BAU Congress China 2020 Post Meeting Report

BAU Congress China (BCC) enjoys a high reputation in Asia especially in China for its leading concepts and innovations from an international perspective, focusing on architectural design, materials and technologies. This edition, BCC2020 invited over 20 keynote speakers discussing the future urban development in China and its feasibility study. The awarded projects of the second International Urban Project Award (IUPA) were exhibited during event by providing a design feast for more than 1,500 attendees from architectural design, real-estate, engineering sections in the industry, as well as for 29,382 online audiences.

Sharing from international leading perspective, a benchmark of industry high-end conference


BAU Congress China (BCC) has always selected speakers and topics with extremely high standards, with the goal of focusing on innovative thinking and new concepts in architectural design. It is an unmissable annual event in the industry. BCC2020 invited partners from gmp Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners, Zaha Hadid Architects, MVRDV, HPP Architects, Atelier Feichang Jianzhu, as well as professors from Architectural Design and Research Institute Tsinghua University Co., Ltd. (THAD), College of Architectural and Urban Planning Tongji University and etc. In the case of restricted travel due to COVID-19, the event stilled gathered industry leaders from China and abroad to give high-level conferences by sharing global vision and case study to explore the future urban development.


A diversified exchange platform to promote the development of the industry technology and culture in China


Mr. Li Cundong, secretary-general of the Architectural Society of China (ASC) to give keynote speech


Mr. Li Xiangning, dean of the College of Architectural and Urban Planning, Tongji University to host the conference

BAU Congress China (BCC) shares global vision based on China’s local practice. It has joined forces with the academic authorities and design institutions to establish a diversified platform which allows Chinese architects to communicate and share with international counterparts in urban planning and architectural design,in order uplift of the industry technology and culture development in China.


Five trendy issues to discuss future urban development and post-pandemic healthy living

COVID-19 has aroused public attention and thinking on future urban development and health-care facility planning. Due to that, BCC2020 based on the five trendy topics including, urban development - TOD, resilient architecture, health-care buildings and their infrastructure, future of living and working, digital design, AI and robotics in architecture, invited key leaders from China and overseas to give keynote speeches from different approaches during the three-day event.


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The awarded projects of IUPA to convey new urban planning concepts and architectural values

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The awarded projects were presented during BCC2020


The IUPA award ceremony were held as a key part of the BCC 2020 Gala Dinner - Architecture Night.

Initiated in 2019, International Urban Project Award(IUPA)aims to award the emerging innovations in the industry. Since its establishment, IUPA has not only selected projects for its excellent presentation, but also evaluated from social impact, functions for public space, the interactions between people’s life and the city and environmental sustainability. This year, the jury committee of IUPA was included with more than 10 leading experts from China, Germany, Russia and other countries to select 5 finalists among 80 selection from 51 countries and regions. 

Meanwhile, the the award ceremony was held during the Gala Dinner - Architecture Night. The 5 finalists were awarded for their excellent urban planning concepts and improvements value, which also echoed the theme of BCC2020.



Topic 1&2: To discuss the recent key projects and TOD for urban development

The first two topics of BCC2020 introduced large-scale planning and architecture projects and TOD which is one of the representatives ideas for new urbanization. Speakers shared their visions for future urban development in different approaches including smart urbanization, future-oriented hybrid urbanization, sensitive urbanity, Water Urbanism, and the future of architecture and urban transformation and etc.

Topic 3&4: Focus on resilient architecture, health-care buildings and infrastructure, future of living and working

Due to COVID-19, future urban planning and medical building planning have drawn significant attention by industry players. Architecture and urban design must be resilient, but also need to be flexible for the future urgent needs. It is not only impacted by COVID-19, that drives the demand for hospitals and health-care institutions a brand new design; meanwhile, the future demographic changes will cause new problems and challenges in living and working space design. The above content were thoroughly discussed in topic 3 & 4.

Topic 5: To discuss digital design, AI and robotics in architecture

In addition to BIM and digital design in architecture, architects also use smart tools for planning and design. Thus the following issues such as how architecture changes by digital tools; What will AI bring in urban planning and construction; What kind of value that robots will achieve in construction sites and for customized materials; How profoundly BIM strategy will impact the market were explored via exact projects.


Speakers’ Comments



“CADE is an important platform for everyone to participate and communicate. In this platform, you do quickly learn the newly developed materials and technologies, as well as have direct exchange with different leading companies and specialists via certain projects. I think, through CADE, we can get exact growth and expansion. It is a very good platform for the whole industry.”

—— Satoshi Ohashi, Director of Zaha Hadid Architects

“No matter if it is due to pandemic or not, architects are designing for higher quality of life, rather than a symbolic work. Architects and urban planners are gradually changing from considering things to people more. (While due to COVID-19) it’s been a while without holding any large event. This edition is particularly expected by the academics and industry players. It is very meaningful that we can discuss things face to face and focus on the issues with common concern.”

——Prof. Zhang Li, Dean of School of Architecture, Tsinghua University

“My topic at BCC2020 was ‘Complexity’ Design . Through two projects - an urban complex in Frankfurt and an unfinished football stadium in Pudong, Shanghai, I shared some experience in complex projects especially in digital design and complex function design. I found it was very interesting to have professional discussions with the audience after my sharing. BCC gives us an opportunity for exchange and progress. ” 

——Jens Kump, Partner of HPP Architects

“I am very honored to be invited by BCC to host the Future of Living and Working session. This year is very special as we are still in pandemic. COVID-19 has had a great impact on people’s life in the world, which also caused us to think more about the living style of today, tomorrow, and the future. I look forward to see different inspirations during the event.   

——Dong Hao,Partner and Co-Founder of Crossboundaries

“Regarding to the contemporary architecture and urban development, there is communication and integration across the boundaries and culture. Besides, the application of advanced science and technology in architecture will bring brand new changes in the market. The above two points are my biggest concern before the Expo. And I am very glad to see these issues are discussed during the conference.”

——Prof. Li Xiangning, Dean of College of Architecture and Urban Planning,Tongji University

Attendees by Industry Sectors

BAU Congress China 2020 has attracted over a thousand professional attendees including architects and designers, structural engineers, building materials manufacturers/franchisers, specialized teachers and students from colleges and universities, engineering/decoration companies, real estate developers, media and other professional groups.


Online Audience

BAU Congress China 2020 also conducted live broadcast through three professional platforms - CADE Jianzhuren‘er, (for civil engineering) and (for architects and designers). It was recorded that the event attracted with a total of 29,382 audiences and gained extensive attention from sectors including architectural design, civil engineering and interior design.

Audiences’ Evaluation

94.8% of the interviewed audiences gave highly recognition to BAU Congress China 2020, Among which 62.99% gave an Excellent evaluation and 34.93% of the audience think the conference is very good.


Audience’s Comment

“ I enjoyed topics shared by many industry leaders. Their design concept and practical experience were very inspiring. The topic of urban development in particular gave us significant reference for exploring the construction of urbanization in China.”

——An Architect from ZCKZ Engineering Design Co., Ltd.

“ Among all the concurrent events in CADE2020, the most impressive is the BAU Congress China, from which, we can learn the international leading design concepts, new materials and digital technologies that applied in the project. All these emerging information tell us the future developing direction in our industry so that we can understand our next step.”

——A Designer from Beijing Urban Construction Design & Development Group Co., Limited

“ Unfortunately we only caught up with the session on Saturday for the three-day event. However, the ideas and projects shared by speakers were very broad-minded and exciting. It was such an enlightenment for our profession. Thank the organizer for the well planning!”

——A designer from CallisonRtkl

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