AIA Shanghai

May 2018


Chapter News | May 2018

May marks a busy month for our chapter, with lectures by interesting architects working in our community.

We also have several important announcements to make. Read on for more information about our Awards program, and announcements regarding the International Region.


AIA Shanghai Design Awards

AIA Shanghai is pleased to announce its first ever awards program to celebrate China's best design and designers. We will be issuing a message with further details this month - look in your email.


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AIA International Region Elections

The International Region of the AIA is seeking nominees for the open position of Secretary. Nominations are due Friday, May 11 5pm EST. Elections will be conducted at the IR Annual Meeting at the AIA Conference on Architecture in New York, June 21, 2018.

For more information please see this link.
2018 Annual Meeting of Members & Call for Nominations Notice


AIA Conferences

AIA is a worldwide organization which connects our local chapters to architects working in every kind of practice in the United States and abroad. We strongly encourage members to take advantage of the annual conferences to keep engaged with current developments in our profession and meet other members from around the world. Please see the information below on this year's major conferences.




AIA Conference on Architecture 2018
New York City, USA  |  June 21 - 23, 2018

This year's annual conference will take place in one of the world's greatest cities to experience the history and future of architecture: New York. Hundreds of events including lectures, building tours, and seminars are offered - over 20,000 architects and industry professionals are expected to attend.

Learn more and register here. Spaces will sell out soon - register quickly for the best access to events.



Crossroad in Singapore

AIA International Region Conference
Singapore  |  November 2-4, 2018

Members and friends of the AIA International Region - including AIA Shanghai - are invited to attend this year's international conference in Singapore.

Learn more and register here

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Past Events


April 26, 2018
Over 40 people participated in a panel discussion held at the Haworth Showroom. Many thanks to our moderator, Greg Yager, AIA and our Panelists: Anderson Hsieh, Xia Nankai, Angela Yang, and Dou Zhang. The event was a great chance to learn how current practice is evolving as Chinese development matures.

View Event Photos


Networking + Cocktails

April 24, 2018
Our monthly networking event at DAGA Brewpub brought over 50 of our members and friends together for meeting and informal discussion. Look forward to our next networking event May 24.


Upcoming Events



Community Feature


DOBUKU | Civil Engineering in Shanghai

Shanghai Modern Art Museum to 6/24

Museum Website


DOBOKU, a current exhibit at Modern Art Museum should be of interest to place makers. It explores the importance civil engineering in our daily lives. 

This exhibit originally appeared in Tokyo in 2016 and has been updated to include photos of some civil engineering projects in Shanghai as well as historical maps showing Shanghai's growth. The majority of the exhibit focuses on Japanese  projects, among these bridges, dams, Tokyo rail stations, and super long tunnels.

The exhibit celebrates civil engineering through a range of media, including photography, illustrations, video installations, and models. One series, "Dam and Curry and Me," even shows representations of dams made with rice and curry. There are several engaging, interactive experiences, including the obligatory building-an-arch-with-giant-foam-blocks activity for the kids. 

The tone of DOBOKU is love and awe for the indomitable ingenuity of civil engineers; however the final piece, "Groundscape" by Kenta Iwamoto, is a documentary that comments on the inherent contradictions in humans' attempts to control nature. This film is about the recovery efforts after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. It was a poignant afterword to a celebratory collection.

-Sara Holt, AIA