Fall 2018

Architectural Design and Theory II


Associate Professor

M.Des. (Harvard), Ph.D. (CUHK)

Germany Registered Architect,

U.K. Registered Architect

Prior to recent years of design studio teachings and concurrent academic research in Hong Kong and its Greater Bay Area, Dr. Alex Zipprich has worked as an architect on a variety of international design projects, including university campus design projects, museum and art-galleries, as well as urban design and master-planning concepts. In the role of design architect and through a diverse range of collaborations, including for example joint-ventures with offices of Fumihiko Maki and Ricardo Legorreta via Shah Kawasaki Architects in California, Alex contributed in a variety of cultural settings and distinct cities such as Hong Kong, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Originally from Germany, Alex obtained his professional qualifications as an architect in Germany and the United Kingdom prior to pursuing graduate studies at Harvard University and subsequent PhD research in Hong Kong. Alex has been awarded the Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture in 2016. Dr. Zipprich has been teaching as Associate Professor at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at Shenzhen University (SZU), as Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture at The University of Hong Kong (HKU), and as Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Throughout professional practice and academic teaching, Alex has continuously been exploring new technologies and their impacts on architecture and the design of cities. Broadly interested in the social dimensions and constituents of spatial forms in architecture and in urban planning, Alex’s lectures and conference presentations have been on topics such as designing for academic communities, campus planning, sustainable architecture, and on future visions in architecture and for the city. Connected to surrounding waters, Alex regularly windsurfs, swims, and maintains his rowing fitness since joining the university rowing team.

Recent Projects & Publications:

  • “Design Studio as Creative Platform”, Research Award for the 2018 Shenzhen University Teaching Reform Project, 07.2018
  • “ECOmmunity”. In NATURE & URBAN+, Shenzhen University (SZU), School of Architecture and Urban Planning (SAUP), p22-23 & p80-100, 07.2018
  • “Introduction to Part II – Hong Kong” in International Workshop: Public Space and Social Group 公共空间与社会群体 by SZU SAUP, HK PolyU School of Design, Parsons School of Design (New York), p. 39-40. Shenzhen University, 07.2018
  • “A Campus for the Arts and Knowledge” in RECLAIMING CENTRAL 2017, The University of Hong Kong, Dept. of Architecture, 12.2017
  • ECOmmunity - V2.0 Team Biennale. Exhibition Project & Brochure as part of the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, SZ\HK 2017,12.15.-2018.3.15
  • Designing the University with the City : A Study of Campus Typologies emerging with Urbanization: The Architecture and Space of Hong Kong’s Universities in the Context of Time and Place. A Thesis Submitted in Partial Fulfilment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 12.2015

Recent Exhibtions:

  • “A Campus for the Arts and Knowledge”, Program and Studio works exhibited as part of ARCHIGRAM MEETS CENTRAL, Marketplace PMQ Central Hong Kong, Public Exhibition and Discussions, Curated by Dept. of Arch. HKU, 23.06.-08.07.2018

“ECOmmunity” & “NATURE&URBAN+:湖山之间的迷茫与憧憬”, Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, UABB & Shenzhen University, Main Venue at Nantou Old Town, SZ 15.12.17-15.03.18