Chapman Taylor participates in Roundtable business discussion with UK Ambassador to China in Shanghai

Chapman Taylor has attended an RIBA-hosted Roundtable discussion with the UK Ambassador to China, Dame Barbara Woodward, at the British Centre in Shanghai. Director Peter Mackey and Architect Enran Zhang attended the event on Wednesday 29 July alongside representatives from other major UK architectural firms.

The event emphasised the strong business and interpersonal links between architects in the UK and China. We highlighted that 60% of our Shanghai team were educated overseas, more than half of whom studied in the UK. We also spoke about the closely collaborative and mutually supportive relationship between our London and Shanghai studios, which is particularly valuable for many of our prestigious projects in China.

The participants also shared their insights on sustainable design as well as discussing the challenges and opportunities they have experienced in the Chinese market. We spoke about how our 70-strong Shanghai studio expanded in the second quarter of the year despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

To demonstrate the success of Chapman Taylor’s strategies for navigating the challenges caused by the pandemic, we presented our Zhangjiang Gaoke Office Park project, which the Shanghai studio won during the emergency despite a period of lockdown.

Among other topics discussed were:

  1. Mutual recognition of architect’s qualifications between the UK and China
  2. Visas for young British graduates (Part 1/Part 2) to come to China for work experience, which would enrich the economy and the design community
  3. The embassy’s work helping Chinese students return to their studies in the UK and fast-tracking visas for teachers and tutors coming from the UK to China
  4. The RIBA’s continuous work with the embassy and practices to promote gender equality in architecture
  5. The competitiveness of British practices in China – specialising in certain sectors helps practices to stand out from the crowd, although is also important to have a good working relationship with design institutes and other local practices
  6. The importance of China remaining open to international talent to remain relevant in global markets; the UK Department for International Trade and the RIBA can help highlight British firms and talent in China
  7. The quality of design in China has significantly improving over the years; the RIBA is working hard to dispel the idea that design in China is not at the same level of design quality as western countries.

Our warmest thanks to Her Excellency Dame Barbara and to the RIBA for hosting us for this very enjoyable and informative discussion.

To demonstrate the success of Chapman Taylor’s strategies for navigating the challenges caused by the pandemic, we presented our Zhangjiang Gaoke Office Park project, which the Shanghai studio won during the emergency despite a period of lockdown.

Among other topics discussed were:

  1. Mutual recognition of architect’s qualifications between the UK and China
  2. Visas for young British graduates (Part 1/Part 2) to come to China for work experience, which would enrich the economy and the design community
  3. The embassy’s work helping Chinese students return to their studies in the UK and fast-tracking visas for teachers and tutors coming from the UK to China
  4. The RIBA’s continuous work with the embassy and practices to promote gender equality in architecture
  5. The competitiveness of British practices in China – specialising in certain sectors helps practices to stand out from the crowd, although is also important to have a good working relationship with design institutes and other local practices
  6. The importance of China remaining open to international talent to remain relevant in global markets; the UK Department for International Trade and the RIBA can help highlight British firms and talent in China
  7. The quality of design in China has significantly improving over the years; the RIBA is working hard to dispel the idea that design in China is not at the same level of design quality as western countries.

Our warmest thanks to Her Excellency Dame Barbara and to the RIBA for hosting us for this very enjoyable and informative discussion.

Peter Mackey (建筑学职业深造文凭)

董事, 上海

2004年以来,彼得与查普门泰勒公司在中国合作设计了众多项目,自查普门泰勒建筑设计咨询(上海)有限公司成立后,他成为该公司的董事,与华镭共同负责上海办公室的经营管理。

彼得于1993年取得谢菲尔德大学建筑学职业深造文凭。在英国工作了几年之后,他来到中国香港参与了一系列项目设计工作。 彼得是休闲场所、零售商业、餐饮及酒店环境室内设计和建筑设计方面的专家,拥有超过20年的丰富设计经验。

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