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. Organized by GSAPP alumni and hosted at the Columbia Global Center Beijing, this first event focuses on practices based in Beijing.
Regina Jiang (’13 AAD), WeWork China PxWe Design Lead
Jiayuan Liu (’13 AAD), Screenwriter, Director and 3D designer
Tiantian Ren (’14 AUD), Editor and Assistant Curator of the Beijing International Art Biennale
Yuan Ren(’11 HP), assistant researcher at the Institute of Architectural History, China Architecture Design and Research Group
Zhe Wen(’15 AAD), Advanced Architecture Design Manager at Vanke
Ziyu Zhuang(’07 AUD), Partner and chief architect of RSAA GmbH office
Steven Chou (’13 MArch), Architect. Deputy Studio Director at Beijing Institute of Architectural Design EA4 Department.
Sirui Zhang (’14 CCCP), Marketing Director of artforum.com.cn