Ticket includes a full hot English breakfast buffet.

 Please note that Business Attire is required by the Hong Kong Club - collared shirts must be worn by men, and jeans, sandals and sports shoes are not permitted. To see the full list of club rules on dresscode, please click here.


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  • Member: HK$480
  • Non-Member: HK$600
  • Y-Network Member: HK$380
  • Start-up Member: HK$380


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11/18/2021 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM
China Standard Time
Victoria Suite, The Hong Kong Club 1 Jackson Road Central

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