Chan Man-kong did not know much about architecture when he chose the subject. He was a science student who studied applied and pure mathematics while he was studying at Jockey Club Ti-I College. 'I just thought it was a useful subject. However, I realised being an architect was a life-long burden because we have to be responsible for the buildings we designed.' His one-year practical work after three years of studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong had given him a lot of practical knowledge. He said he was glad to have chosen the subject. He has yet to finish the two- year master's degree and two years of working experience before getting a licence to work. An architect is the person-in- charge of the whole building project. Moreover, an architect should strictly adhere to the relevant building ordinance. Mr Chan said the work is never over even after the completion of the project. 'We have take full responsibility for the building for the rest of our lives,' he said. Of all the commercial and residential buildings in Hong Kong, Mr Chan likes the China Bank and the Hong Kong Bank - designed by Norman Foster - best. He was also full of praise for the classic style of the extension of the Peninsula Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui.