HO Puay Peng 何培斌

Research Projects


  • Architectural Services Department – Training Services on Heritage & Conservation
  • HO Puay Peng
    3 January 2008
    Architectural Services Department, HKSAR Government

    Chinese Architectural Heritage Unit is to organize three local field trips in the “Public Awareness Campaign on Heritage Conservation” for Architectural Services Department, Hong Kong SAR Government on behalf of the Development Bureau of HKSAR Government. The objective of these field trips is to arouse interest and understanding of public on heritage and conservation matters so that their knowledge and awareness on these issues will be enhanced. (SS07628)


  • Cartographic and Photographic Survey of Morrison Building, Tuen Mun
  • HO Puay Peng, LO Ka Yu
    6 September 2007
    CUHK Research Committee Funding (Direct Grants)

    Chinese Architectural Heritage Unit is to conduct cartographic and photography survey of Morrison building and its ancillary and structures for Antiquities and Monuments Offices, Hong Kong SAR Government. Such survey will facilitate future conservation of this declared monument. Morrison Building was a constructed originally as a villa built in 1936. Comprising a large 2-storey mansion in Western-style with some art-Deco features, Morrison Building was once used for tertiary education by the Dade Institute from 1946 to 1949. It has been declared as a monument under the Antiquities and Monuments Ordinances (Cap. 53) in 2004. The site is currently under the jurisdiction of the Hong Kong Council of the Church of Christ in China (HKCCCC) for religious and educational purposes. (SS07637)


  • Cartographic Survey of Chik Kwai Study Hall, Pak Heung
  • HO Puay Peng, LO Ka Yu
    21 December 2006
    Antiquities & Monuments Office, Leisure & Cultural Services Department, HKSAR Government

    This project is to carry out a cartographic survey of Chik Kwai Study Hall located at Pat Heung Sheung Tsuen, Yuen Long. The building is a two-hall traditional Chinese building comprised of an entrance hall, a courtyard and a main hall. It was built to provide education to the youngsters in the village, as well as used for ancestral worship. Besides the study hall is a row of small houses that were once used as stables. (SS06831)


  • Chinese Traditional Buildings in Hong Kong: An Investigation into Their Design, Layout, Construction, and Ornamentation
  • HO Puay Peng, LAM Sair Ling*, LIM Wan Fung Bernard
    1 December 2001
    Research Grants Council (Earmarked Grants)

    In a recent territory-wide survey of historical buildings in Hong Kong, directed by the Antiquities and Monuments Office (AMO), many pre-1950 houses were ’re-discovered’. Most of these are traditional Chinese structures found in farming and fishing villages of Hong Kong. These vernacular artifacts include not just houses but also village walls, shrines and temples, ancestral halls, study halls, market buildings, and shops. They are in various states of repair, and many face demolition due to the rapid urbanization of rural Hong Kong.

    With the materials amassed so far at AMO, and because of the imminent danger of the disappearance of many structures, this project proposes to study in great depth the form and construction of these artifacts from which the development history of traditional buildings in Hong Kong will be outlined. The project will use both collected materials and new documentation to analyze the building attributes of these structures. These attributes include the layout of villages, fengshui reading, design of buildings, proportion and scale, construction methods, construction terminology, ornamentation style and type, and a history of craftsmanship in Hong Kong. Comparative studies of practices from different times and different origins of village settlers will be attempted. The project will also trace the difference between Hong Kong practices and those found in the places where the villagers migrated from, such as Shenzhen, Pearl River Delta, Chaozhou and Meizhou areas, and perhaps further to Jiangxi and Fujian provinces, if related.

    The significance of this project includes: its urgency, its comprehensive coverage, the possibility of understanding the repertoire of construction method and decorative schema seen in Hong Kong, a systematic understanding of constructional practices, such as fengshui, an attempt at understanding the relationship between local constructional practices and that of Guangdong province and beyond, and the education benefit to Hong Kong’s general public. The project will result in the preparation of a book manuscript and a CD-ROM that will fill a badly needed gap in educational materials for academics, the general public, heritage tourists, and students of Hong Kong history. (SS01366)


  • Conservation Appraisal for the Hong Kong Housing Society Preservation Projects in Wan Chai
  • HO Puay Peng, HUI Mei Kei Maggie#, CHEUNG Hei Wai, LO Ka Yu#
    18 May 2004
    C M Wong & Associates Ltd

    Professor Ho Puay-Peng, Architecture Department of the University will conduct the conservation appraisal for the Hong Kong Housing Society preservation projects at two locations in Wan Chai:

    Mallory Street/ Burrows Street
    Stone Nullah Lane (Blue House)

    It is the intention of the Hong Kong Housing Society to take up the preservation projects at the two locations in Wan Chai. The buildings at the site were completed before 1950 and comprises of 13 blocks. In the conservation appraisal we shall include an overall assessment of the architectural and cultural significance of the two projects; an inventory of the existing historical structures and architectural features which are suitable for conservation and/or adaptive reuse; and also an architectural and historical appraisal and technical guidelines for future conservation and /or adaptive reuse.

