BAU Congress ChinaAgenda of 2019

BAU Congress China 2019

November 5-7, 2019 | Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) - W5


About BAU Congress China

BAU Congress China is an annual congress that focuses on high-quality design, planning and construction. The congress and its highly reputed speakers allows participants to experience best-practice examples and insights on structured, long-term and sustainable urban development.

BAU Congress China is tailored to the developing needs of the Chinese market. It supports the building industry of China to solve the problems faced such as construction quality, energy efficiency, sustainability, urban renewal, and provide new ideas. It is the place to be for all industry specialists.


BCC 2019 Topics

Tuesday, 5th Nov / afternoon
Topic | ‘Future of Cities - National and International Planners‘

is all about developing urban masterplans and structures that are suitable for current and future needs. Thereby, multiscale urban planning projects will be presented and examples will be shown on how to connect traditional and modern urban structures in an authentic and respectful way. In addition, we will show outstanding architectural projects that make working and living in the future easier and more revolutionary. All our international speakers have experience in building in China.

Wednesday, 6th Nov / morning
Topic | ‘Re-use of Chinese Heritage’

In addition to the demolition of entire city quarters, China is paying more and more attention to the preservation of existing historically valuable buildings. Empty buildings are reused, converted and thus brought back to life. In the course of this process, many obstacles and challenges can arise. We will present projects that have succeeded in overcoming these hurdles and giving the building a new atmosphere, preparing it for the next century without neglecting its history.

Wednesday, 6th Nov / afternoon
Topic | ‘Human Scale Architecture’

In contrast to the megaprojects of recent years in China, for some time now there has been an increasing trend towards more human-scale architecture and smaller scales. Planners are reacting more and more to the surrounding urban fabric. In particular, the young generation of architects, internationally networked, is becoming more and more involved in this field. The theme of “Human Scale Architecture” also contributes to the theme of our morning session - it is often closely linked to reuse projects. We will focus on practical examples from China, which contribute a special added value to their environment, the social structure and Chinese architecture.

Thursday, 7th Nov / morning
Topic | ‘Smart Solutions for Architecture and Urban Design’

is all about showing examples of architecture projects [in China] that are suitable for current and future needs. Big and successful architecture offices that are located or have subsidiaries in China and also work internationally will share with us their digital Praxis and current and upcoming work. The lectures will be concerned with smart buildings, lighting, building automation, vertical and horizontal transport (lifts, escalators), access and safety technology, energy technology and much more besides.

Thursday, 7th Nov / afternoon
Topic | ‘Digital Design for Visionary Architecture’

We’re looking at the impact of digitalization to the design process. Do the new technologies push the border of the result of the design of architecture? And we’re looking at the challenges in the production process as well. Does BIM provide a faster, better and cheaper process? What is the more in the way of thinking BIM as an holistic approach. We want to figure out the needs of the digital design, production and construction process. The lectures will be concerned with CAD, 3D, VR, BIM, construction and design systems.

Official sponsor

Updated 20.09.2019

Opening ceremony: China Architecture Design Expo (CADE) 2019 / International Urban Project Award 2019

Tuesday, November 5, 2019
time Topic Guest
10:45 -11:00 Opening Ceremony: China Architecture Design Expo (CADE) 2019
11:00 -11:30 International Urban Project Award 2019
11:30 -13:30 Lunch Break

Future of Cities - National and International Planners

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Boris Schade-Bünsow | Bauwelt, Berlin

time Topic Guest
13:30 -13:50 Welcome Speech

Dr. Reinhard Pfeiffer

Chairman of the Board of MMU BAU Fenestration Co., Ltd., München

13:50 -14:30 Quality of life: Change in Demand and Response to Supply

LI Xiaojiang 

Central Coordinated Development of Bejing-Tianjin-Hebei

Region Expert Advisory Committee, China Academy Urban Planning and Design Association, Beijing

14:30 -14:45 Tea Break
14:45 -15:15 Design and Construction Challenges of the Shimao Intercontinental Quarry Hotel More

Martin Jochman

JADE QA, Shanghai

15:15 -15:45 Oodi - Helsinki´s New Central Library

Niklas Mahlberg

ALA Architects, Helsinki

15:45 -16:05 International Urban Project Award - The Shed

Diller Scofidio+Renfro, New York

16:05 -16:25 International Urban Project Award - Nantou Old Town Preservation and Regeneration

