Past Event

Beijing Workshop: Environment, Design Arts, and Wood

September 7, 2018
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Columbia Global Centers | Beijing, No. 26, 1F Core Plaza, 1 Shanyuan Street, Zhongguancun, Haidian District, Beijing

On September 7, Columbia Global Centers | Beijing, in collaboration with USDA Foreign Agricultural Service and American Hardwood Export Council, will host a workshop on “Environment, Design Arts, and Wood”. Invited experts and renowned American architects and interior designers will brief new concepts on environmental sustainability and green materials; share their design ideas that may enhance contemporary living environment in ways of wellness, comfort, elegance, sustainability; and exchange with their contemporary interior and wooden furniture design cases study. The program is also supported by American Institute of Architecture.



Dr. Christine E. Bruckner

Christine is an architect actively supporting best practice, sustainability and wellness in design. As a Director with M Moser Associates, she brings her experience with urban integration, architecture, adaptive revitalization and educational design excellence to guide development of our built environment at all scales. Her focus is working with client and community stakeholders to encourage deep dive investigation, coordination and sustainable best practice. A LEED AP, BREEAM AP and BEAM Professional, Christine is also an early adapter of both RESET and International WELL Building Institute certification systems and M Moser's first WELL AP.


Emma Chang

Emma Chang has been with Gensler for over 14 years. She worked with Gensler in the US as well as in China and has experience in commercial, residential, corporate, government, health, and technology design projects. She brings an excellent capability in designing a variety of large and complex projects. Emma has a knowledge and experience in master planning, architecture design, interior design, landscape, and graphic design. Now she is the Interior Design Director in Beijing Office, taking care of interior design projects and leading product design practice in Asia.


Christopher Bielecki 

Christopher Bielecki is the Deputy Director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service, Agricultural Trade Office in Beijing. He is responsible for directing agricultural marketing programs, developing strategies that promote U.S. agricultural exports to China, and providing expert policy guidance to senior U.S. government officials. Christopher has a masters and PhD from Texas A&M University, where he developed international agricultural research programs, conducted monitoring & evaluation research, and led capacity building programs in Guatemala, Ghana, Peru, and Ethiopia. His research interests focus on better understanding how climate change affect agricultural producer behavior and sustainability outcomes in emerging markets.



5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  Registration and Reception

6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Talk by Dr. Christopher Bielecki, Deputy Director of ATO Office, U.S. Embassy Beijing

7:00 p.m. - 7:10 p.m.  Talk by AIA Representative

7:10 p.m. - 7:55 p.m.  Talk by Dr. Christine Bruckner

7:55 p.m. - 8:25 p.m.  Talk by Emma Chang

8:25 p.m. - 8:55 p.m.  Q&A

8:55 p.m.  Informal Discussion


Special Notice
  • The event will be conducted in Chinese.

  • Due to limited seats, registration will be verified through the QR code confirmation. Please present your QR code at the entrance. 

  • Please plan to arrive no earlier than the registration time and no later than 20 minutes after the end of registration period.

  • If you are unable to attend the event, please inform us in advance. 

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