Our Team

HKPSI_EXCO1516

2015-2016

Board of Directors

Board

Karl Chan
Co-chairperson

Karl graduated from Columbia University with an MBA. He also holds an bachelor’s degree (honors) in urban studies from Cornell University, and a postgraduate diploma in surveying. During college, Karl read William Whyte’s “The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces” and was greatly inspired. Since then he has been fascinated by the subject and wrote a thesis exploring the relationship between foreign domestic workers and public spaces in Central. Having lived in New York and Rome, Karl was inspired by how the locals in these two cities redefine public spaces with a bottom-up approach. Reflecting on how weak the general understanding of public space in Hong Kong is, He founded the Hong Kong Public Space Initiative, hoping to encourage more people to get involved in reshaping public spaces in the city.

Danica Chan
Director, Community Engagement 1

Danica graduated from the CUHK Department of Geography and Resource Management with a Master of Philosophy degree and Bachelor of Social Science degree. Danica was inspired by the public life in Hong Kong’s street markets when she was working on a case study of an urban renewal project. She subsequently published a paper discussing the relationship between social sustainability and urban governance. She believes that, while public life is an essential part of urban living, public spaces serve as a ground for public life, determining the vitality of a city.

Caroline Chan
Director, Think Tank 1

Caroline graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a Master of Science in Urban Planning, and previously obtained a Master of Engineering and a Bachelor of Engineering (Honor) in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She wrote a thesis about how creative public spaces are related to the cultural development and sustainable urban regeneration in Hong Kong. With volunteer experiences as a cultural tour guide, Caroline realized that many people very much care about their city. She believes people should be involved in shaping of public spaces in Hong Kong.

Ajyum Chan
Director, Place-making Lab

Ajyum graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Science in Surveying (Major in Finance) and a Master of Science in Urban Planning. Having actively participated in various community planning workshops and urban design projects, he feels that desirable public spaces should be designed in a more collaborative and people-oriented manner, with the implementation of real public engagements. Through educating the general public and raising awareness on public space related issues, Ajyum believes that Hong Kong can become more livable through experience sharing and collaborative planning.

Stephanie Chan
Director, Place-making Lab

Stephanie graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Geography and Sociology, and a Master of Science in Urban Planning. She wrote a dissertation reviewing the accessibility and social inclusiveness of public open space in private developments in Hong Kong. Comparing with overseas countries, she realized the social interaction and activities happening in public spaces in Hong Kong are minimal. She believes public life reflects much of a city’s vibrancy and character. Thus she anticipates the creation of more and more public spaces that suit the needs of users, facilitate social interaction, and enhance community’s sense of belonging.

Jeffrey Wong
Secretary

Jeffrey graduated from The University of Hong Kong with a Master of Science in Urban Planning and a Bachelor of Arts (Geography and History). Inspired by demonstrations and protests on streets as well as stargazing activities at Astropark, he believes that public space can be a vivid and dynamic platform for ideas exchange. Jeffrey envisions that the accessibility of public spaces in the city can be enhanced so that more citizens are able to enjoy.

Patsy Ho
Director, Community Engagement 2

Patsy graduated from Hong Kong Baptist University’s School of Communication with a Bachelor of Social Science (Hons) concentrating in Journalism. She is now pursuing a master degree in Cities and Societies in Goldsmiths, London University. When she was working as a journalist, she used to walk around the urban area and was always longing for quality public spaces that allow her and other journalists to take rest. Believing information can empower the general public to participate in urban planning process, Patsy aspires to contribute her experience in media to help people without professional training, together with town planners and architecture professionals, to create public spaces that can serve them best.

William Sin
Director, Think Tank 2

William graduated from University of Oregon with a B.A. in History, Anthropology (Archaeology) & Geography, and has obtained an M.Sc. in Geoinformation Science in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. William used to work in the field cultural heritage and he believes public space has been always playing an important role throughout human history to construct communities and to connect people.

Keith Wu
Director, Education

Keith graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Social Science in Geography and Resource Management. He is currently a candidate in Master of Science in Urban Planning at The University of Hong Kong. Because of the prominent meaning of space given by urban interactions, he perceives public space as an indispensable puzzle shaping every city. Exchange value from urban development, however, could easily overwhelm the invaluable use value of public spaces in a financial-oriented metropolis like Hong Kong. Therefore he envisages that, through facilitating public education and community level involvement, more Hong Kong people can recognize the preciousness of our public spaces.

Kenneth Chan
Director, Creative Studio

Kenneth graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Architectural Studies, and a Master of Architecture with diploma of Urban Design. His master degree thesis “People Voice. City Life” mainly focuses on the idea of silent majority and how public space in Hong Kong can contribute to citizen involvement. He worked in a large scaled architectural firm in Hong Kong and a construction company in the US. He also completed the architectural exchange program in Stuttgart, Germany and San Francisco, US, where he learned how the public space issues could be tackled in a successful way. These experiences make him believe that public space acts an key role in any outstanding design proposal and international livable city, and what Hong Kong now needs most is to create platforms for public to understand and participate in the issues of our public spaces.

Think Tank 1

TT1

Adrian Chiu
Project Manager

Adrian graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a Master of Urban Planning degree. He also holds a Bachelor of Biochemistry degree from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He believes that Hong Kong does not lack creative people, but limited and overly regulated spaces have hindered them to unlock their potential, thus making Hong Kong a “cultural desert.” Through joining the think tank, Adrian hopes to explore more possible uses of open spaces in order to transform Hong Kong into a “creative city”.

