School of Architecture, CUHK
TIEBEN, Hendrik

Prof. TIEBEN, Hendrik (田恆德)

School Director, Professor

DSc (ETH Zurich)
Post Dipl. (ETH Zurich)
Dipl. Arch (TUBS)

Rm. 306, Lee Shau Kee Architecture Building, CUHK

3943 8095


Hendrik TIEBEN is an architect, researcher and educator devoted to the creation of healthy and inclusive cities. He is a Professor and Director of the School of Architecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He joined CUHK in 2006 and previously served as the Founding Director of the Master of Science in Urban Design programme, and Associate Director of the B.S.Sc. in Urban Studies programme. Prof. Tieben received his architecture education in Germany, Italy and Switzerland and holds a Doctor of Science degree from ETH Zurich. He is a registered architect in Germany (AKNW) and a Founding Member and academic advisor of the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design.

Over the past few years, Professor Tieben developed a series of public space and placemaking projects to empower local communities, which were featured in international publications and biennale exhibitions. He served as an editorial board member of the ICE Journal Urban Design and Planning and scientific board member of the International Forum on Urbanism. In his current research, Professor Tieben focuses on the relationships between urban forms, health and wellbeing. One of his latest projects was the global initiative “2020: A Year without Public Space under the COVID19 Pandemic”, a collaboration with the Journal of Public Space (a partner of UN Habitat) which attracted attendees from more than 80 countries.


2020: A Year without Public Space under the COVID19 Pandemic

Sustainable communities lab for people’s multifaceted well-being

Conservation of Industrial Heritage at the Ma On Shan Iron Mine

Magic Carpet

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Research Interests

Urban Design, History and Theory, Sustainable Communities, Public Space and Community Empowerment


Y.F. Chen & H. Tieben, “Reflections on Emerging Public Space Design Approaches in Hong Kong,” in M. Mitrasinovic and T. Jachna, Public Space in a Chinese Megaregion: Contemporary Urban Practices and Design Strategies of the Greater Bay Area, Routledge (in print).

Cate Christ & H. Tieben (2020), “Magic Lanes: A Place Making Approach for Laneway Spaces in Hong Kong,” in M. Gibert-Flutre and H. Imai (Eds.), An Urban Vernacular in Times of Globalization, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 165-186.

B. Ahl and H. Tieben (2015). Modern Chinese Court Buildings, Regime Legitimacy and the Public, in: International Journal for the Semiotics of Law.

H. Tieben, E. Baniassad, S. Govada, & H. Grace (2014), Measuring community benefit in public space transformation: A case study of Centre Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, New Urban Configurations, IOS Press & Delft University Press, 535 – 544.

H. Tieben and S. Govada (2013), Negotiating and Designing Public Space – Experiences with a new M.Sc. in Urban Design Program in Hong Kong, IN_BO. Ricerche e progetti per il territorio, la citta e l’architettura, Vol. 4, n. 1., 187-222.

H. Tieben (2013), Hong Kong’s Urban Transformation 2005–2012: A Review and Outlook, in FutureArc, March-April, Vol. 29 (urban edition reviewing 10 years of transformation of four Asian cities), 50-59.

H. Tieben (2011) Emerging Cross Border Tourism Region Macau-Zhuhai: Place to Play/Place in Play, ARA Journal of Tourism Research/Revista de Investigacion en Turismo, Vol. 3, No. 2, 143-151.

H. Tieben (2011), Cities and Design Rules: An Architect’s Approach, in Urban Morphology, 15(2) October, 163-167.

H. Tieben (2011), Bi-City Macau & Zhuhai – More Happiness with Big Plans Ahead? in Domus China, September, 57, 118-121.

T. Chung & H. Tieben (2009), Macau: Architecture and urbanism in the first post-handover decade, 1999-2009, editorial, World Architecture 234, 12, 18-20.

H. Tieben (2009), Urban Image Construction in Macau in the First Decade After the ‘Handover’, 1999-2008, Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, vol. XXXVIII , 1, 49-72.

Research Projects

As Principle Investigator:

Since 2015 – Magic Carpet – To Ka Wan, Quality Education Fund project, funded by Hong Kong Government, with Anthony Fung (Director of the School of Journalism and Communication).

Since 2014-15 – Re-envisioning Community Space in Tin Shui Wai, Knowledge Transfer Project, with Anthony Fung (Director of the School of Journalism and Communication).

Since 2013-14 – Re-envisioning Community Space in Sai Ying Pun, Knowledge Transfer Project with Anthony Fung (Director of the School of Journalism and Communication) and Colin Fournier (Visiting Professor).

Since 2014 – Measuring the impact of the MTR West Island Line on public space and community life in Hong Kong’s Western Districts, competitive General Research Fund project. Co-Investigators: E. Baniassad, S. Govada, H. Grace & R. Ho.

Since 2013-15 – Investigating the Urban Design Guidelines of the PRD cities: Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macau and Shenzhen, competitive General Research Fund of the Research Grants Council Hong Kong SAR, Co-Investigator: Prof D. Liu (CUHK)

Since 2012-14 – Measuring Community Benefit in Public Space Transformation in
Older Urban Districts: A Case Study of Sheung Wan & Sai Ying Pun, competitive General Research Fund of the Research Grants Council Hong Kong SAR, Co-Investigators: E. Baniassad, S. Govada, H. Grace & R. Ho.

As Hong Kong partner of international research projects:

2015-16 – Mobilising the Periphery, research project investigating urban peripheries in Africa, America, Asia and Europe organised by the ANCB Metropolitan Lab with Schindler Transit Management Group, Berlin.

