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目標清晰 15歲赴英實現建築夢 – 建築師Norman Ung

Norman Ung ,香港建築師,建築公司DEFT合伙人,兼任香港大學建築學系講師,是我的舊同學兼好友。認識Norman時,他猶如一早已在茫茫大海中找到燈塔,在云云小子之中最清晰自己目標。

 

認清目標 力奔建築夢

Norman 15歲赴英入讀Gresham’s School,有感香港科目選擇狹窄,多以文、理、商把學生分類,而他立志讀建築,所以香港非其首選,加上家人亦鼓勵Norman去見識世界、擴闊視野,最終決定往英國升學,足以改變一生。「英國寄宿學校不強逼學生選科。我喜歡建築,故選修數學、物理、藝術等科目,逐步向著理想邁進。」

 

滿有計劃的Norman有否迷失過?「那倒沒有。我慶幸15歲已清楚知道建築是自己的夢想,經歷GCSE再一直朝目標進發。」英國教育有否助你達成夢想?Norman猶豫:「不如這樣說。英國教育對成功有另一定義。他們不以金錢、地位衡量,亦不會告訴你怎樣算成功,反而鼓勵多嘗試,尋找自己的目標。而我的建築夢,就是在此搖籃中孕育。」

 

Norman續道:「當然,讀書追夢以外,學校也鼓勵多參與課外活動,籃球、羽毛球是基本。我參加的活動不算很多,英國教育重視Work-life balance,學生壓力不至『爆煲』。」Work-life balance,這似乎不可能在香港發生的事,原來早在英國學生的中學階段已開始培養。

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英國教育培養獨立思維 有效面對逆境

一路走來看似順風順水,Norman有遇上過失敗嗎?他再猶豫:「真的沒有。或許要先定義何謂失敗。讀書時期,自小有目標,甚少感到失敗,只需要做自己喜歡的事;創業後,或多或少會遇上艱難,自己接Job,管理財務,事事一手包辦。英國學校鼓勵開放思維,所以我從不視這些困難為失敗,反倒是學習機會,必先跨過困境才有進步。」年輕創業,總會遇上艱難時刻,但 Norman以其獨立思考及與眾不同的眼光,化危為機,這些成為他的成功要訣。

 

Norman補充,雖然走的路平坦,但在生命中也受不少人啟發,令思想開闊:「我很仰慕Elon Musk(Tesla行政總裁),他建造火箭的故事非比尋常。如何由零開始?由讀天文書籍,到與NASA對談,這條路絕不易走,甚具啟發性。如何堅持理念?憑熱誠,就連火箭都難不到他!」Norman常提到,開放的態度,使他敢於挑戰極限,實現不可能,是一種浪漫的堅持。

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Norman第一個位於加拿大的項目。

 

學生宜主動 勇於接受新事物

自幼入讀名校,目標清晰,事業有所成就,Norman還兼任大學講師,回頭將自己的過去與香港學生的比較:「香港學生討論時比較文靜,很少主動出聲。他們總認為有標準答案,不追求激烈討論。我建議學生多持開放態度,別怕失敗,主動發言,互相刺激思維,從多角度思考問題,一般接受過外國教育的學生多深明此道,他們抱有好奇心,從不羞於向其他同學學習。」

 

每當問及成敗,Norman總會停下來思考。他建議年輕人,切忌以金錢定義成敗,此舉只會把自己困於死胡同。相反,應該重視在追求理想過程中所獲得的滿足感。擴闊眼界,成功,可以是不一樣的成功。


Norman接受有線電視訪問。

 

Norman從小已經對人生目標有清晰的理解和熱切的追求。除了大學講師,Norman在edX平台教授民用建築,全球學生超過六千人。公司DEFT亦積極重建地震過後的尼泊爾,Norman熱愛工作之餘不忘貢獻世界。我面前這位建築師,和十年前認識的一樣,目標宏大。願有天能與Norman一起,站在他筆下的摩天大廈的頂樓,同看天際,繼續暢談理想。

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Norman為edX錄影。

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