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PROGRAMME CODE: HD 102
Online Registration
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Application Code 報名編號 : CC 66 - 201

The construction sector is one of the driving forces behind Hong Kong’s economy. The future looks even brighter for those who are eager to make their creative mark in this vibrant and expanding market. Emerging opportunities such as architectural conservation, sustainable development, urban renewal, building maintenance and most importantly, the blooming construction industry in China will, undoubtedly, open up new prospects for local and non-local architectural career development.

Programme Aims & Features

This programme is designed to give students essential knowledge and skills relating to building and spatial design, building services, construction technology and professional practice of architecture. As a pre-professional graduate, students will be capable of playing a supporting role in the building industry and other allied professions, and of proceeding to further study in related fields.

  • Since 2003, some graduates have progressed to architecture degree programmes at HKU or CUHK.
  • Since 2005, the Aspects of Professional Practice module is designed in conjunction with HKU’s Department of Architecture.
  • In 2010, the first graduate of the programme became a registered architect in Hong Kong.
  • The programme utilizes special studio facilities exclusively for HKU SPACE architectural studies students.
  • The programme includes lots of exciting outside-classroom activities such as building and site visits, project research and an annual architectural study tour in Asia.


The programme utilizes special studio facilities exclusively for HKU SPACE architectural studies students. The programme also includes lots of exiting outside-classroom activities such as building and site visits, project research and an annual architectural study tour in Asia. 

Professional Recognition

Graduate of this programme can become a professional registered architect after completing other professional programmes and passing the professional assessment of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA).

Job Placement

Practical experience is an important part of professional training. Students are selected to work as summer trainees in local or mainland architecture or other related firms.

Opportunities for Further Studies

The programme will also enable students to further their studies. In past years, a considerable number of graduates were accepted by leading local or overseas architecture or design schools as shown in the list below. Students were admitted to Year 1, Year 2 or Year 3 of degree programmes:
  • The University of Hong Kong
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • RMIT University
  • The University of New South Wales
  • The University of Adelaide
  • The Architectural Association (AA)
  • The University of Liverpool
  • The University of Manchester
  • University of Nottingham
  • The University of Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Kingston University
  • University of Westminister
  • University of Northumbria
  • De Montfort University
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Cardiff University

Through-train Pre-enrolment Scheme

Queensland University of Technology, Australia

  • Bachelor of Design (Honours) (Architectural Studies)

University of South Australia, Australia

  • Bachelor of Interior Architecture
  • Bachelor of Architecture Studies

Career Prospects

Previous graduates are now either pursuing degrees in leading local and overseas architecture or design schools or are now working in a wide spectrum of careers. The Government of the Hong Kong SAR, architecture firms, interior design firms, contractors, graphic design companies and building material suppliers are some of the most popular employers.

Special Entrance Requirements

In addition to the minimum entrance requirements, applicants are also required to have a pass in HKCEE Mathematics, or obtained Level 2 or above in HKDSE Mathematics (Core).

GENERIC SKILLS
  • English for Architectural Studies
SPECIALISM

Year 1

  • Architectural Design I
  • Architects in Practice
  • Contemporary Architecture & Our Cities
  • Building Structures I
  • Building Construction I
  • Environmental Controls I
  • Visual Studies I

Year 2

  • Architectural Design II
  • Appreciation in Landscape Architecture
  • Building Structures II
  • Building Construction II
  • Environmental Controls II
  • Aspects of Professional Practice
  • Visual Studies II

Jonathan Siu
Jonathan Siu
  • 2015 Higher Diploma in Architectural Studies, HKU SPACE Community College
  • 2017 BA (Hons) in Architecture, Oxford Brookes University

Through Architecture, I want to express myself in a more interesting way.

Architecture has always been a self-motivated discipline that demands immense amounts of determination. Thus, it is undoubtedly a lifelong challenge to learn Architecture. While I found myself disappointed with the JUPAS result, HKU SPACE CC offered me an opportunity to rediscover my journey.

The Higher Diploma in Architectural Studies programme at HKU SPACE CC is a well- organized programme that provides all-round training for its students. It encourages the balance between 3-D designs and design resolutions, the exploration in historic and cultural contexts, as well as applications in the local practical field. In addition to this witnessing is always one of the best ways to understand Architecture. Here, the programme arranges a field trip every year for students to interact with award-winning architects through their work. In this way, students will also develop and sharpen their critical judgment while being introduced to an array of precedents.

As competitive as this career is, you will surely experience a taste of the attitude and responsibility needed to possess in the career path, let alone the numerous job placements posted by the department every summer.

