Student Stories

08.08.2018

Moving up the ladder in architecture – Han Hsi Ho

Class of 2012 (Taiwan)
Pre-MBA: Associate, HOK (USA)
Post-MBA: Associate Director / Studio Manager in Design + Planning, AECOM (Hong Kong)
Current: Founding Partner, Platform Design Associates (Hong Kong)

“I find myself constantly applying what I learned for my current role as a Studio Manager who needs to co-manage a team of design professionals…”

“Many people asked me why I chose to do an MBA at HKUST when I already have a Master degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and 6 years of work experience in the U.S.

The main reason was my interest in the Asia architecture and master planning market, and my desire to develop a long term career in Asia. Also, I wanted to advance to a management role in the same field which would normally take more than 10 years if I stayed in an architecture firm in the U.S.

My experience at HKUST MBA was above my expectation. Even though people might perceive HKUST MBA to be finance focused, the curriculum is very balanced with 5 career tracks, all of which are good for building up a well-rounded understanding of business for management roles.

Consulting track classes such as those taught by Prof. Chris Doan (who worked at McKinsey before) have been very useful for problem solving in actual business. I find myself constantly applying what I learned for my current role as a Studio Manager who needs to co-manage a team of design professionals.

Hong Kong is also one of the most international cities in Asia and provided a good transition to relocate to Asia after the MBA. I was impressed by the international mix of peers at HKUST MBA and still leverage on these global connections – one of my classmates even became my Client.

HKUST MBA has well-prepared me for my current role which also involves broader operations management at AECOM’s APAC headquarters in Hong Kong. I have transformed from a professional into a manager and hopefully will become an industry leader in the near future.”



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