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Faculty of Design and Environment

Academic Staff

Prof CHEN H.C. Leslie

Dean

Email hcchen@vtc.edu.hk

Prof CHEN H.C. Leslie

FHKILA(PP), RLA, LARB(PastChair), ASLA, HKIUD, HKIH(Hon.)

 

Before joining THEi in 2012, Prof. Chen has served as founding Head of the Division of Landscape Architecture and Director / co-founder of MLA programme and Deputy Head of Department of Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong (HKU). He did his undergraduate and graduate studies at Cornell University and practiced in the US for several years before returning to his hometown to join HKU. He has extensive administrative, academic, professional, and community service experience. Prof. Chen’s main research interests relate to the broad discipline of landscape architecture, including theory of contemporary planning and design, education, policy, technology, and how different design disciplines can inform each other to achieve more creative and technologically advanced design solutions. In association with his research interests, he has been supervisor of several PHD and MPhil graduates. He believes in multidisciplinary design approaches and cross sector lateral thinking in all design related fields. Prof. Chen has also been appointed Honorary Professor at the University of Hong Kong and Honorary Professor at HKUSPACE

 

Prof. Chen is immediate Past Chairman of the Landscape Architects Registration Board (LARB); he has also been president of the Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects (HKILA) for five terms. He actively participates in community services and has served as member of many government advisory committees and professional bodies, such as the Town Planning Board (TPB), Antiquities Advisory Board (AAB), Harbourfront Commission (formerly HEC), Lands and Buildings Advisory Committee (LBAC), Trade Development Council (TDC), West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA), Greening Master plan Committee (GMP), Community Involvement in Greening (CICG), Board of Directors of the Professional Green Building Council (PGBC), HK-BEAM, the Architecture Centre, etc.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

1985 BSc (Architecture / Urban Studies), Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, U.S.A
1988 MLA (Master in Landscape Architecture), Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, U.S.A.
1986 - MRP (Master in Regional Planning) candidate, coursework completed, (Cornell)

EMPLOYMENT

EMPLOYMENT

  • Founding head, Division of Landscape Architecture, The University of Hong Kong

  • Visiting Professor, Tsinghua University, China

  • Deputy Head, Department of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong

  • Director, Associate Professor, Master of Landscape Architecture Programme, HKU

  • Co-founder / co-director, Assistant Professor, Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) Programme, Department of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong (HKU)

  • Landscape Architect / Planner, Wells-Appel, Haddonfield, NJ, USA

  • Landscape Architect, Wells-Larsen-Appel, Land Planner & Landscape Architects, Haddonfield, New Jersey, U.S.A

VISITING/GUEST/HONARARY APPOINTMENTS (partial list)

  • Honorary Professor, the University of Hong Kong (HKU)
  • Honorary Professor, HKU SPACE
  • Visiting Professor and Guest Speaker, Tsinghua University
  • Guest Professor, Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology
  • Guest Professor, Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen Campus
  • Program Co-ordinator,Landscape Design Certificate, HKU SPACE
  • Invited examiner, Master of Arts in Recreation and Sports Management Programme, Victoria University of Technology, Melbourne City, Australia
  • Guest Critic, Dept. of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Guest Lecturer, Landscape Architecture Department, Cornell University

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS & PUBLIC SERVICES (past & present)

  • Justice of the Peace (JP), Hong Kong

  • Past Chairman, Landscape Architects Registration Board (LARB)

  • Past President, Fellow Member, Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects (HKILA)

  • Past Vice President, Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects (HKILA)

  • Founding Member, The Hong Kong Institute of Urban Designers (HKIUD)

  • Honarary Associate Professor, HKU SPACE

  • Professional Member, American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)

  • Honorary Member, The Hong Kong Institute of Horticulture (HKIH-Hon)

  • Community Involovement Committee on Greening (Development Bureau)

  • Town Planning Board (TPB) and Metro Planning Committee (MPC)

  • Antiquities Advisory Board (AAB)

  • Lands and Building Advisory Committee (LBAC)

