Donald Choi, Architecture ’80

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Architecture 1980 | Managing Director, Nan Fung Development Ltd. | Email

Donald is the MD of one of the leading real estate development companys in Hong Kong. Prior to his current appointment, he is Director of Foster and Partners and later the Authorized Person of the Passenger Terminal of the Hong Kong International Airport. Donald also served as the Chairman of the Architects Registration Board of HKSAR from 2008-2010. In additional to his professional life, he also serve as Director for the German Swiss International School Foundation. Donald thinks it’s a small world after all!

My favorite hangout at Rhode Island

is the Tap Room in Memorial Hall and the soft couch of Cable Car.

My vivid memory of RISD

is Eddie, Mihai Nadin and The Breakers; Michael Hays still had red hair and St. Florian before the WWII Memorial; Machado/Silvetti’s Steps of Providence; Rare books in Athenaeum; Benefit Street autumn foliage; Inspiration and desperation from the first light into BEB after an all nighter; Sleep deprived and slept 36 hours straight after the final crit.

My advise(s) to prospective students

is RISD is the Reason I Still Dream.

What occupies me now

is Complexity and Contradiction, Venturi should learn from HK instead of Las Vegas; Kowloon walled city and HSBC Headquarters).

My next big move

is to see Hong Kong is a City of ingenious creativity and is the place to make a difference where it only takes a few to change.

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Elmer Chen, Architecture ’82

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Architecture 1982 | Captain, Cathay Pacific Airways Limited| Email

Anything you want to know about flying and airplanes and can not find a pilot to ask, you now have this chance!

My favorite hangout at Rhode Island is

No

My vivid memory of RISD is

Very difficult to find a parking space near the architectural building

My advise(s) to prospective students is

Very good and solid architectural program

What occupies you now…

Collecting WW2 German items and flying in the friendly sky

 my next BIG MOVE

Visit RISD again

Brian Ma, Architecture ’99

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Architecture 1999 | Brand Visionaire | Email | LinkedIn! 

Proven Brand Visionaire, Entrepreneur, and Design Thinker with 10+ years of international industry experience; multi-lingual and multi-cultural, I have lived and worked in 6 countries conducting business extensively in 12+ countries. I see possibilities where others see limitations.

My favorite hangout at Rhode Island is

Bayard Ewing Building (BEB)

My vivid memory of RISD is

2am review with TA

My advise(s) to prospective students is

If you haven’t seen the future, you are Not dreaming Fast enough!

What occupies you now…

Holiday

And my next BIG MOVE

Next big move is – Tell you later!

Rex Wong, Architecture ’03

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Architecture 2003 | Executive Director, Kum Shing Group | Email

Rex worked with several leading architectural design consultancies in Madrid, New York and Hong Kong before becoming the real estate development & corporate communication guy for his family’s 50 years young construction business.  He is a Registered Architect in the US and recognized as a LEED AP and BEAM Pro for keeping up with the latest in sustainable design.  In addition to his professional life, Rex also serve the public at the local and regional level by being a Part-time Member of the Central Policy Unit of the Hong Kong SAR Government and a Member of the Guangzhou Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

My favorite hangout at Rhode Island

went from the RISD Beach to the RISD Farm over the 5 years while there.  I think the Beach stands for attention and a kind of comfort zone, while the Farm stands for solitude and an adventurous attitude.  It sort of reflect the mental journey I was going through at the time.  One can become very humble yet daring at RISD when surrounded by so many talents.  Btw, the RISD Beach is not really a beach, it is just a 5,000 square feet public space on the intersection of Benefit Street and Angell Street covered with grass.20331591-RISD_Beach20331528-RISD_Farm 

My vivid memory of RISD

is the contrast between feeling exhausted after an all-nighter and the boost of energy just before a crit.  Also hard to forget is the emptiness after a good crit.

