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Mandatory CPD Event - Designing Healthy Buildings – The Application of WELL Standard in Hong Kong and Beijing

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This event is organised by Hong Kong Green Building Council Limited (HKGBC).


Session 1: WELL Living Lab

The Well Living Lab (China) will be the first scientific research center in Asia to integrate building science, behavioral science, and health science to help quantify and ultimately improve the impact that indoor environments have on human health, wellness, comfort, and performance. Through this research, the Lab aims to spur innovations that will help address indoor environmental challenges specifically related to the local climate, environment and culture in China. Superimpose Architecture designed the state of the art Well Living Lab which will arise in a WELL-oriented industrial park, which is being developed by Sino-Ocean Group. The new office park will erect within an existing factory site. Over the last three decades, the site was in use by a factory recycling plastic bottles. The site will be redeveloped maintaining and embracing the previous character of the site whilst integrating functions and human centered and sustainable office park requirements. The challenge is to strike a balance in massing between the existing factory and the new high-density office buildings. The design aims to strengthen connectivity between old and new buildings, provide a diversity of communal and private spaces meanwhile retaining an office park environment.


Mr Ruben Bergambagt, Msc. Bsc. ARB SBA

Ruben Bergambagt (1983, The Netherlands) is Co-Founding Partner of Superimpose Architecture.  Together with Carolyn Leung and Ben de Lange he founded this company in early 2016. Currently the office is undertaking 7 projects and grew towards a multiple award winning and international team of 11 architects.

Ruben graduated with Cum Laude Master degree in Architecture at the Technical University of Delft and was nominated as best Architecture graduate of 2009.  In 2008 he followed a Young Scientist Research Program (YSEP) at the Tokyo Institute of Technology.  Previously he worked as a partner at waa in Beijing from 2012 until 2016, during this time the office received a commendation in 2015 at the Emerging Architects Award for The Architectural Review and shortlisted in 2013 for the AYA awards for breakthrough Architecture practice of the year.  Furthermore, he worked for Foster + Partners in London (2009-2012), Rogers Stirk + Harbour in Tokyo (2008).

Superimpose Architecture
Superimpose is our studio name and it reveals our design methodology. The studio envisions, designs and develops projects based on and inspired by the valid contextual elements in such a way all layers are evident or even emphasized. We believe that successful Architecture is embedded in its context and improves the quality of the environment.

Session 2: Design and Commission Wellness Buildings in Hong Kong

Building, health, environment and the energy are the key issues for people. The World Green Building Council (WGBC), since 2014, has initiated the concept and framework for the Health & Wellbeing built environment. There are reports guiding the wellness planning for office space, retail, residential and community, etc.  WGBC identifies the 9 key health & wellness aspects namely indoor air quality & ventilation, thermal comfort, daylighting & lighting, noise & acoustics, interior layout & active design, biophilia & views, look & feel, location & access to amenities, and, employee engagement.  These aspects facilitate the design focuses and directions to enhance the wellness level of the development, and the involved professions include architect, project manager, building physics specialist, MEP engineer, interior designer, landscape designer, contractors and property manager, etc.  Aligning with the WGBC’s initiatives, the WELL Building Standard has been launched by the US's International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) to certify the buildings and interiors with outstanding health and wellness performance.

Recently there is an increasing trend in Healthy and Wellness design in Asia, particularly Hong Kong and Mainland China.  However there is a certain amount of challenges in adopting Healthy and Wellness concept and implementing the WELL standard in Hong Kong. In this connection, the speaker will discuss the strategies in architectural design, space planning, landscape provision and building operation with various case on implementing health and wellness design in built environment.

Dr Tony Lam,
Associate - Building Sustainability, Arup
WELL Faculty

Tony was awarded a PhD from the City University of Hong Kong for his work in solar radiation and daylighting analysis. He has extensive experience in tackling environmental impacts on built environments. He is familiar with the passive design, energy efficient system design and renewable energy applications, based on the fundamental knowledge of microclimate. He is also the expert in low carbon, sustainable & wellness development for both community and building scale projects.

With his leading role in transforming built environment in healthy buildings, Tony is an active WELL AP in the industry who had been appointed as WELL Faculty member by International WELL Building Institute.


Event Details


 7 December 2017 (Thursday)


 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
 (Registration with refreshment starts at 6:30 pm)


 BEC Auditorium, Jockey Club Environmental Building,
 77 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong

CPD Credits:

 2-hour Mandatory CPD




 $400 - HKGBC Members
 $600 - Non-HKGBC Members

 Priorities will be given to HKGBC Members.
 Payment should be made before the start of the event. You are NOT allowed to admit
 to the event if your payment has NOT been made upon the start of the event.



Time Event
6:30 pm Registration with refreshment
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Session 1: WELL Living Lab
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Session 2: Design and Commission Wellness Buildings in Hong Kong