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Circularity and the Built Environment


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Date: September 29, 2022 7:30 am - 9:00 am

Location: Vancouver Convention Centre (room 8)


Each year, the National Zero Waste Council hosts a special networking and peer-learning forum on the shoulders of the Zero Waste Conference. This annual forum provides opportunities for members to hear from and engage with thought-leaders on select topics, and share with each other challenges and solutions that are experienced in the waste prevention and circular economy space. The forum also provides members with an opportunity to hear about Council initiatives and progress updates. 

This year, we are pleased to host two thought leaders and innovators - Enlai Hooi, Head of Innovation, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and Chin-Wei Lee, Partner, Bio-Architecture Formosana. Hooi and Lee have led design projects that have embraced circular strategies ranging from adaptive re-use to design for disassembly and closed loop production. Their work has challenged their own notion of what it means to be an architect and city-builder; and their understanding of who is critical for collaboration in design and development. They have worked in contexts ranging from North America to Europe to Asia.

We invite you to register for this special event and join with our guest speakers, to share your stories and experiences of actively implementing circular and waste prevention solutions.

We also invite you to learn more about the Councils recently adopted 2022 – 2025 strategic plan.

Please note: There is no requirement to register for the Zero Waste Conference to attend this members-only forum. Registration for the conference is separate and can be found here. All employees of our member organizations are welcome to attend.



Chin-Wei Lee

Partner, Bio-Architecture Formosana

Lee Chin-Wei is the Partner of Bio-architecture Formosana (BaF) in Taipei and an adjunct professor (National Taiwan University of Science and Technology). He worked in Singapore for a few years before he moved to Taiwan in 2013. He has been involved in a range of architectural projects spanning cultural, residential, healthcare, commercial and institutional. He was the design lead for several circularity projects, such as the Taisugar Circular Village, a Housing for Elderly and the Sky Park @ Taipei 101, an interior shared public space on a high rise. Chin-Wei drives the research and innovation arm at BaF which provides for design integration with sustainability, future-proof, and end user experience. During the recent pandemic, the team created QURE, the Quarantine Unit for Recovery and Ecology, a prototype of a mobile negative-pressure ward for Covid-19 patient and it was constructed at the NCKU Hospital where the design manual is made open-source. He also chairs the Taiwan Architect Declare committee that connects Taiwan with the global architecture community on the solution to address climate and biodiversity emergency.


Enlai Hooi

Architect, Senior Associate, Head of Innovation, SchmidtHammerLassen (SHL) Architects

​Enlai is an architect and industrial designer specialising in the integration of engineering fields within circular design and architecture. He brings a variety of skills in dealing with complex challenges in the built environment.

As Head of Innovation, Enlai leads the practice’s sustainability approach in competitions and develops thought leadership together with Perkins+Will on the topics of adaptive transformation in architecture, circular construction methods, material health and strategy. His projects include the integration of circular design and engineering systems into architecture, adaptive recycling, master plans and the development of a range of patented products that contribute to the sustainable performance of buildings. Enlai has won a number of awards in both architecture and design.


Denise Philippe, National Zero Waste Council