Helen Ip
Project Manager

Helen is a current student (again) in International Planning at the University College London. She completed her first degree in the Chinese University of Hong Kong and worked at the Urban Studies Programme as a teaching and research assistant after getting her first master degree in Urban Studies. She was very appealed by the creative (and more humane) use of the public spaces in London during her mast studies. With an aim to bringing a different look of the public spaces in Hong Kong, she decided to join HKPSI.

Keith Kuk
Project Manager

Keith received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Economy from the University of California at Berkeley with a concentration in the Political Economy of Development. He is interested in understanding the process of economic and social transformation in the “developing world” from a spatial perspective. Building on the Lefebvrian concept of the production of space, his work engages the spatial relations in globalization and economic development. He believes that the development of public space in Hong Kong offers insights into understanding the dialectical process of social transformation in the city.

Kanic Kwok
Project Manager

Kanic graduated from Cardiff University with a Master of Science in International Planning & Development and obtained a Bachelor of Social Science in Geography and Resource Management in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He believes that public space is not only the space for interactions between people, but also for exchanges among human, environment, local culture and history. Encouraging a diversity of activities in public space can help create a vibrant and cohesive community.

Gary Lam
Project Manager

Gary graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Master of Planning degree. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Surveying from the University of Hong Kong. During college, he visited many quality public spaces from around the world. He is particularly interested in urban fabric and regeneration, and is now working in relevant fields. Gary believes joining HKPSI can allow him to contribute to the cityscape of Hong Kong and enhance the attractiveness of this city.

Dominic Wong
Project Manager

Dominic graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Master of City Planning. Having spent over 10 years living across 6 cities in the United States, he came to understand firsthand how the presence and quality of public space impact the surrounding communities. Two of his master thesis projects focused on the activation of underutilized space, including the revitalization of a derelict suburban shopping center and the vision planning of a rail yards located in the middle of Philadelphia. In the city of Hong Kong where space and land are scare, he believes that quality public space would significantly enhance the quality of life of local residents and bring communities together.

Chan Chun Ho
Project Manager

Chan graduated from the The Chinese University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Science (Major in Biology). He then graduated from the The University of Hong Kong with a Master of Landscape Architecture. He is a landscape architect in Hong Kong. He believes public space is vital to the development to our society, from a brick to a public space network, every details worth a in-depth thought.

Chan Wai Hon
Project Manager

Hon graduated from the London College of Communication (UAL) with a degree in Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Graphic and Media Design. He is currently working as a graphic designer. Comparing his experience in the UK and in Hong Kong, he thinks the Hong Kong is losing its own identity rapidly. He aim to explore and help his home with design thinking and travel experience. Through contributing in HKPSI, he hopes to sharing his design thinking about city.

Ivan Chan
Project Manager

Ivan graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Science in Surveying. He is particularly interested in how Hong Kong planning and leasehold system affect the urban fabric and development of Hong Kong. He believe a well-developed public space could encourage public participation in city development.

Luke Tam
Project Manager

Luke graduated from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology with a Bachelor of Business Administration (Major in Marketing and Information System). He is a youth community program specialist and community service leader. His working experiences in Sham Shui Po Outstanding Students Association and Sham Shui Po Disrtict Council make him believe that the connection between people in community is the key to sustainability.

Angel Wong
Project Manager

Angel is currently an undergraduate pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Studies with a minor in Geography and Resource Management at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Through her study, she gradually realises the importance of public spaces in connecting the community and hence bringing a better life. However, she understands that the current situation in Hong Kong is not that desirable. In order to make continuous changes to the public spaces in Hong Kong, she decided to join HKPSI.

Think Tank 2

TT2

Chung Hiu Fung
Project Manager
Jason Chan
Consultant

Jason graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree. In practice, hs is currently the design director at Earthasia Limited HK office, a landscape architectural companies active in the Asia Pacific region. For the past few years, he have also been teaching design studios under the Landscape Architecture Programme in THEi (The Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong).

Leonie Chan
Project Manager

Leonie is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Hong Kong, majoring in surveying. She worked in West Kowloon Cultural District Authority as summer intern in 2015 and she thinks that the District is a fascinating development. The intern experience also inspired her to think more about Hong Kong’s public space and envision the potentials of Hong Kong’s public space. She loves to explore world’s public space in her trips and hopes to contribute to Hong Kong’s public space via HKPSI.

Adam Chow
Project Manager

Adam is an undergraduate student at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, majoring in Urban Studies. He realized that there are lots of public spaces with restriction and without interaction in Hong Kong. ‘Public’, this term is full of controversy. After reading ‘City Rebelling’, he convinced that city belongs to citizens, which means everyone can re-delimit, re-create public space to be creative, interactive and particular place. Through joining HKPSI, Adam endeavors to inspire citizens to turn city as a life laboratory and create public space fitting the real needs of everyone.

Cyrus Chow
Project Manager

Cyrus is currently studying towards the Master of Science in Urban Planning at the University of Hong Kong. Having worked in the fields of media and corporate communications for 10 years, Cyrus believes that city development should be people oriented. More freedom and less rules should be seen in public space. He would like to contribute to the development of better quality open space in Hong Kong which allows people from all walks of life to unleash creativity and enjoy lives.

