Professor Chow is the Chair Professor of Architectural Science and Fire Engineering, Department of Building Services Engineering of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a first class honours BSc degree in 1977; and from Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, U.S.A. with a MSc degree in teaching in 1979. He obtained his PhD degree in Computing Physics from the University of Hong Kong in 1983. Professor Chow joined the Department of Building and Surveying/Building Services Engineering of the former Hong Kong Polytechnic in 1981 as an assistant lecturer, promoted to Principal Lecturer in 1989, Reader/Professor in 2004, Chair of Building Services Engineering in 1998, and retitled as Chair Professor of Architectural Science and Fire Engineering later in that year.
He has contributed to provide a safe, comfortable and healthy environment for sustainable buildings with tall height, large space volume and located in deep underground through research, university teaching, assisting the government to approve fire safety design in new big construction projects and high-level consultancy projects, and service to professional institutions. He graduated one of the first cohort of MPhil research students of Polytechnic in 1989 and also first cohort of PhD research students of Polytechnic in 1991, and successfully supervised over 60 PhD students, with 30 at PolyU. He was elected to be a Fellow of Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences in December 2012; and appointed as a Justice of the Peace by the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2013. He was awarded the Lifetime Contribution Award by the Asia-Oceania Association for Fire Science and Technology (AOAFST) in October 2015.