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Dr KEE Yee Chun,Tristance

Associate Professor

Department of Design

Faculty of Design and Environment

Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong


  • Design and Contemporary Society
  • Subsainable Design
  • Interior Space & Furniture 
  • Product Desing Master
  • Final Year Project


  • PhD The University of Hong Kong
  • Master of Architecture (Distinction),
  • University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  • Bachelor of Architecture
  • University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada


2016 - current

Full time Associate Professor and Programme Leader

Faculty of Design and Environment

Technology and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong

2009 -2015     

Full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture, University of Hong Kong

Director, Community Project Workshop,Faculty of Architecture, University of Hong Kong



  • Hong Kong Registered Architect and Authorized Person (AP)
  • Architecture Registration Board (ARB)
  • Full Member of Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA)
  • Full Member of Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (MRAIC)
  • Professional Member of Hong Kong Institute of Architectural Conservationists (HKICON)
  • Professional Member of Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design (HKIUD)
  • Director, Hong Kong Interior Design Association – Professional Category (HKIDA)
  • Committee Member of Statutory Professional Registration of Hong Kong Interior Design Industry (RIDA)
  • Director, Hong Kong Architecture Centre (HKAC)
  • Fellow Member of the Centre of Urban Studies and Urban Planning (CUSUP), HKU


  • Tris Kee, Winy Maas et al. (2020) Towers of Choices – Hong Kong Housing Beyond Uniformity, Netherlands Architectural Institute publisher (NAi 010), 240 pages ISBN 9462083746, 9789462083745
  • Tris Kee (2019), Sustainable Revitalization – Adaptive Reuse of Industrial Buildings, Commercial Press, 257 page, ISBN 9789620765582
  • WS Wong, Chan Wing Yan, Alice, Wai Chui Chi, Rosman, Kee Tris, (2018) Building Materials and Technology in Hong Kong, 395 pages, Hong Kong University Press, ISBN 9789888 390984
  • Tris Kee, and Miazzo, F, (2014),  WE OWN THE CITY, Community Practice in Architecture and Urban Planning, Trancity and Valiz, the Netherlands, 295 pages, ISBN 978-90-78088-91-2
  • Tris Kee, and Wong WS, (2012) Architecture Teaching Kit for Senior Secondary Curriculum, for the Education Bureau, HKSAR, HKIA and CreateHK (CSI) funding, ISBN 978-98816930-1-3
  • Tris Kee, Wang, Weijen, and Lee Hoyin (2012), , Old Tai O Police Station – The Evolution of a Centenary Monument, Hong Kong Heritage Conservation Foundation, 160 pages, ISBN 9 789881 602015


  • KEE, T. and CHAU (2019), Economic Sustainability of Heritage Conservation in Hong Kong: The Impact of Heritage Buildings on Adjacent Property Prices, Sustainable Development, 2019, page 1-12. (impact factor 2019: 3.821)
  • KEE, T. (2019), Sustainable Adaptive Reuse – Economic Impact of Cultural Heritage, Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development, Vol. 9 Issue: 2, page 165-18, (CiteScore 2018: 0.95)
  • KEE, T. and A.KING (2018), Impact of Sustainable Product Design on Elderly ErgonomicsErgonomics International Journal (EOIJ), 2(7): 000167
  • KEE, T. (2018), Sustainable Place-Making in Hong Kong: Transforming Urban Crisis to Urban Renewal Opportunities, US-China Education Review B, February 2018, Vol. 8, No. 2, doi: 10.17265/2161-6248/2018.02.00, ISBN 2161-6248
  • KEE, T. (2016), Inter-disciplinary Research & Business Collaboration as a New Design Practice, Global Design Network at the Business of Design Week
  • KEE, T. (2016), What is the Impetus to Move? Amenity-rich Residential Clubs and Retirement Housing Aspirations of the Soon-to-be Old, An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, 2016, Volume 8, Issue 1. Page 43-56
  • KEE, T. (2016) An Emerging Community-Engaged Paradigm in Architectural and Planning Education, The International Journal of Design Education, Volume 10, Issue 3, page 21-33
  • KEE, T. Hong Kong Open Space: Discussion and Revelation, Urban Design, Tsinghua University Press, Volume 201502, page 06-033
  • KEE, T. (2015), Knowledge Exchange and Participatory Practice in Architecture,The International Journal of Design in Society, 2015, Volume 9, Issue 3, 17-25
  • KEE, T. (2015), Cultivating a Participatory Design Practice in Architecture - A Case Study of Hong Kong Housing Authority, The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design, Volume 8, Issue 3-4, page 13-25
  • KEE, T. (2014), Adaptive Reuse of Industrial Buildings for Affordable Housing in Hong KongJournal of Design and Built Environment, 2014, No. 1
  • KEE, T. (2013), Urban Revitalization of Old Industrial District in Hong KongUrban Environment Design, 2013/08, vol. 074
  • KEE, T, Staying at the Forefront of Architecture, Perspective, p64-66, July 2013
  • KEE, T. Contemporary Practice and Global Architecture, Hong Kong Institute of Architects Journal, vol. 65, p26-29
  • KEE, T. Innovative Building Technology Meets Hyper-Luxury Housing, Hong Kong Institute of Architects Journal, vol. 64, p56-59
  • KEE, T. Community Project Workshop, Urban Flux, 2010/04, vol. 14, p50-51


