AIA Shanghai

November 2018


Chapter News | November 2018

October was a busy month for AIA Shanghai. We had several programs, including the screening of The Competition and the Building Green lecture in Beijing. We also announced the jurors for our first awards program and held nominations for candidates for 2019 officer elections. 


2019 Elections

Vote by the End of November

Candidate nominations for the 2019 officer election are closed. Look for more information on candidates and the election soon.



Crossroads in Singapore

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

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AIA International Region's conference, Convergence: Crossroads in Singapore, will be held in Singapore November 2nd though 4th. It will be an excellent chane to meet leadership form our chapter and firms. There will also be many opportunities to earn continuing education credits. Members and friends of the AIA International Region - including AIA Shanghai - are invited to attend this year's international conference.

Learn more and register here


AIA Shanghai Design Awards


Meet the Judges

Regine Leibinger (of Barkow Leibinger) 

Barkow Leibinger is an American/German architectural practice based in Berlin and New York, founded in 1993 by Frank Barkow and Regine Leibinger.

Their work was included in the Serpentine Summer House program 2016 in London and was shown in the 2nd Chicago Architecture Biennial 2017. It was part of the 4th Marrakech Biennale, the 14th and the 11th Architecture Biennale, Venice, and is housed in the permanent collections of MoMA, New York, and the Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt. They have won four National AIA Honor Awards for Architecture and a Global Holcim Innovation Award for sustainability as well as various German architecture awards.



Reed Kroloff

Mr. Kroloff is the founding principal of jones|kroloff, a unique practice that develops strategy for clients in the architecture and design industry and also guides architect selection processes. He previously served as the Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and as Dean of the Tulane University School of Architecture in New Orleans, Louisiana, which he led through Hurricane Katrina and its recovery. While in New Orleans, Mr. Kroloff co-directed the mayor’s urban design recovery planning process. The recipient of the American Academy in Rome’s 2003 Rome Prize Fellowship, Mr. Kroloff was also Editor-in-Chief of Architecture magazine. Under his direction, Architecture received more awards for editorial and design excellence than any magazine of its type, and quickly became the nation’s leading design publication.

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Billie Tsien

Billie Tsien (born 1949, Ithaca, New York) received her undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from Yale University and her M. Arch. from UCLA. She has worked with Williams since 1977 and they have been in partnership since 1986. Tsien is currently President of the Architectural League of New York and Director of the Public Art Fund.[8] She has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, National Academy, and American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Tsien was one of the recipients of the Visionary Woman Awards presented by Moore College of Art and Design in 2009.

In 1977, Tsien started her studio with her husband Todd Williams.  Their work focuses primarily on schools, museums, and non-profit organizations.  Together, they have won awards ranging from AIA's Firm of the Year, to the National Medal of Art from President Barack Obama in 2013.

For more on their works, click here.



Billie Tsien (left) with her husband and partner Todd Williams

Billie Tsien (left) with her husband and partner Todd Williams


Magui Peredo (Estudio Macias Peredo)

Guadalajara, Mexico 

Estudio Macias Peredo has given several lectures on his practice at various universities and forums in Mexico and abroad including at the University of Columbia, the University of New Mexico, in Albuquerque, and the University of Tokyo. 

They have received two silver medals for the Academy of Architecture of Jalisco and several citations for his work built. Obtained the second place in the competition of the Mexico Pavilion in the Shanghai Expo 2010 and first place in the Eco Pavilion 2013 in Mexico City.

Awarded by The Architectural League of New York with the Emerging Voices award 2014. They have exhibited his work in LIGA, Space of Architecture 2015. Finalists by the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) College of Architecture, in Chicago, for the ‘Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize’. And they participate in the Mexico Pavillion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2018. 

Recently, his first monograph ‘Calmar el Ruido’ has been published.

Lyndon Neri (Neri&Hu Design and Research Office)

Shanghai, China

Founded in 2004 by partners Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, Neri&Hu Design and Research Office is an inter-disciplinary architectural design practice based in Shanghai, China with an additional office in London, UK. Neri&Hu works internationally providing architecture, interior, master planning, graphic, and product design services. Currently working on projects in many countries, Neri&Hu is composed of multi-cultural staff who speak over 30 different languages.  The diversity of the team reinforces a core vision for the practice: to respond to a global worldview incorporating overlapping design disciplines for a new paradigm in architecture.

Neri&Hu has been featured widely by the press around the world, including Architectural Review, Wallpaper*, Architectural Record, FRAME, MARK, Abitare, area, Diseño Interior, Interior Design, I.D., Travel+Leisure, MARU, Perspective Magazine, ELLE Décor Italia, ELLE Deco China, Vogue China, Red Dot Year Book,, and countless more print and online media, as well as TV programs. Neri&Hu and their design have been recognized by a number of prestigious international design awards. UK Wallpaper* announced the Founding Partners Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu as 2014 Designer of The Year. They were inducted into U.S. Interior Design Hall of Fame in 2013. They were selected as one of the I. D. Magazine I.D. Forty and one of the 40 under 40 prominent designers shaping Hong Kong and Greater China respectively. Neri&Hu’s design has been awarded by INSIDE Festival, AR House Awards, AR Awards for Emerging Architecture, World Architecture Festival, D&AD Awards, Design Vanguard, Interior Design Magazine Best of Year Awards and Gold Key Awards, Chicago Athenaeum Good Design awards, I.D. Magazine Annual Design Review, Red Dot Awards, Contractworld Awards, The Great Indoors Awards, Design For Asia Awards, Perspective Awards, Taiwan Interior Design Awards, etc. 




Zheng Shi Ling

Shanghai, China

Ph.D. in Engineering, Laurea honoris causa of Rome University. Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Membere de l'Academie d'Architecture of France, Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

The Ex-vice President of the Architectural Society of China, Ex-President of the Architectural Society of Shanghai, Ex-Director of the Committee of Urban Space & Environment, Shanghai Urban Planning Commission.

Now, Director of the Committee for Strategic Development, Shanghai Urban Planning Commission; Director of the Academic Board of Tongji University.

His main design works are: Nanpu Bridge, Gezi Middle School, Zhu Qizhan Art Museum, Fuxing High School, Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street, Shanghai, The National Finance and Taxation Museum, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, The Bund Public Service Centre, Shanghai(2013)  etc. He has published more than 90 papers and thesis in academic periodicals, journals both international and domestic and international conferences, he has been the chair for many important juries for international and national architecture and urban planning competitions.




October in Review

Film Screening: The Competition

On Sunday, October 21, AIA Shanghai members and their friends, and students of the HKU Shanghai Architectural Studio attended a documentary by Spanish architect Angel Cubero, presented by the architect himself. The film documented a competition for the design of the national museum of Andorra, in northern Spain. The city invited Pritzker price winner architects to submit designs, participating in a competition. Among the participants where Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel, Dominique Perault and Frank Ghery. Filmed over a period of four years, the documentary depicts the design process the firms went through in solving the design brief and their interaction with the judges of the competition.After the film was shown many participated in dynamic questioning about the designs and the characters of the various firms.

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Building Green - How China Is Leading in LEED

On the 25th, we had a lecture at the Bvlgari Hotel in Beijing on USGBC's LEED system in China. Winston Shu of Integrated Design Associates, Ming Hu of SOM, and Wei Xiaolin presented their work on LEED certified projects. Seechen Chang of AECOM moderated discussion. Manesh Ramanujam of USGBC, Silas Chiow of SOM, Andy To of USGBC, Jing Wang of USGBC, and Lili Pan of TREND were also guests.

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