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RIAI Showcase in Shanghai: Irish Architecture – A History of Culture and Sustainable Future

Published: Tuesday, October 16, 2012

[Pictured above are, l-r, Professor Merritt Bucholz, SAUL; RIAI Director John Graby; Associate Professor Dr. Zhijung Wang, Tongji; RIAI President Michelle Fagan]

Shanghai/Dublin...The RIAI’s first exhibition and lecture series in China is underway from 16 October until 19 October. Irish Architecture – A History of Culture & A Sustainable Future opened on 16 October at the Irish Centre in Shanghai with a great reception by the local architecture and business community and media. The showcase of Irish architecture, which was developed with the funding from the Government Policy on Architecture 2009-2015, comprises 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 celebrates the current Irish connections with China and highlights the skills, expertise and recent successes of Irish architects in the global market place.

The event is honoured to have the full support of the Architectural Society of Shanghai China (ASSC), Shanghai’s professional and authoritative academic organization in the field of architecture and Tongji University, one of the most prestigious institutions of higher education in architecture and urban planning in China.

The opening ceremony on Tuesday, 16 October is followed by lectures presented by Mr. John Graby, Director of RIAI and Mr Merritt Bucholz, Professor of Architecture at the University of Limerick. Each will speak on the history, culture and the future of Irish architecture. In addition, Professor Wang Zhijun from Tong Ji University will give a lecture on Shanghai’s urban planning framework, which is expected to lead to a lively discussion on the comparison of Irish and Chinese architecture.

The RIAI is leading 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.

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.”

Speaking ahead of the event, Nora Gao, General Manager of the Irish Centre also commented: “It is with great pleasure to work with the RIAI on the Irish Architecture Showcase. Since its launch, the Irish Centre has successfully hosted and facilitated a myriad of high profile events and the feedback received from both organizers and participants are extremely positive. Our team will work closely with RIAI to deliver a quality program and ensuring that this first Irish architecture Showcase in Shanghai is a resounding success.”




Dates: 09:00 – 18:00, Tuesday 16 October – Friday 19 October 2012
Venue: The Irish Centre, Level 2, Central Plaza, 227 North Huangpi Road, Shanghai

Tongji Chapter:
16:30-20:30, Thursday, 18 October 2012
1239 Siping Road, Shanghai

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