An Update …

There is obviously too much work to be done – always, for which reason updates have been rather stalling. But this does not mean that nothing has happened.

Summarizing the past 9 months, many of the past key events were related to my teaching at XJTLU in Suzhou, China, but there was also an exhibition of an installation work:

In June 2014, I received the 2014 XJTLU’s university award for excellence in teaching in the category “Innovative Teaching Practice“. I was nominated by year 4 (level 3) Architecture students in both categories available to academics: Best Teacher, and Most Innovative Teaching Practice.

In September 2014, I received the SIP Excellent Educator Award for excellence in education by SIP – Suzhou Industrial Park, in China.

In  January 2015, the work of Huang Chien-hua was shown at the RIBA President’s Medals Awards exhibition in London (西浦学子作品在英国皇家建筑师学会活动展出).
He had developed his project on the basis of the brief “Architecture  Narratives – Common Fiction” that I had written for the FYP in 2014. Bao Lijia who worked on the same brief currently works for Skew Collaborative in Shanghai, and Wu Dong, the third of three students developing his final studio on the basis of the “Architecture Narratives” brief currently works for Neri & Hu in Shanghai. Wishing all of them the very best for their future!

In February 2015, the RIBA finally confirmed validation for the Bachelor in Architecture at Xi’an Jiaotong-University. Needless to say that several months in the autumn of 2014 were very busy with preparing for the validation visit.

Finally, some of the Inhabitable Theories research was transformed into an installation shown at the international exhibition “Design and Research: Shared Territories” of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University’s Design Research Institute from 28 October to 11 November 2014.

Claudia Westermann - Inhabitable Theories Exhibited - installation view

Claudia Westermann - Inhabitable Theories - Exhibited in Shared Territories catalogue

There will be more updates …


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2015/01/31 :: deadline Schindler Award / Shenzhen, China


The Global Schindler Award

Mobility is a catalyst and a conduit for globalization and urbanization. Mobility systems move people, goods and ideas over road and rail, sea and air – and through neighborhoods, regions and the world. The new Global Schindler Award student competition asks for outstanding concepts for new urban forms related to mobility, in response to global urban change.


For more information please see the related post, or the following websites:


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From the Eastern Journeys series | 06

From the Village Museum in Bucharest

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2014/08/01 :: New Schindler Award Will Open Registration on August 1

Global Schindler Award – Competition 2015

For the inaugural 2014/2015 Global Schindler Award competition, students are asked to present original design concepts that engage the specific spatial conditions of Shenzhen, China, in response to a defined task.

Shenzhen is a symbol for the power of rapid urban change, shaped over mere decades by the flow of people, goods and ideas. Through a comparative and collaborative approach, the 2014 competition helps students to contribute ideas for the Shenzhen of the future, while participating in thinking about some of the most urgent issues many societies face today.

The Global Schindler Award competition is open for entry by enrolled students: Bachelors degree candidates in their final year and Masters degree candidates, along with their international equivalents in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and planning.

For more information please see the following websites:

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From the Eastern Journeys series | 05

Beijing, autumn 2013-copyright-LITRA-claudia-westermann

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From the Eastern Journeys series | 04

Shanghai Huangpu 01 Shanghai Huangpu 02 Shanghai Huangpu 03

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2014/02/20 :: early placement deadline MArch(Des) :: Xi’an Jiaotong – Liverpool University

Just listing the deadlines for our University of Liverpool Architecture Master, taught in China.

The priority date for applications (for September 2014 entry) is 20th February 2014 (international students -Early placement). 1st April 2014 is the deadline for automatic inclusion in scholarship consideration. For further information on the MArch(Des) please see previous post.

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2014/02/11 :: deadline :: Xi’an Jiaotong – Liverpool University | Architecture Faculty

With our Bachelor programme now running very successfully, the first cohort graduating this year, the RIBA international validation on its way, and the Master programme starting in this coming autumn, we are now looking for new staff to support us in the very exciting challenges related to establishing a new approach to architectural education in China. There are several new faculty positions to fill (see below). Drop me a note, if you have any questions. I’ll be happy to respond. If you are interested you might also want to look at our website for an overview of the department: Architecture Department at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University.


Deadline for applications is February 11. To apply, please see the official job online at Job Advertisement, XJTLU, Architecture Department

Applications are invited for positions in the Department of Architecture at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. Successful applicants will have, or expect shortly to receive, a PhD, or have significant teaching experience in higher education. Candidates for the role of Associate Professor should also have a strong track record in teaching and academic supervision, as well as an international research profile in their field and a successful record of research funding.