2013-15 – International Urban Lab+ Network, funded by the Erasmus Mundus program of the European Union. The project focused on “Urban Inclusion”. The network included eight urban laboratories in Berlin, Calabria, Johannesburg, Lausanne, Hong Kong, Mumbai and Santiago.

2011-13 – Mn’M: Measuring the Non-Measurable, initiated by Darko Radovic (PI), at Keio University, Tokyo, funded by a Japanese Government Grant. The project investigated Urban Densities and Intensities in ten cities in Asia, Australia and Europe.

Advised Theses

Graduated PhD students supervised by Hendrik Tieben


  • Yongming CHEN, From the Cold War Front Line to the Global City: Everyday Politics in Urbanization of Boat People’s Settlement, Xiamen, 01/11/2014-31/08/2019.

The study received the distinguished Anthony Sutcliffe Dissertation Award by the International Planning History Society (IPHS) in 2020.


  • Kuang DA, Learning from Floods: Understanding the Relationship between Flood Experience and Flood Resilience, co-supervisor Liao Kuei-hsien, 01/08/2016-31/08/2020.


  • Mika SAVELA, The Urgent Modernity – Reviewing Displays of New Urban China Amidst the Curatorial Turn and Global Biennialization, 01/01/2012-31/01/2016.

After graduating Mika Savela was awarded a Carnegie Mellon Fellowship for a research at the Canadian Centre of Architecture and then became Editor in Chief of the Finish Architecture Review, the leading architecture journal in the country.


  • HUANGFU, Wenzhi, Between Seeing and Being Seen: Understanding a Social Logic Based on Asymmetry of Single Visual-Interaction (ASVI) in Built Space and its Application in Space Analysis, co-supervisor Thomas Chung, 01/08/2016-30/09/2019.


  • Alex ZIPPRICH, Designing the University with the City: A Study of Campus Typologies emerging with Urbanization: The Architecture and Space of Hong Kong’s Universities in the Context of Time and Place, 01/08/2008-31/07/2015.


  • Charmaine HUI Cheung Man, Ontological Politics: The Discursive Construction of Built Heritage Conservation in Hong Kong, co-supervisor Pui-Peng Ho, 01/08/2015-31/07/2019.


Graduated Master of Architecture students supervised by Hendrik Tieben


– Jim Tak CHUN, Add-on Space – Installation Space for Social Conversation

– Eddie KWAN, Tracing the past – The Forgotten Mining Community of Ma On Shan

– Carol NING, The Conservation of Gwo Laan


– Kelvin LI, Fragments of Memories

– Jackson CHAI, Revitalise the Former Industrial Landscape Ma On Shan Iron Mine


– Annie CHAN, Redevelopment of Choi Hung Estate in Fostering the Social Interaction

– Shita LAM, Alternative City Life for Working Youth in Hong Kong

– Sonia SO, Biophilic Acupuncture


– Vivian Lee, Self-Sustainable Community under World Heritage Label

– Jasmine LEUNG, An Alternative to Current Mass Transit Typology in Hong Kong

– Calvin SIU, Street Revitalization of Abandoned Space in High Density City


– Katherine LOK, Rethinking Hong Kong Lane as Alternative Public Space

– Cindy CHAN, Organic Affordable Housing

– Barry Tsui, Dignity to Absence: Respectful Status and Journey


– Kathleen TSANG, A Complementary Social Network as Catalyst between Old and New

– Kenneth CHAN, People Voice – City Life

– GAO Ying, Reviving the Slab Block Type


– Celine CHONG, New Urbanized MTR Model

– Stella IEONG, Social Hybrid Infrastructure

– Vanessa KWOK, From Car Park to Community “Park

– Louis LAW, Perceptual Journey of Locus


– Alan CHANG, Undefine – Ranger Centre on Lantau Island

– Ryan IP, Urban Rules as Alternative Design Tools to Re-define the Public Realm

– Tony LEUNG, Vertical Urban Prison in Hong Kong

– Kingsley LIANG, Architecture of Redistribution in Macau


– Jenny WAN, Alley as the Communal Spaces for Beijing

– Sophy SHEK, New Mobility Hub in Beijing

– Seven WONG, Social Connection in High-rise City

– Doris YUE, Formulating a New Station Identity


– Steven HO, Shopping Mall as Privately-owned Public Space

– Eugene LEUNG, Transportation Hub as the New Urban Center

– Jonas TANG, Blue Space – Bringing the Harbor to the City


– William LUK, Enhancing the Public Realm through POPS

– Caspar LAM, Multi-scalar Infrastructure


– Theresa CHOW, Identity of a District – Yau Ma Tei

– David WING, Dissolving Urban Boundaries in Shenzhen

– Hung CHIM, Background – Housing Estate in Hong Kong


– Waiman KWOK, Future Heritage in Hong Kong

– Wilson NG, 3DDLC – Three-Dimensional Dynamic Labyrinthine City

– Wang Chung YAN, Urban Cut

– Mimi TO, Wasteland in the City

Honours and Recognitions

Best Paper Award, 6th IFoU Conference, TOURbanism-toURBANISM, Catalonia Politechnic University (UPC), Barcelona, 2012.

Best Paper Award, 4th IFoU Conference, The New Urban Question – Urbanism beyond Neo-liberalism”, TU Delft, Amsterdam & Delft, Netherlands, 2009.

Doctoral Scholarship, ETH Zurich (1999-2002)

Fellow of the German National Academic Foundation (1990−1995)

Honorary Appointments

HKIUD – Founding Member and Academic Advisor

AIA International Associate Member

AKNW – Registered Architect (NRW Germany)

Professional Consultancy Work

URA Consultancy Study – Kowloon City

Magic Lanes, Urban Renewal Fund Project (with Caritas Mok Cheung Sui Kun and CACHe), Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

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