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February 2019


Chapter News | February 2019

A Strong Start to the New Year

Special thanks to our team for putting together multiple events in January: a rewarding tour of Zaha Hadid Architects’ Leeza SOHO Tower, a fascinating talk with Atelier Alter 5+ Design (winners of 2018 AIA Shanghai Design Awards), and the CTBUH 2019 symposium which focused on healthy, social and productive spaces.


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January in Review

AIA Tours | Beijing Leeza SOHO

On January 19, we had a tour of the Leeza Soho Tower designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. The project is currently under construction in the Lize Financial District of Beijing.

Happy Hour + Talk | New Realities of Working in China

On January 24, we had our monthly networking event at the Middle House. The principals of Atelier Alter 5+ Design presented their 2018 2018 AIA Shanghai Design Award-winning projects. Attendees also took a tour of the hotel.


Community Event | CTBUH 2019 Symposium

Smart Technology: Healthy, Social and Productive Space in Tall Office Buildings.

On January 29, AIAShanghai cosponsored this event at the Gensler Shanghai Office. The symposium included several presentations, a tour of One Museum Place, and a visit to the Kone elevator testing tower in Kunshan.


Upcoming Events


A'19 | AIA Conference on Architecture

Las Vegas | June 6-8

Future cities

Beyond its excess, extremes, and appetite for the ersatz, Las Vegas is a global pioneer in design. Its ever-changing landscape is an incubator for the kind of transformation that influences architecture and design trends the world over.

And with tens of millions of visitors each year, Las Vegas is boldly on display. Not just the casinos and nightlife, but the hospitals, schools, community centers, parks, apartment buildings, and art installations that are part of people’s everyday lives.

This work is a testimony to how architects are designing a better future by taking on the critical challenges facing cities—and our world—today.
At A’19, we’ll explore designing a better future, for everyone.

Your own Blueprint for a Better Future

You’ll leave Las Vegas with actionable insights that will inspire your projects and your practice, from some of the most creative architects, designers, firms, and futurists.

A’19 programming includes sessions on artificial intelligence, data visualization, 3D concrete printing, Amazon Spheres, tall wood, nano-grid condos, immigrant architects, overcoming houselessness, the latest in WELL design, the energy-hog myth, designing border crossings and ports of entry, zero net energy affordable housing, new codes and standards, and architecture tours of local standouts like Frank Gehry’s Lou Ruvo Brain Center, Seven Magic Mountains, and the Downtown Container Park.

Don’t miss it! Join us in Las Vegas June 6–8, 2019.