Director (Investment), Hong Kong Capital Markets at JLL Alvin Leung MRICS scooped the Young Surveyor of the Year Award at the RICS Awards Hong Kong 2019. In addition to his outstanding career achievements, the jury panel also commended Alvin for his contribution to the surveying profession. Alvin tells us more about his career and what inspires him in his own words.
It all started with LEGO
My interests have always been buildings and cities. I actually envisioned myself as an architect or a town planner when I was younger — I was a big fan of Lego and the SimCity game series. However, as I grew up, I realised I had more of a mind for numbers and market data rather than artistry, so surveying seemed to be a perfect match for me — it has all the elements that I am passionate about.
Surveying touches every part of our daily lives. No matter it is — the accommodation we live in, the transportation we commute in, or the infrastructure we operate in — surveyors play a part in it. As a surveyor in Hong Kong, you'll never run out of talking points as property prices are always at the heart of Hong Kongers. We're always interested in updates and forecasts about the property market and my role is right on the pulse of the market.
A continuous journey
Scooping the award for Young Surveyor of the Year 2019 is definitely one of my major professional successes, but I am still on a steep learning curve. For me, success is part of a continuous professional journey to master skills and accrue knowledge.
So, perhaps my greatest success will be when I receive the RICS Lifetime Achiever award!