Dennis Lee

Dennis Lee

Dennis Lee is a Hong Kong-born, America-licensed architect with 22 years of design experience in the US and China. Dennis earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in architecture at UC Berkeley and Columbia University, and worked for Frank Gehry and Swire Properties prior to founding ARCHITECTURE:INNOVATIV in Hong Kong.

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Opinion | A tale of two museums: How Hong Kong’s arts hub design could have been more inclusive

From the M+ to the Palace Museum, none of the high-profile venues in the West Kowloon Cultural District were offered up for greater participation in truly open design competitions, a missed chance to include the public and build civic pride.

From the M+ to the Palace Museum, none of the high-profile venues in the West Kowloon Cultural District were offered up for greater participation in truly open design competitions, a missed chance to include the public and build civic pride.

A tale of two museums: How Hong Kong’s arts hub design could have been more inclusive
5 Sep 2021 - 8:30AM
Opinion | Is Chinese-style land reform the solution to Hong Kong’s housing woes?

Given that property is viewed as an investment in Hong Kong, increasing land supply will not make housing more affordable. Rather, Hong Kong needs systemic change and may have to choose between Eastern and Western approaches to land ownership.

Given that property is viewed as an investment in Hong Kong, increasing land supply will not make housing more affordable. Rather, Hong Kong needs systemic change and may have to choose between Eastern and Western approaches to land ownership.

Is Chinese-style land reform the solution to Hong Kong’s housing woes?
6 May 2021 - 7:14AM
Opinion | Hong Kong national security law: politicising Ai Weiwei’s artwork at M+ Museum only validates the artist’s relevance

Beijing loyalists who wish to please the authorities should understand that art appreciation is personal by nature, and that controversial art feeds on controversy.

Beijing loyalists who wish to please the authorities should understand that art appreciation is personal by nature, and that controversial art feeds on controversy.

Hong Kong national security law: politicising Ai Weiwei’s artwork at M+ Museum only validates the artist’s relevance
31 Mar 2021 - 8:30AM
Opinion | Working from home in pandemic denies us the benefits of sharing office space

A healthy working environment becomes a communal space for sharing ideas and creating synergy. Instead of advocating working from home, we should reimagine an office as a home away from home that can inspire employees.

A healthy working environment becomes a communal space for sharing ideas and creating synergy. Instead of advocating working from home, we should reimagine an office as a home away from home that can inspire employees.

Working from home in pandemic denies us the benefits of sharing office space
17 Mar 2021 - 4:12AM
Opinion | Hong Kong’s random efforts to be pedestrian-friendly should give way to a truly bold makeover

Hong Kong needs quality public spaces to ease congestion and improve quality of life. This requires citywide planning rather than piecemeal efforts. Randomly creating a pedestrian zone without sound rationale would not add value for the public or the environment.

Hong Kong needs quality public spaces to ease congestion and improve quality of life. This requires citywide planning rather than piecemeal efforts. Randomly creating a pedestrian zone without sound rationale would not add value for the public or the environment.

Hong Kong’s random efforts to be pedestrian-friendly should give way to a truly bold makeover
10 Mar 2021 - 8:30AM
Opinion | Hong Kong heritage: can Central Market escape the fate of becoming just another shopping mall?

While commerce and responsible design are not necessarily incompatible, unlike other revitalisation projects in the area, Central Market will be operated by the Urban Renewal Authority and a private developer. Will they be able to resist the purely profit motive?

While commerce and responsible design are not necessarily incompatible, unlike other revitalisation projects in the area, Central Market will be operated by the Urban Renewal Authority and a private developer. Will they be able to resist the purely profit motive?

Hong Kong heritage: can Central Market escape the fate of becoming just another shopping mall?
25 Feb 2021 - 11:17AM
Opinion | Hong Kong needs urban green lungs to be a more liveable city

Hong Kong has world-class country parks and hiking trails but nothing in the city that offers a true escape, like New York’s Central Park or Hyde Park in London, and proposals to build a dedicated cycle path have been to no avail. This must change.

Hong Kong has world-class country parks and hiking trails but nothing in the city that offers a true escape, like New York’s Central Park or Hyde Park in London, and proposals to build a dedicated cycle path have been to no avail. This must change.

Hong Kong needs urban green lungs to be a more liveable city
14 Feb 2021 - 9:20AM
Opinion | Coronavirus, stalling economy and ageing population should force Hong Kong to rethink Lantau Tomorrow

The pandemic is devastating the city’s economy, which is already braced for population ageing and rising public spending. Government projections of sizeable returns on the Lantau development also contrast with other less-rosy forecasts.

The pandemic is devastating the city’s economy, which is already braced for population ageing and rising public spending. Government projections of sizeable returns on the Lantau development also contrast with other less-rosy forecasts.

Coronavirus, stalling economy and ageing population should force Hong Kong to rethink Lantau Tomorrow
6 Jan 2021 - 8:05AM