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Hong Kong architect presents at Abedian School of Architecture

Internationally-renowned architect David Erdman, who has been responsible for designing projects across Asia, America and Europe, will headline the Abedian School of Architecture Lecture Series at Bond University next week.

Mr Erdman, of Hong Kong based architectural practice davidclovers, will share his architectural experience at the August 13 event and, in particular, the innovative method of “massing”, which his firm has been implementing across recent residential and commercial projects in Asia and North America.

Mr Erdman and partner Clover Lee founded davidclovers in 2007 in Los Angeles, before relocating to Hong Kong in 2009, and have completed projects around the world including Butterfly House in Pennsylvania USA, De Ricou Tower in Hong Kong and a proposal for the Taipei Pop Music Centre in Taiwan.

Current projects include an interactive permanent installation in the busiest MTR station in Hong Kong, the facade renovation of two towers on the south side of Hong Kong and a series of pavilions in Zhuhai, China.

Abedian School of Architecture at Bond University Assistant Professor Chris Knapp said Mr Erdman's lecture would provide an opportunity for students, academics and the public to hear from a world-renowned architect operating at the leading edge of design.

He said the presentation was the latest in the Abedian School of Architecture Lecture Series, which involved Australian and internationally notable architecture experts.

"The series provides a rare insight into the minds of some of the world's most creative and talented architects," said Professor Knapp.

"Launched in 2013, it has included a list of highly respected speakers, including the designers of the Abedian School of Architecture, Sir Peter Cook and Gavin Robotham, and we are very fortunate to have David on board for this next presentation.

“The lectures are free and we would welcome members of the public to attend."

Mr Erdman's lecture will focus on aspects of massing as it relates to 'pressurizing, thickening and mediating' of architectural space. The lecture will conceptualise this through the lens of a practice working amid the growing pressures of designing architecture within and outside of Asia.

Along with his work with Davidclovers, Mr Erdman is the Master of Architecture Thesis Chair for the University of Hong Kong's Faculty of Architecture and an Assistant Professor of Design.

He and Ms Lee have lectured widely and published in numerous architectural journals, print media and books throughout Asia, Europe and the USA.

Their work has received numerous international awards, been exhibited at leading arts exhibitions and was recently acquired by the M+ Museum in Hong Kong as part of its permanent architecture collection.

The American Academy in Rome awarded Mr Erdman the prestigious Rome Prize in 2008/2009.

He received his Bachelor of Science from The Ohio State University in 1993 and his Master of Architecture from Columbia University in 1998. 

He taught at the University of California's Department of Architecture and Urban Design from 1999 to 2008 and has been a visiting professor at Rice University, UC Berkeley, and The University of Michigan.

The lecture will commence at 6.30pm on Thursday, August 13, following service of refreshments from 6:15pm, at the Abedian School of Architecture, Bond University, and is free to attend.  Registrations are recommended - please contact [email protected]

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