A recent visit to China by the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts (ALVA) during the semester break saw him travel to two major cities in a packed schedule that included a lecture at Zhejiang University and duties as an architectural competition juror.
Winthrop Professor Simon Anderson first visited Hangzhou (at the invitation of its CBD Construction and Management Committee) to judge the international architectural design competition for Qianjiang Finance City. Other jurors were leading academics from Southeast University, Tsinghua University and Tongji University, the City Architect of Beijing Institute of Architectural Design and leading international architects Carlos Ott and Klaus Kohlstrung.
Over two days the jury assessed 6 schemes by architects from China, Hong Kong, England and the United States for the 15.8 hectare site to contain 1,200,000 square metres of office space, commercial functions, public space and transport infrastructure.
While in Hangzhou the Dean gave a public lecture at Zhejiang University, visited the Hoken Architecture Design Institute and toured the cultural heritage site of Lili near Suzhou in neighbouring Jiangsu Province.
ALVA students regularly visit Hangzhou and Zhejiang University with an overseas studio group studying there in January-February 2014 and another group visiting later this year.
Returning via Guangzhou the Dean met with the Australian Consul-General Jill Collins, Australian Trade Commission managers and educational agents IDP to discuss higher education issues in southeast China.
He also visited South China University of Technology (SCUT) to further develop the recently signed articulation agreement in Architecture between ALVA and SCUT School of Architecture. At SCUT the Dean met with Deputy Dean Professor Sun Yimin and viewed examples of student work in Architecture. As a result of the visit a joint international workshop is proposed for ALVA staff and students in Guangzhou in the near future.
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