Courses

Fall 2018

Architectural Design and Theory III
Architectural Design and Sustainability II
History of Chinese Architecture
Research Methodology in Architecture

Dr. TOO, Wing Tak Ken 

Assistant Professor

B.A. (Arch. Stud.) (Hons) (HKU),

M.Arch. (HKU), Ph.D. (HKU)

HK Registered Architect, HKIA, BEAM Pro,
MACAU Registered Architect
 

Dr. Ken Too has served the Department of Architecture for over eight years. He now teaches the courses of Design Studio and Term Paper writing on Architectural History & Theory. He is both a theorist and architectural practitioner.

 

Dr. Ken Too received the Ph.D. degree in HKU, Department of Architecture. The topic of his doctoral thesis was the study of privatized public space in Hong Kong.  His research raised the public awareness and gave an impact on the usage and the government policy of current privatized public spaces. The ideology of the ‘publicness’ of public space is as a result expanded from simply accessibility to the usage of socio-cultural, environmental and economic values.  His primary research interest on public space rooted in his academic award of Travel Grant- a study trip to New York and Chicago during his architectural studies in HKU in 1994. Since then, the topic of his publications and conferences mainly related to the subject of urban public space. With his mission to pass new knowledge to the students, Dr. Ken Too is now a registered BEAM Professional under Hong Kong Green Building Council, extending his interest into the sustainable and environmental design. Applied part of the sustainable design ideas, he recently won the second award of the Macau International Airport Environmental Optimization Design Competition.

 

Dr. Ken Too has practiced architecture for over 18 years, and since 2008, as Managing Director of his own Architectural firm.  Registered as an architect in Hong Kong and Macau, Dr. Ken Too intended to get involved in a variety of architectural projects in Hong Kong, Macau, mainland China and overseas, ranging from interior design to architectural design and project management in different project scales and building types. He believes that sharing his practical experience also plays an essential part in students’ architectural training. Particularly Dr. Ken Too is now coordinating Design Studio Year Four (ADT4) in which his students usually start working in the architectural firm after graduation before their further studies.

Selected Publications:

  • Chu Hai Archi-cultural Symposium 2008: Urban Space X Cultural Heritage
  • “100 years of Hong Kong Architecture” HKIA 2005 Co-Author
  • Public Art Research, HKADC funded 2002
  • Great Street Symposium, National University of Singapore 2001
  • Invited paper “The Royal Road Revisited: On Transformation of Queen’s Road in HK” co-author with Dr. Desmond Hui Awards
  • Macau International Airport Design Competition 2013, organized by CAM (Sociedade do Aeroporto Internacional de Macau S.A.R.L.) - First Runner Up Competition for the Architectural Design of the New Maritime Administration Building and the Optimization Plan for its Surrounding Areas 2011, organized by Marine and Water Bureau, Macau- Honorable Mention