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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A Bright New 2014!

into the bright light

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Trojan Horses Published

Trojan Horses - title

Trojan Horses - title 02

Trojan Horses - table of contents


Trojan Horses
A Rattle Bag from the “Cybernetics: Art, Design, Mathematics—A Meta-Disciplinary Conversation” post-conference workshop.

compiled and edited by
Ranulph Glanville
Mick Ashby | Thomas Fischer
Christiane M Herr | Michael Hohl
Aartje Hulstein | Louis H Kauffman
Claudia Westermann

With many others contributing to the ‘play’ chapter 4 laid-out and edited by Aartje Hulstein and me.

Aartje’s and my thanks go to:

Graham Barnes, Jocelyn Chapman and Laura Ehmann, Marianne Ertl, Ranulph Glanville, Ernst von Glasersfeld (†), Phillip Guddemi, Christiane M Herr, Alfred Inselberg, Louis H Kauffman, Allenna Leonard, Judy Lombardi, CJ Maupin, Albert Mueller, Karl H Mueller, Joy Murray, Paul Pangaro, Larry Richards, Bernard Scott, Stuart A Umpleby

edition echoraum | Wien

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Myths of Complexity | pre-print version

There is a pre-print version available now of my text Myths of Complexity  written for and published in Design Ecologies, Volume 1 Issue 2November 2011.

You can find it here: Claudia Westermann, Myths of Complexity (pre-print version). The manuscript of the presentation at the AA that is mentioned at the end of the article is also available on this blog: Leaves of Architecture (Excerpt) : : Re-Initiation.


Abstract of the Article

The article takes up a dialogue that was initiated in the first issue of Design Ecologies, evolving in relation to questions of design within a context of concepts of complexity. As the first part of the article shows, this process of taking up a dialogue – through reading and writing – can be considered a question of design. This is elaborated alongside de Certeau’s concepts of `tactics’ and `strategies’. Further, in relation to questions emerging from the previous issue of the Design Ecologies journal, the article addresses the notion of complexity through the conceptual lens of poiēsis. It leads complexity to the borders of language.


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Excerpt from a Letter by Liang Sicheng

In 1931, Liang Sicheng writes to the first class of architecture students to graduate in China:

In China today most people in society have no understanding of what architecture is. They either think that architecture is about bricks and mortar and therefore civil engineering or about carved beams and painted rafters and therefore fine art. They do not realize the true significance of architecture, which demands that something is fit for purpose, solid and beautiful.*

Certainly, this holds true still today, and for most parts of this world – not only China.

* Transcribed from the third part of the documentary: Journeys in Time: Liang Sicheng and Lin Huiyin by Hu Jincao 

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