Benoy Directors Recognised at 40 Under 40 Awards

1 June 2016

Benoy is proud to announce that two of its Directors have been recognised at Perspectives annual ‘40 Under 40’ Awards. The leading architecture and design publication honoured 40 future leaders of Asia’s design industry in its 10th edition of the awards at a ceremony on 24 May in Hong Kong.

Benoy Directors Stephen Chow and Ferdinand Cheung were both awarded in the ‘Architecture’ category and recognised for their professional achievements, contributions to the industry and their potential to shape the design world in which they work. The award categories cover a total of six design fields which include – Architecture, Art, Fashion, Graphic and New Media, Interiors, and Products.

“One of the principles of Perspective is to give recognition to outstanding work and outstanding talent,” said Perspective Limited publisher Nigel Oakins. “The 40 Under 40 events help to achieve this and it is encouraging to see such high standards displayed by architects and designers from across the region.”

Stephen was at the event to collect the award and commented on the awards saying, “Thank you to Perspective magazine for their recognition in the 40 Under 40 Awards this year. This is a wonderful achievement, both professionally and personally, for Ferdinand and I. We are looking forward to being part of the Alumni group and continuing to support the rising talent in Hong Kong’s design industry."

Ferdinand was unable to attend due to the International Council of Shopping Centers’ event in Las Vegas where he collected the top global award for Chengdu IFS.









The Recipients

Stephen Chow is a Director in Benoy’s Hong Kong Studio. With more than 15 years’ experience, he has continued to push the boundaries of his career, both geographically and across his scope and skillset. His portfolio of work spans the Retail, Commercial, Mixed-Use and Transit-Oriented sectors across the Asia Pacific region. Most recently, he has been the leading force behind Benoy’s expansion into Japan; a difficult market for foreign architects, but one in which he has succeeded due to his diversity of expertise and adaptability to new cultures.

Outside of the studio, Stephen continues to pursue his love of design through various competitions. He was awarded first prize for his revitalisation of the Tai O District in Hong Kong and second prize for his redevelopment of the North Point Promenade. With an interest in academics, Stephen is also a guest critic at both the University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Polytechnic University and a part-time studio lecturer at the Hong Kong Design Institute.

Together with Stephen, Ferdinand Cheung is part of Benoy’s Hong Kong Directorship and is an Architect with more than 17 years of experience covering a diversity of typologies. Ferdinand currently spearheads Benoy’s Asia portfolio in large-scale, mixed-use projects which include the high-profile International Finance Square (IFS) projects for Wharf Group. His design philosophy centres on connecting people with their environments which can be seen, for example,  in his work for Chengdu IFS, Parc 66 in Jinan and ‘Skyhigh’ at 10 Pollock’s Path in Hong Kong. The former has recently won the International Council of Shopping Centers’ top global award, the VIVA (Vision, Innovation, Value, Achievement) Best-of-the-Best Design and Development Award.

Supporting the next generation of designers, Ferdinand has been an Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) supervising the design studio of the final year Master’s thesis students. He is also a regular Guest Critic at HKU and the architectural department of the Hong Kong Design Institute. Ferdinand will also join the judging panel for Perspective’s A&D Trophy Awards later this year, helping to assess the Student Architecture submissions. 

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