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RIAI Presents Lectures and Exhibition on Irish Architecture at Tongji University, Shanghai

Published: Thursday, October 25, 2012


The RIAI-led visit of Irish architects to Shanghai concluded on 18 October with lectures and an exhibition on Irish architecture at Tongji University, one of the most prestigious institutions of higher education in architecture and urban planning in China.  Professor Merritt Bucholz, School of Architecture UL (SAUL), and RIAI Director John Graby delivered keynote presentations at Tongji at the invitation of the School of Architecture. Tongji’s School of Architecture is also currently showing the exhibition Irish Architecture – A History of Culture & A Sustainable Future.

The exhibition was formally opened at the Irish Centre in Shanghai, China on 16 October 2012, which hosted a series of lectures and networking events during the course of the week including a lecture by Professor Wang Zhijun from Tong Ji University, who gave a lecture on Shanghai’s urban planning framework.

The showcase of Irish architecture in Shanghai, which was developed with the funding from the Government Policy on Architecture 2009-2015, comprised a specially created exhibition complemented by a week-long programme of lectures and roundtable discussions covering a variety of areas of Irish architecture. The event also celebrated the current Irish connections with China and highlights the skills, expertise and recent successes of Irish architects in the global market place.  During its visit to Shanghai the RIAI also met with the Architectural Society of Shanghai China (ASSC), Shanghai’s professional and authoritative academic organisation in the field of architecture.

The RIAI led a delegation of Irish architects who are working globally in markets from China to the Middle East, Australia and Europe. The RIAI’s Shanghai showcase forms part of its internationalisation strategy, which has been developed with the support of Enterprise Ireland, the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. The RIAI’s visit to Shanghai was covered by national and international media such as DOMUS Shanghai and The Irish Times.

RIAI President, Michelle Fagan says: “We are delighted to showcase Irish architecture in Shanghai. Ireland’s architects are internationally recognised for their design and project management skills. Our colleagues are winning competitions and commissions all over the world. The RIAI has been working strategically for five years in promoting our work abroad and building strategic alliances. We are delighted about this initiative and partnership with the Irish Centre Shanghai, the Architectural Society of Shanghai China and the Tongji University and see it as a long-term programme.”

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