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UVA Architecture: China
Guangzhou, China; Hangzhou, China; Hong Kong, Hong Kong; Shanghai, China; Shenzhen, China; Suzhou, China; Yiwu, China (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Budget Sheets Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 15-FEB-2018 25-FEB-2018 31-MAY-2018 30-JUN-2018
NOTE: If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by March 1. Students should arrive in Shanghai on May 31st and plan to depart from Hong Kong on June 30th. Do NOT book flights until instructed to do so by the ISO.
Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year, Graduate student Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Language Requirement:
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: Hotel Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English
Credit Type:
Direct Credit
Program Type:
Faculty led
Tuition Payments Made To:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Margaret Walter
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
Program Description:

See this program in action! Check out the UVA Architecture: China article and video as featured in UVA Today.

One of the greatest global challenges of the twenty-first century is Chinese urbanization. Cities change; Chinese cities, through their scale and speed of developments, are at a historically unique moment of distinctive change. This change is producing global consequences. UVA Architecture China Program takes on the challenge to research into the emerging conditions of Chinese cities as they forge unprecedented realities in two of China’s most dynamic city-regions, the Yangtze River Delta and the Pearl River Delta.

The program will guide students in the methods of urban research, and visit locations of historical significance, sites of important buildings, and offices of influential architects. Students will work together with professors and students from South China University in Guangzhou on urban research to gain knowledge and insight, and attend talks by leading experts and practitioners in China in architectural design, urban planning, landscape architecture, and history. The research results will be reviewed in Guangzhou in June, and exhibited in Charlottesville in the fall.

Course Objectives

  • Learn research methods of observation and documentation of urban developments
  • Understand emerging typologies in Chinese cities in the context of history of cities
  • Document and present research results in China and UVA
  • Develop intercultural appreciation of the built environment

The program will be housed in hotels or upscale hostels throughout the program. Breakfast is provided daily along with several group lunches and dinners during the course of the program.


The Chinese Cosmopolitan City

Course Information
Chinese Architecture and Culture
(ARH 5606; 3 credits)
China Design Workshop
(ARCH 5608; 3 credits)
Research Methods
(SARC 5555-002, 1 credit, to be taken in Spring 2018)

2018 Summer: Architecture: China syllabus
2018 Summer: Architecture: China itinerary

Cost & Financial Aid
The program cost and payment schedule are listed under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page. Students with identifiable financial need are encouraged to apply for fellowships, scholarships, and financial aid. In particular, School of Architecture students are encouraged to apply for
School of Architecture funding. Review the Scholarships page for additional opportunities.

Accessibility Statement
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. This program includes significant time spent walking and standing on a daily basis; use of transportation, classrooms, and sites that may not be wheelchair accessible; and visits to locations with regular concerns about air quality. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.

Passport and Visa Information
All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will need a visa to participate in this program. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor and Education Abroad Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.

Program Director Shiqiao Li,, is the Weedon Professor in Asian Architecture at the School of Architecture at UVA. He was educated in Beijing and London, practiced architecture in London and Hong Kong and taught architectural design and theory in Singapore and Hong Kong. He has published widely on the topic of Chinese early modern and contemporary architecture, and his book, Understanding the Chinese City (2014), examines Chinese cities within their indigenous intellectual frameworks.

Program Director Esther Lorenz,, is a licensed architect and an assistant professor at the School of Architecture at UVA, where she is Director of Undergraduate Program of Department of Architecture. She received her architectural education at TU Graz and TU Delft, and practiced in the Netherlands, Australia and Austria. She taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and exhibited at Hong Kong and Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale and Venice Biennale. She is editor, with Shiqiao Li, of Kowloon Cultural District, An Investigation into the Spatial Capabilities of Hong Kong (2014).