Executive VP, The Lansco Corporation
MICHAEL ARAD AIA
Partner, Handel Architects LLP
Editor, Downtown Express
RICK BELL FAIA
Executive Director, AIANY
ROBERT W. BURCHELL PhD
Hutton Associates Inc./Planning Interaction
ROBERT IVY FAIA
EVP/Chief Executive Officer, American Institute of Architects
President Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
JACK S. NYMAN
Director, The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute
SAM SCHWARTZ PE
Principal, Sam Schwartz Engineering
DONNA WALCAVAGE ASLA
Principal, AECOM Design + Planning
Fast-Tracking a Nation's Growth
May 6, 2011
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
SUBJECT:The scale and pace of urbanization in China are without precedent. So are the challenges of managing that growth sustainably. This inaugural event in our invitation-only Lunchtime Learning Circle speaker series will feature an insider's account of how these challenges are being met.
The scale and pace of urbanization in China are without precedent. So are the challenges of managing that growth sustainably. This inaugural event in our invitation-only Lunchtime Learning Circle speaker series will feature an insider's account of how these challenges are being met.
Professor Li Shirong is a deputy director of the Chongqing Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Commission, where she is responsible for promoting foreign trade and investment in one of China's largest metropolitan regions. Her office oversees the foreign consulting companies doing business in Chongqing in the design and construction arenas of the infrastructure and housing industries. In 2009, she was appointed president of the UK-based Chartered Institute of Building, the first woman and professional from outside of the UK and Ireland to hold that year-long post.
Between 2003 and 2006, she served as vice mayor of the Shapingba District of Chongqing, where she oversaw urban planning, construction, environmental protection, and public works, among other areas.
Professor Shirong taught at Chongqing University for more than two decades before joining the local government, and she continues to teach construction management there part-time.
Her academic work focuses on China's construction industry in transition, sustainable urbanization, the government's role in construction, urban planning, design and construction, private finance, industrialized building systems, and the international construction market. She has published more than 170 academic papers and 27 books, both in China and abroad.
Li Shirong's expertise in construction management and extensive published works have earned her an international reputation, and her technical knowledge is grounded in hands-on experience in local government. She is also a vocal proponent of international communication and collaboration on such critical global issues as sustainability.