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Architecture Practice in China

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The architecture sector in China is consists of the following four main actors:

1 State owned local design institutes (LDi)

2 Semi/fully privatized LDi

3 Private firms/ateliers/studio's

4 Foreign offices

The private firms (domestic/foreign), although highly visible in the creative and cultural sector and in international architectural media, have a small share of the market and limited responsibility. As a given premise all planning and design projects must be submitted through one of the 12,300 existing State owned LDI's.