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Teaching Staff

Full-time Faculty

Hendrik Tieben | Jeroen van Ameijde | Melody Yiu

Part-time Faculty

Sujata Govada | Daniel Pätzold | Jessica Cheung | Matthew Gevers | Sylvia He |

Research Staff



Chen Yongming | Chen Fei | Kuang Da | Geng Yan


Mika Savela

Hendrik TIEBEN

Hendrik TIEBEN is an architect, researcher and educator devoted to the creation of healthy and inclusive cities. He is a Professor and Director of the School of Architecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He received his architectural education in Germany, Italy and Switzerland. In his doctoral dissertation at ETH Zürich he studied the relationship of architecture, history, memory and identity in context of the German reunification. At CUHK, Professor Tieben teaches urban design, theory and criticism. His research focuses on issues of rapid urbanization, urban regeneration, heritage, and identity. Hendrik Tieben is a Founding Member and Academic Advisor of the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design, a registered architect in Germany (AKNW), and has practiced in Europe and Asia. In his current research, Professor Tieben focuses on urban transformation, heritage and identity in Hong Kong and Macau. Hendrik Tieben is responsible for the organization of the new M.Sc. in Urban Design programme. In addition, he teaches the Urban History & Theory course (URBD 5703) and design studios.

website | hktieben@cuhk.edu.hk

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Jeroen van Ameijde is Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, teaching and conducting research in architecture, urbanism, urban analytics and data-driven design. Before joining CUHK, he taught at the Architectural Association for ten years, as well as at the University of Pennsylvania and the Bartlett, University College London. From 2012 - 2018, Jeroen was a partner and director at Urban Systems Office, a London-based practice specialising in generative design processes for architectural and urban applications. During this time, he coordinated several large scale design and consultancy projects for clients in China, including master planning projects, residential and mixed-use schemes and a hospital campus. Jeroen’s research interests focus on the intersection between urban design and architecture at dense urban locations, and how the organisation of social, cultural and economic activities can be guided through advanced computational methods for data management and design testing. He has published and lectured internationally and has taught or coordinated workshops in collaboration with numerous universities. He is a chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design (HKIUD) and a registered architect in the UK.

website | jeroen.vanameijde@cuhk.edu.hk

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Melody Yiu is an urban designer active in both practice and research. Graduated with a bachelor degree in architecture and a master diploma in urban design, she has worked on award-winning masterplan and urban design projects in China and abroad, with a focus on compact city and sustainable development. After 15 years of practice, she integrates her professional knowledge in urban design with her personal interest in cultural industry, to take to the fields of research in urbanism and cultural development. Since 2015, Melody has been teaching design studios and advising master’s theses at the University of Nottingham (Ningbo), China Academy of Arts (Hangzhou), and the University of Hong Kong, while also serving on expert panels for planning bureau workshops in Ningbo and Shanghai. Having completed her executive master’s degree at the London School of Economics in 2018, Melody is currently a PhD candidate at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, researching on institution and public space formation at cultural buildings.

website | melodyhlyiu@cuhk.edu.hk

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Dr. Govada is an award winning, qualified urban designer and certified urban planner with over twenty four years experience in Hong Kong, PRC, India and USA, working on a diverse range of projects. Dr. Govada is the Managing Director of Urban Design & Planning Consultants Limited, an independent firm offering award winning planning, urban design, impact assessment and research services in Hong Kong and the region since 1994. She recently won six major urban design and planning awards for the Central harbourfront, HBF Harbourfront Connectivity Study, Graham Street urban regeneration, and India IT Park master planning projects. She is currently working on strategic, master planning, sustainable development, visual impact assessment and research projects in Hong Kong and the region.

As a Part-Time Assistant Professor since 2001, Dr. Govada has coordinated and taught several graduate level workshops, design studios, courses including thesis supervision in the Urban Design and the Urban Planning Programs, of the Dept. of Urban Planning and Design, at the University of Hong Kong. Dr. Govada is a member of Hong Kong Institute of Planners, the American Institute of Certified Planners and a member of the Hong Kong UDA, CE@H Alternate Member of the ex Harbour-front Enhancement Committee. She is also the Urban Design Committee Co Chair of AIA HK, Vice Chair of Special Projects, the APA International Division and EXCO member of the Urban Land Institute. She teaches the course module Urban Processes (URBD 5731) and design studios.

website | sujata.govada@udpcltd.com

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Daniel was educated in London South Bank University and the Berlin Institute of Technology. He is a registered architect in Germany and shares the experience of practicing architecture for more than 12 years on projects in the infrastructure sector. Besides major projects as the Transformation of St. Pancras Station, London, redevelopment of New Delhi Station and Dubai Metro, Daniel has contributed to a number of local projects such as Hong Kong's Austin station and the modification of Sheung Wan station as well as contributing the landscape design for Macau's future Barra Station. A profound appreciation of the importance of infrastructure projects globally as a positive means to the urban environment stimulated a sincere interest in infrastructure related urban form and architecture that often forms the backbone of urban and positive community development. Besides working on large transport projects Daniel is also involved in a small scale residential retail and hospitality projects and through his interest in interaction with the community he is a contributor to a number of public art projects. Drawing from his experience, in the M.Sc. in Urban Design programme, Daniel teaches the course module Urban Transport (URBD 5732) and design studios.