URBANUS, Shenzhen

Re-use of Chinese Heritage

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Ye Yang | WA - World Architecture Magazine, Beijing

time Topic Guest
10:00 -10:30 Attitude and Strategy

QI Bin 

Deputy Chief Architect of the Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tsinghua University, Beijing

10:30 -11:00 Alternative Modernity-Projects of TeamMinus


TeamMinus, Beijing

11:00 -11:15 Tea Break
11:15 -11:45 The Future of the Past More

Stephan Schütz

gmp Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners, Berlin

11:45 -12:15 Reproduction of Space - Recent Works on Renovation

Doreen Heng LIU

NODE Architecture and Urbanism, Hong Kong

12:15 -14:00 Lunch Break

Human Scale Architecture

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Boris Schade-Bünsow | Bauwelt, Berlin

time Topic Guest
14:00 -14:30 Human-centred Mindset in Design More


Crossboundaries, Beijing

14:30 -14:45 Tea Break
14:45 -15:15 Reinventing Shanghai’s Historical Fabric More

Alex Mok

Linehouse, Shanghai

15:15 -16:15 My Work

Junya Ishigami

Junya Ishigami + associates, Tokyo

Smart Solutions for Architecture and Urban Design

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Prof. Li Xiangning | Tongji University, Shanghai

time Topic Guest
10:00 -10:15 Welcome Speech
10:15 -10:45 From Micromobility to Cars: Addressing the Missing Links in Multimodal Transportation More

Assaf Biderman

MIT, Cambridge

10:45 -11:15 Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow More

Alexander Brenner

Alexander Brenner Architects, Stuttgart

11:15 -11:30 Tea Break
11:30 -12:00 Digital Twins – AI-Methods for Analysing and Optimising Existing Buildings More

Thomas Kirmayr

Fraunhofer Institute, Valley 

Dr. Ilka May 

LocLab, Darmstadt

12:00 -12:20 Future Oriented Urban Complex

GAN Yuanzhe

HPP Architects Associate Partner, Shanghai

12:20 -13:30 Lunch Break

Digital Design for Visionary Architecture

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Boris-Schade Bünsow | Bauwelt, Berlin

time Topic Guest
13:30 -14:00 Digital Innovation for Architectural Design and Construction More

Hannes Pfau

UNStudio, Amsterdam

14:00 -14:30 Future Retail Design for the Future Generation More


Benoy, Shanghai

14:30 -14:45 Tea Break
14:45 -15:15 Formgiving: Giving Form to the Future More

Kai Uwe Bergmann

BIG, New York

15:15 -15:45 From Chinese Form to Chinese Narration More


RSAA, Beijing

Boris Schade-Bünsow

Editor-in-chief, Bauwelt, Berlin


Bauwelt is a German architectural and urban design journal published every two weeks by Bauverlag BV GmbH, Berlin/Gütersloh. The last issue of each quarter is published as StadtBauwelt and focuses on current urban planning issues. Bauwelt was first published in 1910 and has its registered office in Berlin. With a total print run of approximately 12,000 copies, it features the largest job vacancy section of all German-language architectural magazines. Bauwelt reports in a politically independent,critical, demanding and unbiased manner about contemporary architecture in Europe and around the world. Boris Schade-Bünsow has been editor-in-chief of Bauwelt since March 2011.


Kai-Uwe Bergmann

Partner at Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), New York


Kai-Uwe Bergmann is a partner at BIG who brings his expertise to proposals around the globe, including work in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Kai-Uwe heads up BIG’s Business Development department, which currently has offices working in over 25 different countries, as well as overseeing BIG’s Communications. Registered as an architect in the USA and Canada, Kai-Uwe most recently contributed to the resiliency plan to protect ten miles of Manhattan’s coastline and serves as a co-instructor for an urban resiliency studio at the University of Pennsylvania. He complements his professional work through previous teaching assignments at the University of Florida, the New School of Architecture in San Diego and his alma mater the University of Virginia. Kai-Uwe is also a fellow of the  AIA, past board member of the Van Alen Institute, participates on numerous international juries, and lectures globally on the works of BIG.

