CongressBAU Congress China 2019

BAU Congress China 2019

Nov 5-7, 2019 | Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) - W5


About BAU Congress China

BAU Congress China is an annual congress that focuses on high-quality design, planning and construction. The congress and its highly reputed speakers allows participants to experience best-practice examples and insights on structured, long-term and sustainable urban development.

BAU Congress China is tailored to the developing needs of the Chinese market. It supports the building industry of China to solve the problems faced such as construction quality, energy efficiency, sustainability, urban renewal, and provide new ideas. It is the place to be for all industry specialists.



BCC 2019 Topics

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 / afternoon
Topic | ‘Future of Cities - National and International Planners‘

It is all about developing urban masterplans and structures that are suitable for current and future needs. Thereby, multiscale urban planning projects will be presented and examples will be shown on how to connect traditional and modern urban structures in an authentic and respectful way. In addition, we will show outstanding architectural projects that make working and living in the future easier and more revolutionary. All our international speakers have experience in building in China.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 / morning
Topic | ‘Re-use of Chinese Heritage’

In addition to the demolition of entire city quarters, China is paying more and more attention to the preservation of existing historically valuable buildings. Empty buildings are reused, converted and thus brought back to life. In the course of this process, many obstacles and challenges can arise. We will present projects that have succeeded in overcoming these hurdles and giving the building a new atmosphere, preparing it for the next century without neglecting its history.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 / afternoon
Topic | ‘Human Scale Architecture’

In contrast to the megaprojects of recent years in China, for some time now there has been an increasing trend towards more human-scale architecture and smaller scales. Planners are reacting more and more to the surrounding urban fabric. In particular, the young and internationally networked generation of architects is becoming more and more involved in this field. The theme of “Human Scale Architecture” also contributes to the theme of our morning session - it is often closely linked to reuse projects. We will focus on practical examples from China, which contribute a special added value to their environment, the social structure and Chinese architecture.

Thursday, November 7, 2019 / morning
Topic | ‘Smart Solutions for Architecture and Urban Design’

It is all about showing examples of architecture projects [in China] that are suitable for current and future needs. Big and successful architecture offices that are located or have subsidiaries in China and also work internationally will share their digital practice as well as their current and upcoming work with us. The lectures will be concerned with smart buildings, lighting, building automation, vertical and horizontal transport (lifts, escalators), access and safety technology, energy technology and much more besides.

Thursday, November 7, 2019 / afternoon
Topic | ‘Digital Design for Visionary Architecture’

We’re looking at the impact of digitalization to the design process. Do the new technologies push the border of the result of architectural design? We are looking at the challenges of the production process as well. Does BIM provide a faster, better and cheaper process? Is BIM really a holistic approach. We want to figure out the needs of the digital design, production and construction process. The lectures will be concerned with CAD, 3D, VR, BIM, construction and design systems.

Official Sponsor 


Updated 18.09.2019

Future of Cities - National and International Planners

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Boris Schade-Bünsow | Bauwelt, Berlin 

time Topic Guest
13:00 -13:15 Welcome Speech


13:15 -14:00 Award ceremony: International Urban Project Award

Boris Schade-Bünsow

Bauwelt, Berlin

14:00 -14:30 TBC

Zhiqiang Wu

Vice President Tongji University, Shanghai (requested)

14:30 -14:45 Tea Break
14:45 -15:15 Design and Construction Challenges of the Shimao Wonderland Intercontinental Quarry Hotel

Martin Jochman

JADE QA, Shanghai

15:15 -15:45 A Place for the Public More

Libin Chen

David Chipperfield Architects, Shanghai

15:45 -16:00 WeChat Session

Re-use of Chinese Heritage

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Li Xiangning | Tongji University, Shanghai 

time Topic Guest
10:00 -10:20 Welcome Speech

Taining Cheng

Southeast University, Nanjing (requested)

