I started making images back in 2014 when I took a one-way flight to Africa to document Chinese infrastructure for a year. Since then, I have drawn on my practice in architecture to explore topics about land, borders, globalisation, and memory. Besides photography, I work with the book form, writing, drawings, model making, and found material. 

Currently, I'm working on Searching for Poon, which retraces my grandmother's journey from mainland China, imagining her past in present-day Hong Kong as she loses her memory; New Territories (published by Asia One, 2022), explores the changing landscape of Hong Kong’s northern frontier, re-thinking notions of territory, development and the colonial gaze; Burning critiques ritual and belief with the burning of books made of joss paper. 

Past projects include the Graham Foundation-funded Urban Africa, Made in China which document Chinese development throughout Africa and its impact on Africa's urban future; Black Mountain, Red Earth chronicles the collapse of mining towns and the emergence of the multinational mining industry in the Zambian Copperbelt.

Trained in architecture, I am a registered architect with past experience at Herzog & de Meuron and Office for Metropolitan Architecture.

I currently work between New York and Hong Kong.


過此以往,他將建築與城市理論延展至學科邊界之外。同時,藉由文獻研究、地圖術、既成物等攝影之外的創作手法, 從關註土地發展、全球化等課題,探討更深層次的意義——關於在場、記憶、與缺席。他畢業於康乃爾大學建築學系,為美國註冊建築師,涉獵範圍涵蓋視覺藝術、學術研究及建築理論。






30 April - 05 May, 2024

Field Projects Gallery, New York

Disjecta membra

April 12, 2024

Central Saint Martin, London

Africa and China: Actors, Methods, and Geopolitics in the Everyday

April 12, 2024

AISAC Conference 2024, University of Padua, Italy

Hello Thank You Come In: 50th Anniversary Members Exhibition

18 January - 30 April, 2024

Center for Book Arts, New York 

Space on Paper: Jimei x Arles Book Exhibition 

15 December - 21 January, 2024 

Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Xiamen

Unsettled Ground 未定之境, Transformative Hong Kong

20 May - 23 November, 2023

18th Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice

44:33 - A Photographic Exhibition of 15 Global Photographers

06 September - 30 October

FUJIFILM House of Photography, London

Independent / Underground publications by Chinese-speaking Creators 

15 - 16 September, 2023

Rehearsal Art Book Fair, New York 

New Territories 

05 November - 28 December, 2022

Hong Kong International Photo Festival Satellite Exhibition (HKIPF), Hong Kong

Hong Kong Coastal Trail Challenge 

05 - 19 January, 2023

WMA Space, Hong Kong

Searching for Poon - GFX Challenge Grant Program 2021

04 - 24 November, 2022

Fujifilm Square, Tokyo

Visual Culture 2022

16 March - 03 April, 2022

CICA Museum, South Korea

To be Continued

21 August - 09 October, 2021

Sin Sin Fine Art, Hong Kong 

The Art of Revealing Nature

01 October - 01 November, 2021

Ocean Table x Perrier-Jouët, Hong Kong

At Last Light

01 May - 01 June, 2021

Miss No Order, Hong Kong

Africa-China Journalists Forum & Photo Exhibition

01 November, 2018

Wits Centre for Journalism, Johannesburg

Visions 2050: Lifestyle and the City

20 December 2015 - 10 March,2016

Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture of Shenzhen and Hong Kong



“Searching for Poon - Book Launch”, HART Haus, Hong Kong, December 20 

“Visualizing Africa China”, Wits Africa-China Reporting Project Photo Exhibition, Johannesburg, November 21 

“Black Mountain, Red Earth”, Doctalks x MoMA, October 31, The Emilio Ambasz Institute for the Joint Study of the Built and the Natural Environment, New York

“Beyond Drawings: Fieldwork from Urban Africa”, ARCH 5110/6110 Advanced Architectural Design Studio, Chinese University of Hong Kong, November 09

“Fluid Ground - Stories of Transformation”, Dr. Paolo Zaide, May 20, Transformative Hong Kong, 18th International Architecture Exhibition-La Biennale di Venezia, Venice

"Rethinking Territory along the Northern Border”, Society for Hong Kong Studies x WMA, February 10, Hong Kong

“Temporal and Spatial Dynamics in the Urban History of Hong Kong”, April 04, Prof. Shuo Ha, Department of History and Chinese at CityU, Hong Kong

“Between Landscapes”, The Politics and Poetics of Infrastructure, February 20, University of Hong Kong Division of Landscape Architecture

"Rethinking Territory along the Northern Border”, Society for Hong Kong Studies x WMA, February 10, Hong Kong


"New Territories", December 17, HART, Hong Kong

“Image Making and Re-Enactment: Beyond Territories and Boundaries” Moderated by Christine Lee with Law Yuk Mui and Natalie Lo Lo Lai, 10 December, Kino Cinema, Eaton Hotel, Hong Kong

"Photography Book Talk and Fair", Asia One Tower, 03 December, Hong Kong

"Framing Territories: Beyond Memoirs and Ruins", Moderated by Christine Lee with Lau Chi Chung, Erica Chung, and Justin Hui, 02 December, Kubrick, Hong Kong

"New Territories", Collective Studio, 25 November, Hong Kong

“New Territories”, ULI Hong Kong YLG: Re-injecting Purpose into Real Estate - Northern Metropolis, November 24, Urban Land Institute, Hong Kong

“Exploring different ways of using photography: a talk with HKIPF 2022 Satellite Exhibitors”, November 12, Hong Kong

“From Africa to Hong Kong: Thinking through Images ”, The Politics and Poetics of Infrastructure, Spring 202, March 28, University of Hong Kong Division of Landscape Architecture, Hong Kong

“Decoding Visual Structures in Photography”, The International Symposium for Visual Culture (ISVC) 2022, March 26th, 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, , 17 - 18 February, Finnish Society for Development Research, Helsinki, Finland


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

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

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

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


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


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

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


“Africa-China: Mapping an Emergent Axis”, AUHI, Faculty of Architecture, 23 May, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong


Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Publication Grant, 2023

The Hong Kong Institute of Architects Biennale Foundation for 18th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition, 2023

Hong Kong International Photo Festival (HKIPF) Satellite Exhibition, Exhibition Grant, 2022

Fujifilm GFX Challenge, Regional Grant Award, 2022

Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture of Shenzhen and Hong Kong, Exhibition Grant, Hong Kong, 2015

Graham Foundation Institute for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Research and Development Grant, 2014

Robert Eidlitz Travel Fellowship, Cornell University, 2013


Charles Goodwin Sands Memorial Silver Medal, Cornell University, 2012  

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

Publications and Articles


Hui, Justin. New Territories 界. Hong Kong, Asia One Books, November 2022 

Hui, Justin. Searching for Poon. Hong Kong, Self Published, December 2023

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


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

B.Arch in Architecture, Cornell University, 2011


Registered Architect in State of Massachusetts, USA 

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