From the waterfronts of Victoria and Vancouver to the skylines of Hong Kong and Dubai, Stanley Kwok has made a mark on the esthetic of some of the world’s most spectacular cities. In the process, he has redefined collaborative community planning.
At an early age, Stanley learned to be flexible and adapt to change. He was born in Guangzhou and attended 10 different schools by the time he was a teenager. He moved to Hong Kong and Vietnam to avoid war, and lived through the Japanese invasion of China.
After graduating from the prestigious St. John’s University in Shanghai, Stanley launched his career in Hong Kong, becoming one of the region’s most celebrated and accomplished young architects. But violent riots in Hong Kong inspired by the Cultural Revolution motivated him to seek a brighter future for his young family in Vancouver.
He quickly established himself as an esteemed member of the Canadian-Chinese community. A visionary of change, he developed and designed landmark properties across North America, including Victoria’s award-winning Laurel Point Inn.
Stanley also led Concord Pacific’s successful international bid to develop False Creek in the late 1980s. He later worked closely with the mayor of Vancouver to establish the co-operative planning process, a model of community development now used by cities worldwide. Stanley became the public face for a new era of community engagement and real estate development in Vancouver.
Today, Stanley remains deeply involved in the growth and evolution of communities around the world, including those close to home. A master of change, his ability to bring people together and guide them towards a common goal is evident through his life’s work.
For his noteworthy contributions to community building, Royal Roads University is proud to present Stanley Kwok for the honorary degree, Doctor of Laws.