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Designing Beyond Borders

Join us for an in-depth discussion about transformational skylines and global campuses in China. In this discussion, Theresa Sheils, AIA, Co-Managing Director of Gensler in Washington, DC, will present Duke Kunshan University, a joint venture university founded by Duke University and Wuhan University in Kunshan, China.  The 201-acre master plan and six-building development reflects local architectural and cultural contexts with a state-of-the-art campus dedicated to interdisciplinary learning and research.

Shamim Ahmadzadegan, AIA, Gensler’s Global Mixed-Use Leader and Design Director, will also share his recent experiences living abroad in Shanghai and his perspective on Gensler’s growing Shanghai design practice—one which currently has over 52 million square feet of projects under construction throughout mainland China.

Presented by: Theresa Sheils, AIA, Co-Managing Director, Gensler DC & Shamim Ahmadzadegan, AIA, Global Mixed-Use Leader and Design Director, Gensler

Organized by: Gensler


At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the challenges of integrating local architectural and cultural concepts into the building design;
  • Explore the differences between campus design in China and the United States;
  • Discuss how a firm’s growing international design market can influence design here in the United States; and
  • Describe the design elements specific to this project that differentiate it from a country with a saturated market of new buildings.

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