Dr. CHENG Hon Kwan


Dr. Cheng was born in 1927 and educated in Beijing and Tianjin, North China.  He obtained a B Sc in civil engineering from Tianjin University in 1948 and moved to Hong Kong.  After acquiring early experience in the private sector, he was appointed Assistant Structural Engineer to the Architectural Office of Hong Kong's Public Works Department in 1953.  He completed his post graduate studies in Concrete Structures and Technology at the Imperial College and earned DIC in 1964.  By 1965, Dr Cheng become the Chief Structural Engineer of the Buildings Ordinance Office of the Public Works Department.  He retired from Government service in 1977 and started his own consultancy office.

Dr. Cheng was elected President of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers in 1978 /79. In 2002. the Institution of Structural Engineers, UK awarded a Gold Medal to Dr. Cheng for his personal contribution in establishing structural engineering as a pre-eminent profession in Hong Kong SAR. 

When Hong Kong first implemented representative government in 1985, he was elected a Member of the Legislative Council, representing engineers, architects, surveyors and planners.  He was appointed a Member of the Executive Council,  Hong Kong Government's top policy-making body in 1988.  He retired from the Council in 1991.

Dr. Cheng has served on many Government Boards and Committees.  Notably, he was Chairman of the Land and Building Advisory Committee, Chairman of the Housing Authority, Transport Advisory Committee, Applied Research Council and Curriculum Development Council. 

Apart from his public duties, Dr. Cheng is Chairman of the Haven of Hope Christian Council and Honorary President and Vice President of the Chinese YMCA.  He serves on the Standing Committee of the Tianjin Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Committee.