Zhen Qian

Zhen Qian

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Nominated for:

Design & Creative Award 2015




Foster + Partners

Job Title:


Educational Achievements:

Bartlett school of Architecture, University College London
Master of Science (MSc) in Advanced Architectural Studies, Theory and technic of Space Syntax, A (British Grade), 72 (ECTS credits), A (ECTS Scale)
2009 – 2010
That was an extraordinary experience and adventure for me! That year I quit my Chinese job which had good reward and traveled to Uk where was entirely new to me for seeking the ture meaning of architecture. And I did. The unique course of AAS in Bartlett School drags me back to the truth: space is the origin and the meaning also the generator of architecture. It starts from the internal of a building, then influences to the external. It impaces to levels of style, function, social, culture so on. Overall, it was really worth.
Activities and Societies: Joined the competition with other 20 competitors and won a place of intern in Space Syntax Ltn. Experienced 3 projects during the 4 months internship.

Chang'an University
diploma in architecture, Architecture design
1995 – 2000

Professional Achievements:

I'm a highly motivated, dedicated architect of 15 years professional experience. I spent first 9 years working in Shanghai and participated more than 40 projects including residential, high rises, schools, offices, shopping mall and urban design. 1/3 of these have been built. From 2005, I began to work as a team leader and a key designer in the team and company. Before 2009, I began to act as a main designer and team leader of more than 10 projects including competition and commission. 6 of these projects has been built eventually.
In 2009, I was at a big crossroad of my life: Open my own business or go outside to see the world. In the end, I opted to accept a further education of architecture at University College London, instead to open a firm rashly and earn immediate money by poorly designed architecture. This decision changed the direction of life completely.

Professional Experience:

Foster + Partners
February 2011 – Present (4 years 5 months)
Associate at F+P. Currently working on 3 projects. A high end residential block in Nimes, France is neally finish constructed. A brand new museum dedicated to archeology of French city Narbonne has just been tendered. Now mainly focuse on a skyscraper in Warsaw, Poland which is going to the detail design phase.

Architecture Student
University College London
June 2009 – September 2010 (1 year 4 months)Bartlett School of Architecture, London, UK

Space Syntax
February 2010 – June 2010 (5 months)London, United Kingdom
Worked as an internship student along with my UCL master study. Better understood Spcae Syntax survey and analysis principle by have done two projects in the unique company. Leave there for setting out to China to collect and site survey material for my dissertation.

Project Architect, team leader
DCI Designgroup International
August 2006 – May 2009 (2 years 10 months)Shanghai City, China

Project Architect
MADA s.p.a.m.
August 2004 – August 2006 (2 years 1 month)Shanghai City, China

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