  • Hong Kong Architecture Centre, Founding Board of Directors

  • Infrastructure development Advisory Committee, Trade Development Council (TDC)

  • Harbourfront Enhancement Committee (HEC); Harbourfront Commission

  • Hong Kong BEAM Society Executive Committee Member

  • Professional Green Building Council (PGBC), Board of Directors

  • Advisory Committee on the promotion of the fighting spirit against SARS

  • Greening Master Plan Committee

  • International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) Hong Kong Representative

  • Honorary Advisor, Guangdong Association of Landscape Architecture

  • Editorial Board, Chinese Landscape Architecture Journal, Chinese Society of Landscape Architecture (CHSLA)

  • Editorial Board, Landscape Architecture, Chinese Society of Landscape Architecture

  • Advisor, Guangdong Greenway Planning and Construction, Guangdong Province

  • Guest panelist, International Symposium on Mega-City Regions: Innovations in Governance and Planning, Hong Kong

  • Landscape Architect’s Registration Board (LARB), Honarary Registrar

RESEARCH, ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS, PUBLIC LECTURES

RESEARCH, ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS, PUBLIC LECTURES (partial list)

  • "Enclosure and Its Health Promoting Effects of Urban Open Spaces", 7th Design & Health World Congress, in Boston, co-author S L Shi

  • "Waterfront Landscape and Associated Planning Policy: A Comparative Study between Tianjin and Hong Kong", co-author Shang & Zhang, IFLA conference 2011, Switzerland

  • “Framing Hong Kong’s sustainable future: beyond the greening master plan”, Co-author Zhang & Shang, Conference paper, Joint Hong Kong and Tianjin Conference for Sustainable Building , October 23-24, 2009, hosted by PGBC and Tianjin Government, 重塑香港可持續發展的未來, 關於綠化總綱圖的討論, 香港天津可持续发展建筑技术专业咨询研讨会, 天津,23-24,10,2009 (http://www.hkpgbc.org/tianjin/)

  • Macao Future Landscape and Development Policy Study Report, Phase 1, January,2010, for Macao SAR Government

  • "Waterfront Enhancement as Catalyst for Urban Regeneration: Tianjin Haihe River in China", Co-author Shang Weijia, Conference paper, page223-230, 2009 Incheon IFLA APR Congress Proceeding, Incheon, Korea. September 1~4, 2009. (Hosted by Korean Institute of Landscape Architecture, Incheon Metropolitan City, Supported by Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs, Korea Forest Service)

  • ‘From Production Landscape to Consumption Landscape:A Study on the Transformation of Arts Districts in Beijing’, Co-author Li Shaojun, Conference paper, LANDSCAPE - GREAT IDEA!, Austria, May, 2009

  • ‘Exploring a New Mode of Sustainable Development:Taking the Hyperdense City of Hong Kong as an example’, Leslie Chen, co-author Weijia Shang, Conference paper, LANDSCAPE - GREAT IDEA!, Austria, May, 2009

  • ‘Professionalism and Competency Hong Kong’s Model of Establishing the Profession of Landscape Architecture’, co-author Zhang An, Chinese Landscape Architecture, Beijing (2009-01)

  • ‘Green Geography Hong Kong’s Country Parks’ , co-author Shang Weijia, Chinese Landscape Architecture, Beijing (to be published)

  • ‘Benefits to City Dwellers’ Well-being – A landscape perspective’, co-author SHI Shulin, Yuanlin 2008, The Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects, Hong Kong (to be published)

  • ‘Re-shaping Hong Kong’s Landscape An Introduction of Hong Kong’s Greening Master Plan Scheme’, co-author Zhang An, Yuanlin 2008, The Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects, Hong Kong (to be published)

  • ‘Cattle Depot Artist Village Urban Transformative Landscape’, co-author Li Shaojun, Yuanlin 2008 Special Edition, The Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects, Hong Kong (to be published)

  • ‘Hong Kong’s Landscape Character’, co-author Shang Weijia, Yuanlin 2008, The Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects, Hong Kong (to be published)