Projects (selection)

Ongoing  The Big ‘U’, New York, USA
2017  Lego House, Billund, Denmark
2016  VIA 57 West, New York, USA
2016  Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, London, England
2014  The Big Maze, Washington, USA


Stephan Schütz

Partner at gmp · Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners, Berlin


Stephan Schütz, born in 1966, holds a Dipl.-Ing. architect degree. He joined gmp · Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners in 1994 after completing his studies at the Technical University of Braunschweig. In 2002, he established the first Chinese gmp subsidiary in Beijing, which, together with its offices in Shanghai and Shenzhen, currently employs nearly 100 architects. In 2006, he was made a partner and oversees projects in China and Europe. Together with Meinhard von Gerkan, he developed the idea of transforming the soon-to-be-closed Tegel Airport in Berlin into a new high-tech park.

Projects (selection) 
Under construction  Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Beijing, China
Under construction  Gasteig Munich, Germany
2017  CHAO Hotel, Beijing, China
2017  Kulturpalast, Dresden, Germany
2011  National Museum of China, Beijing, China


Martin Jochman

Founding Partner and Director of JADE+QA, Shanghai / UK


Martin Jochman Dip Arch RIBA is a British architect with over 30 years of experience in design and construction of many major buildings around the world. He is the designer of the InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland, an 88-metre deep underground hotel that was built in an abandoned rock quarry in China. In 2012, Martin Jochman established Studio JADE+QA in Shanghai, China (Jochman Architecture Design Environment Ltd + Quarry Associates (HK) Ltd), to continue the work on the Shimao Quarry Hotel after signing a contract with the developer. Since opening the studio, JADE+QA have completed construction of five major projects in China and established an associated office in the United Kingdom. In 2011, he was awarded a gold prize for the Shimao Wonderland InterContinental hotel at the MIPIM Asia awards in Hong Kong.

Projects (selection)

Since 2018  Jiabei Country Park Hotel, Shanghai, China
2018  Shimao Wonderland InterContinental Hotel, Songjiang, Shanghai, China
2018  Joe Lalli Narada Resorts, Moganshan, Hangzhou, China
2017  Nansha Marina Commercial, Hotel and Residential Development, Nansha, China
2016  Mixed Development – IDC, Offices and Residential, Qingpu, China
Since 2015  Haikou Bay Hulu Island Resort Development, Hainan, China


Alex Mok

Co-founder of Linehouse, Shanghai


Linehouse is an architecture and interior design practice established in 2013 by Alex Mok (Chinese-Swedish) and Briar Hickling (from New Zealand). Both have completed extensive work in Asia and abroad. The practice has international experience in design and construction, from the small-scale and intricate to the grand and public. The studio works on projects of varying scales and typologies that allow explorations of both the poetic idea and pragmatic solution. Projects are approached in a holistic manner, combining different disciplines: architecture, interiors, product design and graphic design and drawing on their experience to create new ideas and outputs emphasising qualities of construction, detail, materials and light. Each brief is approached individually, creating a poetic concept for each client through research, site context, history and responding to the client’s brief. Through the process of design, each project has a strong narrative and an element of whimsy and voyeurism, creating a unique spatial experience.

Projects (selection) 
2018  John Anthony, Hong Kong, China
2018  Tingtai Teahouse, Shanghai, China
2018  Herschel Supply, Shibuya, Japan
2017  NIO Brand Creative Studio, Shanghai, China
2016  WeWork Weihai Lu, Shanghai, China


Assaf Biderman

Founder & CEO, Superpedestrian / Associate Director, MIT Senseable City Lab, Cambridge, USA


Assaf Biderman is an entrepreneur, author and technology inventor. He is the founder and CEO of Superpedestrian, a robotics company that develops platforms of small electric vehicles for shared use. Together with the team at Superpedestrian, Assaf has developed fleets of scooters, e-bikes and other micro-vehicles with autonomous maintenance capabilities and active safety systems that enable much safer and cost-effective shared mobility services. Assaf is also the associate director and founding member of the MIT Senseable City Lab, a research group which develops technologies in big data, machine learning and robotics aimed at improving liveability in cities. He has supervised research in areas of urban sensing, data fusion and urban transportation, and also leads lab partnership initiatives with cities and the private sector. Assaf has a background in physics and design. He holds over 150 patents and publications, and has been honoured with multiple international awards including the Red Dot Luminary, Time Magazine, Thomas Edison and James Dyson awards.