10:20 -10:50 TBC

Zhang Li

TeamMinus / Tsinghua University, Beijing

10:50 -11:20 TBC

Stephan Schütz

gmp Architects, Berlin


11:20 -11:35 Tea Break
11:35 -12:05 TBC

Doreen Heng Liu

NODE Architecture and Urbanism, Hong Kong

12:05 -12:35 TBC

Qing Chang

Tongji University, Shanghai (requested) 

12:35 -14:00 Lunch Break

Human Scale Architecture

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Prof. Zhang Li | TeamMinus, Beijing

time Topic Guest
14:00 -14:30 Human-centred Mindset in Design More

Hao Dong

Crossboundaries, Beijing

14:30 -14:45 Tea Break
14:45 -15:15 TBC

Alex Mok

Linehouse, Shanghai

15:15 -16:15 TBC

Junya Ishigami

Junya Ishigami + associates, Tokyo

Smart Solutions for Architecture and Urban Design

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Boris Schade-Bünsow, | Bauwelt, Berlin

time Topic Guest
10:00 -10:15 Welcome Speech


10:15 -10:45 TBC

Assaf Biderman

MIT, Cambridge

10:45 -11:15 Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Alexander Brenner

Alexander Brenner Architects, Stuttgart

11:15 -11:30 Tea Break
11:30 -12:00 TBC

Thomas Kirmayr

Fraunhofer Institute, Valley

& Ilka May

LocLab, Darmstadt

12:00 -12:15 solution 1
12:15 -12:30 solution 2
12:30 -12:45 solution 3
12:45 -13:30 Lunch Break

Digital Design for Visionary Architecture

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Sun Chengyu | Tongji University, Shanghai (requested)

time Topic Guest
13:30 -14:00 Digital Innovation for Architectural Design and Construction

Hannes Pfau

UNStudio, Amsterdam

14:00 -14:30 Future Retail Design for the Future Generation

Qin Pang

Benoy, Shanghai

14:30 -14:45 Tea Break
14:45 -15:15 TBC

Kai Uwe Bergmann

BIG, New York

15:15 -15:45 From Chinese Form to Chinese Narration More

Ziyu Zhuang

RSAA, Beijing

15:45 -16:00 solution 1
16:00 -16:15 solution 2

Boris Schade-Bünsow

Editor-in-chief, Bauwelt, Berlin


Bauwelt is a German architectural and urban design journal published every two weeks by Bauverlag BV GmbH, Berlin/Gütersloh. The last issue of each quarter is published as StadtBauwelt and focuses on current urban planning issues. Bauwelt was first published in 1910 and has its registered office in Berlin. With a total print run of approximately 12,000 copies, it features the largest job vacancy section of all German-language architectural magazines. Bauwelt reports in a politically independent,critical, demanding and unbiased manner about contemporary architecture in Europe and around the world. Boris Schade-Bünsow has been editor-in-chief of Bauwelt since March 2011.


Martin Jochman

Founding Partner and Director of JADE+QA, Shanghai / UK


Martin Jochman Dip Arch RIBA is a British architect with over 30 years of experience in design and construction of many major buildings around the world. He is the designer of the InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland, an 88-metre deep underground hotel that was built in an abandoned rock quarry in China. In 2012, Martin Jochman established Studio JADE+QA in Shanghai, China (Jochman Architecture Design Environment Ltd + Quarry Associates (HK) Ltd), to continue the work on the Shimao Quarry Hotel after signing a contract with the developer. Since opening the studio, JADE+QA have completed construction of five major projects in China and established an associated office in the United Kingdom. In 2011, he was awarded a gold prize for the Shimao Wonderland InterContinental hotel at the MIPIM Asia awards in Hong Kong.

