The Roundtable Sessions at WSBE17 Hong Kong echo with the conference theme “Transforming Our Built Environment through Innovation and Integration: Putting Ideas into Action”. Roundtable 1 emphasises “Ideas” on emerging trends and forward-looking principles to transform the build environment. Roundtable 2 focuses “Actions” and practice-focused viewpoints on leading the changes to drive the sustainable built environment.




Roundtable 1: Emerging Perspectives for Transforming the Build Environment

The construction and real estate sector faces multiple challenges that the solutions today may not be optimal for the future. The knowledge of emerging trends is thus indispensable for the development of innovative and integrative solutions to transform the built environment.

On 5 June (Day 1 afternoon), a group of international industry experts and representatives from various stakeholder groups will gather to stimulate a vibrant dialogue to discuss how the emerging perspectives relate to the topics of high-performance building, deep building renovation, sustainable neighbourhood and community empowerment along the topics of:

  • Buildings as active agents in the urban fabric
  • How to create high real estate value with sustainable urban planning
  • Disruptive innovations transforming sustainable built environment


Prof. Thomas LÜTZKENDORF      


Director, Centre for Real Estate and Head of Chair, Sustainable Management of Housing and Real Estate, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany

Thomas LÜTZKENDORF, Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil, is director of the Centre for Real Estate at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). He holds a PhD (1985) and Habilitation (2000) in the area of implementing sustainable development principles within the construction sector. Within the scope of teaching and research activities he is concerned with questions relating to the integration of sustainability issues into decision making processes along the life cycle of buildings. Prof. LÜTZKENDORF is a founding member of iiSBE and involved in standardisation activities at European (CEN TC 350) and international (ISO TC 59 SC 17) level.


Ar. TAI Lee-siang Prof. Serge SALAT Prof. Arno SCHLUETER Ar. Bryant LU

Ar. TAI Lee Siang

Chair, WorldGBC

Mr TAI graduated with honours from NUS in 1987 and has practiced as architect and urban planner since 1990.  His key projects won both local and international award and was featured in URA exhibition “20 under 45” in March 2004.

In 2011, he was elected as President of Singapore Green Building Council. Under his leadership, the first green building product certification scheme in Singapore was established. In 2013, he was officially appointed as a Board Director of World Green Building Council and was subsequently elected as Chairman in 2016.

Prof. Serge SALAT

President, Urban Morphology & Complex Systems Institute

Serge SALAT is an urban planner, a scientist in the science of complexity, an art historian and an internationally recognised architect/artist. He is the founder and President of the Urban Morphology and Complex Systems Institute based in Paris.

Serge SALAT has been seminal in applying the science of complexity to cities. He has authored more than 20 books on art and architecture, as well as more than one hundred publications and communications. He has opened the way in introducing physics far away from the equilibrium, fractals, as well as network analysis and complexity science to a better understanding of cities.

He is a practicing architect and city planner and advises international organisations such as United Nations, The World Bank, AFD (French Agency for Development) and CDC (Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations), on strategic transitions of urbanization in particular in China, where he brings a unique integration of scientific skills, economic, financial and governance competence with his experience of designer of large scale projects to advise on national policies as well as on specific projects. He is one of the authors of the Fifth IPCC assessment report.


Professor, Architecture and Building Systems ETH Zurich
Principal Investigator, Future Cities Laboratory, Singapore ETH Centre

Arno SCHLUETER holds a degree (Dipl.Ing.) in Architecture from the Technical University of Karlsruhe, a postgraduate degree in computational design and a PhD in building systems from ETH Zurich. In 2010, he was appointed Assistant Professor and in 2014 Professor of Architecture and Building Systems (A/S) at the Institute of Technology in Architecture (ITA), ETH Zurich. Since 2013, he is also Principal Investigator at the Singapore-ETH Future Cities Lab (FCL). In his research, he focuses on the integration of energy and indoor environmental systems into buildings and districts using computational approaches and physical prototypes. In 2009, he co-founded the design and engineering office, where he is part of the management board.

Ar. Bryant LU

Vice Chairman, Ronald Lu and Partners

Bryant is Vice Chairman of Ronald Lu & Partners (RLP); an architectural practice housing over 600 staff across Hong Kong, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Shenzhen. He is a graduate from Cornell University and possesses twenty years of experience in architectural design, management and business development.

Bryant is instrumental in leading development and driving changes at RLP and is honoured to contribute in shaping Hong Kong.  Under his leadership, RLP gained great recognition – receiving over 130 design awards and being selected as a Top 50 architectural firm by “bd” in 2016, one of the most recognised magazines in the architecture industry.