Lee Cheng
Project Manager

Lee is an interdisciplinary artist-teacher and researcher. Lee CHENG graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Business Administration (Information Systems) and a Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Science), and the Hong Kong Institute of Education with a Doctor of Philosophy (Interdisciplinary Studies – Technology in Music Education). He is currently working as a Post-doctoral Fellow of the Department of Cultural and Creative Arts at the Hong Kong Institute of Education, serving as the musical director and conductor of the iLOrk, a laptop and mobile device ensemble. He attained the London Trinity College LTCL for flute (Distinction) and LMusTCL (Distinction) in 2013 and 2011. He is a member of the Hong Kong Composers Guild (HKCG) and the Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong (CASH). His research and artistic interest interdisciplinarize music, multi-media, technology, and education. His works and articles have been premiered and published in various international exhibitions, conferences and academic journals.

Kinnis Lee
Project Manager

“Kinnis is currently studying towards the Master of Landscape Architecture at the University of Hong Kong, and previously obtained a degree in BA (Geography and Fine Arts). While public spaces in Hong Kong are often eroded by interior commercial spaces, she also observes the liveliness of streetscapes in the city. She believes public spaces are the entities to record community history through different senses.

During her exchange in the Netherlands, she is inspired that public spaces can be initiated and cultivated by the neighbourhood via a bottom-up approach. Hence, she hopes to enhance the social and cultural functions of public spaces in Hong Kong through public participation.”

Farica Ng
Project Manager

Farica is currently pursuing her bachelor degree in Urban Studies in the University of Hong Kong. She is interested in identifying relativity between people and the urban landscape. Few public space studies have been carried out, for example, IFC rooftop garden and public spaces in Yau Ma Tei. She also found leisure life in Hong Kong is very much fed up by shopping malls, and would like to initiate and advocate an alternative to the people.

Cecilia Mak
Project Manager

Cecilia graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a Master of Landscape Architecture degree, and previously earned a Bachelor of Social Science degree in Geography and Resource Management from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She believes that a livable public space should be shaped by their people since it is a valuable asset to reconnect the people with the environment, history and culture of that place. She is particularly interested in users’ experience and gender inequality in the use of public space and has conducted researches about the perception of safety on the revitalization of back alleys.

Think Tank 3

TT3

Oscar Wong
Project Manager

Oscar is currently studying towards a master degree in urban studies and planning at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. His academic interests include development process and public engagement. He recognizes that planners do not just talk – they have to make decisions and take actions. Believing action speaks louder than words, Oscar wants to get involved in HKPSI as a starting point to turn theories to practice.

Martha Chan
Project Manager

Martha graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Studies. She developed her knowledge and enthusiasm towards public space and community building during her time in the university and the most inspiring project she has joint was the roof-painting project in Pokfulam Village. After that, she joint MaD (Make a Difference) Institute and the experience has strengthen her belief in citizen participation in building a more livable and sustainable city. She hopes to change public’s perception towards public space and eventually bring actual changes to the living style of Hong Kong citizens and the physical appearance of the city.

Jessie Kwok
Project Manager

Jessie is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies at the University of Hong Kong. Born and raised in Hong Kong, she thinks the dynamic city is successful in sustaining its position as an international financial centre, but at the same time, it has a great deal of potential in the utilization of spaces which is yet to be unleashed. She believes people living in this hectic city deserve better public spaces and living environments. Through joining HKPSI, Jessie hopes to gain new insights on public spaces in Hong Kong and explore different possibilities in the current public spaces to enable the public to engage and connect more with the city and its people.

Stella Chiu
Project Manager

Stella graduated from The University of Hong Kong with a degree in Bachelor of Social Sciences (Politics and Urban Governance). She has taken a gap year to gain
hands-on working experience in the surveying sector before pursuing a MPhil in Planning, Growth & Regeneration at University of Cambridge this year. The fieldtrip experience in the United Kingdom and South Korea has greatly inspired her to explore the possibilities of redefining, utilizing and revitalizing public spaces via tri-sector collaborative efforts. She hopes to rejuvenate our public spaces with everyone in the city and delving into any possibilities from our spatial uniqueness.

Jethro Fung
Project Manager

Jethro is currently an undergraduate student at the university of Hong Kong, majoring in urban student, minoring in geography. Inspired by Allen Scott and Henri Lefebvre, he thinks public space serves not only a place for relaxation but also ties people together. In a society with public space gradually being commercialized and disappeared, he thinks everyone should play his own role to protect and revive places that belong to all. He is also looking forward to seeing public space redefined in Hong Kong.

Laura Huen
Project Manager

Laura graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Arts in History degree. She was greatly inspired by the Urban History in City Planning and Built Environment in Europe and Asia, and now often goes different urban cities due to business need. Laura believes public space – as vital as if plants need light to grow and flourish – forms nutrients, vitality and texture to the backdrop of community. She aspires to enlighten more passers-by to reconsider notions of the utility of public space, ultimately better enabling citizens to explore and reflect social life in Hong Kong public space.

Wayne Wong
Project Manager

Wayne graduated from the Lingnan University with a degree in Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Visual Studies. Comparing my experiences in Japan and Singapore. He thinks most of the public open space Hong Kong looks boring and standardize. It is not attractive and not convenient for the public to enjoy the facilities, even difficult to access. The owner only consider the management and security issue. Compare with other big cities, public open space in Hong Kong need to be improve.

