Hong Kong

The Architecture Experience – Hong Kong takes participants on a 7-day journey across the city of Hong Kong to understand Liveability, Sustainability, and Inclusivity in Hyper Dense Environments. Participants will explore urban development over the years, with a particular focus on creating sustainable environments that offer a high quality of life for residents. The program places a strong emphasis on community involvement as a critical stakeholder in urban development. Throughout the visits, the theme of sustainability is explored from both macro and micro perspectives. Participants can also observe local identity areas that have been rejuvenated with new public spaces, upgraded streetscapes, and thoughtfully integrated homes and amenities.

Hong Kong drone view

View showcasing the Hyper-Dense Environments of Hong Kong

Image on top – The Hong Kong Skyline







What is The Architecture Experience - Hong Kong?

The best approach to growing as an architect is to learn from experiencing and observing. The Architecture Experience aims to do just that. Participants get to observe the evolution of high-density built environments and their relationship with the natural environment through site visits, and interactions with agencies, and document the learning in a themed narrative for later referencing. The Experience will be a seven-day long curated educational tour for up to twenty participants, across the city of Hong Kong.

These visits will focus on urban development through the years with a focus on the current needs of creating a sustainable environment with a high quality of life, involving the community as stakeholders. All the while looking at sustainability as an underlying theme from the macro to the micro level. The visits also include observations of local identity areas rejuvenated with new public spaces, upgraded streetscapes, or sensitive injection of new homes and amenities.


In the 7 days, participants will get to work on their own Capstone project in sync with their subjects in college or work. These projects will be relevant for an urban landscape, with inspiration taken from places visited during this Experience.

Jockey Club Innovation Tower by Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Iwan Baan

Upcoming batches

How Much Does It Cost?

INR 125,000 / $1,600

The price includes flights ex-New Delhi, India. The price without flights is $1,250. Please contact us if you are a NASA India student, for discounted pricing.

What does the cost include?

Domain Expert Guidance

Course Material



local & airport transfers

breakfast & dinner


entry fees

Our Partners


Rachita Bhonsle

MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology

Curator & Tour leader - The Architecture Experience


The trip allowed me a very holistic experience of the cities, which is a first for me despite having been on quite a few “study” trips. It encompassed everything from contemporary and historically relevant site visits to vibrant day and night markets, offering insights into various aspects beyond architecture- food, culture, history, and so on. To our surprise and joy, the lively local New Year celebrations added a dynamic dimension, revealing various facets of the city's essence. It was encouraging to see studios and practices using sustainability and adaptive reuse as forefront agendas in a relatable urban context. I enjoyed seeing the variety in the typologies and languages of architecture within the same city. Would definitely want to explore more into the observations and learnings from Vietnam. Having been a small group, there were a lot of spontaneous discussions encouraged and initiated by Atul Sir, that made me look a few more steps beyond just the surface and helped me catch onto certain aspects in a much more simplified way. He was really a great mentor to have on this trip!
Ayushi Madan
4th Year, Wadiyar Centre For Architecture, Mysore
(Participant - Vietnam, February 2024)
I loved the Bawa site visits(especially Lunuganga) and meeting with Palinda. The fact that we could closely experience Bawa's works would definitely add to our designs and projects. All the important spots were thoughtfully covered and personal attention was given everywhere. Guidance from Rachita, on not only the project but also on architecture as a field, was really helpful. She is amazing and is an excellent mentor. She answered all our questions patiently and is a very sweet and friendly person. Overall planning and organizing of the tour was amazing. We were allowed to explore on our own and make changes to the itinerary if required, which gave us more exposure. Lastly, it was an extremely fun trip where we enjoyed 24x7 and made unforgettable memories. Kudos to Ankit and The Happy Llamas!
Chirag Betgeri
2nd Year, MMCOA, Pune
(Participant - Sri Lanka, October 2023)
10 out of 10! The Galleries we visited were really innovative with excellent technology and the neighbourhood with its unique character and vibrancy.I loved the lecture with Ar. Neo Sei Hwa. It gave me an insight into the evolution of Singapore as a city as well as the master's programme and practice opportunities there. Having learnt a lot about Singapore’s energy-efficient buildings, organised human settlement patterns, comfortable climate and rich culture in the previous semesters of our UG, it was really insightful to be able to see and experience them in person. Ar. Rachita was an excellent guide and mentor and guided us perfectly throughout the trip so that we didn’t miss out on the major architecture-rich hotspots, every typology ranging from heritage to contemporary structures, as well as the major tourist attractions in Singapore. Overall it was an amazing experience with lots of learning and fun that got me so attached to Singapore’s culture, architecture, diversity and improvised automation.
Rithika Ragunath
4th year, CARE school of Architecture, Trichy
(Participant - Singapore, February 2024)

Sustainable Development Goals

All our Experiences are aimed at implementing and solving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN. Goal no. 17 ‘Partnerships for the Goals’ is key to our Experiences, since we work with a global team of experts to be able to add value to the learning of the participants. The Architecture Experience Hong Kong focuses on 3 of the Goals primarily.

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Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation​

– Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and transborder infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being.

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Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable​

– By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing

– By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement

– By 2020, substantially increase the number of cities and human settlements adopting and implementing integrated policies and plans towards inclusion, resource efficiency, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, resilience to disasters

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Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

– By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources

– Support developing countries to strengthen their scientific and technological capacity to move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption and production


–  Students and fresh graduates from architecture colleges and related fields

–  Young professionals from architecture, design and related fields who want to explore Liveability, Sustainability, and Inclusivity in Hyper Dense Environments in Hong Kong

Young architects from metro cities could benefit exponentially from observing architecture in a city where the mixed-use dense urban fabric coupled with excellent public transport affords its residents ease of access, convenience, and precious savings in travel time. For businesses, the density offers significant economic advantages. The concentration of people facilitates the exchange of ideas, spurs productivity and innovation, and contributes to the vibrant living-working environment of the city. This is an important parallel to draw with urban cities like Mumbai, New Delhi, New York, London, and Berlin.

Yes! This Experience will take up to 20 participants. These participants will be split into smaller teams to execute projects which are designed to give added value to their ongoing projects (school or live)

The Architecture Experience is designed with the intent of enhancing architectural understanding. To this end, a short capstone project is included as part of the experience. The participants will explore methods of observation and documentation while focusing on ideologies of high density environments.

The Experience is designed with the intent of enhancing architectural understanding, by creating a hands-on and interactive learning layer on top of a curated travel plan. Throughout the trip, participants will visit architecturally relevant sites, both historic and modern. The project aims to encapsulate all this learning with an urban context.

Yes! From a logistics point of view, this price includes the cost of accommodation, flights, visas, breakfast and dinner, local and airport transfers, and entry fees where applicable.

A building can only be understood by moving around and through it, and by experiencing the modulation, and feel the spaces one moves through - from outside into verandah, then rooms, passages, courtyards. Architecture cannot be totally explained but must be experienced."

Geoffrey Bawa

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Hong Kong Design Institute

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