    Hardcopies of heritage reports, measured drawings and electronic copies would be the final products for this project. (SS02545)


  • Conservation Study of Blue House, Wan Chai
  • HO Puay Peng, LO Ka Yu, LAM Sze Man, NG Wan Yee Wendy, HO Sum Yee
    1 October 2006
    Hong Kong Housing Society

    The aim of the research is to explore possible uses of the Blue House building after conservation. It will provide a framework for understanding the social and occupancy history of the building as well as best practices around the world in the field of adaptive reuse of historical buildings. The research will also include preliminary feasibility study of reverting the building to residential use. In order to complete the research in a comprehensive manner, experts in the field of social history and professionals involved in adaptive reuse will be consulted in the course of the research. (SS06634)


  • Conservation Study, Survey and Record and Condition Appraisal of Tsing Shan Monastery, Tuen Mun, New Territories
  • HO Puay Peng, CHAN Yuen Lai#, NG Wan Yee Wendy, LO Ka Yu
    1 November 2004
    KCL FiSEC Ltd

    Tsing Shan Monastery is an important Buddhist establishment in Hong Kong. The long history of the monastery and its unique architecture are two most valuable assets of the monastery. Although there are now many buildings, the core of monastery demonstrates an architectural style that is not found elsewhere in Hong Kong, and for that matter in south China. The architectural form might have been influenced by ritual requirement, transmission pattern of the Chan school, or perhaps the decisions of previous abbots. This question and the associated questions of the development of architectural style and the history of the architectural development of the site would be one focus of the study. The relationship between Chan Buddhist ritual and the architectonic space will also be a focus in the study. (SS04913)


  • Consultancy Services for the Heritage Impact Assessment for the Former Clubhouse of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club at 12, Oil Street, North Point, Hong Kong
  • HO Puay Peng, HO Sum Yee, LO Ka Yu
    1 March 2008
    Architectural Services Department, HKSAR Government

    Chinese Architectural Heritage Unite (CAHU) is to conduct Heritage Impact Assessment on the site of former Clubhouse of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club at 12, Oil Street, North Point, Hong Kong. The building is a Grade II historical building that comprise of a main building and two annexes built in 1908 for storage if sailing apparatus and receptions of members. The research will include historical and architectural study of the building, conservation policy and strategy for the site, as well as the impact of proposed use to the cultural significance of the site. (SS07860)


  • Heritage Consultancy on Two Temples Under the Management of the Chinese Temples Committee (CTC)
  • HO Puay Peng, HUI Mei Kei Maggie#, FONG Man Sze#, NG Pui Tsz#, LO Ka Yu#
    30 July 2003
    Chinese Temples Committee

    In collaboration with the Chinese Temples Committee (CTC), Professor Ho Puay-Peng, Architecture Department of the University will develop comprehensive heritage consultancy reports on two Chinese temples of Hong Kong: (1) Tin Hau Temple, Joss House Bay, Sai Kung, N.T. (2) Tam Kung & Tin Hau Temple, No.9, Blue Pool Road, Wong Nei Chung, Hong Kong The purpose of the project is to provide adequate information to the CTC for future maintenance and renovation service made to the temples. So, the project team will undertake a detailed measurement, photographic record and historical research before renovation work to the temple commences. It is to recall drawings or reports that have been lost and illustrate the present condition and dimensions of the temples, which at last will produce a full set of measured drawings and photographic record. Site visits and interviews with neighbors in vicinity and meeting with the Secretariat and its appointed architects and engineers are also tasks needed to be done by the team so as to comprise a research as well as a recommendation on conservation. Hardcopies of heritage reports, measured drawings, photographic survey record and electronic copies would be the final products for this project. (SS03507)


  • Photographic Documentation of Pictorial Decorations
  • HO Puay Peng
    1 November 2000
    Leisure & Cultural Services Department, HKSAR Government

    The project is to survey key chinese building in rural Hong Kong for pictorial depiction. A database of representative examples will be compiled. (SS00364)


  • Production of Sectional Model of Tang Chung Ling Ancestral Hall
  • HO Puay Peng, LO Ka Yu, NG Wan Yee Wendy, LAM Sze Man
    20 June 2006
    Antiquities & Monuments Office, Leisure & Cultural Services Department, HKSAR Government

    Chinese Architectural Heritage Unit, Department of Architecture is to provide a service on producing a sectional model of Historic Building for display at the Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre (HDC) of the Antiquities and Monuments Office. The outcome will be a sectional model made of maple, being put in a display case with an illustrated description of the building including a brief account of the history, architecture and cultural meanings of the building. (SS05324)


