HUI Cheuk Kuen Desmond

Desmond Hui

Professor HUI Cheuk Kuen Desmond 許焯權教授

BArch (Cornell)
MPhil (Cantab)
PhD (Cantab)

Professor, Department of Social Science

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    Professor Desmond Hui obtained Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University; Master and Doctor of Philosophy in History of Art and Architecture from the University of Cambridge.  A registered architect in both Hong Kong and Canada, he holds Visiting, Honorary and Adjunct Professorship in Mainland China and Hong Kong.  He is currently Visiting Professor at the Shanghai Theatre Academy and Adjunct Professor at the Department of Cultural and Creative Arts, Hong Kong Institute of Education.

    Formerly he was Associate Dean of Arts and Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  He taught architecture previously at the University of Hong Kong and was Director of the Centre for Cultural Policy Research at HKU.  He has served on various international advisory committees including Expert Advisor to UNESCO and British Council on cultural and creative industries and is member of the International Committee of Architectural Critics (CICA).  He was Guest Scholar at the Canadian Center for Architecture (CCA) in 1998 and Research Fellow of St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge 1989-90.

    He is Chief Author and Editor of several government/ public studies related to arts and cultural policy in Hong Kong including the Baseline Study on HK’s Creative Industries (2003), A Study on Creativity Index (2005), Study on the Relationship between the Pearl River Delta and Hong Kong’s Creative Industries (2006) and Mapping Study of Creative Clusters in Hong Kong (2010 & 2014).  He was selected as Lead Curator for the 11thInternational Architecture Exhibition of Venice Biennale Hong Kong Pavilion in 2008 and Co-Curator in 2012.
    He was appointed member of the Antiquities Advisory Board and Commission on Strategic Development of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, Non-Executive Director of the Urban Renewal Authority and is at present Museum Expert Advisor of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department in Hong Kong.  He is on the editorial board of The International Journal of Cultural and Creative Industries.

  • Research Interests

    Inter-Relationships of Culture, Art, Architecture, Economy and Policies through an Interdisciplinary Approach in Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Publications

    Journal Articles

    • 《移动互联时代的文化创意聚集》 “Creative Clustering in the Age of Mobile Network and Digitalization” 文化科技蓝皮书 Blue Book of Culture and Technology – 《文化科技创新发展报告》 Annual Report of Culture and Technology Innovative Development, Social Sciences Academic Press (China), B3: 32-44, 2015
    • “The  ‘Côte d’Azur’ of China: a model of creative economy for Macau” in International Journal of Cultural and Creative Industries (October): 46-53, 2013
    • Hui, A. N. N., Yeung, D. Y. , Sue-Chan, C., Chan, K., Hui, D. C. K., & Cheng, S. T. (2013). “Gains and Losses in Creative Personality as Perceived by Adults Across the Lifespan” in Developmental Psychology.  doi/10.1037/a0034168
    • “Cultural and Creative Clusters in China” in Creative Economy Report 2010United Nations/UNDP & UNCTAD: 17
    • “Conservation and Revitalization”, 21st Century, Institute of Chinese Studies, CUHK Vol. 114, August, 2009: 93-102
    • “Image – Text”,Communication and Society, CUHK & HKBU, Vol. 8, 2009: 157-167
    • “Cultural and Creative Clusters in China” in Creative Economy Report 2008 – United Nations/UNDP & UNCTAD: 21
    • “Eine neue Identität – eine andere Architektur?” Bauwelt 36.07, September 21, 2007: 42-49 (in German)
    • “Reflections on Cultural Industry Parks and Clusters in HK and the Pearl River Delta,” Shenzhen Cultural Studies Journal, 2nd Vol., 2007, 59-65
    • “From Cultural to Creative Industries – Strategies for Chaoyang District, Beijing” International Journal of Cultural Studies, Vol. 9 (3), London: Sage Publishers, 2006.
    • “The Centers for Cultural Policy Research” Nordisk Kulturpolitisk Tidskrift [The Nordic Journal of Cultural Policy], Denmark 2/2005: 165-170
    • “Mapping the Creative Sector in HK” International Seminar on Urban Form: The Planned City?  Attilio Petruccioli et al. ed.  Vol. 3, Bari: Uniongrafica Corcelli Editrice, 2003: 1141-1145
    • “On Hong Kong Architecture.” (in Japanese) Asia Forum Quarterly Magazine, 83/84  Tokyo, 1997: 8-11
    • “Pavilion architecture in Chinese literature and Heidegger’s philosophy of dwelling” Jianzhushi 53, Beijing: Chinese Architectural Press, 1993: 69-71;  First co-author (major) with Kenny Ng Kwok Kwan (Research Assistant)
    • “A Royal Vision of Hong Kong?”The Architects’ Journal, London, November 8, 1989: 97

