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Top talent needed to turn museum design into reality

The M+ museum first came to the attention of the public in 2012, when the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) announced the M+ Design Competition to attract design ideas from around the world for the art museum's building concept.

As a museum for more than seven million people living and working in Hong Kong, M+ is firmly rooted in its location and unique culture. The design of the museum building will allow for a distinct and simultaneous display of art, design, architecture, video and installations. In time, the WKCDA hopes M+ will become a cultural icon comparable to the Centre Pompidou in Paris or the Tate Modern in London.

With the results of the design competition to be announced soon, the WKCDA is looking for professionals with architectural knowledge and an understanding of museum requirements to execute the ambitious building project for M+. It is specifically looking to recruit a museum project co-ordinator to facilitate the construction of the museum, which is expected to be completed at the end of 2017.

The co-ordinator's main duty will be to manage the museum building project while engaging both internal and external stakeholders from design development to completion.

To do this they need to be able to facilitate communication and co-operation among museum specialists, design teams, project delivery teams, consultants and construction professionals to make sure the building project is executed within budget and on schedule.

Preparing a schedule of requirements for the equipping and fit-out of the museum, and assisting in managing its procurement and installation, are also crucial parts of the co-ordinator's job.

Degree holders majoring in architecture, design, construction or museum-related subjects, with at least three years' of experience - preferably involving a new cultural building project - are eligible to apply for the post.

Applicants should have the ability to interpret technical drawings, construction terms, schedules and planning concepts. They should also have excellent oral and written English communication skills, preferably with knowledge of both Cantonese and Putonghua.