China: Looking Ahead

We engaged some of the firm’s design leaders about their perspectives on the future of China’s second- and third-tier cities as it relates to the people who live, work, and play there.

Join us as we look to the future to explore what the next quarter century could possibly look like for China and its people.

We asked Karen Cvornyek, President, Asia to kick off our exploration of China’s future as we look at how design influences people’s experiences across sectors and spaces.

China is shaping the future of global urban development as we look to the next 25 years.

China: Looking Back

In 1992, B+H was one of the first foreign architecture firms to establish a presence in China. We opened our Shanghai studio after winning a design competition for Xiamen International Airport. Over the decades, we’ve seen China’s built environment evolve to accommodate a growing population and demand for urbanization and we used our knowledge of global building technology to create a new typology.

Within our 25 years in China, the urban population grew from 29% of the total population to 59%. That represents an increase of over 500 million people living in urban areas.