Projects (selection)

Since 2018  Jiabei Country Park Hotel, Shanghai, China
2018  Shimao Wonderland InterContinental Hotel, Songjiang, Shanghai, China
2018  Joe Lalli Narada Resorts, Moganshan, Hangzhou, China
2017  Nansha Marina Commercial, Hotel and Residential Development, Nansha, China
2016  Mixed Development – IDC, Offices and Residential, Qingpu, China
Since 2015  Haikou Bay Hulu Island Resort Development, Hainan, China


Stephan Schütz

Partner at gmp · Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners, Berlin


Stephan Schütz, born in 1966, holds a Dipl.-Ing. architect degree. He joined gmp · Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners in 1994 after completing his studies at the Technical University of Braunschweig. In 2002, he established the first Chinese gmp subsidiary in Beijing, which, together with its offices in Shanghai and Shenzhen, currently employs nearly 100 architects. In 2006, he was made a partner and oversees projects in China and Europe. Together with Meinhard von Gerkan, he developed the idea of transforming the soon-to-be-closed Tegel Airport in Berlin into a new high-tech park.

Projects (selection) 
Under construction  Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Beijing, China
Under construction  Gasteig Munich, Germany
2017  CHAO Hotel, Beijing, China
2017  Kulturpalast, Dresden, Germany
2011  National Museum of China, Beijing, China


Hao Dong

Partner and co-founder of Crossboundaries, Beijing


Hao Dong holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Beijing Institute of Civil Engineering and Architecture, and a master’s degree in architecture from the Pratt Institute, New York, USA. In 2002, he returned to China and started practising and teaching after living and studying in the United States for almost five years. Besides working in one of the biggest state-owned design enterprises, the Beijing Institute of Architectural Design (BIAD) since 2003, Hao Dong co-founded the practice Crossboundaries, based in Beijing and Frankfurt. He regularly teaches at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) and recently also at Tsinghua University, Hao Dong is managing director of the office in Beijing.

Projects (selection) 
2017  Chaoyang Future School, Beijing, China
2016  Affiliated High School of Peking University, Beijing, China
2016  Beijing Zhengtong BMW Museum, Beijing, China
2015  Caochang Hutong Courtyard House, Beijing, China
2014  Aimer Fashion Factory, Beijing, China


Alex Mok

Co-founder of Linehouse, Shanghai


Linehouse is an architecture and interior design practice established in 2013 by Alex Mok (Chinese-Swedish) and Briar Hickling (from New Zealand). Both have completed extensive work in Asia and abroad. The practice has international experience in design and construction, from the small-scale and intricate to the grand and public. The studio works on projects of varying scales and typologies that allow explorations of both the poetic idea and pragmatic solution. Projects are approached in a holistic manner, combining different disciplines: architecture, interiors, product design and graphic design and drawing on their experience to create new ideas and outputs emphasising qualities of construction, detail, materials and light. Each brief is approached individually, creating a poetic concept for each client through research, site context, history and responding to the client’s brief. Through the process of design, each project has a strong narrative and an element of whimsy and voyeurism, creating a unique spatial experience.

Projects (selection) 
2018  John Anthony, Hong Kong, China
2018  Tingtai Teahouse, Shanghai, China
2018  Herschel Supply, Shibuya, Japan
2017  NIO Brand Creative Studio, Shanghai, China
2016  WeWork Weihai Lu, Shanghai, China


Assaf Biderman

Founder & CEO, Superpedestrian / Associate Director, MIT Senseable City Lab, Cambridge, USA


Assaf Biderman is an entrepreneur, author and technology inventor. He is the founder and CEO of Superpedestrian, a robotics company that develops platforms of small electric vehicles for shared use. Together with the team at Superpedestrian, Assaf has developed fleets of scooters, e-bikes and other micro-vehicles with autonomous maintenance capabilities and active safety systems that enable much safer and cost-effective shared mobility services. Assaf is also the associate director and founding member of the MIT Senseable City Lab, a research group which develops technologies in big data, machine learning and robotics aimed at improving liveability in cities. He has supervised research in areas of urban sensing, data fusion and urban transportation, and also leads lab partnership initiatives with cities and the private sector. Assaf has a background in physics and design. He holds over 150 patents and publications, and has been honoured with multiple international awards including the Red Dot Luminary, Time Magazine, Thomas Edison and James Dyson awards.

