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Corian® Cooperated with the Architecture Department of the University of Hong Kong for Nurture Future Architects

March 2009, Hong Kong – Corian® further penetrates into the architecture segment by entering into the universities – giving the students a lecture on Corian®, a tour to the Corian® fabrication factory, and also material sponsorship for students to gain hands on experience with handling Corian®.

The course “Computer-aided Architectural Design Methods, Digital to Material” combines material exploration with computer technology, such as CNC machine. Mr. Kan, the Managing Director of the Corian® Macau & Hong Kong distributor Speedtop (HK) Limited delivered a lecture to the master degree students on the properties and fabrication techniques of Corian®.  This followed by a tour to his fabrication factory in Guangzhou to demonstrate the actual cutting, molding,  thermoforming, cooling, gluing and polishing of Corian®. The students found both the lecture and the tour very inspirational and useful.

“I had been using Corian® a lot when I was an architect in New York, and think it would be nice for the students to explore on this material, for it has wide design possibilities. With the aid of computer technology, some students were able to showcase the strength of Corian® as an architectural element”, said Prof. Jason Carlow, Assistant Professor of the University of Hong Kong.

“The University of Hong Kong is one of the most reputable universities in Hong Kong, and we are pleased that the lecture, tour and Corian® material sponsorship would impart the architects of tomorrow with knowledge and experience on Corian® before they begin their career as architects”, said Michael HO, Regional Manager of Corian® in Greater China.

“Computer-aided Architectural Design Methods, Digital to Material” is a master degree course in the University of Hong Kong to develop students with a critical understanding of the inherent possibilities, limitations and contemporary industrial uses of the specific materials studied. Students are expected to proficiently and productively operate the equipment in the fabrication lab to product models and prototypes that explore the use of specific materials with a high level of craft. Corian® and Tyvek® have sponsored materials for students to explore.