Guest Lecture Series: Austin WIlliams

Zhang Di, Yinchuan Museum of Contemporary Art, image courtesy MOCA

New Chinese Architecture: Twenty Women Building the Future

Date: Thursday 7th November 2019

Venue: Budden Lecture Theatre

Time: 17:00 - 19:00

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A new book ‘New Chinese Architecture : Twenty women Building the Future’, author Austin Williams, has been published in London following a successful launch in Shanghai .

This is the first book of its kind that details the lives, achievements and ambitions of 20 successful, influential WOMEN architects living and working in China today. The featured women designers are the founders or directors of their practices and are involved in delivering Important, high-level construction projects.

Studio Qi

Studio Qi, image courtesy of Austin Williams

Author Austin Williams will discuss the work and context in a lecture about the changing face of Architecture, starting with the first female Architect to present day.

Editorial team: Wei Kuang and Dal Yaging: "Researching this book and Interviewing the architects has been a long but fascinating process. There are so many varied stories and so much Inspiration. It has been a revelation documenting the changes in Chinese society to the present day"

Author, Austin Williams says: "A book entitled 20 Chinese Architects' that featured only men might not be unusual and we want these 20 architects' work to be remarkable solely on the merits of their designs."

The female architects included In the book are:

Zhang Di
Di Shaolma
Peng Lele
Fan Beilei
Hu Rushan
Wei Na
Liu Heng
Jiang Ying
Zhao Zhao
Qi Shanahan
Ye Min
Wang Youfen
Tang Yu'en
Du Juan
Lu Wenyu
Wang Luming
Wang Wei
Ding Wowo
Dong Mei
Zhang Jinqiu

Austin Williams is the PG Dip Professional Practice in Architecture course leader at Kingston School of Art; and Honorary Research Fellow at XJTLU in Suzhou, China. He is the China correspondent for The Architectural Review and author of "China's Urban Revolution: Understanding Chinese Eco-cities". His book "New Chinese Architecture: Twenty Women Building the Future" is published by Thames & Hudson.