Projects (selection)
2019  Forum on Future Cities: Urban Intelligence
2019  Driving DNA
2019  Weibo Smog
2018  Unparking
2018  Minimum Fleet
2018  Good Vibrations
2018  Roboat


Alexander Brenner

Founder of Alexander Brenner Architects, Stuttgart


After completing his studies in architecture and urban design at the University of Stuttgart in 1987,    Alexander Brenner founded his own atelier in Stuttgart in 1990. His main focus is on villas and residential buildings, art galleries and private art collections. The office currently employs 15 people. To date, he has worked at several universities throughout Germany: Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences, Nuertingen University, Biberach University of Applied Sciences, etc. In 1994, he was appointed to the Bund Deutscher Architekten – BDA. Today, he is also active as a juror at award ceremonies of the Chamber of Architects as well as a judge and expert in opinion procedures and competitions. He has received several awards such as the Hugo-Häring-Auszeichnung by the BDA, the Award Beispielhaftes Bauen by the Chamber of Architects Baden-Württemberg and the BDA award ‘Gute Bauten’. The Goethe Institute Germany ranks Alexander Brenner among the top ten German architects.

Projects (selection) 
2018  Crown House, Frankfurt, Germany
2017  Sonnenberg House, Wiesbaden, Germany
2015  Bredeney House, Essen, Germany
2014  An der Achalm, Reutlingen, Germany
2007  Villa am oberen Berg, Stuttgart, Germany


Qin Pang

Benoy Global Director, Head of Shanghai Studio, Shangha


Qin Pang is currently Benoy’s Global Director, head of the Shanghai studio, design director and also a member of the Expert Committee of China Commercial Real Estate Alliance. He graduated from the University of Nottingham with a master’s degree in architecture. In his more than 20-year career, he has endeavoured to find comprehensive solutions to a large number of engineering and design projects on different scales and levels. He has been invited to exhibit his architectural installations at some key exhibitions, including the 2009 Architectural Thinking Xi'an International Architecture Exhibition, the Beijing International Art Biennale and the 2013 Shanghai Art Design Exhibition. Qin’s expertise in sustainable building design also saw him appointed commissioner for the sustainable urban construction sector when the department of UK Trade & Investment was working alongside the Chongqing local government on sustainable urban design strategy. Following a move back to China in early 2008, after joining Benoy in 2006, Qin continued to build his design portfolio, working on a number of landmark projects, including IAPM, IFC, Chengdu IFS and Yueda 889. In addition, he was chief designer on several projects such as Qiantan Core Commercial District, Qiantan New Bund World Trade Center Phase I, Mango West Bund Plaza, Gala Avenue Westside, Hangzhou Joy City, and more.

Projects (selection) 
2019  Gala Avenue Westside, Shanghai, China
2018  Hangzhou Joy City, Shanghai, China
2017  The New Bund World Trade Center Phase I, Shanghai, China
2016  Qiantan Core Business District Masterplan, Shanghai, China
2013  IAPM and ICC, Shanghai, China
2010  Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


Kai-Uwe Bergmann

Partner at Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), New York


Kai-Uwe Bergmann is a partner at BIG who brings his expertise to proposals around the globe, including work in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Kai-Uwe heads up BIG’s Business Development department, which currently has offices working in over 25 different countries, as well as overseeing BIG’s Communications. Registered as an architect in the USA and Canada, Kai-Uwe most recently contributed to the resiliency plan to protect ten miles of Manhattan’s coastline and serves as a co-instructor for an urban resiliency studio at the University of Pennsylvania. He complements his professional work through previous teaching assignments at the University of Florida, the New School of Architecture in San Diego and his alma mater the University of Virginia. Kai-Uwe is also a fellow of the  AIA, past board member of the Van Alen Institute, participates on numerous international juries, and lectures globally on the works of BIG.

