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.
There will be more updates …