Through contributing in HKPSI, I hopes to encourage more people to understand the public space are appear around our community. Meanwhile through introducing good open space design in foreign countries, hopes Hong Kong need more open space that can satisfy people needs and enhance the living quality.”

Theodora Yu
Project Manager

Theodora is currently pursuing her Bachelor Degree in Social Sciences in the University of Hong Kong, with a major in Sociology and minor in Journalism. She believes that public space has a social and personal dimension: it is where relationships are fostered and communities are built, and also serves as a place for contemplation and relaxation. Completely blown away by the urban design in Copenhagen during her exchange semester, she realizes how impactful public space is to molding a healthier and happier lifestyle, and that it can be enhanced with simple steps such as painting walls and floors with bright colors. She hopes to share with local citizens the importance of public space and work together to tailor-make ideas to improve our quality of life by imagination and action.

Community Engagement 1

CE1

Ronald Chan
Project Manager

Ronald is currently studying towards the Master of Science in Urban Planning at the University of Hong Kong. Realizing that the general public in Hong Kong has not acknowledged the importance of public space, he would like to improve the city’s living spaces through different place-making projects. After his exchange studies in Norway, he realized that an open and good public space could provide a unique identity to a city. He hopes that local citizens could enhance their imagination towards public space through HKPSI, thus developing a unique public space culture.

Sharon Chan
Project Manager
Vanessa Chung
Project Manager

Vanessa graduated from the University of Liverpool with a Bachelor of Environment and Planning, and is currently studying towards a Master of Urban Planning at the University of Hong Kong. During her time in the UK, Vanessa was inspired by the country’s approach in creating welcoming, lively and interesting open spaces for people to enjoy and stay. Through organizing activities in public spaces, she hopes to contribute to the public space development of Hong Kong, thus allowing Hongkongers to enjoy the urban life despite our small living environments.

Ivan Kwong
Project Manager

Ivan is currently an undergraduate student at the Department of Geography and Resource Management in CUHK. Through a field camp in Yuen Long, Ivan found that the actual outcome of parks and gardens could not meet the original goals. Living with a very fast pace, Hongkongers can hardly appreciate the importance and value of public space. Through HKPSI, Ivan is looking forward to seeing more people enjoying public spaces as a precious element in their daily lives.

Jaime Chan
Project Manager

Jaime graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Sciences in Surveying. He is currently completing a Master of Science in International Planning at University College London with a thesis on public space management. Inspired by his backpacking experience across different cities, he believes public space provides numerous opportunities for different forms of human interactions and enjoyment.
Therefore, he hopes to advocate a more diversify use of public spaces in Hong Kong by means of promotion and education such that people could enjoy different perspective of public spaces and to make good use of them.

Junior Ho
Project Manager

Graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Surveying, Junior is currently studying in the Master of Science in Urban Planning in the University of Hong Kong. During his exchange study in Europe, he learnt the importance of public space toward the city, and the understood that public space should be people-oriented. Participating in HKPSI, he hopes to change the current understanding and the use of public space in Hong Kong.

Felix Ku
Project Manager

Felix obtained his Bachelor Degree of Social Sciences (Honours) in Policy Studies and Administration at City University of Hong Kong and he is going to pursue his Master Degree of Science in Urban Planning at The University of Hong Kong. He believes that creativity can carry out positive changes to the community and create better urban experience for the residents. A well-designed public space can perform a similar function with the concept of “leave it blank” in Chinese painting, which allows residents to have different imaginations of their community and release the potentials of their community by holding different events.

Elva Lee
Project Manager

City Walker, a group I joined when I was studying Sociology in CUHK, sparked my enthusiasm about city-walking. Once you pay attention, you will find the familiar, “boring” community is actually not as stereotypical as you think. Hong Kong is not a concrete jungle, but lacks the people who are willing to find its beauty and uniqueness. Through joining HKPSI, I hope to encourage more people to find their unique and lovely Hong Kong on their won, and then create a better Hong Kong together.

Jennifer Ng
Project Manager

Jennifer is currently pursuing her bachelor degree in Landscape Studies at the University of Hong Kong. As a landscape student, she finds that even though some existing public space are lacking features, there are still ways to revitalise them by the imagination of the residents. As she believes that public space with full utilisation are the catalyst of cultivating sense of belongings and shaping district characters, she has a strong commitment in inspiring and generalising public mobility to construct their unique communities. Policies and design focus of public space can thus be able to reshaped and become people-oriented in the future by citizens’ engagement and responses.

Tam Yee Ting
Project Manager

Tam is currently a year-4 student majoring in sociology. She thinks that public spaces allow us to encounter people with different cultures and lifestyles. Yet, the city dwellers have not fully utilized public spaces in Hong Kong. On one hand, they complain about the lack of public space while on the other hand the public spaces are lack of people visiting. She thinks the major reasons is people in Hong Kong do not have the idea of public space in minds. Therefore, through HKPSI, she hopes to raise the public awareness of the importance of public spaces.

Community Engagement 2

CE2

On-ki (OK) Chan
Project Manager

OK is graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with the Social Sciences degree in Architectural Studies at. She thinks that, as Hong Kong has scarce land resources, different extreme solutions were made to explore the levels and layers of the city. The city itself has surpassed the importance of simply architecture. Hence, OK believes good architecture can only be designed with a mature urban system. Through introducing and advocating the use of public space, she believes a better Hong Kong can be achieved with a richer layer of space and living quality.