Projects (selection)
2019  Forum on Future Cities: Urban Intelligence
2019  Driving DNA
2019  Weibo Smog
2018  Unparking
2018  Minimum Fleet
2018  Good Vibrations
2018  Roboat


Alexander Brenner

Founder of Alexander Brenner Architects, Stuttgart


After completing his studies in architecture and urban design at the University of Stuttgart in 1987,    Alexander Brenner founded his own atelier in Stuttgart in 1990. His main focus is on villas and residential buildings, art galleries and private art collections. The office currently employs 15 people. To date, he has worked at several universities throughout Germany: Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences, Nuertingen University, Biberach University of Applied Sciences, etc. In 1994, he was appointed to the Bund Deutscher Architekten – BDA. Today, he is also active as a juror at award ceremonies of the Chamber of Architects as well as a judge and expert in opinion procedures and competitions. He has received several awards such as the Hugo-Häring-Auszeichnung by the BDA, the Award Beispielhaftes Bauen by the Chamber of Architects Baden-Württemberg and the BDA award ‘Gute Bauten’. The Goethe Institute Germany ranks Alexander Brenner among the top ten German architects.

Projects (selection) 
2018  Crown House, Frankfurt, Germany
2017  Sonnenberg House, Wiesbaden, Germany
2015  Bredeney House, Essen, Germany
2014  An der Achalm, Reutlingen, Germany
2007  Villa am oberen Berg, Stuttgart, Germany


Hannes Pfau

Partner, UNStudio / Director, UNStudio Asia


Hannes Pfau is a partner at UNStudio and the director of UNStudio Asia, with design offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong. He currently manages several large-scale, high-profile projects in China and the Asia-Pacific region, including the West Kowloon Lyric Theatre Complex in Hong Kong among others. With his integrated approach towards design and construction, Hannes has successfully led several key UNStudio projects to unique solutions in terms of materialisation, strategically complex geometries and building processes. While leading and managing these projects from concept design to construction and completion, Hannes has built up advanced knowledge in turning strong design ideas into reality by generating new approaches in design implementation and innovative construction methods. Hannes’s international experience allows him to advise clients on issues ranging from development to procurement and construction, with a strong focus on attaining high-quality results. Founded in 1988 by Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos in Amsterdam, UNStudio is an international architectural design studio specialising in architecture, interior architecture, product design, urban development and infrastructural projects.

Projects (selection)
On-going Lyric Theatre Complex, Hong Kong, China
2018 Xintiandi Plaza, Shanghai, China
2018 Keppel Cove Marina and Clubhouse, Zhongshan, China
2017 Raffles City Hangzhou, China
2017 Lane 189, Shanghai, China
2006 Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart, Germany


Libin Chen

Partner at David Chipperfield Architects, Shanghai


Libin Chen studied construction management at the Urban Planning University in Shanghai and architecture at the Technische Universität in Berlin. After completing his architecture degree in 1999, he worked as a freelance architect on a number of projects, including the Chinese Embassy building in Berlin. Libin began working for David Chipperfield Architects in Berlin in 2004. In the following year, he founded the Shanghai Representative office together with Mark Randel. In his role as general manager of the Shanghai office, Libin is mainly responsible for office management, business and project development of all projects in China, including the Liangzhu Museum, the residential development Ninetree Village, and Rockbund Project in Shanghai. Since 2014, Libin has been a founding partner of David Chipperfield Architects Shanghai ltd. together with David Chipperfield and Mark Randel.

Projects (selection)

Since 2013  West Bund Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Since 2006  Rockbund Project & Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China
2018  Zhejiang Museum of Natural History, Anji, China
2015  Xixi Wetland Estate, Hangzhou, China
2013  Office building Moganshan Road, Hangzhou, China
2008  Ninetree Village, Hangzhou, China


A Place for the Public 


Besides functioning as an institution for the display of art, museums are also considered as public venues for various different activities. In China, however, the general concerns regarding both security and visitor management limit the public accessibility of museums. In the West Bund Art Museum, we consciously divided the exhibition spaces into three distinctive areas, linking them together with a public platform that is situated at the heart of the building’s spatial organisation. 

Hao Dong

Partner and co-founder of Crossboundaries, Beijing


Hao Dong holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Beijing Institute of Civil Engineering and Architecture, and a master’s degree in architecture from the Pratt Institute, New York, USA. In 2002, he returned to China and started practising and teaching after living and studying in the United States for almost five years. Besides working in one of the biggest state-owned design enterprises, the Beijing Institute of Architectural Design (BIAD) since 2003, Hao Dong co-founded the practice Crossboundaries, based in Beijing and Frankfurt. He regularly teaches at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) and recently also at Tsinghua University, Hao Dong is managing director of the office in Beijing.

