ARCHITECT &

HERITAGE CONSERVATION SPECIALIST

Advocating the idea that “conversion is about the management of change” as a forward looking take on conserving Hong Kong’s heritage is much more than just keeping the odd building up here and there. While we must respect and learn from the past, we also need to embrace the inevitable changes by celebrating, enhancing and evolving the distinct ‘spirit’ of the different districts of Hong Kong.
— Roger Wu, on his TEDxWanChai talk titled 'Embracing the Past to Drive Change'
Roger Wu has overseen the preservation, restoration and conversion of numerous iconic buildings in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. Currently involved in the revitalisation of the Haw Par Mansion in Tai Hang, he is an advocate for the management of change as a way to evolve, not just conserve, our environment.

Born in Hong Kong and raised in the UK, Roger has worked as an architect for a number of practices in both markets on large-scale master planning, commercial and mixed-use developments. With extensive experience leading complex restoration projects in the UK, China and Hong Kong, Roger has put his knowledge, experience and interest in the regeneration of historical buildings, including Peter Jones, Kings Cross Station and the Royal Military Academy in London, and more recently in Hong Kong the early stages of the conversion of the Jessville Mansion into a contemporary clubhouse and the revitalisation of the Central Police Station Complex into a world-class Arts and Culture facility.

Roger is currently the Chief Executive of the Haw Par Music Foundation Limited, working on the revitalisation of the Haw Par Mansion in Tai Hang, Hong Kong, into a music academy. He is also actively involved with both the Royal Institute of British Architect Hong Kong Chapter, where he is the Honorary Secretary of the Steering Committee as well as the Chair of the Communications Sub-committee, and the Hong Kong Institute of Architects, where he is a member of the Heritage & Conservation, Archive and Education Development & Accreditation Committees. Roger has taught at the School of Architecture, Chinese University of Hong Kong, as an Adjunct Associate Professor, and was the co-curate for the 2015 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture (Hong Kong).