Xavier Chan
Project Manager

Xavier graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a Master of Urban Design, and from the City University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Architectural Studies. He has experiences working in the fields of urban planning, urban design, architecture, and landscape design. He believes that public spaces are one of the most important elements in a city, and they should be highly related to local people, the community and surrounding architecture. Raising awareness of public spaces and improving their qualities are equally important. Xavier hopes that public spaces in Hong Kong can be more diversified, serving different purposes for the public.

Rocky Chau
Project Manager

Rocky graduated from the University of Hong Kong with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Surveying. He is a qualified surveyor of HKIS and is working at Link Asset Management Limited as Project & Planning Associate. From Rocky’s observation, he realizes that many public open spaces in Hong Kong are not fully utilized. Therefore by joining HKPSI, he would like to raise public awareness of the rights to use public spaces, and to promote the habits of enjoying public spaces in Hong Kong.

Virginia Li
Project Manager

Virginia is currently studying in the University of Hong Kong towards a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies, double majoring in Economics. She is concerned about the urban issues in Hong Kong, mainland China and around the world, and is also interested in a broad field on cities, architecture and society. She conducted a research on the public bicycle system in the city of Hangzhou and previously studied in the Department of Urban Planning and Design of Nanjing University. When interning in a planning & research institute, she did various cases studies about the greenway systems in Europe and North America. She believes that public space can serve as the source of urban vitality, potentially bringing about positive impact to the overall urban space.

Alex Chan
Project Manager

Alex is currently pursuing a postgraduate degree in law. In his undergraduate study, He took several courses in urban studies. He voluntarily assisted in community engagement projects like ‘Magic Carpet’ when taking those courses. He understood that cities are converging into a money-driven development model. He believed that the existence of public space could be a buffer for rapid gentrification and social segregation. The concept of equality, spatial justice and community consent are the beautiful reflection of these places as an essential safeguard of social values in these cities.

Sum Chan
Project Manager

Sum graduated from University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Since university she has been engaged in different non-profit and public space initiatives, from fair trade, social innovation to the Complaints Choir project in Hong Kong. A long time resident of Shatin, a so-called model satellite town, Sum finds its spaces lack organic vividness and residential building design lacks originality. Witnessing the rising awareness in local conservation and ownership of public space, Sum hopes to work along with the concerned citizens and contribute her knowledge and efforts to make Hong Kong a better city.

Jacky Chan
Project Manager

To let people know the true meaning and value of public space has been my goal since I was studying interior design. I will study Urban Environments Design on coming academic year in The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Although I have spent 4 years in studying interior design, I have also study the relations between community and public space. Why I do this because I found that the connections between interior and public space is very important. It is not about how beautiful the space is, it is about how the user can experience and use the spaces. The most important thing is how the spaces can continue the unique local culture and customs. Public space can solve social problems and conflicts. It is the core of a city. I hope I can have an opportunity to educate people the value of public space in Hong Kong .

Zoe Ho
Project Manager

Zoe is currently an undergraduate student at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, majoring in Surveying. She feels that Hongkongers are living in a densely-packed environment and lack community connections. We need more public spaces to relax and to interact with others, but it seems that existing public spaces has been privatized. Therefore, she aspires to formulate a plan to turn Public Open Spaces in Private Developments into a place people want to and are able to stay.

Nick Lau
Project Manager

I am Ping Chung, Nick Lau, graduated from University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Planning in Sydney, Australia. I was working in 2-3 town planning companies as urban designer. After that created my own graphic house. The Open Space in Hong Kong has too much limitation which can not fulfill its potential. I would like to bring more creative into the open space and make it more interesting.

Steve Sin
Project Manager

Steve is currently studying Sociology in The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has strong interest in studying urban studies on issues of public spacing and urban design in both CUHK & Peking University. After site-visiting to public spaces in Beijing, he realized that the diversity of usage of public space, he hopes that his experience in Beijing and his studying can contribute to the development and diversification of Hong Kong public space.

Place-making Lab

PML

Elaine Ho
Project Manager

Elaine is currently an architecture student in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She thinks that public space is supposed to be a place for linking people in a community, and good public spaces allow people to share and shape their community towards a desired one. Ling’s experiences walking around the city made her realize that public spaces have gradually been isolated from people’s lives and replaced by shopping malls. Through engaging in promotions, she wants to understand the current problems and people needs, bringing public spaces back to people’s lives.

Josely Lam
Project Manager

Josely is currently an architecture student in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has worked in the Kai Tai River Green Art Festival where she created installations for the enjoyment of local citizens in a public space. This experience has ignited her passion in drawing people’s attention to these common grounds to act, react, inspire and communicate.

Joshua Leung
Project Manager

Joshua Leung graduated a bachelor degree in landscape studies at the University of Hong Kong. Prior to his studies at HKU, Joshua took courses related to urban planning in Canada. One major aspect he was able to touch upon during his studies was to identify how designing various spaces could shape people’s everyday life. Motivated by his strong commitment towards the betterment of society, Joshua is convinced that one must try one’s best (including the use of one’s professional knowledge and creativity) to make contributions in creating better living spaces for the community.

Vicky Siu
Project Manager

Vicky is currently a Master of Landscape Architecture candidate at the University of Hong Kong. Earlier she graduated from HKU with a Bachelor of Science (Honors) degree in Earth Sciences (with major in Geography). She is particularly interested in ecological and cultural landscape design. Embracing the complexity of urban spaces in Hong Kong, she believes vibrant and enjoyable public spaces are the key to planning and designing a livable and sustainable metropolitan city. She envisages creating public spaces with the composition of local character and community engagement.