Roundtable 2: Leadership Driving for the Sustainable Built Environment

Taking place on 6 June (Day 2 afternoon), Roundtable 2 will gather international industry experts, policymakers and corporate leaders to discuss the importance of leadership and how various stakeholders could act to drive changes. The topics are:

  • The use of data to showcase outcomes and results to demonstrate environmental, financial and other benefits
  • Decision-making tools to clarify and help leaders make sense of different types of challenges
  • The case of Singapore and Hong Kong on how government leaders approached developing policies for sustainable buildings and environment
  • Experience on how decisions have been made and what will continue to drive change


Ms Christine LOH      

Ms Christine LOH

Under Secretary for the Environment, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Ms Christine LOH was the Chief Executive Officer of the non-profit public policy think tank Civic Exchange prior to joining the HKSAR Government in September 2012.  Prior to founding Civic Exchange in 2000, Ms LOH had spent nearly a decade as a politician and member of the Legislative Council (1992-97 and 1998-2000).       

Before joining the Legislative Council, Ms LOH held senior regional positions in commodities trading, as well as in project negotiation. Having been very active in public affairs since 1980, she had founded or served on boards of a wide range of non-governmental organisations in Hong Kong and overseas concerning a variety of issues including environmental protection, urban planning and design, and equal opportunity. Ms LOH is a lawyer by training.


Dr George BAIRD Mr Douglas WOO Prof. Greg FOLIENTE Mr TAN Tian-chong

Dr George BAIRD

Emeritus Professor, Building Science, School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington

Dr George BAIRD, FCIBSE, FIPENZ, is Emeritus Professor of Building Science at the School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington, where he specialises in building environmental science, sustainable engineering systems design, and building performance generally.

He received the 1999 NZ Science and Technology Bronze Medal “For singular contribution to energy efficiency of New Zealand buildings and to building performance research” and the 2006 international ‘Pioneers of the World Renewable Energy Network’ Award for “contribution to the world of renewable energy”. In 2016 he was appointed a Fellow of the Architectural Science Association.

Author of innumerable technical papers, his major books include: Energy Performance of Buildings, Building Evaluation Techniques, Architectural Expression of Environmental Control Systems, and most recently Sustainable Buildings in Practice, (Routledge, 2010 and China Architecture & Building Press, 2013), a worldwide survey of sustainable buildings.

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Mr Douglas Woo

Chairman & Managing Director, Wheelock and Company Ltd.


Enterprise Professor, University of Melbourne
Regional Director in Asia-Pacific, iiSBE
Founding Director, nBLue Pty Ltd

Prof. Greg FOLIENTE is Enterprise Professor in Sustainable and Resilient Built Environment at the University of Melbourne, the Founding Director of the international consulting practice nBLue Pty Ltd, and the Asia-Pacific Director of the International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment (iiSBE). He is also currently a Guest Professor in the EU-based International Master’s and PhD Programme in Sustainable Built Environment. For over twenty years, he was Senior Science Leader at CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency. He has led a number of successful national and international interdisciplinary research programs, represented Australia in a number of official government “missions”, and served as an expert consultant to United Nations agencies (UNEP and UNFCCC), and the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank. 

Mr TAN Tian-chong

Deputy Managing Director, Built Environment Research and Innovation Institute, Building and Construction Authority

BCA’s Technology Development Group initiates and implements policies and measures to ensure the quality and sustainability of the built environment. The Technology Development Group looks after the BCA Green Mark Scheme and implements the BCA’s Green Building Masterplan which aims to green 80% of Singapore’s buildings by 2030. The Technology Development group also runs the construction quality assessment system (CONQUAS) and the Quality Mark scheme to assess the workmanship quality of building projects in Singapore.

Tian-chong is currently Deputy MD of the Build Environment Research and Innovation Institute in BCA.  He oversees the Research and Innovation programmes which are of strategic importance to BCA and the built environment. These include building energy efficiency, smart and green building technologies and construction quality and productivity.  Key programmes include the $52 million GBIC (Green Building Innovation Cluster) project and the Sky Lab (the world’s first highrise rotatable laboratory for the Tropics) aimed at accelerating the test-bedding and demonstration of latest building technologies in actual building settings.

Tian-chong is an Honorary Advisor of the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC).  He is a committee member of the Singapore Compact for CSR management and a member of the Advisory Board of BCA Centre for Sustainable Buildings Ltd. He was a member of the Singapore Standards Council and the Deputy Chairman of the Building and Construction Standards Committee and a Past President of the Singapore Structural Steel Society (SSSS).

Mr Lincoln LEONG

Mr Lincoln LEONG

Chief Executive Officer, MTR Corporation

Lincoln LEONG Kwok-kuen has been the Chief Executive Officer (‘CEO’) of MTR Corporation and a Member of the Board of Directors since 2015 and a Member of the Executive Directorate since 2002. Mr LEONG is responsible for the Company’s overall performance in and outside of Hong Kong. He joined the Company in 2002 as Finance Director, and was re-titled as Finance & Business Development Director in 2008.  He was appointed as Deputy CEO in 2012 and Acting CEO in 2014. Prior to joining the Company, he worked in the accountancy and investment banking industries in London, Vancouver and Hong Kong. 

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