Past Event

Role Play Series II

November 16, 2019
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Columbia Global Centers | Beijing, No. 26, 1F Core Plaza, 1 Shanyuan Street, Zhongguancun, Haidian District, Beijing

On November 16, Columbia Global Centers | Beijing and Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation invite you to join us at the second event of Role Play organized by GSAPP alumni, focusing on architectural practices based in Beijing.

Role Play focuses on the professional lives of Columbia GSAPP alumni in China through a series of conversations. Today's practices in the fields of architecture and urbanism are no longer restrained to their traditional roles, instead pursuing a range of paths that explore alternative projects and roles. These professionals translate and apply architectural knowledge to other fields, industries, and discourses. This type of role play, in turn has enriched and made more complex the discussions on architecture, urbanism and beyond. As a laboratory of architectural experiments, China helps to catalyze such processes, in which Columbia GSAPP alumni play a central role.

This series of conversations allows participants to present their professional paths and experiences, while a concluding roundtable discussion further examines how the role of the architect evolves and transforms through time and practice, and how architectural knowledge is being translated into other fields and industries in China. This year, as the second event of Role Play Series, the round table discussion will be organized around two topics: Environmental Preservation and Cultural Preservation in urban practices.



Luoyi YIN '07 AAD

Chief Architect of BIAD-ASA

China director of Terreform Architecture Urban Research Center


Raymond ZHANG '11 RED

Managing Director of China Orient Summit Capital

LEED Accredited Professional



Senior Manager of Zeming Environment Development Co. Ltd

Director of Nanjing ZeniChem Institute of Ecological and Environmental Technology


Yihan HAO '11 MARCH

Manager of RMI’s buildings practice in China


Yuan REN '11 HP

Assistant Researcher at the Institute of Architectural History, China Architectural Design and Research Group


Manqing CAO '15 HP

Planner of Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Planning & Design Institute,

Research Center for Heritage Conservation and Urban-rural Development



Senior Analyst of the Institute for Historical (Existing) Architecture Risk Research, URMI



Steven ShihNing CHOU '13 MARCH

Deputy Design Director of Architecture Department at BIAD——IAUD



1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.



2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Opening Remarks


2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Round Table I


3:25 p.m. - 4:25 p.m.

Round Table II


4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.



5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.



  • The event will be 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.

  • If you have any questions, please email [email protected]