Chung Kwok Fai

  • Scholarship in 1984 at Imperial College London

Ir Professor K F Chung is a renowned academic, researcher and structural engineer with established expertise in steel and composite design and construction.  Prof Chung graduated from the Sheffield University in the U.K. in 1984, and he was awarded a First Class Honours degree as well as the Mappin Medal of the Sheffield University as being the ‘Triple First in the Faculty of Engineering’.  At the same year, he was awarded a postgraduate scholarship from the Hong Kong Croucher Foundation for his research study at the Imperial College of Science and Technology of the University of London. He obtained his PhD in structural steel design in 1988.

Prof Chung joined the Steel Construction Institute as a Research Engineer in 1989, and he was promoted to a Senior Research Engineer in 1993.  Between 1993 to 1995, Prof Chung was one of the technical representatives of the SCI to the British Standards Institution, and served on the technical committee contributing to both the British Steel Code BS5950 and the European Steel Code Eurocode 3.  Returning to Hong Kong in 1995, Prof Chung worked on the design and construction of a number of steel and composite high-rise buildings in Maunsell Consultant Asia Limited and Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong Limited before joining The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 1996.  

Prof Chung was appointed Associate Professor in 2000, and then Professor in structural engineering in 2005. He served as Programme Leader of MSc in Civil Engineering of Faculty of Construction and Environment from 2003 to 2013.  Prof. Chung was appointed Associate Head (Academic Development) of Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2013.

Currently, Prof Chung is Founding President of Hong Kong Constructional Metal Structures Association and Institute of Cold-formed Metal Structures. He also serves as Council Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers, UK. 


1984      Mappin Medal 1984 by The University of Sheffield, U.K.

1984      Postgraduate Scholarship by The Hong Kong Croucher Foundations

1996      Henry Adams Award 1995 by The Institution of Structural Engineers, U.K. owing to his research papers published in The Structural Engineers

2002     The President’s Award 2001 of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University owing to his continual success in securing the public research fundings

2005     The Commendation Award from Vice President (R&D) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University owing to his continual success in securing the public research fundings

2006      Most Active Consultant Award 2006 of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University owing to his highest aggregate consultancy income earned in 2005/06 among all academic staff of the University.

2008      Dean’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Technology Transfer - Team Award owing to the successful implementation of the “Code of Practice for the Structural Use of Steel” together with Arup Hong Kong. Drafting of the Code was commissioned by the Buildings Department of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region between 2003 and 2005.  The Code was officially published by the Buildings Department in August 2005, and fully implemented in August 2007.


Ir Professor K F Chung has published extensively on steel and composite construction in both research and professional journals including over 150 journal and conference papers as well as five SCI Design Guides on advanced steel and composite construction technology.  His areas of research interests include:

·         Steel structures, effective use of high strength steel as well as fire and weather resistant steel

·         Steel-concrete composite structures, composite beams and columns, composite structures with deformable and non-ductile shear connectors

·         Cold-formed steel structures, cold-formed steel building systems, long term performance of built-up metal roofs

·         Structural stability, finite element modelling, and integrated analysis and design

·         Structural fire engineering, computational thermal analysis, fire protection, and fire tests

·         Structural bamboo, bamboo structures and bamboo scaffolds

·         Code drafting and design development

Ir Professor K F Chung is one of the Principal Authors of the Hong Kong Steel Code which was published by the Buildings Department of the Government of Hong Kong SAR in August 2005.  He is also Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the International Symposia on Cold-formed Metal Structures 2004, 2006 and 2010, as well as the International Symposia on Advances in Steel and Composite Structures 2005, 2007 and 2009.  As a world renowned academic and engineer in structural engineering, Prof Chung serves as the General Secretary of the Conference Organizing Committee of the IStructE Centenary Conference held in Hong Kong in January 2008. He is also Chairman of the Editorial Board, and Chief Editor of the Conference Proceedings.  

In 2007, Prof Chung established the Institute of Cold-formed Metal Structures, and served as President to promote cold-formed steel construction technology in Asia. In 2010, Prof Chung founded the Hong Kong Constructional Metal Structures Association to promote the effective use of constructional metal structures, in particular, the effective use of Chinese steel materials in construction projects overseas.

In the past 10 years, Prof Chung conducted about 20 professional short courses in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia to practising engineers on advanced structural steel and composite design as well as structural fire engineering.

Prof Chung is active in services to professional communities, and serves the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers in the U.K. in various capacities.  He is a frequent speaker in international conferences and seminars.  Prof. Chung also advises to consultants, contractors as well as regulatory bodies, and building product suppliers on various design and construction issues.

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