Projects (selection) 
2017  Chaoyang Future School, Beijing, China
2016  Affiliated High School of Peking University, Beijing, China
2016  Beijing Zhengtong BMW Museum, Beijing, China
2015  Caochang Hutong Courtyard House, Beijing, China
2014  Aimer Fashion Factory, Beijing, China



Human-centred Mindset in Design 


During the practice of architecture, the size of a project inevitably varies according to its required features, yet it is measured against the human housing needs and activites inside. Responding to their own vision and empowering everyone to become better selves, Crossboundaries takes the human scale as the very first catalyst in generating all kinds of design – be they educational or commercial or in terms of office design. This lecture features a Beisha kindergarten, Soyoo Joyful Growth Centre and Chaoyang Future School, etc. 

Qin Pang

Benoy Global Director, Head of Shanghai Studio, Shanghai


Qin Pang is currently Benoy’s Global Director, head of the Shanghai studio, design director and also a member of the Expert Committee of China Commercial Real Estate Alliance. He graduated from the University of Nottingham with a master’s degree in architecture. In his more than 20-year career, he has endeavoured to find comprehensive solutions to a large number of engineering and design projects on different scales and levels. He has been invited to exhibit his architectural installations at some key exhibitions, including the 2009 Architectural Thinking Xi'an International Architecture Exhibition, the Beijing International Art Biennale and the 2013 Shanghai Art Design Exhibition. Qin’s expertise in sustainable building design also saw him appointed commissioner for the sustainable urban construction sector when the department of UK Trade & Investment was working alongside the Chongqing local government on sustainable urban design strategy. Following a move back to China in early 2008, after joining Benoy in 2006, Qin continued to build his design portfolio, working on a number of landmark projects, including IAPM, IFC, Chengdu IFS and Yueda 889. In addition, he was chief designer on several projects such as Qiantan Core Commercial District, Qiantan New Bund World Trade Center Phase I, Mango West Bund Plaza, Gala Avenue Westside, Hangzhou Joy City, and more.

Projects (selection) 
2019  Gala Avenue Westside, Shanghai, China
2018  Hangzhou Joy City, Shanghai, China
2017  The New Bund World Trade Center Phase I, Shanghai, China
2016  Qiantan Core Business District Masterplan, Shanghai, China
2013  IAPM and ICC, Shanghai, China
2010  Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


Ziyu Zhuang

Architect, Partner of RSAA GmbH, Beijing


Architect and partner of RSAA GmbH. Having learned from Bernard Tschumi and Kenneth Frampton, Ziyu Zhuang was granted a master’s degree in architecture and urban design from Columbia University, USA. With projects such as Zhangjiagang Church, Tongling Recluse, Courtyard No.7 at The Drum Tower, The Top of Cloud, Nanjing Five Seasons Jinling Hotel, Chengdu Wenjiang Banyan Tree Hotel, Jining Culture Center Urban Design and others, he has won the Architizer A+ Award, A’ Design Award as well as ICONIC AWARDS – Innovative Architecture: Best of Best, DFA Awards: Gold Award, German Design Award: Special Mention, INNODESIGN PRIZE: winner, WAN Awards: House of the Year, APIDA: Gold Award, iF DESIGN AWARD, Red Dot Design Award, THE PLAN AWARD: HONOURABLE MENTION, the BIM Award of the China Engineering & Consulting Association and the Design and Art Achievement Award, one of the top prizes of the China Building Decoration Association. As a member of AIA, a member of the Architecture League of New York and as the LEED AP of USGBC, Ziyu Zhuang has been invited to be the visiting professor of Tianjin University School of Architecture in 2018–2019 and also as a guest critic at the University of Hong Kong, Columbia University, New York Parsons School of Design, Tsinghua University and University of Minnesota.

Projects (selection)

2019  Sense Café Beijing, Beijing, China
2019  Hengshan Banyan Tree Hotel, Hengyang, China
2018  Chengdu Banyan Tree Hotel, Chengdu, China
2018  The Top of Cloud, Xi'an, China
2017  Tongling Recluse, Tongling, China
2015  Nanjing Five Seasons Jinling Hotel, Nanjing, China



From Chinese Form to Chinese Narration 


The practice cases of RSAA / Büro Ziyu Zhuang used the extension of new narrativity and typology as motifs in the context of contemporary Chinese society and spaces.  Based on the design principles of the Chinese narrative, the studio analysed, discussed and responded to the living habits, behaviour modes and cognitive characteristics of contemporary Chinese people. In this way, the projects are even more separated from traditional Chinese narrative forms and thus truly tell the story of contemporary Chinese  space in design.