  • Professionalism and Competncy: Hong Kong’s Model on Establishing the Profession of Landscape Architecture, co-author Zhang An, (China journal article number:1000-6664(2009)01-0010-05, category: TU 986, archive code: A, December 2008), page 10-14, Chinese Landscape Architecture, Vol.25/157, ISBN: 1000-6664, CN11-2165/TU

  • ‘Mountain, Water and Human, Hong Kong’s Experience on the Protection and Development of Shan-shui & City’, co-author Shang Weijia, The 11th Landscape Architectural Symposium of China, Japan andKorea, landscape architecture and Shanshui Culture – Harmony between human and natural shanshui, Oct14-17, 2008, ISBN 978-7-80735-498-7, Xilingyinshe publishing House, page 139-149, Chinese Society of Landscape Architecture, Hangzhou, China

  • ‘Research on Macau’s Future Landscape Policy’, Funded by Macau Government(2007-2010) (Phase 1 finished, Phase 2 in progress)

  • “Towards Sustainable landscape architectural works in Hong Kong“, page238-240, conference proceedings, 21-23/09, 2007, Joint Hong Kong and Hangzhou Seminar for Sustainable Building, Hangzhou, China

  • “Exploration on creativity & practicality – an introduction to the studio works of MLA at the University of Hong Kong” , co-author Zhang An, page 59-65, No.5, 2006, ISSN 1673-1530, CN11-5366/S, Landscape Architecture, publisher China International Book Trading corporation, Beijing Newspaper and Periodical publishing bureau

  • “Practice and Research - Reflections from the HKILA Award 2006”, Page 32-33, No.1, 2007, ISSN 1673-1530(CN11-5366/S), Landscape Architecture, publisher China International Book Trading corporation, Beijing Newspaper and Periodical publishing bureau

  • “A Brief of Master on Landscape Architecture 2005-2007 Thesis Projects, The University of Hong Kong“, page 80-89, Yuanlin 2006-2007

  • ‘Hong Kong’s Wetland Park Coincidental Significance?’, co-author Ryan Lin, TOPOS 55-Parks, Germany, 2006, Page 45-49, ISBN13: 978-3-7667-1688-0 (ISBN10: 3-7667-1688-3)

  • Master of Landscape Architecture 2003-2005 Thesis Projects, HKU’, Page 54-63, Yuanlin 2005-2006 issue

  • ‘The Audible Chinese Garden and Beyond’, co-author Zhang An, Yuanlin 2005-2006 issue, Page 40-45

  • ‘The Creation of a Valuable Ephemeral Landscape in the Hyper-dense Urban Environment of Hong Kong’, co-author Ringo Lee, Yuanlin, 2005-2006 issue, Page 32-38,

  • ‘Landscape Rights, Landscape Aesthetics, and Landscape Ordinances’, Yuanlin 2001

  • ‘Plantbase, An Intelligent Multimedia Plant Selection Database: Release 2.0’, Yuanlin 1999-2000

  • ‘The 6th Year: Master of Landscape Architecture at the University of Hong Kong’, Yuanlin 1999-2000

  • ‘Master of Landscape Architecture’, World Architecture Review, Special Issue on Architectural Education at the University of Hong Kong, 2000

  • ‘To be visible or Invisible’, co-author Koo Siu Fung, Yuanlin 1999

  • ‘Greening of Hong Kong: A First Thought on Vertical Planting on Buildings’, co-author K. P. Cheung, SSY Lau, LH Chong, WH Yau, The First Asia-Pacific Conference for Architectural Design and Technologies for Pan Subtropical Climates, Guangzhou, China, South China University of Technology, The University of Hong Kong, Tongji University, Architectural Society of China, January 1999

  • ‘Landscape Architecture in Hong Kong’, co-author Koo Siu Fung, Perspective, January 1999

  • ‘Towards an Intelligent Digital Multimedia Plant Selection Database’, Yuanlin 1997

  • ‘Multimedia CD-Rom Based Planting Design Software and Beyond’, Yuanlin 1996

  • ‘A Computer Assisted Landscape Plant Selection Multi-media Database’, Funded Research

  • ‘Computer Aided Teaching for Landscape Architecture’, Funded Research

PUBLIC SPEECH, LECTURES & SEMINARS (partial list)

  • Four Invited lectures in Tsinghua University(June-September, 2009):

  • ‘lateral thinking’

  • ‘research methods in landscape architecture’

  • ‘introduction of Hong Kong’s landscape architectural practice and education’

  • ‘introduction of HKU MLA thesis project’ .