Winnie Tam
Project Manager

Winnie is currently an undergraduate student in CUHK, majoring in Architecture. During her study in England, she has experienced the difference in public space of a foreign country with that in Hong Kong. She believes a comfortable public space would help release the stress built up in the city.

Jasmine Yue
Project Manager

Jasmine graudated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor Degree in Architectural Studies. As an Architecture student, she designs public spaces, upcycles and redefines existing structures and makes in-depth analysis on opportunities of urban cases, for instance, the project on “Energizing Kowloon East”. She hopes that with her knowledge in what makes successful public space, Hong Kongers can reclaim ‘privately-owned’ public space, and work together to create unique places in Hong Kong.

Hermion Au
Project Manager

Hermion is currently studying a Bachelor Degree (Honors) in Surveying with a minor in Applied Psychology in the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. During her summer in the University of California, Berkeley, she discovered the strong connection between the locals and the public area. To further understand the social engagement in the public spaces, Hermion chose to investigate the unique successful model of public spaces in Hong Kong for her dissertation. Being a member of HKPSI, she wishes to reshape the concept of “Public Spaces” in Hong Kong so as to encourage more interactions between the community and the open spaces.

Melody Chan
Project Manager

“Melody is an undergraduate student at the University of Hong Kong, majoring in Arts in Urban Studies. She evaluated a revitalisation project in HK as her Independent Enquiry Study under HKDSE curriculum. That study aroused her attention towards many other urban renewal projects in HK afterwards.

Moreover, having joined UBC-HKU Summer Workshop Shanghai Trip and Taipei Study Field trip offered by the Department of Urban Planning & Design of HKU in June 2015, she gained much exposure in terms of urban place-making and believes that public space in HK can be put into more creative uses.”

Choi Lai Fei
Project Manager

Choi Lai Fei is now studying architecture in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has been to different countries and discovered the use of public space varies interestingly with its vernacular.
She believes Hong Kong people deserve public spaces in which we are free to create our own culture with our neighbor. This makes her having a strong eager in exploring the uniqueness of public space in Hong Kong and wish to provide the user with a strong impression on Hong Kong’s own culture though the use of space.

Ceci Fung
Project Manager

Ceci graduated from Community College of City University with an associate degree of Creative and Interactive Media Production. She realizes that the public areas of our city are full of direction and we usually take passive roles in public space. Public places should be the common areas for everybody but it seems that our public areas are occupied by commercial and prohibition. Trough engaging HKPSI, she wishes to take deep understanding of the situations and encourage people to be the leader role and get back our public space.

Annie Kong
Project Manager

Annie is currently a year three student majoring Urban Studies in the University of Hong Kong. Her previous studio works focused on the utilization of urban space in Hong Kong. During the study in Sheung Wan, she understood the importance of a good public place to a community. by listening to the residents and neighbors in the neighborhood, she realizes that places can connect people and even bring sense of belonging to the residents. She wishes to do something for the society by reimagining and reinventing public spaces.

Joshua Lam
Project Manager

Joshua graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with Bachelor of Social Sciences in Architectural Studies. Experiencing the vibrancy of New York City as a fellow straphanger in subway, he believes public space shall be serendipitous and dwellers improvise their very own interpretation of space, thus weaving people together. Fascinated by genius loci of place, he contemplates the physicality of public space shall reduce into fullness of potential for dwellers, being for people, of people and by people. Being self-motivated, he strives to enliven latent public spaces in Hong Kong through elaborating multi-sensory experience begotten and improvised by places and people.

Erica Li
Project Manager

Erica is a current urban studies student at the University of Hong Kong. She thinks that public space is hub for nurturing social harmony as well as encouraging diversity as everyone is welcome to enjoy it. Magic moment happen in public space when strangers can interact and communicate. Instead of only complaining about lacking of public space in Hong Kong, she would like to try utilize existing public space and introduce more possibilities of public space to people through joining HKPSI.

Tiffany Liu
Project Manager

Tiffany graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration (minor in Communication and Journalism). She believes public space is a valuable social resource, which is not created solely by planners and architects, but also builds on the common awareness and input of the public. While loving to travel, she doubts if Hong Kong citizens have fully explored the beauty of their own city. In HKPSI, she hopes to draw more attention to the issue of creating local public space, and bring out more possibilities and vibrancy from this city.

Jolie Wan
Project Manager

Jolie is currently pursuing her Master Degree in Urban Planning at the University of Hong Kong and she also occasionally busks around Hong Kong. As a busker, she understands the importance of public space. However, these spaces in Hong Kong are mostly underutilized or unable to serve a social purpose. She would like to take this opportunity to enhance public awareness of how a “real” public space could be. She believes that in a compact city like Hong Kong, there are a lot of hidden potential in public spaces. She truly believed that Hong Kongers could develop our unique public space with rich local context together. It will be a place with love that attracts people to interact and enjoy.

Education

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Calvin Chung
Project Manager

Calvin is studying in University College London for a PhD in planning studies. Earlier he earned his Bachelor of Social Science and Master of Philosophy degrees in Geography and Resource Management from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. To him, public spaces are spaces of ‘multiple reconciliations’, where parents are brought closer to their children, citizens to their society, and people to their natural origin. He wishes to promote such idea of multi-functionality to local students with his written contributions in the education committee.