Doreen Heng Liu

Founder of NODE, Shenzhen

Doreen Heng LIU received her Master of Architecture from UC Berkeley in 1994 and Doctor of Design at Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2008. In 2004, Doreen established her own design practice NODE in Nansha and Hong Kong, and relocated to Shenzhen in 2009. Her design works have been awarded and published in many international professional magazines, including Architectural Record, Domus, Volume, The Plan and Abitare, etc., and exhibited in various architectural and art exhibitions, including in Venice, Rotterdam and Vienna. In 2012, Doreen, together with her firm NODE, was shortlisted as one of the five internationally emerging architects for the Audi Urban Future Initiative (AUFI) awards. In 2014, Doreen was nominated as Curator for the Hong Kong Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. In 2015, she won the Excellent Award for Creative Design in China. In the same year, Doreen was nominated as Curator for the Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, Shenzhen/Hong Kong. Since September 2008, Doreen has been teaching at the School of Architecture of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). In the academic year 2015-16, Doreen was appointed as Guest Professor at D-ARCH, ETH. In autumn 2019, Doreen was appointed as Friedman Visiting Professor of Practice at the University of California, Berkeley.

Projects (selection)
2017 Renovation of Dameisha Village – Village as Kitchen, Shenzhen
2015 Renovation of DaChan Flour Mill, Shenzhen
2015 Yong-Chong River Water Infrastructure, Shenzhen
2013 Renovation of Fufa Glass Factory, Shenzhen


GAN Yuanzhe

HPP Associate Partner

Mr. Gan Yuanzhe has become an Associate Partner of HPP Architects in 2018. He is a remarkable Architectural designer as well as a visionary team leader with
his extensive experiences in project management & control. In the projects he engages in, he is able to step out of the box to view every case from various
dimensions, like: city, culture, social influence, etc., so as to ensure the optimal equilibrium of the specific case. As a pragmatic team leader, he sets up clear and
high standards for every project and takes precise control over the later stages, to ensure that every single case can be completed with high quality.

Projects (selection)
2019 Russian Vladivostok Casino Complex, Vladivostok
2018 Nanshan Science & Technology Innovation Center, Shenzhen
2017 SH China Enterprise · CR Rivera Future Century Plaza, Shanghai
2017 World’s Top Automobile Brand‘s E-MFG Building, Shanghai
2016 World’s Top R&D Building, Nanjing
2015 Theater Complex of Evergrande Ocean Flower Island, Hainan
2014 SH China Enterprise · CR Rivera Wisdom Plaza, Shanghai



Ilka May

CEO and partner of LocLab Consulting

Ilka May is CEO and partner of LocLab Consulting, a German based company specialising in 3D modelling, visualisation, virtual reality and gamification in the field of the built environment. Previously of Ove Arup, Ilka brings many years experience of working on infrastructure construction projects. In 2015 she led the authoring of the strategic BIM road map for the German Ministry of Transport and digital Infrastructure. As the co-chair of the EU BIM Task Group she co-authored the commission’s handbook on the introduction of BIM to the public sector in Europe. In 2018 she has significantly contributed to the recently published BIM strategy of Deutsche Bahn.

Projects (selection)
2019 Berlin Alexanderplatz – Potsdamer Platz, Germany
2019 HS2 BIM Visualisation Hub, UK
2019 Hamburg Hochbahn, Germany
2018 Villa Mumm Research Project, Germany
2018 Verbund Hydropower Plant, Austria


Junya Ishigami

Junya Ishigami junya.ishigami+associates, Tokyo

junya.ishigami+associates is an international architecture firm based in Tokyo, Japan. Established by Junya Ishigami in2004, the firm gained international recognition following the competition of the Kanagawa Institute of Technology's KAIT Workshop in 2007, which was awarded the Architectural Institute of Japan Prize in 2009. Similar success followed with exhibitions at Venice Architecture Biennales, the latter of which is awarded the Golden Lion for Best Project of the 12th Biennale in 2010. The office has continued to enjoy growing foreign attention for the wide range of design possibilities we explore, from numerous exhibitions and installation projects, such as “Ballon” and “Table”, to large scale construction commissions: our current construction projects include a university multi-purpose plaza and a House&Restaurant project in Japan, the redevelopment of the Russian Polytechnic Museum in Moscow, as well as a several projects in China. Regardless of scale, each project is approached from a limitless and open-ended creative perspective to deliver a unique and inspiring outcome.

