Teaching and Lectures

Edward Y Y Ng BA(Hons) Nott, BArch(Distinction) Manc, MBA(Distinction) Warwick, PhD Cantab, RIBA, HKIA,, IESNA, MSLL, FHKMetS, FRMetS, FRSA, Architect(UK), Architect(HK).

Edward teaches Architectural Design Studios, an elective on Lighting Design, and a lecture course on Building Systems Integration.  His teaching is rooted in his interest and philosophy of teaching architectural design in an integrated, practical, technologically proven and creative manner.  He is particularly keen on investigating the technologic and tactile quality of design.  He calls this Technics.  This involves sensibility and an appreciation of the quality as well as the quantity of the environment, building dynamics, gravity, production and process, and, most importantly, the human perceptual and experiential responses and needs.  One of his mottos to his students is: To make a building energy efficient and technologically sound is not that difficult, to make it beautiful and poetic at the same time requires a lifetime pursuit.

Technics    Design Studio  (2004 - ) Details Here

ARC 4403A Topical Studies in Environmental Systems and Design (elective, 2005 - )

The course will focus on how to design for daylighting and natural ventilation of high density living in Hong Kong.  It will centre on two research studies and their outcomes.  In 2000, the Buildings Department HKSAR commissioned a study to review the lighting and ventilation provisions of buildings.  This was subsequently introduced as PNAP 278.  In 2003, the Planning Department HKSAR commissioned a study to develop guidelines for better ventilation of urban spaces.  This has been introduced as a Technical Circular of the government HKSAR, as well as to be incorporated into Hong Kong Planning Standards and Guidelines.  Both studies were investigated at CUHK by Professor Edward Ng and his team.  The fundamentals and design implications of these recent introductions, and their design implications will be studied.

ARC 5000J Research Elective – Urban Climatic Design (elective, 2005 - )

This research study aims to understand aspects of environmental design of high-rise, high-density spaces in Hong Kong.  It is research based, hence there is little to teach but a lot to investigate.  You will join a high power scientific team of researchers working on various studies.

ARC 2420 Building Technology (environmental design) (core lecture course, 2004 - )

Introduces the fundamental concepts of passive environmental design.  Examines the effect on buildings and their occupants of environmental conditions of light, temperature, air movement, and sound.  Case studies are used to reviews both traditional and current approaches of representative building types in more depth. Prerequisite: ARC1411.



Technics  Design Studio  (Semester I 2002-2003)

A pier for movement. The notion of movement and stability is very much in the equilibrium of form and structure that we design.

Technics Design Studio  (Semester II 2002-2003)

A performance theatre for live drama for an audience up to 300 persons. · A group of international performers and artists requires a structure / stage / architecture to travel to remote parts of China, and to perform to ‘poor’ villagers and communities.

Technics Design Studio  (Semester II 2002-2003)

A pavilion for New Asia College. Students, in groups of 3-5, design and construct a pavilion for 4 for the College. The poetics is in the conception of making, and when dream becomes reality through physics and materials.

ARC 3020 Architectural Design (Studio: Technics) (Semester I/II 2000/2001)

A NEW teaching programme will be launched this year. The Dept will be organised based on "Foucses". The focus of Edward's Stduio will be Technics. For more information, try here.

ARC 3020 Architectural Design III (Design Studio, Semester II 1999/2000)

"Pas-que-Dieu! What are your books" Tourangeau enquired. "Here is one." replied Claude, opening the window of hiscell; he pointed to the Cathedral of Notre Dame, whose two black towers, stone walls, and huge roof were silhouetted against the starry vault of heaven, like a monstrous two-headed splinx in the middle of the City. ... with a sigh, pointing his other hand to the printed book, "Alas! this will kill that ... the small thing shall bring down the great things; a tooth destorys the crocodile, the sword-fish kills the whale; the book will kill the edifice." "He is mad!" Doctor Jacques whispered. To which Tourangeau answered, "I do believe it." (The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Vitor Hugo)

The thesis of the design project builds on the notion that "the Library is not a container of Knowledge, it is in itself a source of knowledge."

ARC 3010 Architectural Design III (Design Studio, Semester I 1999/2000)

The design project investigates urban housing at the threshold of culture, built form and living. The site is located between, on the one hand, high density urban developments, and on the other hand, low rise traditional villages. And on the one hand, temporal dynamism of high speed urban life, and on the other hand, timelessness of community village living. This dichotomy of life and living will form the basis of the studio.

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ARC 3511 Building Systems Integration (core Lecture course, 1999 - 2003)

This course consolidates the fundamentals established in ARC2510 through a system integration of structure, envelop, mechanical, and interior. The course first deals with the Fundamentals of the Aesthetics, Theory and Practice of System Integration in Architectural Design. The course then introduces the concept of multi-disciplinary design and the roles of specialists in the design team. The core of the course is placed on the implications of Building services systems - HVAC, Artificial lighting, Water and Electrical, Fire Safety and Vertical transport - on building design. Case studies will be used to illustrate the concepts discussed. To round up the course, some of the topical issues facing Hong Kong building industry, for instance, coping with high density compact design, the use of renewable energy, reduction of the sunk costs of urban living and the Green and sustainable movement will be introduced.

ARC 5000J Research Elective – Daylighting (elective, 2002- 2004)

This research study aims to understand aspects of daylight performance of high-rise, high-density residential spaces in Hong Kong. The focus of this elective will be placed on the design implication of the newly introduced ‘visionary area’ method# of regulating daylighting performance of buildings by the Hong Kong Government. This method, originally developed by Edward Ng, is significantly different from the older ‘prescribed plane’ method. It will affect building shapes and configurations, spacing of buildings, site layout, provision of open spaces, as well as site development density.

ARC 4402B Topics in Environmental Technology - Lighting Design (elective, 1999-2001)

"Science deals with things, and is compressed into laws and rules, and definitions; Art deals with people, and ideas, and emotions. The need today is not so much to understand things as to understand people. People need light in everything they do; our job takes us to people, at work, at play, at business, at home. I think if we take that side of it seriously we shall find that the art of lighting has no frontiers." (Jeff Waldram, 1949)

PART 1 (2 weeks)The studies of light is not an isolated subject. To fully appreciate its significance in our design thinking, the cultural, historical, philosophical and psychological forces shading human perception of the environment and the design of light will be introduced.

PART 2 (7 weeks) Painters paint, Sculptors sculpt, architects design, and light is a tool-kit of design. To equip students with the know-how of designing in light, scientific fundamentals, technological possibilities and design tactics will be introduced. Lighting simulation software Lightscape and Radiance will be used.

PART 3 (5 weeks) “Architecture is the fight for light against the forces of gravity”. Daylighting is an important criterion of building design (especially residential buildings). The fundamentals will be introduced. Laboratory works will allow students an opportunity to conduct a piece of focused research.

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Professor Edward Ng
School of Architecture, Chinese University of HK, Shatin, NT, Hong Kong
Tel: +(852) 3943 6515 Fax: +(852) 3942 0982 Email: edwardng@cuhk.edu.hk