Preference will be given to candidates who can contribute expertise in: Structures; Construction; Environmental Science (Lighting, Acoustics); Architectural History, Theory, Criticism in China/Asia; Theory and Practice of the Arts in Architectural Design. Nevertheless, applications are invited in all areas of architecture and architectural design.

The Department of Architecture aims to create new models of architectural education, research and practice, firmly rooted in both east and west. The Department of Architecture nurtures a climate of open architectural discourse firmly established in tolerance of views and positions, where risk taking and speculative experiments can flourish. We challenge applicants to reflect on how the emerging new types of architecture in Asia will create a formidable platform for architectural innovation globally.

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a unique collaborative institution, the first and currently the only university in China to offer both UK (University of Liverpool) and Chinese (Ministry of Education) accredited undergraduate degrees. Formed in 2006, the first cohort of students graduated in August 2010. The university now has 7,000 students studying on campus. The language of instruction is English. XJTLU aims to become truly research-led, and has recently committed significant investment into research development and the expansion of Ph.D. student numbers on campus.

The Department of Architecture cultivates a learning environment that fosters independent, innovative and responsible designers with a thoughtful and imaginative approach to space making. Operating in the English language, we recruit students from amongst the top creative thinkers. Our students benefit from the Department’s dynamic atmosphere, which constantly engages the vibrant architecture and construction context of Suzhou and the wider region as well as live projects, competitions, academic institutions and events, conferences and the first architecture magazine in China in English.

The Department’s home is the historic city of Suzhou (also called “Venice of the East”), whose classical gardens are recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The city boasts one of China’s flagship development projects, the Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP), from which the Department as well as already more than 100 Fortune 500 companies operate. The broader Suzhou area encompasses the spirit of both old and new in China, with the historic old town a major World Heritage Site. Greater Suzhou is now the fourth largest concentration of economic activity in China in terms of GDP, and SIP offers a high quality of life.

The salary range for the positions is 23,850 – 29,222 RMB/month (Lecturer), and 29,654 – 40,497 RMB/month (Associate Professor). In addition, members of academic staff are entitled to accommodation and travel allowances, medical insurance, and relocation expenses. Overseas staff may receive a tax “holiday” of up to three years, depending on nationality, residence and personal circumstances.

To apply: please visit our website via the Apply button below to submit an online application. Here you will be asked to upload your CV and covering letter (in English) outlining your interest in the position, and complete an Applicant Information form and Equal Opportunities Form.

Applications should be received by 11th February 2014. Please see the offical job listing for further information.


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Shanghai / For Tourists

Shanghai - for tourists

photo taken October 2013

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MArch(Des) – A University of Liverpool degree taught in English in China

As some of you know, I am currently teaching at University of Liverpool’s China Hub XJTLU (Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University) where I hold the position of an Associate Professor in Architecture. With our Bachelor programme running very very successfully now we are about to start the Master’s course in the Fall of 2014. (see also below)

If you are interested and have questions, please just contact me. I will be happy to respond. By the way .. the same holds true for anyone interested in a PhD. There are very generous scholarships for both the Master’s and the PhD programme available.

MArch(Des) professional Master in Architectural Design taught in English in China

Press Release:

XJTLU’s Department of Architecture (XLarch) is pleased to announce a new two-year Master’s programme granting an MArch(Des) degree from the University of Liverpool.

This English-language programme provides a professional architecture degree in the international context of China. The Master’s programme balances practice and academically oriented elements. The core of the programme lies in studio design project work, which develops competencies in architectural design, communication, and individual and group design beyond the first degree level. Studios are complemented by modules focused on research and writing, a 10-week long summer practice placement module, and an advanced professional practice module. MArch(Des) graduates are trained to demonstrate critical inquiry in contemporary problems in architectural research and ability in the planning and design of achievable buildings.  XJTLU cultivates a learning environment that fosters independent, innovative and socially aware designers for today’s globalizing world.

More information and a PDF-brochure is available on the department’s postgraduate web page.

XLarch offers English-language architecture programmes in China at the undergraduate, Master’s, and PhD levels.  Students earn University of Liverpool degrees in one of the world’s most dynamic learning environments.

XJTLU brings together traditions and opportunities from the East and the West on a vibrant, fast-growing campus with world-class facilities in the greater Shanghai area.  Located in the historic city of Suzhou (called the Venice of the East), within one of China’s premiere development projects, the new town of Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP), XJTLU embraces the tensions facing China, and indeed the world, between tradition and rapid urbanization.

For more information on the architecture programmes at XJTLU please visit the Department of Architecture.

Department of Architecture
Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
111 Ren’ai Road, Dushu Lake Higher Education Town, Suzhou Industrial Park, Suzhou, Jiangsu Province P.R.China 215123

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