Projects (selection)
2020 Villa in Dali, Yunnan, China
2020 House of Peace, Copenhagen, Denmark
2020 Kindergarten in Rizhao, Shandong, China
2019 Serpentine Pavilion, London, United Kingdom
2019 Chapel of the Valley, Shandong, China
2019 Kanagawa Institute of Technology “Multi-purpose plaza”, Kanagawa, Japan
2008 KAIT Workshop, Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Kanagawa, Japan





LI Xiaojiang

Member of Central Coordinated Development of Bejing-Tianjin-Hebei Region Expert Advisory Committee, Vice President of China Academy Urban Planning and Design Association, Beijing

LI Xiaojiang, Expert of the central Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei coordinated development expert advisory committee, Vice President of China urban planning
association, Professor-level senior urban planner, once served as the former dean of China Academy of Urban Planning and Design research institute, and was
an expert consultant for the planning of Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and other cities. He has presided over the completion of Zhuhai city overall planning,
Wenchuan earthquake reconstruction system planning, Beichuan new county reconstruction planning, Luohu port/railway station area design, Shanghai
Hongqiao hub area multi-level planning and other major planning projects. Won 6 gold, silver and bronze prizes of national excellent engineering survey and
design, and 12 first prizes of national excellent planning and design.

Projects (selection)
Beichuan New County Disaster Reconstruction Plan
Luohu Port/Railway Station Area Design
Shanghai Hongqiao Hub Area Multi-Level Planning


Niklas Mahlberg

ALA Architects, Helsinki


PhD, School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, Beijing Architect of TeamMinus, Beijing

Panrui, M. Arch., is a PhD student of the Architecture Department in the School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, China. He is also a practical architect of
Atelier TeamMinus
Professor Zhang is an advocator of the ‘Soft Sustainability’ concept and has been focusing his
design and research on the relationship between space and the human body. In recent years, Zhang Li and his team have won multiple awards, including:
Zomtobel Group Award (2017), ArchMarathon Best Art and Culture Building (2014), AR+D Highly Commended (2013), National Grand Award for Architecture
(2009), ASC Gold Award for Design Excellence (2014, 2008), ASC Award for Emerging Architects (2008), etc. From 2014 to 2015, he has been the director of
Venue Planning and Sustainability in Beijing's bid for Winter Games 2022. He is now leading venue design works in the Zhangjiakou Zone of Beijing 2022.

Projects (selection)
2019 Shougang Big Air of Bejing 2022 Winter Games, Beijing, China
2019 Zhangjiakou National Ski Jumping Centre, Zhangjiakou China
2019 Piazza & Art Space, Horticulture Village, Gujiaying, Yanqing, Beijing, China
2016 Aranya Qixing Youth Camp, Qinhuangdao, China
2013 Fishing Rope and Net Market Renovation, Lanshan, China
2013 Janamani Visitor Center, Yushu, China
2009 Xin-Jiu-Zhou-Qing-Yan' Roof Garden , China Pavilion 2010 Expo, Shanghai, China
2008 Hefeng Industrial Design Complex, Ningbo, China



Professor Dr Xiangning Li

Professor at Tongji University, Shanghai


Dr Xiangning Li is deputy dean and full professor in history, theory and criticism at Tongji University College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He is a member of CICA (Comité International des Critiques d'Architecture) and Secretary General of the China Architectural Society Architectural Criticism Committee. He is Editor in Chief of the international magazine Architecture China. He serves as advisory board member of Confluence Institute for Innovation and Creative Strategies in Architecture, and editorial board member of magazines including Plan and Le Visiteur (Journal of Société Française des Architectes). He has been a jury member to many international awards and competitions including the Spanish International Architectural Award, Mies van der Rohe Award and the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture. He has taught and lectured in universities and institutes including Princeton University, TU Darmstadt, UCLA, USC, Chalmers University, IUAV, IAAC and the Canadian Center for Architecture. He was a Visiting Professor in Architecture at Harvard 
GSD in 2016. He was co-curator of the 2011 Chengdu Biennale and 2011 Shenzhen Biennale, academic director and curator of the 2013 Shenzhen/Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale, curator of Shanghai West Bund 2013 Biennale and curator for the 2015 and 2017 Shanghai Urban Space Art Season. He served as director for the 2017 Busan Architectural Culture Festival (South Korea) and curated the 
Chinese Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale. 

