Walk with an Expert: Reading the Architecture of Shanghai

SHA 114-601
  • Explore the East-West fusion in Shanghai’s architectural design
  • Hear from an architect in the field
  • Lunch
Program Overview
Country: China
Depart: 11/29/2017 0900
Return: 11/29/2017 1230
Duration: Half-Day
Difficulty: Moderate
Capacity: Min 14 / Max 16
Category: ILLUMINATE: History / Culture
Program Fee
$77 (early booking: $73)

Field Class Conflicts
  • HDFS 101 Individual & Family Development

Explore the fusion of Chinese and Western design throughout the architectural landscape of Shanghai with a professional architect guide!

Shanghai is the city in China where the encounter between East and West is most evident in its unique buildings. The city’s landscape is dominated by the influences the cultures had on one another. At the beginning and end of the 20th century, architects working in Shanghai melded Western and Chinese design elements and cultural values in their projects. From magnolias, to circles and squares, to the height of buildings, participants will read Shanghai’s architecture along lesser-known paths of the Bund, and Pudong and People’s Square through the lens of a professional architect. Learn about what inspired the creators, interesting facts and anecdotes behind major landmarks, and discover how cultural values and emblems unite, highlighting Chinese and Western creativity in past and present architectural design.


Bert de Muynck is the co-founder and co-director of MovingCities, a think tank first created in Beijing in 2007 and now based in Shanghai. MovingCities examines the role that architecture and urbanism play in shaping the contemporary city.

Bert is an architect holding an MA in Architectural Engineering [Catholic University Leuven, BE] and a GAS in Cultural Sciences [Free University Brussels, BE]. Since September 2011, Bert has held the position of Assistant Professor at The University of Hong Kong – Faculty of Architecture, HKU Shanghai Study Center.

Meals Included