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Dr. Tris Kee is an Associate Professor in the Department of Building and Real Estate at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She obtained her PhD degree from the Department of Real Estate and Construction at the University of Hong Kong and her Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture from the University of Waterloo in Canada.

Dr. Kee has worked in architectural offices in Amsterdam, London, Vancouver, Ottawa, and Rome before returning to Hong Kong. Since 2007, she has been a full-time academic teaching and researching in higher education institutions in Hong Kong and overseas. She has actively collaborated on numerous research projects with academics from other universities, industry professionals, and Government Departments. Her research focus has been on the adaptive reuse of built heritage, architecture, affordable housing, building technology and sustainable built environments.

In addition to her role at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Dr. Kee holds positions as an Honorary Associate Professor in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong, a Senior Fellowship in the Advanced Higher Education Academy, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne.

Research interests

Architecture  / Heritage Conservation  / Urban Planning and Design / Urban Renewal and Revitalisation / Adaptive Reuse / Sustainable Development of Built Environment / Public Engagement and Participatory Design / Landscape Architecture  / Design & Technology Education 



PhD supervision 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Hong Kong

Bachelor of Environmental Studies, The University of Waterloo

Master of Architecture, The University of Waterloo

External positions

Adjunct Associate Professor , Faculty of Architecture , The University of Hong Kong

1 Jan 202431 Dec 2024

HKIA Council Member , Hong Kong Institute of Architects

1 Jan 20241 Jan 2026

Senior Fellow , Advanced Higher Education Academy

31 Dec 2023 → …

Chair of Asia Pacific Interior Design Award (APIDA) , Hong Kong Interior Design Association

11 Jan 2021 → …

Adjunct Associate Professor , School of Design and Architecture , Swinburne University of Technology , Melbourne

1 Feb 202030 Sept 2024

Authorized Person (Architect), Buildings Department, HKSAR

Registered Architect, HKIA Full Member , The Hong Kong Institute of Architects

Member , The Hong Kong Institute of Architectural Conservationists , HKICON


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