Expertise & Research Interests
History of Hong Kong Architecture, History of Oriental Architecture, Modern Architecture, Oriental Art
Courses to Teach (22-23)
Architectural Design and Theory III
History of Chinese Architecture
Architectural Design and Sustainability II
Dr. LAI, Tung-Yiu Stan
B.A. (Arch. Stud.) (Hons) (HKU)
HK Registered Architect
Tung-Yiu Stan LAI completed his Ph.D. at the University of Hong Kong. He is a specialist in urban morphology of historic market towns and buildings. His teaching focuses on sustainable design in urban environment, modern architectural theories, and the history of Chinese and Hong Kong architecture. His research interests cover various architectural types ranging from walled villages, cha-chaan-teng (Hong Kong-style cafes), shopping malls, cinemas, to multilevel transportation systems.
Dr. Lai has frequently been invited by universities, NGOs, museums, radio channels, and various high-profile institutions around the world to present his research. He has been a guest speaker or critic at many universities worldwide, including the University of Illinois at Chicago (USA), Tamkang University (Taiwan), and Shantou University (China). He has authored a broad body of academic papers on topics like “The Rise of Tall Podia and Megamalls”, etc.
Apart from his academic activities, Dr. Lai is active in public services promoting Hong Kong architecture and cultural heritage. He is a founding Executive Committee Member (Academic) of the Association for Conservation of Hong Kong Indigenous Languages. In 2007-2010, he served as the Chairman of “100-year of Hong Kong Architecture Committee” of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects.