ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

WELCOMING MESSAGE BY THE PRESIDENT

DEAR HONORABLE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, DISTINGUISHED GUESTS, MEMBERS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

IT IS MY PLEASURE, ON BEHALF OF THE HONG KONG INSTITUTE OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS, TO WELCOME YOU TO ATTEND THE INSTITUTE'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION.

THIS EXHIBITION IS ONE OF THE SPECIAL ACTIVITIES TO CELEBRATE THE SILVER ANNIVERSARY OF THE INSTITUTE AND WOULD BE A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR THE PARTICIPANTS FROM DIFFERENT SECTORS AND DISCIPLINES TO GET TOGETHER TO SOCIALIZE AND EXCHANGE VIEWPOINTS ON VARIOUS ISSUES OF THE LANDSCAPE PROFESSION.

TAKING THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OCCASION, THE INSTITUTE WOULD ALSO CONDUCT AN OVERVIEW OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE IN HONG KONG AND TO PROMOTE THE PROFESSION TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC BY CARRYING OUT A NUMBER OF ACTIVITIES INCLUDING SPECIAL PUBLICATIONS, LECTURES, TOUR TO AWARD WINNING PROJECTS, CONFERENCES, AND ITINERANT EXHIBITIONS IN THE RECENT MONTHS. THE THEME OF THESE PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES IS "DEVELOPMENT OF THE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURAL PROFESSION IN HONG KONG AND ITS POSITIONING IN THE REGION". IN LINE WITH THE THEME OF THE PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES, THIS EXHIBITION SHOWS THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURAL PROFESSION IN LOCAL AND SIGNIFICANT LANDSCAPE PROJECTS UNDERTAKEN BY THE HONG KONG LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS IN THE PAST 25 YEARS FOR THE APPRECIATION OF THE PUBLIC.

OVER THE PAST QUARTER OF A CENTURY, THE INSTITUTE HAD GONE THROUGH MANY MAJOR EVOLUTIONS. ALTHOUGH I WOULD NOT HAVE ENOUGH TIME AT THIS MOMENT TO MENTION ALL THOSE REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE INSTITUTE IN THE PAST TWENTY-FIVE YEARS, I WOULD LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT THE MOST SIGNIFICANT MILESTONE THAT THE INSTITUTE HAD REACHED IN THE HISTORY OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURAL PROFESSION IN HONG KONG. IT WAS THE ENACTMENT OF THE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS REGISTRATION ORDINANCE (LARO) IN 1997.

WITH THE ENACTMENT OF THE ORDINANCE, THE USE OF TITLES OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT AND REGISTERED LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT (RLA) IS GOVERNED UNDER THE LAW. IT WOULD BE AN OFFENCE FOR A PERSON WHOSE IS NOT A RLA AND DESCRIBE HIMSELF/HERSELF AS "LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT" OR "REGISTERED LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT" OR TO USE THE INITIALS "R.L.A." AFTER HIS/HER NAME. MEMBERS OF THE INSTITUTE SHOULD HAVE GREAT GRATITUDE FOR ALL THE HARD WORKS DONE BY OUR PROGENITORS IN ORDER TO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THE DEMANDING LEGISLATIVE PROCESS OF THE ORDINANCE. WITHOUT THEIR EFFORT, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS IN HONG KONG WOULD NOT HAVE THE STATUTORY RECOGNITION AND LEGAL STATUS.

FINALLY, I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS MY HEARTFELT THANKS TO THE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE OF THE EXHIBITION FOR THEIR TREMENDOUS EFFORTS IN ORGANIZING THIS MEANINGFUL EVENT.

THANK YOU AND I WISH YOU ALL A MEMORABLE TIME!

TAK WONG
PRESIDENT, HKILA

WELCOMING MESSAGE BY THE VICE-PRESIDENT

DEAR HONORABLE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, DISTINGUISHED GUESTS, MEMBERS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

WELCOME TO THE SILVER ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION OF THE HONG KONG INSTITUTE OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS!

IT GIVES ME GREAT HONOUR TO CONVENE A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES UNDER THIS PROJECT TITLED "DEVELOPMENT OF THE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURAL PROFESSION IN HONG KONG AND ITS POSITIONING IN THE REGION". THROUGH INTRODUCING LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE TO HONG KONG, OUR PIONEERS HAVE CONTRIBUTED SUBSTANTIALLY TO THE SHAPING OF OUR BUILT-ENVIRONMENT AS WELL AS THE ADMINISTRATIVE FRAMEWORK OF OUR CITY DEVELOPMENT. WITH A HUMBLE BEGINNING IN THE 80S AND 90S, THE COLLECTIVE EFFORT BY THE RELATIVELY SMALL NUMBER OF MEMBERS HAVE BROUGHT THIS PROFESSION TO TODAY WHERE IT IS ONE OF THE MOST REPUTED PROFESSIONS AND ONE OF THE VERY FEW IN HONG KONG THAT IS RECOGNIZED, PROTECTED, AND REGULATED BY STATUE. HONG KONG HAS NOW THE MOST ADVANCED REGISTRATION SYSTEM FOR LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS ACROSS SOUTH-EAST ASIA, WHICH DOES NOT ONLY LAY A SOLID FOUNDATION TO THE PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE IN HONG KONG BUT IT ALSO FACILITATED OUR FELLOW PROFESSIONALS IN EXPORTING SERVICES TO THE NEARBY REGIONS.

AS STATED BY GEOFFREY AND SUSAN JELLICOE IN THE LANDSCAPE OF MAN THAT DUE TO MAN'S AWARENESS OF ITS POWER AND THE NECESSITY TO ENSURE ITS WELL-BEING BY RESTORING A BALANCE BETWEEN MAN AND THE SURROUNDING ECOSYSTEMS, "THE WORLD IS MOVING INTO A PHASE WHEN LANDSCAPE DESIGN MAY WELL BE RECOGNIZED AS THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE OF THE ARTS". WE ARE IN A NEW ERA WHERE THE ASPIRATION BY OUR SOCIETY FOR BETTER LIVING ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IS EVER-INCREASING, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS' INVOLVEMENT IN THE FUTURE PLANNING OF OUR HIGHLY URBANIZED CITY IS THEREFORE MORE IMPORTANT, OUR WORK IS ALSO BECOMING MORE CHALLENGING IN THIS COMPLEX AND DYNAMIC WORLD.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST, I EXPRESS MY SINCERE GRATITUDE TO THE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE, HELPERS, AND SUPPORT GIVEN BY THE COUNCIL OF THE HKILA.

PAUL Y K CHAN
VICE-PRESIDENT, HKILA

THE HONK KONG INSTITUTE OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS 25TH ANNIVERSARY'S EXHIBITION:

PEOPLE + NATURE = COMMUNITY

TIME: 0900 – 2000

DATE: 14TH – 28TH AUGUST 2014

VENUE: THE ROTUNDA, ONE EXCHANGE SQUARE, 8 CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL, HONG KONG







Disclaimers:
1. THE HKILA RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MAKE ANY ALTERATIONS REGARDING THE EXHIBITION.
2. ANY OPINIONS, FINDINGS, CONCLUSIONS OR RECOMMENDATIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS MATERIAL/ ANY EVENT ORGANIZED UNDER THIS PROJECT DO NOT REFLECT THE VIEWS OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATION REGION OR THE VETTING COMMITTEE FOR THE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE SCHEME.
3. COSTS RELATED TO THE FOOD AND BEVERAGE ARE NOT FUNDED BY THE HKSAR GOVERNMENT.