Carine Cai
Project Manager

Carine is an undergraduate student majoring in Urban Studies in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Through the courses and field trips to other cities, she has realized that public space plays an important role in the community by linking different people. However, she thinks the public spaces in Hong Kong are over regulated and not people-orientated. She envisions that the public spaces in Hong Kong can be improved through public engagement and deregulation.

Timothy Chan
Project Manager

Timothy is currently an undergraduate student of Urban Studies Programme of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Inspired by different courses of his major programme, he understands and recognizes the importance of public spaces, especially in urban areas. At the same time, as a travel lover, he realizes people in other countries have heterogeneous yet innovative ways to use public spaces and thus he hopes to incorporate foreign ideas into Hong Kong context in order to fully utilize the functions of public spaces in such a compact city.

Jeremy Ho
Project Manager

Jeremy is currently studying in the Chinese University of Hong Kong, pursuing the Bachelor of Social Science in Geography and Resource Management. He recognizes that the Hong Kong society underestimated the power of public space. Being constantly reminded of the economic values of land, Hong Kong citizens are in short of chances to enjoy lives in the land they own. Jeremy believes that the idea of public space should be conveyed to the young through education so it becomes a commonly-known knowledge which can be passed from generation to generation, ultimately creating a community where people truly interact.

Keith Ho
Project Manager

Keith graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Science in Risk Management Science. He grew fond of walking in the streets and regards public space as a little oasis in the city where people relax, communicate and thinking in the hustle and bustle. The umbrella movement make him re-think that the planning behind the public space should be people-oriented. Not only are people the users of the public space, but also the builders. He believes that people and space are affecting each other. He hopes to the one making an effort for the public space.

Jeff Leung
Project Manager

Jeff graduated from the CUHK Department of Geography and Resource Management with a Bachelor of Social Science degree. He is now pursuing a master degree in Urban Planning in the University of Hong Kong. Jeff believes that public spaces play a vital role in the social life of communities. He admires the concept of placemaking in which the success of a public space relies on people adopting, using and managing the space – people make places, more than places make people.

Stella Leung
Project Manager

Stella is currently a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Landscape Architecture student at Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong. During her study, she visited different kinds of public open space(from Kwun Tong to Sham Shui Po) in Hong Kong, that makes her believe that creating quality public spaces that support human activities and encourage social interactions is the most vital thing of a decent and vibrant community. That’s the reason why she wants to get involved in HKPSI to promote this idea to the public.

Sally Ng
Project Manager

Sally graduated from the London of Economics and Political Science with a Master of Science in Social Policy & Development and obtained a Bachelor of Social Science in Sociology and Criminology at Keele University. She develops her concerns about the use of public space after she has participated in two research projects examining the social functions of public space in urban life. She strongly believes that policy-makers can make the most of public place to enhance the level of social capital and life satisfaction of both the residents and frequent users at the community level.

Natalie Yim
Project Manager

Natalie is currently studying in the University of Hong Kong, majoring in Urban Studies. Knowing that majority of people are not acknowledged about the existence and importance of public spaces, she is concerned about the awareness of public space among the public. Her experience as exchange student in the states has broadened her understanding about public space. She realised that an accessible and good public space can be an interactive platform for people. Through contributing in HKPSI, she hopes to encourage utilisation of public space through raising awareness of people in Hong Kong.

Jasmine Yip
Project Manager

Jasmine is currently a year 4 student majoring in Urban Studies in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is interested in public space issues due to her major and her studies in university life. She would like to improve and increase the public spaces in Hong Kong through community-based methods. She hopes by taking part in the HKPSI projects, she could increase her knowledge and gain relevant experiences in working in this field, in order to pursue her future career.

Creative Studio

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Albert Cheng
IT Manager

Albert graduated from University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. Although he doesn’t have deep knowledge in urban planning, he joined HKPSI because he wishes to contribute to society. He believes public space is an interesting topic, as public space could make the city better in different aspects. He hopes people could know more about public space, then they could find and share with others the places they feel comfortable, creating a cohesive society.

Vanessa Ma
Social Media Manager

Vanessa graduated from University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies. She believes architecture influences life, constructs society, and holds the culture of the time. She believes that one as an architect is holding more right than the public to decide how the public spaces and divided, somehow to a certain extent, and so they should strive even harder to fight for more public spaces for the citizens which breed the civilization. She was born and raised in Wanchai, a fast-changing community recently due to rapid development – Yet, she is deeply in love with every breath of fresh air in these small and old streets and lanes. She hopes that all these humanities could be well conserved and keep them back to the belonging of the neighborhood.

Cyrus Chau
Project Manager

Cyrus is currently an undergraduate student majoring in Urban Studies in CUHK. He had organized a Place Making community project at Sai Ying Pun with other organizations before. He is also working on a research project about the public street life and transportation in Vancouver and Portland. He believes that public spaces is not built and planned by the government for citizens nor just an open space at street, as most of the general public perceived. A great public space to him is the one created by and belonged to the residents autonomously, in which memories and relationships between people are held. By joining HKPSI, he hopes to spread the message and discover more diversified public spaces in the community and schools.

Kevin Cheung
Project Manager

Kevin is currently an undergraduate student of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, majoring in Cultural Studies. His discipline covers the issues of space and urban development. Beyond the classroom, he is also interested in the community development and public space. Apart from the similar use of Hong Kong public space by the majority, he thinks that there can be more possibilities and the use of space can change the mode of community communication and society’s culture. Through the participation of HKPSI, he hopes he can bring more diversity in community space.