With a high level of autonomy, I have been able to express my ideas through different media and in-depth research. Also, my work stayed consistent through cross-related modules in the programme. Taking full control over my projects, these two years of self-learning experience have taught me a valuable lesson in discipline.

More importantly, the 2-year programme enriched my portfolio with a collection of projects, on a scale from delicate installations, public pavilions, to large museums. Providing me with a solid base in designing, the programme has enabled me to further pursue my study for BA (Hons) in Architecture at the Oxford Brookes University.

Whether you would like to start practicing in the field or continue on furthering studies, this programme will certainly be an efficient way to help you equip yourself with everything you need to achieve your goals.

Trust your instincts and never let go of what you want to do. The Higher Diploma in Architectural Studies programme at HKU SPACE CC might as well be another option to understand your powers and limits. Step out of your comfort zone and explore yourself.

To fellow students who are in pursuit of Architecture, I wish you all success in your future!

Stephen Lai
Stephen Lai
  • 2006 Professional Diploma of Architectural Studies, HKU SPACE Community College
  • 2008 Bachelor of Applied Science in Architectural Science, Curtin University
  • 2011 Master of Landscape Architecture, The University of Hong Kong

After my unsatisfactory JUPAS result, I was worried about the future. With a lack of practical knowledge, skills and work experience, it was a very tough period for me and I began to think about what my talents were. I was frustrated but I knew that design was one of my major interests, which includes architecture, interior design, urban design and product design. However, I found that I was drawn more toward architecture as it can provide me with a broader thinking and learning base.

I spent 5 years studying architecture, first in the Professional Diploma in Architectural Studies at HKU SPACE CC, then the Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science in Architectural Science, a joint collaboration between HKU SPACE and Curtin University in Australia. HKU SPACE CC gave me a very good platform to learn, to examine and to discover. Both programmes guided me to explore what design is and taught me how to design. There is no regret of my decision to study at HKU SPACE CC; in fact, I feel proud of it. I understand that post-secondary studying is a self-motivated learning process, especially in architecture; it is a kind of spiritual and self-determined learning.

The Professional Diploma in Architectural Studies at HKU SPACE CC was a very well-structured architectural programme which offered me all-rounded training and a solid foundation. They offered training through building design projects, group presentations and discussions with design lecturers, as well as complementary courses in both practical and technical knowledge. It helped me develop the right attitude to study, enabled me to further pursue my study for a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture at The University of Hong Kong, and aided in my career advancement.

Performing well and receiving good results during my studies in HKU SPACE CC allowed me to pursue other interests like landscape architecture, a field that has a very high potential to develop into my career. Upon graduation from the Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture, I began my practical training at a landscape architecture firm. Working there for 2 years, I found that the variety of project types is large and more interesting. After my promotion to Senior Landscape Designer at my current company, I need to handle both project management and design; it is challenging and exciting for me every day.

I hope that my sharing could inspire you. Hard work may not lead you to succeed, but it is the only way to help you create opportunities. HKU SPACE CC provides excellent opportunities for those who want to develop a new brilliant career path in the future.

Chan Ying Lam Zara
Chan Ying Lam Zara
  • 2009-11 Professional Diploma in Architectural Studies
  • 2011-12 Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science) Year 1, Curtin University Australia

What is architecture?

This was the first question asked of me during me first lesson in the Professional Diploma in Architectural Studies (PDAS), I responded with "pretty buildings".

Upon my completion of the HKALE, I studied in PDAS for two years, and learnt that architecture is not simply good-looking buildings. The core design studio allowed me to develop my ideas and to consolidate them into architecture. Tutors in the course encouraged me to explore all kinds of possibilities which were beneficial to my study as well as my future career and throughout my life.

On the other hand, what I learned in the programme is not based purely on imagination. Practical courses on Building Structure and Building Construction gave me a clear understanding of construction methods. The Architectural History course allowed me to understand the importance of historical, social, political and economic influences on architecture. The Building Laws and Regulations course was taught so that I understood the process and limits of actual practice. All these courses formed a powerful foundation to support my design development.

As most of our lecturers and tutors are practising architects, they gave me the benefit of their practical experience and provided much guidance in relation to my studies and future career path.

In addition to the regular courses, field trips and academic exchanges also broadened my horizons. I was exposed to different cultures apart from those visible in Hong Kong. All these extracurricular activities provided valuable opportunities for my learning.

The most valuable lesson I have obtained from the course is actually "how to learn", which I believe is essential for lifelong improvement.

I am now pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Science degree (Architectural Science) at Curtin University. All the knowledge I acquired in PDAS has been invaluable to my tertiary studies in architecture and fuelled my passion for the field, even more strongly.

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