    Book Chapters

    • 《2013-14年香港文化创意产业发展概况》“Development of Cultural Industries in HK 2013-14”, in 《中国文化产业年鉴》 Annual Report of Cultural Industries in China 2013-14, Communication University of China, Beijing, China (in print)
    •  “The Dancing Column: Critique of Building as Critique of Culture and Development”, in Critical Juncture: Joseph Rykwert’s Royal Gold Medal and CICA Symposium, Louise Noelle & Sara Topelson de Grinberg ed., Dirección de Educación Continua, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico, Docomomo/ Mexico: 131-135, 2014
    •  “The Royal Road Revisited: on transformation of Queen’s Road in Hong Kong” with Ken Too, in On Asian Streets and Public Space, Heng Chye Kiang & Low Boon Liang with Hee Limin, Ridge Books, Singapore: 51-60, 2010
    • “The Virtue of Babel: the HK Residential Towers”, Content 5: Skyplane, University of New South Wales Press, 2009: 84-95
    • Book review of Development of Creative Industries in China (Zhongguo chuangyichangye fazhan baogao) by Jingcheng Zhang, Beijing, China Economy Publications, 2008, in Chinese Journal of Communication Vol 2 No 1 March 2009, Routledge: 111-113.
    • “Creative Industries and Entrepreneurship in East and Southeast Asia.” Entrepreneurship in the Creative Industries – an international perspective.  Colette Henry ed.  Cheltenham, UK, Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar Publisher: 9-29, 2007
    • Chinese Translation of On Adam’s House in Paradise by Joseph Rykwert Translator-Editor.  Beijing: Chinese Architectural Press, 2006
    • Soul of the City.  Proceedings of International Symposium on Art and Public Space.  Chief Editor.  HK: HK Arts Centre, 2004
    • “On Data Collection for Cultural Industries in Asia and the Pacific” The 2nd International Forum on China Cultural Industry Paper Anthology.  Beijing: People’s Daily Publisher: 136-151, 2004
    •  “The Prospects of the ‘Hong Kong Art Biennial’” Hong Kong Art Biennial Exhibition 2003, by the HK Museum of Art, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, HK, 2003: 28-38
    •  “Ephemeral Permanence / Vergänglich Unvergängliches.” Festival of Vision: Hong Kong in Berlin.  Berlin: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 2000: 52-55, 116-120
    • The Culture of Space: Anthology of Architectural Critiques Hong Kong: Youth Literary Book Store, 1999
    • “Sign Conceptions in Architecture and the Fine Arts from the 19th Century to the Present.” (in German and English) SEMIOTICS.  A Handbook on the Sign-Theoretic Foundations of Nature and  Culture/ SEMIOTIK.  Ein Handbuch zu den zeichentheoretischen Grundlagen von Natur und Kultur.  Edited by Roland Posner, Klaus Robering, Thomas A. Sebeok.  vol. 2, Berlin-New York: Walter de Gruyter, 1998: 1656-1694;  First co-author (major) with Kenny Ng Kwok Kwan (Research Assistant)
    • “On Hong Kong Architecture.” Cities on the Move.  Secession, CapaMusée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux.  Vienna: Hatje, 1997: 91
    • “Contemporary Architecture in Hong Kong” (in Japanese) 581 Architects in the World.  Miyake, Muramatsu & Fuchigami ed.  Tokyo: Toto, 1995: 518-23
    • “ICHNOGRAPHIA, ORTHOGRAPHIA, SCAENOGRAPHIA: an analysis of Cesare Cesariano’s illustrations of Milan Cathedral in his commentary of Vitruvius, 1521.” Knowledge and/or/of Experience.  J. Macarthur [ed.].  Brisbane: Institute of Modern Art, 1993: 77-97

    Other Publications

    • 信報《三度空間》專欄作者 1996-1999
  • Presentations (Selected)

