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Foreign Architectural Offices in China


From the 1990s on, foreign architectural offices started entering the Chinese market. In the beginning, operating mainly from Hong Kong, these practices were mostly market-oriented, business-savvy and corporate (often American) firms. In 1998 the first open international competition was organized in China, in Beijing.

Foreign architecture practices need always to cooperate with a Local Design Institute, as they hold the required licenses and permits. Generally foreign offices undertake the design of a project, while their Chinese partners are in charge of the construction documents, the construction, and its supervision.