AIA Shanghai Elections 2019

Meet the candidates for each position.


2019 Vice President / 2020 President

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Steinberg Hart | Managing Partner, China AIA Shanghai | 2017-2018 Treasurer

I’m disappointed when occasionally I hear an Architect discourage a young person from pursuing Architecture as a career because “Architects work too hard”, or “don’t make enough money”, or “licensure is difficult”. These things can be true for other professions too. Rather than dwell on sore points, we should work to improve our profession and embrace the enormous possibilities of Architecture to make the world better. We should encourage future talent to choose Architecture as their sword to save the world and shape a better future.

AIA Shanghai is the right organization to do this! During my past 4 years on the exco, and 2 terms as Treasurer, I’ve been a part of an amazing leadership team that has built a relevant and engaging platform for Architects in China. As I look ahead to what’s next for the chapter, we should focus on improving the Architectural profession in China to foster ongoing advancements in Architectural design.

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Todd Pilgreen

Studio Director, Gensler

As a passionate creative and business leader, I have always believed in what world of Architecture has to offer to the diverse communities and cities around the world that we as Architects are fortunate enough to engage with. China is a unique region as we all know; economic pressures and policy changes affect our livelihood and challenge our Profession collectively. My dedication to the development and promotion of our professional viability is the primary reason I decided to relocate to China more than 11 years ago. We are currently witnessing new trends in commercial development including urban regeneration and downtown adaptive re-use concepts focused on revitalizing existing urban cores; evolving into experiential, vibrant, and unique lifestyle districts. AIA is poised to be on the forefront of taking charge and introducing international precedents of how inspired design affects people’s lives at the local levels. We are expanding our professional presence in China and beginning to make inroads with the Chinese Architectural communities.


Chapter Secretary


Rachel Johnson

Taking on a lead role in AlA's events committee in 2018 has offered me insight into the planning, management, internal coordination, and community outreach of a professional membership organization. To improve the planning of networking events for years to come, I initiated a cloud calendar of 2018's events with outcome assessments regarding location, food, management, and member turnout. Another organizational cloud resource drafted at the start of the year was venue location spreadsheet of venues that agreed to host the AlA, with menus at prices within the proposed budget. With this year's events starting from a smooth and well prepared trajectory, the events themselves served as a fun social platform for new and longtime AlA members, architects, and industry professionals.

For the upcoming year, I am eager to take on a more influential role, and am prepared to take the bold but precautionary steps to fulfill the future direction of AlA Shanghai chapter as secretary.


Vikki Lew

I am seeking your support and vote for my position as 2019 Secretary of AIA Shanghai. Among my experience serving AIA and our members, I had been the Secretary of AIA Hong Kong in 2015-2017. I am running for the position of Secretary with three goals: first, to support the growth of AIA in China; second, to advocate for design excellence via the AIA award program; third, to advocate for our young architects to achieve licensure while working abroad.



Please submit your choices for each position, as well as your membership number. AIA, Associate AIA, and International Associate AIA members of AIA Shanghai in good standing as of November 2018 are eligible to vote. 1 vote per member.

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