Drawing on my practice in architecture and urbanism, I explore themes that engender land development, absence, memory, phenomenology, and globalization. As well as photography, I use mediums such as archival research, writing, mapping, and found objects.


I started my journey back in 2014, when I boarded a one-way flight to Tanzania and documented Chinese development in Africa for a year, culminating in Urban Africa, Made in China that was funded by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. I also chronicled the collapse of mining towns and the emergence of global mining industries in the Zambian Copperbelt in the series, Black Mountain, Red Earth.


Currently, I focus on projects concerning Hong Kong. Searching for Poon retraces my grandmother's journey from mainland China into Hong Kong, imagining her past in present-day Hong Kong as she loses her memory; New Territories explores the changing landscape of Hong Kong’s northern frontier, caught between its past and ongoing integration with mainland China.


I'm a registered architect who has worked at Herzog & de Meuron and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, and currently work between design, research, visual art, and retail development. 


Born in the United States, I spent half my life between Arizona and Hong Kong, and much of the rest in Europe, Africa, and elsewhere.  


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info@justin-hui.com


Lectures

“Mind the Mind”, April 24, 2022, Global Shapers Community Hong Kong, World Economic Forum, Hong Kong

“From Africa to Hong Kong: Thinking through Images ”, The Politics and Poetics of Infrastructure, March 28, Spring 2022, University of Hong Kong Division of Landscape Architecture 

“Decoding Visual Structures in Photography”, The International Symposium for Visual Culture (ISVC) 2022, March 26th, 2022 Gimpo, South Korea 

"Urban Africa and its Culture of Re-appropriation”, Vulnerabilities and power relations in China’s engagement in the global south, Development Days 2022: Infrastructures, technologies, and vulnerabilities in global development, Finnish Society for Development Research,  Helsinki, Finland, 17 - 18 February, 2022 

“Urban Africa, Made in China”, COLLECTIVE, Hong Kong, June 04, 2021

“Architecture Cook Along”, Asia-Pacific Leadership Conference, Cornell University, Hong Kong, 16 April, 2021

“Black Mountain, Red Earth”, The Politics and Poetics of Infrastructure, 23 March 2021, University of Hong Kong Division of Landscape Architecture 

“China’s World Cities”, Transfer: Diffusions and Mobilities in the Built Landscapes of Asia and Beyond, University of Hong Kong Department of Architecture,  31 May to 01 June, 2019

“Visualising Africa-China: Directions in Photography and Perspective”, Africa-China Journalists Forum 2018, Johannesburg, South Africa, November 1, 2018

“Urban Africa, Made in China”, China-Africa in Global Comparative Perspective, Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Brussels, Belgium, June 27, 2018

“Africa-China: Mapping an Emergent Axis”, AUHI, Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, March 30, 2018


Grants

Hong Kong International Photo Festival (HKIPF) Satellite Exhibition Grant 2022 for "New Territories"

Fujifilm GFX Challenge Grant - Regional Grant Award, 2021 for "Searching for Poon"

Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture of Shenzhen and Hong Kong Exhibition Grant, Hong Kong, 2015 for "Urban Africa, Made in China"

Graham Foundation Research and Development Grant, 2014 for "Urban Africa, Made in China"

Robert Eidlitz Travel Fellowship, Cornell University, 2013 for "Offshore Urbanism in the Zambian Copperbelt"

Awards 

First Prize for Best Thesis, Charles Goodwin Sands Memorial Silver Medal, Cornell University, 2012 for "Transfer"

Silver in Other/Feature Story, Prix de la Photographie Paris PX3, “Vessels”, 2021

Bronze in Fine Art/Landscape, Prix de la Photographie Paris PX3, “At Last Light”, 2021

First Place, Royal Geographic Society John McDermott Photography Competition Masterclass, 2017 

Finalist, ONE Prize Design and Science International Competition, 2013

Urban Intervention Category, D3 Unbuilt Visions International Architecture Competition, 2012

First Place, Piranesi: An Interpretation of the Prison Series Design Competition, 2010

Finalist, ACSA Re-thinking Salk Institute International Design Competition, 2010

Finalist, KPF Travelling Fellowship, 2010

Watts Family Rome Scholar, 2010

H. Roy Kelley Scholar, 2009

Rose Mendez Memorial Scholar, 2009

First Place, NOMA National Student Design Team Competition, 2008

First Place, Edwin E. Seipp Memorial Design Competition, Cornell University, 2008


Exhibition

"New Territories", October - December, 2022, Hong Kong International Photo Festival (HKIPF) Satellite Exhibition (Upcoming)

"Fujifilm GFX Challenge Grant 2021", November, 2022, Fujifilm Square, Tokyo (Upcoming)

Aurum, Hong Kong Affordable Art Fair, August 4-7, 2022 (Upcoming)

“Visual Culture 2022”, March 16 – April 3,  2022, CICA Museum, Gimpo, South Korea

“Art of Revealing Nature”, October, 2021, Ocean Table x Perrier-Jouët / Tasting Kitchen, Hong Kong

“At Last Light: Justin Hui x Jaakko Sorsa”, July 2021, Ocean Table, Hong Kong

“At Last Light”, May - June, 2021, Miss No Order, Hong Kong

To be Continued, 20 August - 09 October, 2021, Sin Sin Fine Art, Hong Kong 

Africa-China Journalists Forum & Photo Exhibition, November 2018, Johannesburg, South Africa

Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture of Shenzhen and Hong Kong, 2015 for "Urban Africa, Made in China"


Publications

Nowness Asia [@Nownessasia]. Featured photos from series “Urban Africa, Made in China.” Instagram,  29 May, 2021, https://www.instagram.com/p/CPZw25_gjgh/

Hui, Justin. “Urban Africa, Made in China, 非洲城,中國製造”,  2016. Print. 

Photography appears in

Lee, Ching Kwan. The Specter of Global China: Politics, Labor, and Foreign Investment in Africa. The University of Chicago Press, 2017.

Articles and Chapters

Hui, Justin. "Global Towns in the New Copperbelt." MONU: Transnational Urbanism 22 (2015): 38­41

Hui, Justin. "Deconstructing the Death Star." CLOG:SCI­FI (2013): 110­11. Print.

Hui, Justin “Locomotive City”, LUNCH8: Futures for Sites Unknown (June 2013)

“In Progress: Thom Mayne Studio”, Cornell AAP Newsletter 07, (November 2009).

“On Landscape and Architecture: Interview with Michael Manfredi”, Association Vol. 4, (June 2010)

“Interview with Pezo von Ellrichshausen Architects”, Association Vol. 4, (April 2010)

Books edited 

Association Volume 4, Spring 2010 (Cornell AAP), as Editor ­in Chief

Association Volume 3, Spring 2008 (Cornell AAP), as Editor

Association Volume 2, Spring 2006 (Cornell AAP), as Editor


Education

MSc(RE) in Real Estate, University of Hong Kong, 2019

Concentration in Finance and Investment


B.Arch in Architecture, Cornell University, 2011

Concentration in Theory of Architecture


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