XJTLU Becomes First Chinese Architecture Course with Unconditional RIBA Accreditation

XJTLU’s Administration Information Building, completed in 2013 by Aedas. Image Courtesy of Aedas

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has awarded unconditional Part 1 accreditation to the undergraduate program at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) in Suzhou, making it the first Chinese architecture program to be certified by the UK architecture body. The accreditation marks another first for XJTLU’s partner university at Liverpool, which pioneered the RIBA accreditation system by becoming the first certified course in the world in 1906, and officially marks the program at XJTLU as on a par with other architecture schools around the world.

Zhangjiagang Town River Reconstruction / Botao Landscape

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Architects: Botao Landscape
Location: Zhangjiagang City Price Control Bureau, 70 Renmin Middle Road, Zhangjiagang, Suzhou, Jiangsu, , 215600
Area: 65000.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Botao Landscape

Suzhou School / BAU Brearley Architects + Urbanists

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Architects: BAU Brearley Architects + Urbanists
Location: Suzhou, Jiangsu,
Architect In Charge: James Brearley, Fang Qun, Jiang Han, ,Lin Donghui, Richard Tam, Olga Mladenovic, Nicky Chang, Mao Jie, Zhou Yinying, Chen Lei
Year: 2009
Photographs: Shu He

Kunshan Visitor Center / Vector Architects

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Architects: Vector Architects
Location: Kunshan, , Jiangsu, China
Architect In Charge: Gong Dong
Project Architects: Zhimin Zhou, Xiangdong Kong, Feng Xu, Ran Huo
Area: 280 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shengliang Su

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Administration Information Building / Aedas

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Architects: Aedas
Location: Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, 111 Ren’ai Road, 工业园区 , Jiangsu, , 215123
Project Design Director: Andy Wen
Client: Suzhou Industrial Park Education Investment Development Co. Ltd.
Area: 59893.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Aedas

ZHOUSHI Culture & Sports Center / UDG YangZheng Studio

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Architects: UDG YangZheng Studio
Location: Kunshan, , Jiangsu, China
Architect In Charge: Yang Zheng, Zhang Yu
Design Team: Team:Zhou Song、Liu Yanlin、Zhong Kai、Qian Qian
Area: 31,387 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Su Shengliang

Kangka Zhouzhuang Tourist Resort Aquatic Club / UDG China

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Architects: UDG China
Location: Zhouzhuangzhen, Kunshan, , Jiangsu, ,
Architect In Charge: Qian Qiang, Li Xiaojian, Bernd Lederle, Feng Haihua, Li Chencheng, Bi Yifei, Tanase Yo Shoji, Satoshi Morita, Chen Hongbin, Simone De Gradi
Area: 1800.0 sqm
Photographs: Yao Li

Jinguyuan Mixed Use Complex / Miao Design Studio

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Architects: Miao Design Studio
Location: Kunshan, , Jiangsu, China
Architect: Pu Miao, Hanjia Design Group
Architect Of Record: Jiang Ninqing
Area: 6,220 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Miao Design Studio

Visitor Center in Lake Yangcheng Park / Miao Design Studio

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Architects: Miao Design Studio
Location: Kunshan, , Jiangsu, China
Architects: Pu Miao and Hanjia Design Group
Architect Of Record: Jiang Ninqing
Area: 844.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Miao Design Studio

Office Complex Haokang / Archiplein

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Architects: Archiplein
Location: Kunshan, , Jiangsu, China
Area: 18,500 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Frédéric Henriques

Suquan Yuan / TM Studio

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Architects: TM Studio
Location: ,
Architect : Tong Ming
Area: 5,600 sqm
Year: 2008
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Suzhou Industrial Park Sports Center / NBBJ

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NBBJ has shared with us their latest design in sports architecture, a multifunctional industrial sports complex for the residents of Suzhou, . Designed as a community asset, the cultural sports hub will include a commercial center, aquatics facility, gymnasium, arena, professional sports stadium and more. All facilities will be integrated within a lush “Sports Garden” that features an abundance of pedestrian walkways, gardens and sport fields.

The architects’ description after the break…

Twin Trees Pavilion / Atelier Archmixing

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Architects: Atelier Archmixing
Location: , Jiangsu Province, China
Gross Floor Area: 56 sqm
Completion: 2012
Client: Zhang Hong
Design Team: Zhuang Shen, Tian Danni
Main Contractor: Wang Zikui
Photographs: Tang Yu

Suzhou Industrial Park Central Business District / SWA Group

Lead by principal designers Hui-Li Lee and John Wong, SWA Group  along with consulting architect Ojanen_Chiou Architects provided the winning competition proposal for the Industrial Park Central Business District which aims to bridge old and new cultural historic heritage through the innovative design of public open space.  Providing a focal point for the ’s CBD, the park highlights its ideal location, the connection between ecological and social environments, and the unique landscape of Jinji Lake which offers a mix of urban life and waterfront activities .

Landscape Architects: SWA Group
Location: Suzhou, China
Consulting Architect: Ojanen_Chiou Architects

Suzhou Children’s Hospital / HKS

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International architecture practice HKS shared with us their proposal for the Suzhou Children’s Hospital Competition in . The program includes a 94,800 sqm children’s hospital with 600 beds in the initial phase including over 7,000 sqm for outpatient clinics, 14 OR’s, a full service emergency department, imaging, and required support.

Other major program elements include a teaching/research and administration facility, staff housing, a separate infectious disease facility, and initial parking for 800 cars. You can see more images and architect’s description after the break.

Nano-Polis: Nanotech Research and Development Park / Henn Architekten & Henn StudioB

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Henn Architekten shared with us their proposal for the international competition to design the new ‘Nano-Polis Masterplan’ in , where they won the first prize. The proposal was designed by HENN ARCHITEKTEN’s Design & Research Studio HENN StudioB who drew their inspiration from both traditional Chinese urban planning and modern science for their concept on the research and development park for Nanotech. The use of innovative technologies and environmental strategies help to make their design a more comfortable place for its users while decreasing its energy consumption. More images and architect’s description after the break.