Architecture and Planning forms alliance in Guangzhou

08 January 2018

The School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Guangzhou Urban Planning Design Survey Research Institute (GZPI) in China, to facilitate research and study between the two organisations.

The MoU, signed last month, allows staff from GZPI to undertake study at the School of Architecture and Planning in Auckland, while also allowing up to five students a year from the school to go and work with GZPI on projects in China.

Senior Lecture Lee Beattie, a keynote speaker at the recent 2017 Tripartite Economic Summit in Guangzhu, delivered a lecture on medium-density housing as part of a design and urban planning session, before signed the MoU on behalf of the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries.

“The ability to interact and learn from each other is tremendously exciting,” says Beattie. “It also unifies us and allow us the opportunity of contributing to each other’s projects.”

Beattie was in Guangzhou as the University of Auckland’s representative on the Tāmaki Makaurau Design Alliance (TMDA), a co-operative association between design and planning organisations and Auckland Council. Auckland Mayor Phil Goff also signed the MoU with Guangzhou Mayor Wen Guohui and Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Jeff Gorell.