Stiff & Trevillion has designed the layout for the Royal Academy's New Urban Environments exhibition in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, in the Museum of National History. The idea is to use the square as the backdrop for the show, which has already opened in Tokyo and Hong Kong. The room has been painted a rich blue - the first time any room in the museum has been painted a different colour. To coincide with the exhibition, a Royal Academy/British Council architect team arrived in the city this week for a joint conference with the Architects Society of China. Piers Gough and Alex Lifschutz were among those involved.