ULI Asia Pacific Webinar: The Meaning and Metrics of Building People Places

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July 8
9:00 am - 10:00 am


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*** Simultaneous interpretation in Mandarin & Korean will be provided during the webinar.

*** A recording can be obtained afterwards for anyone who registers.

Our next regional webinar looks at how Hong Kong’s Island East area manages to foster a sense of community – creating a vibrant place centred on people and wellness while also prioritizing the impact of placemaking and sustainability. Join us to learn how one local developer adopts a unique approach that serves as a methodology to guide future development.


Discussion Leaders:

Catherine LiCatherine Li
Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific

Catherine Li is Chief Executive Officer for Asia Pacific at Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, based in Hong Kong. She has been involved in large-scale infrastructure developments spanning the UK, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Catherine is a board director of the China Britain Business Council (CBBC). She is also a board member of the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, and Vice-Chair of its International Infrastructure Forum (IIF). Catherine is an alumna of Harvard Business School (AMP).


Don TaylorDon Taylor
Director, Office
Swire Properties

Don Taylor is Director and Global Head of Swire Properties’ Office Portfolio, comprising 14 million square feet of completed buildings and projects under development.  In his capacity, Don has responsibility for the design and development, as well as the leasing and management of office property projects both in Mainland China and Hong Kong and leads the US$2 Billion Taikoo Place Redevelopment Project.

Don has also overseen the establishment of the sustainable development exhibition centre, ‘The Loop’ and was instrumental in the set up and success of the accelerator / co-working space, Blueprint, as well as ArtisTree, a unique venue for the visual and performing arts located at the heart of Taikoo Place.  He was also responsible for setting up New Ventures, which was established to source and accelerate the adoption at scale of tech-enabled innovation at Swire Properties.

Don joined Swire Properties Limited in 1991, and has served in a number of roles in Development & Valuation, Retail, Residential and Offices. A Chartered Surveyor, he is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS).


Alain Chiaradia
Associate Professor
The University of Hong Kong

Alain Chiaradia is Associate Professor at The University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Urban Planning and Design, and Programme Director for the Master of Urban Design programme. He is Council Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design, Affiliate of Planners for Climate Action (UN-Habitat), an International Expert on the advisory  scientific committee of Efficacity (a French R&D PPP), and a ULI Member. Alain has been Executive and Board Director of the urban design consultancy Space Syntax Ltd.

Alain was educated in France, Italy and at the Architectural Association, London with degrees in the history of cities and economics. He is an urban designer and architect with 20 years’ experience on placemaking and research on the values of urban design, advising national, regional, and local government, large developer, communities, and international urban design teams.

Alain brings systemic insights from professional urban design consultancies, educating urban designers and urban design research with expertise on complex high-density volumetric urban design. Volumetric urban design offers opportunities yet to be fully understood, embraced, and projected as high-quality liveable and inclusive place.


Fiona Waters
Managing Director
Waters Economics Ltd.

Fiona Waters, is Managing Director, Waters Economics Ltd., a Hong Kong-based Place-Economics Consultancy and Adjunct Associate Professor at The University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Urban Planning and Design. Fiona also sits on the Board of A Plastic Ocean Foundation and is a senior executive of a UK innovation start-up in the Future of City Mobility.

Fiona is a Cambridge economist with experience covering more than 25 years and 20 countries. Her focus is the economics, value and governance of city planning and infrastructure, destination development and the business case of investment. Often working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, her clients include government and public agencies, corporates, international development banks and NGOs.

Fiona is highly regarded for her insight and creativity in turning complex issues into manageable strategies and frameworks with pragmatic objectives and actions; inspiring others to think outside the box.



Amanda Cheung
General Manager, Corporate Branding & Event Management
Link Asset Management Ltd.

Amanda joined Link Asset Management Limited in April as General Manager, Corporate Branding, overseeing brand communications and strategy for the group. Prior to LINK, Amanda was Director, Marketing & Communications at one of the world’s largest privately owned property businesses, Grosvenor Group, responsible for the planning, development and implementation of corporate communications and project marketing for the Asia region.

The role led her to identify impact-driven strategies around community engagement and research into local neighbourhoods. She was also instrumental in managing community partnerships with Caritas Hong Kong to deliver the Neighbourhood Kitchen, a pioneering corporate-NGO collaboration that gives residents of sub-divided flats in Shek Tong Tsui a safe place to cook and socialise.

Prior to Grosvenor, Amanda helped to establish Edelman’s property practice, where she held the role of Director for 10 years. Prior to Edelman, Amanda worked as a features writer for various lifestyle publications and newspapers in Hong Kong.

Amanda is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architect’s Marketing Sub-Committee and Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Programming Committee. Amanda was educated at Southampton Solent University (BA Journalism, 1996-2000).

Webinar Details:

Topic: ULI Asia Pacific Webinar: The Meaning and Metrics of Building People Places

Date: Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Time: 09:00 am – 10:00 am (UTC+8)

Fee: Complimentary for ULI Members | USD30 for Non Members

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Upcoming Webinars:

The ULI Asia Pacific Digital Programme: a platform to connect, learn, and contribute, within the ULI community, at a time when many of our regional events have been postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, will be held every Wednesday 9 a.m. (UTC+8). Upcoming webinars are as follows:

Let’s stay connected and engaged through ULI Asia Pacific Digital Programme.