Projects (selection)

Ongoing  The Big ‘U’, New York, USA
2017  Lego House, Billund, Denmark
2016  VIA 57 West, New York, USA
2016  Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, London, England
2014  The Big Maze, Washington, USA


Ziyu Zhuang

Architect, Partner of RSAA GmbH, Beijing


Architect and partner of RSAA GmbH. Having learned from Bernard Tschumi and Kenneth Frampton, Ziyu Zhuang was granted a master’s degree in architecture and urban design from Columbia University, USA. With projects such as Zhangjiagang Church, Tongling Recluse, Courtyard No.7 at The Drum Tower, The Top of Cloud, Nanjing Five Seasons Jinling Hotel, Chengdu Wenjiang Banyan Tree Hotel, Jining Culture Center Urban Design and others, he has won the Architizer A+ Award, A’ Design Award as well as ICONIC AWARDS – Innovative Architecture: Best of Best, DFA Awards: Gold Award, German Design Award: Special Mention, INNODESIGN PRIZE: winner, WAN Awards: House of the Year, APIDA: Gold Award, iF DESIGN AWARD, Red Dot Design Award, THE PLAN AWARD: HONOURABLE MENTION, the BIM Award of the China Engineering & Consulting Association and the Design and Art Achievement Award, one of the top prizes of the China Building Decoration Association. As a member of AIA, a member of the Architecture League of New York and as the LEED AP of USGBC, Ziyu Zhuang has been invited to be the visiting professor of Tianjin University School of Architecture in 2018–2019 and also as a guest critic at the University of Hong Kong, Columbia University, New York Parsons School of Design, Tsinghua University and University of Minnesota.

Projects (selection)

2019  Sense Café Beijing, Beijing, China
2019  Hengshan Banyan Tree Hotel, Hengyang, China
2018  Chengdu Banyan Tree Hotel, Chengdu, China
2018  The Top of Cloud, Xi'an, China
2017  Tongling Recluse, Tongling, China
2015  Nanjing Five Seasons Jinling Hotel, Nanjing, China


Hannes Pfau

Partner, UNStudio / Director, UNStudio Asia


Hannes Pfau is a partner at UNStudio and the director of UNStudio Asia, with design offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong. He currently manages several large-scale, high-profile projects in China and the Asia-Pacific region, including the West Kowloon Lyric Theatre Complex in Hong Kong among others. With his integrated approach towards design and construction, Hannes has successfully led 
several key UNStudio projects to unique solutions in terms of materialisation, strategically complex geometries and building processes. While leading and managing these projects from concept design to construction and completion, Hannes has built up advanced knowledge in turning strong design ideas into reality by generating new approaches in design implementation and innovative construction methods. Hannes’s international experience allows him to advise clients on issues ranging from development to procurement and construction, with a strong focus on attaining high-quality results. Founded in 1988 by Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos in Amsterdam, UNStudio is an international architectural design studio specialising in architecture, interior architecture, product design, urban development and infrastructural projects.

Projects (selection)   
On-going Lyric Theatre Complex, Hong Kong, China 
2018 Xintiandi Plaza, Shanghai, China 
2018 Keppel Cove Marina and Clubhouse, Zhongshan, China 
2017 Raffles City Hangzhou, China 
2017 Lane 189, Shanghai, China 
2006 Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart, Germany 


Libin Chen

Partner at David Chipperfield Architects, Shanghai

Libin Chen studied construction management at the Urban Planning University in Shanghai and architecture at the Technische Universität in Berlin. After completing his architecture degree in 1999, he worked as a freelance architect on a number of projects, including the Chinese Embassy building in Berlin. Libin began working for David Chipperfield Architects in Berlin in 2004. In the following year, he founded the Shanghai Representative office together with Mark Randel. In his role as general manager of the Shanghai office, Libin is mainly responsible for office management, business and project development of all projects in China, including the Liangzhu Museum, the residential development Ninetree Village, and Rockbund Project in Shanghai. Since 2014, Libin has been a founding partner of David Chipperfield Architects Shanghai ltd. together with David Chipperfield and Mark Randel.

Projects (selection)   
Since 2013 West Bund Art Museum, Shanghai, China 
Since 2006 Rockbund Project & Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China 
2018 Zhejiang Museum of Natural History, Anji, China  
2015 Xixi Wetland Estate, Hangzhou, China  
2013 Office building Moganshan Road, Hangzhou, China 
2008 Ninetree Village, Hangzhou, China