The construction sector is one of the driving forces behind Hong Kong’s economy. The future looks even brighter for those who are eager to make their creative mark in this vibrant and expanding market. Emerging opportunities such as architectural conservation, sustainable development, urban renewal, building maintenance and most importantly, the blooming construction industry in China will, undoubtedly, open up new prospects for local and non-local architectural career development.
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Architectural Studies
Do you want to release your creative impulses and imagination, and nurture your intellectual drives whilst responding to real life design concerns? Studying University of Plymouth's Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Architectural Studies degree in Hong Kong will offer you an opportunity to do so! The course allows you to engage with current affairs and ever-changing global currents across multiple fields, whilst consciously being oriented towards proposing sensitive responses.
Professional Diploma in Architectural Studies (PDAS)
The series of programmes provides students with essential knowledge and skills related to design, building technology and professional practice, and produces pre-professional graduates capable of working in the industry or pursuing further studies.
The programme utilizes special studio facilities exclusively for HKU SPACE architectural studies students. The programme also includes lots of exiting outside-classroom activities such as building and site visits and project research.
Higher Diploma in Architectural Studies (HDAS)
This programme provides you with essential knowledge and skills relating to building and spatial design, building services, construction technology and professional practice in architecture. Graduates may progress to undergraduate programmes offered by local/overseas universities or enter into a career in the building industry and other allied professions.
Certificate for Module (Philosophy and Practice of Sustainability in Architecture)
There is growing demand for more integrative understanding and holistic management of sustainable development challenges in both public policy making and business strategy development in Hong Kong.
The programme aims to equip students with advanced knowledge in the development of sustainability principles and the current practice of measurement tools used for assessing sustainability of building design and construction in Hong Kong.
Zero Carbon Building
Students will be introduced to the theory of zero-carbon building, international case studies, architectural and engineering design strategy, comparative studies of related international guidelines, high-level assessment methods, and challenges encountered in Hong Kong.
Renewable Energy for Green Buildings
The course is designed to enable students with different backgrounds, even non-architecture students, to understand the basics of renewable energy, strategy to integrate renewable energy into buildings, renewable energy policy, high-level renewable energy analysis method, and challenges encountered in Hong Kong. Practical case studies, examples and materials will be provided to simulate and demonstrate the design decision process.
Embodied Carbon Assessment and Optimization for the Construction Industry
This course emphasizes the balance of sound theoretical understanding as well as practical skills to manage embodied carbon. Students will be introduced to understand the basic concept of embodied carbon, assessment method, reduction opportunities in the design and construction stage, and associated project management skills.
Urban Sketching, where artist practices on-location sketching, is a new worldwide phenomenon and growing rapidly. Students will be introduced to the art of Urban Sketching with techniques to help them adapt to this wonderful life-long hobby. Students will also learn the basics of capturing a view on-location, methods to approach a sketch and ways to have fun with the sketching technique.
Building Codes 101 for Architects
This course covers in detail all aspects of statutory control for the design, construction and completion of buildings in Hong Kong.
The principles, practices and application of the building codes, including the Buildings Ordinance, Building Regulations, Codes of Practices and the Practice Notes for Authorized Persons will be extensively discussed and explained.
Candidates for the Architects Registration Board/ Hong Kong Institute of Architects Professional Assessment who received their professional education overseas and others interested in learning about local building codes are welcome.
Introduction of BEAM Plus Assessment
This is a training course aims at equipping students to have practical understanding of BEAM Plus assessment, and ability to manage and contribute to BEAM Plus assessment project. Lectures and case studies will be provided.