Books (selection)   
2018 Towards a Critical Pragmatism: Contemporary Chinese Architecture, Images Publishing Group  
2017 Shanghai Regeneration, Applied Research & Design 
2014 Made in Shanghai, Tongji University Press  
2010 Updating China: Projects for a Sustainable Future, DOM Publishers 
2009 The Real and the Imagined: A Study of Value in Contemporary Urban Theory 

QI Bin

Deputy Chief Architect, Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tsinghua University

QI Bin is currently the Deputy Chief Architect of Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tsinghua University, Senior Professor Architect, Class A Registered Architect, and also an APEC Registered Architect, and a visiting scholar of Massachusetts institute of technology (MIT) 2009-2010. He is also a council member of The Architectural Society of China and a standing member of Environment Art Committee of Architect Branch. QI Bin has many practical and excellent works in large public buildings, cultural buildings, sports buildings and other fields. His architectural works have been awarded with more than 20 golden medals, national silver design awards and provincial and ministerial architectural design awards from ARCASIA. He has made many achievements in architectural design theory research, completed three academic monographs, published nearly 30 academic papers in domestic academic journals, and served as visiting professor, postgraduate tutor and journal editorial board member of Tsinghua University and other universities.

Projects (selection)
#2 Garden of Beijing Olympic Center Area Sinking Garden, Beijing, China
2008 Olympic Venue, Beijing Shooting Range Hall, Beijing, China
Odeum of Xuzhou
Art Museum of Xuzhou
Sunshine Plaza of Xuzhou Quanshan National Forest Park



Thomas Kirmayr

Managing Director / Head of the SME 4.0 Competence Centre Planning and Construction at Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance


Thomas Kirmayr discovered his interest in interdisciplinary actions very early on. With his degree in industrial engineering at the University for Applied Science Rosenheim, he attained the first qualification as a basis for achieving this goal. After a first stop in the chemical industry, his professional career led him consistently to the construction industry and technical building equipment. Initially, as head of training and information at ift Rosenheim (1994-1998), the focus was primarily on the qualification of craftsmanship. In 2003, he co-founded the installation company and engineering firm K2 Innovative Haustechnik. From 2011, through several positions and areas of responsibility at the Fraunhofer IBP, he worked his way through an extra-occupational Executive MBA at RWTH Aachen University and the University of St. Gallen an became head of the Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance in 2017. In addition, since 2017, he has been in charge of the SME 4.0 Competence Centre Planning and Construction, funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs ans Energy.

Projects (selection) 
2020 SME 4.0 Competence Center Planning and Construction, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs ans Energy. Berlin, Germany 
2017 Build with vision - industrial and serial building system solutions, Federal Ministry for Construction, Environment and Nuclear Safety, Berlin, Germany 
2017 BIMiD - BIM in Germany, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs ans Energy, Berlin, Germany 
2017 VASE: ‘Validated Determination of the System Efficiency of System Combinations for the Implementation of the ErP Directive’, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs ans Energy, Berlin, Germany 
2016 Foshan Sino-German High-Tech Service Platform City of Foshan, China




YE Yang

Director, Editorial Office, World Architecture Magazine


YE Yang, PhD candidate, M.Arch. School of Architecture, Tsinghua University. She was a heritage conservator after her master’s degree study on architectural history. She is the director of editorial office at World Architecture (WA) and took charge of more than 38 issues. WA was founded in October 1980 and is directed by Tsinghua University. It is bilingual, published monthly and distributed worldwide. WA is one of the largest architectural magazines in China. In addition, besides publishing the journal, WA also hosts lectures and organises various exhibitions and competitions. It is one of the most influential platforms of architecture ideas in contemporary China, and facilitates in-depth architecture debates by focusing on hot issues both inside and outside China. In 2002, WA set up the bi-annual WA Award for Chinese Architecture (WAACA), which became China's most prestigious architectural award. Main audiences are professors, architects, students, officers and real estate staff.