    • Public Lecture, “Industrial Heritage of Kowloon East – Past and Future”, Heritage in Districts Public Lecture Series, HK Heritage Discovery Centre, November 14, 2015
    • Theme Speaker, “Hong Kong Impossible? – Catalyzing Urban Changes through Culture”, Economies of Aesthetics Conference, Art Basel, European League of Institutes of the Arts, June 18, Basel, Switzerland, 2015
    • Theme Speaker, “Industrial Heritage and Creative Economy”, International Conference Seville-Zurich-HK: Creative City and Public Space, University of Seville, May 25, Seville, Spain, 2015
    • Keynote Speaker, “Understanding the Culture of Creative Clustering”, International Conference of Culture and Creativity, Chimei New Museum, Tainan, December 4, 2014
    • Plenary Speaker, “Creative Clustering in the Age of Mobile Network”, CTIS (Culture Technology Innovation Symposium) 2014, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, November 30, 2014
    • Convenor (HK), City to City 2014 Conference (HK, Taipei, Shanghai, Shenzhen) on City Reading, Shenzhen, November 2-3, 2014
    • Invited Panelist, “European and Global Cultures/ Perspectives on Architecture and the (Creative) Economy”, Public Workshop, Venice Biennale, Zurich University of the Arts, Venice, Italy, July 26, 2014
    • Invited International Speaker, “Heritage and Creation of Place: HK” Heritage Exchange 2014 Conference, Heritage Lottery Fund, LSO St Luke’s, London, UK, July 14, 2014
    • Public Lecture and Workshop, “Mapping Creative Industries, Creativity and Creative Clusters: HK Experience”, Creative Cebu Council, University of San Carlos, Cebu, the Philippines, June 23-24, 2014
    • Invited Speaker, “Creative Cities and Cluster Initiatives in North Asia”, SEA Creative Cities Conference, Creative Chiang Mai, CMU & British Council, TCDC, Chiang Mai, Thailand, April 3, 2014
    • Invited Speaker, “What is the Purpose of Public Art?” with Sir Antony Gormley, The Very HK Foundation, Maritime Museum, HK, March 25, 2014
    • Invited Speaker, “The Dancing Column: Critique of Building as Critique of Culture and Development”, Critical Juncture:  Joseph Rykwert Symposium, CICA, V&A Museum, London, UK, February 22, 2014
    • Invited Speaker, “The HK Creativity Index”, UNESCO Workshop on Cultural Statistics, Thai Ministry of Culture, Thai National Statistics Office, British Council, UNESCO, Bangkok, November 11, 2013
    • Plenary Speaker, “Public Art and Public Education – Aesthetics and Public Participation”, International Conference on Public Art by the Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corporation, The National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, March 11-13, 2013
    • Keynote address: “Creative Economy and Sustainable Regional Development” in International Research Conference on the Contribution of Sustainable Cultural Entrepreneurship, Utrecht School of the Arts, Utrecht, the Netherlands, March 22, 2012
    • Keynote address: “Review of Recent History of Conservation of Heritage Buildings in HK” in International Seminar on the Conservation of the Heritage Built Environment, Osage Foundation, Hong Kong, March 17, 2012
    • Invited plenary speaker: “The role of creative industries to boost development –from education to business”4th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, Doha, Qatar, 11-13 December, 2011
    • Keynote address: “Cultural Management as an Interdisciplinary Model of Education in Creative Industries” in Global Education Conference on Creative Industries Shanghai 2011, Shanghai Theatre Academy, Shanghai, China, December 3, 2011
    • Keynote address: “The Politics of World Heritage” in the Expert Conference on the Conservation of Cultural Heritage in Kinmen, Department of Cultural Affairs, Kinmen, Taiwan, November 26, 2011
    • Keynote address: “West Kowloon Cultural District and its impacts” in International Symposium on Culture, Creativity and City Marketing, China University of Technology, Taipei, Taiwan, April 29, 2011
    • Invited speaker, “Creative clusters as national and urban economic growth model” in Creative Cities and Industries in the 21st Century International Symposium (2010 European Capital of Culture program), Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, November 11-12, 2010
    • Invited speaker, “Conservation and revitalization of heritage and the cultural and creative economy” in International Conference on the conservation and reuse of cultural and industrial heritage, Taipei County Government and the Council for Cultural Affairs, Executive Yuan, China University Technology, Taipei, Taiwan, October 28-30, 2010
    • Invited speaker, “Cultural and creative clusters as sites of service innovation” in 2010 International Conference on Service Science and Innovation (ICSSI), Beijing, China, August 9-10, 2010
    • Invited plenary speaker, “Place Activation: transforming public spaces through creativity.  The Role of arts and creative industries”   creative³ International Forum, Queensland State Library, Queensland, Australia, April 15, 2010
    • Invited plenary speaker, “Building the Creative Environment: perspective from Hong Kong” Forum on Creative Environment: China and East Asia, Queensland University of Technology, Queensland, Australia, April 16, 2010
  • Courses

    CCI1001 Introduction to Management of Cultural and Creative Industries
    GEN3005 Urban Development and Evolution in Hong Kong