China - New Realities

China’s rise over the last 30 years has led to unprecedented economic, political and technological growth and development. In the process, it has transformed to be one of the world's fastest urbanizing nations. By 2025, China will have constructed the equivalent to 10 New York-sized cities. However, China's ambitions and focus has evolved to be a world leader in tackling global issues. This transition placed in motion enormous cultural shifts that have prompted an agenda to elevate both their national and cultural identity.

 Now, China sets its sights on their next frontier: a focus on their communities, the future of their younger generations, and the culture they will come to define. New technologies also come into play that re-define how the country governs, how their citizens interact, and how cities are planned as a result. This brings rise to integration of technologies like artificial intelligence to more efficiently manage cities, improve buildings safety, and increase the quality of life for its people. These shifts will affect how people live, work  and play and certainly all aspects of our built environment.

 As China’s influence grows, what happens inside of China becomes increasingly relevant to all cities around the world. Attendees will benefit from this intensive, three-day forum to meet and interact with notable people and other allied professionals engaged in this important discussion on the new reality in China.

Program Information

Day 1 - Thursday November 14

Mandarin Oriental Hotel – Conference Center

  • 2:00pm                              Pre-Registration Opens

  • 3:00pm to 4:30pm           AIA IR Board Meeting

  • 4:45pm to 5:45pm           AIA IR Chapters Collaboration Meeting

  • 6:00pm to 7:30pm           Opening Reception + Welcome Remarks | Riverfront Venue

Day 2 - Friday, November 15

Theme of the Day: Advances in Technology

Mandarin Oriental Hotel – Conference Center

  • 8:00am                            Registration Opens

  • 8:45am                            Opening Remarks by AIA Leadership

  • 9:00am to 10:00am        Keynote: Technology – Changing Clients, Changing Architecture

  • 10:00am to 10:30am     Coffee Break

  • 10:30am to 11:15am     Lecture: China Leading Advances in High Rise Building

  • 11:30am to 12:30pm     Lecture: Fluid Design through Advanced Software

  • 12:30pm to 1:30pm        Lunch at Mandarin Oriental

  • 1:30pm to 2:00pm          Informational Presentation

  • 2:00pm to 5:00pm         Tours Depart from Hotel

    • Tour A – Historic Shanghai

    • Tour B – Redeveloping the Shanghai Riverfront

    • Tour C – New Culture Spaces

      Day 3, Saturday November 16

      Theme: A Global Society

      Mandarin Oriental Hotel – Conference Center

  • 8:00am                            Registration Opens

  • 8:30am to 9:30am          Keynote: Globalism and Practice in China

  • 9:30am to 10:00am        Coffee Break

  • 10:00am to 10:45am     Lecture: China – Learning from Outside

  • 11:00am to 12:30pm     Panel Discussion: Haigui – The Architects Returning to China

  • 12:30pm to 1:30pm        Lunch at Mandarin Oriental

  • 1:30pm to 2:00pm          Informational Presentation

  • 2:00pm to 5:00pm         Tours Depart from Hotel

    • Tour A – Historic Shanghai

    • Tour B – Redeveloping the Shanghai Riverfront

    • Tour C – New Culture Spaces

  • 5:00pm to 6:00pm           Break at Hotel

  • 6:00pm to 7:00pm           Cocktail Reception

  • 7:00pm to 8:00pm           AIA IR 2019 Awards Ceremony

  • 8:00pm to 9:30pm           Gala Dinner

Day 4, Sunday November 17

Theme: Cultural Introspection

Mandarin Oriental Hotel – Conference Center

  • 8:00am                           Registration Opens

  • 8:30am to 9:30am         Keynote: Contemporary China – Learning from History

  • 9:30am to 10:00am       Coffee Break

  • 10:00am to 10:45am     Lecture: Chinese Design in Contemporary Culture

  • 11:00am to 12:30pm     Panel Discussion: The Next Generation – Outlook on Design

  • 12:30pm to 1:30pm        Lunch at Mandarin Oriental

  • 1:30pm to 2:00pm         Informational Presentation

  • 2:00pm to 5:00pm        Tours Depart from Hotel

    • Tour A – Historic Shanghai

    • Tour B – Redeveloping the Shanghai Riverfront

    • Tour C – New Culture Spaces

  • 5:00pm to 8:00pm         Break at Hotel / Dinner

  • 8:00pm to 10:00pm        Closing Party

Registration Opens Soon!

Travel Information

Conference Venue

Early Bird Registration will open mid-July

Rates start at USD $400 for early-bird attendees. Discount rates for 1 accompanying guest will be offered, subject to qualification. Fully registration will include access to all basic program items, including lectures, tours, lunches, cocktail receptions, and the Gala Dinner.

Conference Venue

Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Pudong, Shanghai

A surprisingly intimate modern hotel located in park-like setting on the riverfront of Shanghai’s new central business district, Lujiazui. Enjoy spectacular views of the skyline, walk the new riverfront greenbelt, and visit Shanghai’s landmark towers, plus see new cultural centers like 1863 Shipyards. Conference attendees will enjoy favorable room rates.


China requires a visa for visitors holding passports from most other countries, including the USA and the UK. Conference visitors will be responsible for procuring their own visas. Please check with the Chinese embassy or qualified visa agents in your country to learn how to apply. Visa agents may be helpful to avoid in-person visits to a consulate or embassy.

For visitors with no other business in China, a tourist visa may be most suitable – this requires proof of round-trip airfare and a hotel booking.

USA Citizens can check visa information here:

Note that September and October have several holidays in China which will affect processing times – ensure you apply well in advance of your travel:

Conference space is limited. Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Proof of membership status is required.

  • Registration is for the conference ticket only. Fees include all education programs and activities as indicated in the conference program.

  • Conference participants are responsible for their own travel and hotel arrangements.

  • Program subject to change as needed by AIA International.

AIA International Region shall in no event have any liability to registrants based on claims for indirect, special, or consequential damages of any type whatsoever, and shall bear no other obligation of any type except as expressly stated herein. AIA International Region reserves the right to cancel this conference and shall refund registration fees as applicable.

Refund policy:

  • 30 or more days before the conference - 100% refund

  • Less than 30 days before the conferencBe - 30 % refund

  • During the conference - no refund.


November 14-17

be there!