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AIA Tours | Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University | Suzhou


Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Central Building Suzhou, China

Xi’an Jiaotong–Liverpool University  is located in the Suzhou Higher Education Town. The design of its Central Building was inspired by the famous Taihu stones unearthed near Suzhou city. Taihu stones are an essential element in traditional Chinese gardens and have been a favourite of Chinese scholars. The porous nature of the stones are translated into voids and spaces inside the building, with an aim to facilitate interactions and allow a series of sustainable design features. We will be touring the Central Building, designed by Dr. Andy Wen, Global Design Principal of Aedas and the Department of Architecture building.

About Our Speakers

Ken Wai RIBA

Global Design Principal | AEDAS

Chairman | RIBA China Chapter

Ken Wai has over 35 years of experience and has been involved in the design of various iconic buildings around the world. Ken defines architectural design as a continuous search for equilibrium between sense and sensibility. 

In every project he designs, he seeks to firstly understand the design objectives and personally involves in both the design and execution stage in order to strike for the perfect balance between achieving those objectives, functionality and design excellence. 

His working approach and design methodology has always been appreciated by the high demanded Clients.

Davide Lombardi

Associate Professor & Deputy-Chair Arch. Department

Xi’an Jiaotong–Liverpool University

Lombardi’s (1985) interest in computational design strategies and structural design led him to start a research within the field of parametric structural engineering and optimization. His research has been published in books and proceedings as well as presented in international conferences. He has been guest lecturer at the Oxford–Brookes Rome Visiting School (2014), as well as lecturer and organiser of workshops and conferences concerning the use of digital strategies in architecture at Università degli Studi Gabriele d’Annunzio. Professionally, he collaborated with various architecture firms on international projects.

Since 2015, he is an Authorized Rhino Trainer and has been Teaching Fellow in Digital Design and Architecture at The University of Edinburgh (2015/2016) and Teaching Assistant at Università degli Studi Gabriele d’Annunzio (2013/2014).


September 21, 2019 | 7:30-16:00 

MEET-UP LOCATION: Upon registration

Complementary transportation & lunch to be provided  |  LEARNING UNITS AVAILABLE


Tour program:
7:30 pickup in central Shanghai location (Xintiandi)
10:00 arrival at XJTLU Central Building by AEDAS
10:00-10:10 greetings, introduction by Dr. Davide Lombardi, Deputy Head of Department, Xian Jiatong-Liverpool Department of Architecture
10:10-10:30 presentation by David Wai RIBA, Global Design Principal, Aedas
10:30-10:40 Q&A
10:40-12:00 tour of Central Building
Walk through the campus to the South Campus
12:15-1:15 Lunch at University Restaurant
1:30 visit Department of Architecture
2:15 depart for Shanghai
4:00 arrive in Shanghai (Xintiandi)

Housekeeping notes
Space is limited; please reserve early. AIA needs to record in advance the names of participants, in order to provide the university with the list of visitors. If, after reserving you are not able to attend, kindly give 24 hours’ notice to AIA so that another person can occupy the space.

If you intend to reach the site, providing your own transportation, please inform AIA now, so that additional people can occupy the bus seats.

The restaurant at the campus is cooking a Chinese meal for the attendees. If you cancel your plans to to attend, please inform AIA 24 hours in advance so that the restaurant can be alerted and food waste be avoided.