  • ‘Cultural aspects for Hong Kong’s landscapes’, invited speech, CHSLA 2009 conference - academic forum, September 2009, Tsinghua University, Beijing

  • ‘Hong Kong’s landscape architectural practice’, invited speech, Lingnan Forum, CHSLA, August, 2009, Guangzhou

  • ‘Public spaces in Hong Kong’, invited speech, Tainan, Taiwan Government, 2009(cancelled)

  • ‘Regional Cooperation on Landscape Policies’, invited speech for Lingnan Gardening Culture Conference, hosted by Ministry of Construction , P.R.C. government, 2009

  • ‘Recent developments on urban landscapes of Asian cities’, invited speech, Annual Planning Forum, hosted by Shenzhen Planning Bureau, 2009

  • ‘Aesthetic value of urban landscapes for Hong Kong’, invited speech, Planning Department, HKSAR Government, 2009

  • ‘Technoscape - From concept to design’, invited speech, Shenzhen Radiant City Design Workshop, 2009

  • ‘Professionalism – Hong Kong’s example of establishing the profession of landscape architecture’, keynote speech, The Third National Conference on Landscape Architectural Education, Shanghai, November, 2008

  • ‘Inspiration from American Professional Education on Landscape Architecture in the China Context’, keynote speech, The First National Conference on Landscape Architectural Education, Beijing, 2006

  • ‘Professional Education and Practice of Hong Kong Landscape Architecture’, public lecture in Beijing Forestry University, 2006

  • ‘Water and Landscape’, public speech on Trade Development Council Hong Kong Professional Services Conference, Chongqing, 2006

  • ‘Hong Kong Urban Management Seminars’, Jiangsu Province Urban Management Officers, 2006

  • ‘Theories of Urban Park Design’, keynote speech, Taiwan International Park Design Competition & Post Competition Conference, 2005

  • ‘Recent Development of Landscape Architecture and Related Policies in Hong Kong’, invited speaker, Annual Conference of Taiwan Society of Landscape Architects, 2004

AWARDS

DESIGN AWARDS

Hong Kong:

  • The Way Forward: The New Kwai Tsing', A modern, dynamic, and vibrant multipurpose open space with nostalgic symbolism transformed from its container port origins, Kwai Tsing Revitalization Project Concept Design Competition 2003, HKSAR, Champion

  • 'Toward A New Greening Concept Through Community Involvement: User Configurable Landscape Architectural Design, Green Projects Award 2002 HKSAR ( Open award scheme organized by LCSD and HKILA), Silver Medal

  • 'The Way Forward: The New Kwai Tsing', HKILA Professional Award 2003, Award of Merit

  • 'User Configurable Landscape Architectural Design', HKILA Professional Award 2003, Award of Merit

USA (Team Project):

  • Honor Award (design), NJ Chapter ASLA, Riverview Executive Park, Trenton, NJ, USA

  • Honor Award, (planning), NJ Chapter ASLA, Salou Touristic Recreation Center, Salou, Spain

  • Merit Award, NJ Chapter ASLA, Kingsmill on the James, Virginia, USA

  • Merit Award, NJ Chapter ASLA, Merrill Lynch Corporate Campus, NJ, USA (Planning)

  • Merit Award, NJ Chapter ASLA, Merrill Lynch Corporate Campus, NJ, USA (Design)

Mainland China (Team Project):

  • Honorable Mention, Three Gorges University Masterplan Competition, (landscape planning/design consultant), honorable mention Prize

  • Third Prize, Nansha Government Executive Centre Masterplan Design Competition (Landscape Planning and Design consultant)