Architectural Services Department

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Architectural Services Department
建築署
Architectural services department logo.svg
Agency overview
Formed 11 April 1986 (11 April 1986)
Preceding
  • Architectural Office, Public Works Department
Jurisdiction Hong Kong
Headquarters Queensway Government Offices
Motto Driving Development, Preserving Heritage
Employees 1,789 (March 2013)[1]
Agency executive
  • Leung Koon-kee (梁冠基), Director of Architectural Services
Parent agency Development Bureau
Website www.archsd.gov.hk
Queen Elizabeth Hospital in 1969
Sha Tin town hall and public library in 1987

The Architectural Services Department (Chinese: 建築署) is a department of the Government of Hong Kong responsible for the design and construction of many public facilities throughout the territory. It is subordinate to the Works Branch of the Development Bureau and the current director is Leung Koon-kee.

History[edit]

The origins of the Architectural Services Department lie in the Architectural Office, one of the sub-departments of the former Public Works Department (PWD). The PWD was founded in 1891, but the structure of the department at that time is reportedly unclear.[2] The Architectural Office existed by 1939, and following the disruption in operations during the Japanese occupation, the unit was kept busy in the postwar years by rebuilding work. The 1948 annual report of the Public Works Department reported that 274 government buildings were repaired that year.[2] During the 1960s the Architectural Office was heavily involved in the resettlement housing programmes, but these duties were divested to the Hong Kong Housing Authority upon its 1973 establishment.[3]

The modern Architectural Services Department (abbreviated ASD or ArchSD) was founded in 1986, reporting directly to the Secretary of Lands and Works.[3] Some of the most prolific clients of the department have been the Urban Council and Regional Council, and their successors the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and Food and Environmental Hygiene Department.

Significant projects (as architect)[edit]

Directors[edit]

  • Jose Lei, 1986-1991
  • Paul Jeremy Corser, 1991-1993
  • Kenneth Chan, September 1993–April 1997
  • Pau Shiu-hung (鮑紹雄), October 1997–2 November 2002
  • Yue Chi-hang (余熾鏗), 3 November 2002–4 July 2009[24]
  • Marigold Lau Lai Siu-wan (劉賴筱韞), 5 July 2009–16 October 2011[25]
  • Leung Koon-kee (梁冠基), 17 October 2011–present[26]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "About Us". Architectural Services Department. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Chung Wah Nan 1989, pp. 22.
  3. ^ a b Chung Wah Nan 1989, pp. 23.
  4. ^ Roskam, Cole. "Central Government Offices". Docomomo International. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Kirk-Greene, Anthony (2001). Glimpses of Empire: A Corona Anthology. London: I.B. Tauris and Co. p. 159. 
  6. ^ Chung Wah Nan 1989, pp. 164.
  7. ^ Chung Wah Nan 1989, pp. 154-55.
  8. ^ a b ArchSD Review (97) 1997, pp. 35.
  9. ^ Chung Wah Nan 1989, pp. 158.
  10. ^ Growing with Hong Kong: The University and Its Graduates : the First 90 Years. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press. 2002. p. 154. 
  11. ^ "Queensway Government Office Building". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  12. ^ a b ArchSD Review (97) 1997, pp. 100.
  13. ^ ArchSD Review (97) 1997, pp. 105.
  14. ^ "The Hong Kong Cultural Centre". J. Roger Preston Limited. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  15. ^ a b ArchSD Review (97) 1997, pp. 109.
  16. ^ ArchSD Review (97) 1997, pp. 102.
  17. ^ ArchSD Review (97) 1997, pp. 103.
  18. ^ ArchSD Review (97) 1997, pp. 111.
  19. ^ ArchSD Review (97) 1997, pp. 69.
  20. ^ ArchSD Review (99) 1999, pp. 139.
  21. ^ "Central resource". building.hk. Building Journal. July 2001. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  22. ^ ArchSD Review (99) 1999, pp. 133-35.
  23. ^ a b "ArchSD Projects" (PDF). building.hk. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  24. ^ 高層官員任命,新聞公報,2002年11月2日。
  25. ^ 高層官員任命,新聞公報,2009年6月25日。
  26. ^ 高層官員任命,新聞公報,2011年9月27日。
References
  • Chung Wah Nan (1989). Contemporary Architecture in Hong Kong. Hong Kong: Joint Publishing (H.K.) Co. Ltd. 
  • ArchSD Review (97) (1997). Architectural Services Department. Hong Kong: China Trend Building Press. 
  • ArchSD Review (99) (1999). Architectural Services Department: The New Millennium. Hong Kong: China Trend Building Press. 

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