Grover C. Dear Jr.
Executive Director, School of Interior Architecture & Design
Grover C. Dear Jr. is a 45-year veteran of the architectural profession, and the managing director and design principal of ARCHASIA Hong Kong Limited, a Hong Kong-based global architectural practice. Dear is a registered, authorized architect in Hong Kong; a registered architect in California, Georgia, and Florida with NCARB certification; and a registered architect in the United Kingdom with ARB certification. He is a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects and the American Institute of Architects. In 2009, he obtained Green Building Council Institute accreditation as LEED AP, and in 2010, he was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. Dear is also a design critic, guest lecturer, professional advisor to various educational venues (including the Department of Architecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and theSan Francisco Design Center), and founding member of the Hong Kong chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
Dear attended the Faculté des Lettres of L'Université de Dijon in 1969 and received his bachelor of architecture degree from Georgia Institute of Technology. He launched his career with I.M. Pei & Partners in NewYork and, after working in Atlanta with John Portman and Associates, he relocated to Asia in 1980 to establish Portman's Hong Kong operation. Since establishing ARCHASIA in 1987, he has offered international clients in the luxury residential, corporate, and hospitality markets distinctive architecture, interior, and master planning design services. As chief design consultant for the Hong Kong Four Seasons and ifc mall (2003-2005), he was responsible for the coordination and approval of all designs prepared by the project's 12 participating architectural and design firms.
Dear joined the faculty of Academy of Art University in February 2016, as the new Executive Director of the School of Interior Architecture & Design.