  • Provision of Conservation Consultancy Services for URA Redevelopment Project at Lee Tung Street/McGregor Street (H15), Wan Chai
  • HO Puay Peng, NG Wan Yee Wendy
    1 August 2005
    The Team Consultant

    The Consultancy service is to provide conservation consultancy and structural engineering services to support the submission of a structural assessment, a conservation plan, photographic and cartographic surveys for the development project at Lee Tung Street / McGregor Street to AMO for approval. (SS05620)


  • Provision of Design Service for the Publication "Traditional Chinese Architecture in Hong Kong"
  • HO Puay Peng, LO Ka Yu, CHAN Yuen Lai#, CHEUNG Hei Wai#
    17 September 2004
    Antiquities & Monuments Office, HKSAR Government

    Among the publications on Hong Kong’s traditional architecture, there has not been any book that provides a comprehensive picture of Chinese traditional buildings in Hong Kong. Existing publications are also single-dimensional and provide no means for complete descriptions of a structure nor interactive comparisons of different structures. This publication will cover 100 representative Chinese complexes in Hong Kong and is a comprehensive catalogue detailing the history, building form and decorations of these complexes expressed in text, drawings and photographs. It is also an interactive device allowing the users to rearrange the complexes for architectural comparison, in terms of size, scale, location and individual architectural elements. This proposed catalogue is the product from the research project “Chinese Traditional Buildings in Hong Kong”, which is funded by the University Grant Committee Earmarked Grant. The research team, led by Professor Ho Puay-peng, has surveyed more than 200(nos) complexes in Hong Kong over the summer of 2002. (SS04338)


  • Provision of Writing, Editing and Design Service for the Publications of the Tsing Shan Monastery
  • HO Puay Peng, NG Wan Yee Wendy
    15 July 2005
    The Managing Trustees of the Charitable Trust of Tsing Shan Monastery

    The Managing Trustees of the Charitable Trust of Tsing Shan Monastery would like to promote the significance of Tsing Shan Monastery through the means of publication. The publication will be a book, pamphlet and leaflet targeted for the general public and tourists who are interested in monastic architecture, traditional Chinese architecture or the monastery itself. Secondary and tertiary students can also use the publications as part of their education in history and the study of Hong Kong culture.

    The publication is based on the researched findings from the project .Conservation Study, Survey and Record of Tsing Shan Monastery, Tuen Mun. commissioned by the Managing Trustees of the Charitable Trust of Tsing Shan Monastery. (SS05658)


  • 古建遊學 - 香港歷史建築探究學習 Travelling and Learning around Historic Building: Inquiry-Based Learning on Hong Kong Historic Architecture
  • 何培斌 HO Puay Peng, 羅嘉裕 LO Ka Yu, 吳韻怡 NG Wan Yee Wendy, ABDULLAH, Victor J.*
    1 July 2006
    Quality Education Fund, HKSAR Government

    現時各中小學在歷史建築專題研習的重點,多在於建築的功能、歷史事件、民族發展和民生事項等,鮮有針對本土建築特色作出觀察和研究,使學生未能對本土文化作全面地認識。 在缺乏相關資源與及教師對本土建築認知不深的情況下,有關本土的建築文化實難有長足的發展。有鑑於此,本計劃透過特定主題的研討會、工作坊及田野考察活動,培訓教師的相關知識,相信定能提高他們的教學效能。 本計劃亦希望透過比賽蒐集有關的教材和學生探究的成果,並把資料作有系統的整理和分析,使全港教師可以參考,改進教學,並促進相關教材的發展。 (SS06483)



Research Publications


  • Conservation Report: Groups of Tenements (Blue House and Yellow House), Wanchai, for Hong Kong Housing Society. Hong Kong: Department of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2007



  • Conservation Report: Groups of Tenements at Mallory Street and Burrows Street, Wanchai, for Urban Renewal Authority, Hong Kong. Hong Kong: Department of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2007



  • "Consultancy Services for the Heritage Impact Assessment for the Site of the Former Clubhouse of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club at 12, Oil Street, North Point." Hong Kong, 2008



  • Heritage Report: Chik Kwai Study Hall, Pat Heung, for Antiquities and Monuments Office, Hong Kong. Hong Kong: Department of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2007



  • "Timber Construction of Vernacular Buildings in Hong Kong." In Structural Studies, Repairs and Maintenance of Heritage Architecture, ed. by C.A. Brebbia, Wessex Institute of Technology, UK. pp.167-175. Southampton, United Kingdom: WIT Press, 2007.
    (CUHK Library Call No: ARL TH3411 .I582 2007)


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