My advise(s) to prospective students

is to take the Liberal Arts classes more seriously.  While I agree with the saying that studio culture is the most important part of the RISD experience, I personally feel that I have gained just as much if not even more from RISD’s excellent liberal arts curriculum.  From philosophy and history to literature and writing, I have discovered so much knowledge in these areas and become a better thinker and writer during those years.  Also, I will suggest not to be afraid to take full advantage of Brown’s offering in the field of economics and international relations.  It’s really common sense stuff but worthwhile to learn what’s all the buzz about.

What occupies me now

is trying to convince everyone I come across (including myself) to pay more for better design. 

My next big move

is to Alaska.  Just kidding.

Maggie Ma, Architecture ’04

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Architecture 2004 | Director, MSY Engineering Ltd. | Email

Maggie is a contractor in training at her family building foundation business after practicing architecture at leading design offices in Hong Kong for 5 years.  Her interest in environmentally conscious design leads to a Master degree in Sustainable and Environmental Design from the CUHK  and she is also a recognized LEED AP at the USGBC.  While attending to her family business and involving in other public and charity works, Maggie is also a Member of the Jianmen Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and the founding partner at Design Trademark, a design consultancy group. 

My favorite hangout at Rhode Island

is during spring and summer – outdoor tables at the Cable Car Cafe with a coffee, tuna melt and my comrades from the BEB. For the winter, it’s always the breakfast place on Wickenden St.  It’s almost a ritual for me to have a nice breakfast there on the first day of snow every year!

My vivid memory of RISD

is taking Christopher Ho’s class for the second time after 4 years.  I took his class during my freshmen year and I was really too fresh to understand any of the contemporary art theories.  So of course I didn’t do too well in that class.  During my fifth year I was determined to give his other class a second try and it was the most inspiring class ever!   Chris actually remembers me while taking attendance and surprised by how 4 years went by so quickly!  It’s my vivid memory of RISD because I can see and feel how I’ve mature and grown up as a designer at the school! (I got an A in my second attempt btw :D)

My advise(s) to prospective students

is go crazy, ask question, try and see and touch everything around you!  You are going to be surrounded by the most inspiring, interesting, fascinating, talented and amazing people so don’t miss your chance!

What occupies me now

Too much! 

My next big move

Take over the world!  WATCH OUT!

Katherine Wong, Architecture ’05

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Architecture 2005 | Director, Omberry | Email

Katherine is an architect and has practiced for over 6 years in New York City. She has recently co-founded a new yoga and travel wear company, Omberry Living Aesthetics, with a childhood friend. Omberry creates edgy, versatile, and aesthetically functional apparel with a vintage flair. We want to create chic and comfortable designs with quality fabrications that will empower women. Katherine enjoys traveling, watercolor, knitting, sewing, yoga, and running.

My favorite hangout at Rhode Island

Cable Car and friend’s homes

My vivid memory of RISD

The strong creative energy and the insanely talented crazy people.

My advise(s) to prospective students

Always keep an open mind, Never say never.

What occupies me now

Omberry, interior design, yoga, running, family and friends.

My next big move

The unknown future is the constant big move.

Joseph Ng, Architecture ’08

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Architecture 2008 | Co-Founder, Handsome Bag Co. | Email

Joseph is an architect in training but in his spare time he runs a social enterprise, Handsome Bag Co., with the aims of empowering local craftsmen and to bring back small time skilled manufacturing to Hong Kong. He is also an avid cyclist and ultra-marathon runner.

My favorite hangout at Rhode Island

The Pit (Shave Steak Sub with extra mushrooms), Circle A Cycles (for the bikes), the Beach (for the grass and people watching), the Farm (for the bike ride), the Point Street Bridge (for the peace), the Jolly Roger (cause I worked the night shifts), the Coffee Exchange (for the hot coffee) and Seven Stars Bakery (for the Ice Coffee).

My vivid memory of RISD

Lee Dejasu’s freshman class for teaching me that nothing is perfect but you won’t know unless you try.

My advise(s) to prospective students

RISD is the Reason I’m Sleep Deprived.

What occupies me now

Too much? I see that as an occurring theme with RISD grads, then again, it can never be too much. You only live once.

My next big move

Continue to be Hungry and Humble.