website | daniel.patzold@cuhk.edu.hk

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Jessica Cheung is an architecture and urban design practitioner and researcher in Hong Kong, China and New York. After registered as Architect in Hong Kong, she extended her practice to China, and focused on alternative urbanisation in rapid development context of China. She was the Associate of Urbanus Hong Kong office and led multiple urban design and research projects. She was awarded the Rotary Overseas Postgraduate Study Scholarship and furthered her interest in urban design by gaining the Master of Architecture and Urban Design of GSAPP from the Columbia University of New York. She graduated with the Excellence in Design Awards. Apart from her architecture practice in an emerging design office nARCHITECTS in New York, she continued her individual urban design projects with GSAPP and explored new ways of integrating urban resilience, infrastructure, indigenous technology and local community empowerment. She was invited to present her project “Water, Connection, Communtiy – A Resilient Public Housing Project in New York” in The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) in Detroit 2016.

website | jessica@shanzhai.city

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Matthew Gevers is Adjunct Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture, the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), teaching urban design. He combines his work at CUHK with leading the Urban and Landscape Design team as Chief Urban Designer in Arup’s Hong Kong office with a special focus on South East Asia. He has over 14 years’ experience in complex integrated planning and design projects. He has worked in multiple scales, from large scale strategic masterplans to streetscape enhancements. He has a particular interest in the combination between landscape and urban design. Matthew has led the strategic planning and design on high-profile public and private sector projects in Europe, Middle East and Asia, delivering the spatial planning for projects in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Macau, Taiwan and several locations in South East Asia. Projects range from economic masterplans and new town plans, to detailed urban design guidelines and precinct design. He has a long track record in leading masterplans for Development Banks in Asia Pacific, including projects for ADB and World Bank Group, including a Tourism Development Strategy for Fiji, and IPIF1 in the Philippines.

website | matthewgevers@cuhk.edu.hk

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Sylvia He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Resource Management at CUHK. She is a board member and honorary deputy secretary of the Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies (HKSTS). She serves on the editorial board of Travel Behaviour and Society. Sylvia’s current research interests include transportation planning and policy, travel behavior, urban and regional economics, and GIS/spatial analysis. Her research has been funded by both local and international funding agencies and organizations, such as GRF, PPR, UGC/DAAD, Regional Studies Association (RSA), US Department of Transportation, and BMW Group Institute for Mobility Research (ifmo). She holds a PhD in Policy, Planning, and Development from the School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California (USC), where she won the John Dyckman Award for Best Dissertation in Planning. Prior to joining CUHK, she was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). In the programme, she teaches Environmental and Urban Economics (URBD 5702).

website | sylviahe@cuhk.edu.hk

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Chen Yongming started his PhD research at School of Architecture, CUHK in 2014. His thesis project, "Long Collective House: A new type of open urban residence", was the only awarded design from Asian universities in Archiprix International Moscow 2013. He is the recipient of numbers of international design awards, including Archiprix International Moscow 2013 (Hunter Douglas Award), UIA 2011 TOKYO International Competition (Honorable Mention), 2012 Graduate Architecture Award (3rd Place), CUBE 180 Sustainable & Low-carbon Architecture International Design Competition (Gold Award), IS ARCH awards (Special Mention) and HKIA Cross-Strait Architectural Design Awards 2015 (Bronze Award). His research focuses on socio-anthropological related issues of rapid urbanization, urban regeneration, heritage, and identity. He is currently doing his PhD thesis titled Socio-spatial Dynamics and the (Re)Practice of Home: A Spatial-anthropology of Boat people's Community in Xiamen Harbor (1920s to present). He also acts as a peer reviewer for Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering (SCI, AHCI) since 2015. In the CUHK M.Sc. in Urban Design programme Yongming contributes to the introduction to urbanism and visualization course, as well as studios, workshops, reviews and tutorials.

Email: archryan@hotmail.com

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Chen Fei started his PhD research at School of Architecture, CUHK in 2017. His research focuses on Transformation of Public Participation in Urban Renewal, HKSAR (2001-). He got a master's degree from Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London before joining CUHK.

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Kuang Da started his PhD research at School of Architecture, CUHK in 2016. He is interested in Flood Memory – Learning from Flood Experience. Before he got a master's degree from University College London and Architectural Association School of Architecture.

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Geng Yan started her PhD research at School of Architecture, CUHK in 2016. Her interests lies in comparative study on village transfotmation between Shenzhen and Hong Kong to refine its formation, production and transition and to discuss its impact on the socio-economic dynamics of the urban space in Chinese urbanism. Before he got a master's degree from University College London.

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Mr. Wilson Fung
Project Coordinator
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