Libby Cheung
Project Manager

Libby graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with Bachelors (Hons) of Fine Arts in Arts, Events and Stage Management. She is currently a Master of Social Science in Media, Culture and Creative Cities candidate at The University of Hong Kong. She actively participated in community project and also organised some community art project. She was then inspired by the books written by Jan Gehl about public place and desired to dig deep into the relationship between people, community, city and the land. She believes making good use of public places and it’s process will greatly help the city getting lovely.

Wendy Fung
Project Manager

Wendy Fung is currently an undergraduate in Bachelor of Arts in Creative Media at the City University of Hong Kong. She is particularly interested in visual design. She participated in an exchange program from Beijing Normal University last year and involves in different voluntary works, including City-Youth Empowerment Project.
She believes an independent and human social relationship in a community comes from interactions with people and sharing of spaces. Due to rapid development and changes of her community, she looks forward to leave a force component for it.

Clarice Ho
Project Manager

Clarice graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Social Science in Geography and Resource Management and is pursuing a master degree in Urban Planning in Hong Kong University in the coming academic year. To her, public space is not only about the quantity, but the quality of public space to enhance community cohesion. She observes that Hong Kong has insufficient experimental research in examining the aspirations of community towards public space and is passionate to enrich the imagination on the use of public open space in our society.

Janet Lau
Project Manager

Janet graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong with the Bachelor Degree of Social Science, major in Journalism and Communications. She is a nature lover and passionate traveller who love to explore different cities and discuss the correlation between people and space. She believes the development of public spaces in Hong Kong is far lagging behind other metropolitan cities around the world which she sees this as a huge pity to this beautiful motherland. She wishes to participate in promoting the development of public spaces and raising public awareness and support to this social issue.

Rae Leung
Project Manager

Rae graduated University of Leicester with a Master of Mass Communications. She also holds a Bachelor of Applied Chemistry from City University of Hong Kong. She loves exploring the hidden gems in our city. Rae believes that habits and busy live make us forget that public space is more than the thoroughfares knitting buildings and roads together. Public space is also a key city component to foster social cohesion and keep the communities heart beating. Rae hopes to help creating the stories in Hong Kong’s public spaces, and make our city more fun to live in!

Brenda Lui
Project Manager

Brenda graduated from Lingnan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Studies. Her encounter with public space begins in the Umbrella Revolution and is intrigued by the idea – and the dynamic responses it produced in the society – since then. Driven by curiosity and enthusiasm, she hopes to get in-depth into the issue by being part of the HKPSI, meanwhile encoraging the public to reflect upon debates of public space in HK by making her curiosity contagious.

Yammi Tsang
Project Manager

Yammi graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Landscape Studies. In recent years, there are a lot of social issues happening in Hong Kong which keep weakening the bonding between people, and hence the social climate becomes more tense. She believes that public space is an essential buffer to release the social tension in Hong Kong. She hopes to raise the social awareness of public spaces by her own experience and knowledge.

Amanda Tse
Project Manager

Amanda graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Arts (Linguistics and Translation).She likes to record the change of city through photos and words. While hanging around the city, she always feels that it is difficult to relax in the city because of the urban planning. She thinks there is intimate relationship between people and spaces: people can assign vaious meanings to spaces while different designs of spaces can shape people’s everyday life and habits. She is convinced that spaces can become public spaces once there is social integration among people. Through creativity and education, she hopes the public can understand that public spaces can actually be everywhere if each of us is willing to participate.

Michael Tsui
Project Manager

Born in Hong Kong, grew up in Canada, Michael graduated from Ryerson University in Toronto with a Bachelor of Architecture Science and also holds a Master of Arts in Architecture degree from Dessau Institute of Architecture in Germany. He believes architecture influences city and city influence life. Having lived aboard for a long period of time, Michael encountered many unique and creative public spaces. He wishes to bring these experiences and perspectives toward public spaces back to HK and together re-imagine, re-experience and re-live the spaces that we pass by everyday.

Anson Wong
Project Manager

Anson graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Landscape Studies. He believes that a successful public space should consider leaving room for local users and community culture to freely adapt, or even begin to transform the space. During a study tour in Italy, he was inspired by the “piazza culture”, where users become the “designer” and convert the simple plaza into a unique cultural hub. He hopes that there could be more diversified public space in Hong Kong that could reflect unique local culture.

Secretariat

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Mandy Wong
Manager

Mandy graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a degree in Geography and Resource Management. She is currently studying Master of Science in Urban Planning at the Hong Kong University. She is very interested in exploring different meanings and possibilities of public spaces. She believes that strong connection between the communities and the spaces are essential for constructing a more lively and cohesive neighbourhood. Nowadays, public awareness of public space issues is accelerating in Hong Kong. Mandy hopes to contribute in building better public spaces with different communities through joining HKPSI.

Kathy Ip
Manager

Kathy Ip graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a Master of Science in Environmental Management, and previously obtained a Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Environmental Science from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Working in the environmental field in Hong Kong, she wishes to enhance and elevate the public spaces in Hong Kong with her passion and knowledge on the environment, in order to let more citizens understand the urban ecology as well as learn how to cherish and help conserve our city’s valuable environment and public spaces.