RIBA is to run a trade mission to the Chinese cities of Beijing, Chongqing and Chengdu
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The association is seeking practices to join the trip, which will be led by president Angela Brady.
Several UK practices have found a lifeline in China during the catastrophic slowdown in the European construction market.
Although the country’s economy is slowing, it still reported year-on-year GDP growth of 7.7 per cent in the first three months of 2013. A recent report from property firm CBRE found that seven of the eight most active cities for shopping centre development were in China.
The RIBA mission will include a programme of business matching organised by UK Trade and Investment.
RIBA head of international Marcus Deeley said: ‘Western China is a hugely exciting market full of potential but also some risks.
‘This fully supported mission aims to help our members learn more about the market and meet potential clients in a structured and efficient way.’
He added that RIBA architects were highly regarded in China for their ‘creativity and technical ability’.
RIBA’s latest survey of chartered practices showed that a fifth of UK practices’ income came from projects outside the UK. This leapt to over a third for large practices.
Those interested in joining the mission should contact Emma Livingston-Jones on Emma.livingston-Jones@riba.org or phone 0207 307 3681.
RIBA invites practices on Chinese trade mission