  • Conference Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Development 2019, Harvard University, Boston, USA
  • Conference Proceedings of the 7th Teaching and Education Conference, UCL, London, UK
  • Conference presentation and Key-note Catalyst Case Sharing with Swinburne University of Technology Professor Blair Kuys at the International Conference on Applied Education, Technology and Innovation, THEi, Hong Kong

  • “Sustainable Universal Design in Public Housing for Globally Aging Population”,

    Conference Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Development 2018, Queens College, University of Oxford, U.K

  • “A New Design Education Paradigm - An Multi-Disciplinary Research Approach”, Conference Proceedings of the International Conference on Education and Social Science, Bangkok, Thailand

  • “Sustainable Place-Making Strategies in Hong Kong”, Conference Proceedings of 19th International Conference on Innovation and Sustainable Development (ICISD 2017), Copenhagan, Denmark

  • Invited key-note speaker at the 20/43 Design Forum in Hangzhou by CreateHK

  • Conference Proceedings of the Global Design Network, Business of Design Week 

  • Conference Session Chair and Proceeding of the International Symposium on Social Sciences (TISSS 2015) in Tokyo, Japan

  • Conference Proceedings of the Asia Pacific Network of Housing Research Conference (APNHR) 2015 in Gwangju, Korea

  • Conference Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, Chicago, U.S.A.

  • “Placemaking in Hong Kong: from fragmented space to 3E Placemaking”

    Invited presentation by the Development Bureau, HKSAR

    Barcelona and Hong Kong Urban Exchange, Barcelona, Spain

  • Conference Proceedings, “Articulating the Composite City: The case of Hong-Kong” of the European Symposium on Research in Architecture and Urban Design- EURAU, Istanbul

  • Invited Lectures and design workshops by Department of Cultural and Creative Industry Management, National Taipei University of Education, Taiwan

  • Invited Lecture at the Faculty of Built Environment, University of New South Wales, Australia

  • Invited Lecture at Pakhuis De Zwijger, Amsterdam

  • Invited Lecture at the Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands 

  • Invited Lecture at Department of Architecture, Università IUAV di Venezia, Italy

  • Barcelona – Hong Kong Urban Exchange Conference, Barcelona, Spain

  • Conference Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, Vancouver, Canada

  • Conference Proceedings of the New Urbanism and Smart Transport International Conference, Kuala Lumpur

  • Invited Lecture to the Regional Barcelona and to Prof. Estalislao Roca (Head of the Department of Urbanism, Polytechnic University of Catalonia)

  • Invited Lecture at the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore

  • Conference Proceedings of the Asia Pacific Network For Housing Research Conference 2013, Kuala Lumpur


  • Hong Kong Education Leadership Awards 2019

    by the Asian Confederation of Businesses
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award 2019 by THEi
  • Gold Award in Architecture for Social Innovation at the Cross-Strait Architectural Design Awards 2015 for the design and built project “HK Value Farm” collaborated with Chinese University HK

  • Faculty Knowledge Exchange Award, by the University of Hong Kong (2015)

  • Academic Committee Award, Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture Academic Committee (2014)

  • Union of International Associations (UIA) Golden Cubes Award – Asia Pacific (2013)

  • Low Carbon Research Award by the China Low Carbon Council (2013)

  • UNESCO Asia Pacific Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation – for the Tai O Police Station book publication as part of the Award of Merit for Tai O Heritage Hotel (2013)

  • 40 Under 40 Design Award by Perspective Magazine (2012)

  • Hong Kong Green Building Council Design Merit Award for Interior Design (2012)

  • Hong Kong Council of Professional Volunteering Services Accreditation Programme - Silver Award (2010)

  • Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Roll of Honor (2002)

  • The Ontario Architectural Association (OAA) Guild Medal for Outstanding Thesis Award (2001-2002)


  • 2019   KEE T. – Co Investigator

    THEi Seed Grant – no. SG1819103

    Impact of Co-Design for Under-Privileged Families of Hong Kong for Social Sustainability HK$80,000

  • 2017   KEE T. - Principal Investigator 

    UGC Inter-Institutional Development Scheme (IIDS) No. UGC/IIDS25/H01/17


    Seminar Series on Strategic Approaches in Design and Environment (completed) HK$ 237,771

  • 2016   KEE, T. - Principal Investigator

    THEi Seed Grant – no. SG1617112

    Impact of health care product design on elderly ergonomics (completed) HK$70,000

  • 2014   KEE, T. - Principal Investigator 

  • Research Grant Committee GRF (ECS) – no. 27401214

    What is the Impetus to Move? Cross-border Retirement Migration Plans and Housing Preferences of the Soon-to-be-old Cohort (completed) HK$ 626,400 + HK$ 60,000 (Education Fund)

    2014   KEE, T.  - Principal Investigator 

  • HKU Small Project Funding – no. 201309176060

    Assessing Community Planning in Hong Kong: An Analysis of the Infrastructural Model of West Island Line (completed) HK$ 80,000

  • 2013    KEE, T. - Principal Investigator 

  • HKU Seed Funding for Basic Research – no. 201211159166

  • Adaptive Reuse of Industrial Buildings – Transformation into Quality Housing (completed) HK$ 120,000