BusinessWeek and RECORD announce the winners of the second biannual “Good Design is Good Business” China Awards Program, which honors building and planning projects that are reshaping modern China. A jury of editors has selected 13 projects, as well as this year’s “Best Client,” the innovative real-estate developer China Vanke Co., from more than 100 entries from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, based on their use of design to achieve strategic business and civic objectives. The winners will be recognized May 23rd at a ceremony in Shanghai.
The full list of winning projects and the architects, planners and clients follows below, or click here for complete coverage, including photos and descriptions of each project. Also look for coverage in the May issue of BusinessWeek China and the spring issue of Architectural Record China.
“This year’s winning projects reflect the growing sophistication of architecture and construction in China,” says Robert Ivy, FAIA, vice president and editorial director for McGraw-Hill Construction and RECORD’s editor-in-chief, “and this year’s business winners demonstrate that good design is changing the face of China in complex larger projects and individual buildings.”  
“The degree to which design projects make sense from both a functional and aesthetic perspective dictates their success,” adds David Rocks, international senior editor of BusinessWeek. “These architects and clients have developed innovative venues with measurable results, spaces that yield benefits beyond being useful, but that positively affect the businesses, organizations and visitors on a daily basis.”
During the full-day awards ceremony on May 23, winners will present their projects and engage in panel discussions, moderated by BusinessWeek and Architectural Record editors. For more information, or to RSVP, click here.

BusinessWeek/RECORD 2008 China Awards

  The Suzhou Museum, designed by I.M. Pei Architect
Photo © Pei Partnership Architects

Best Public Projects:

  • Liangzhu Culture Museum in Liangzhu by David Chipperfield Architects and ZTUDI, The Architectural Design and Research Institute at Zhejiang University of Technology, created for the Zhejiang Vanke Narada Real Estate Group
  • Dafen Art Museum in Shenzhen by Urbanus Architecture & Design, created for the Longgang Municipal Government, Shenzhen
  • Suzhou Museum in Suzhou by I.M. Pei Architect with Pei Partnership Architects and Suzhou Institute of Architectural Design, created for the Suzhou Municipal Administration of Culture, Radio & Television
  • Shanghai South Station in Shanghai by AREP VILLE and East China Architectural Design & Research Institute/Shanghai Xian Dai Architectural Design Group, created for the Shanghai Railway Station Bureau
  • Sino-French Center at Tongji University in Shanghai by Atelier Z+, created for Tongji University

Best Residential Projects:

  • Dutch Ambassador’s Residence in Beijing by Dirk Jan Postel/Kraaijvanger • Urbis, Universal Architecture Studio, and Royal Haskoning, created for The Kingdom of The Netherlands

Best Planning Project:

  • Beijing Finance Street in Beijing by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, created for Beijing Finance Street Holding Co.

Best Green Projects:

  • Sunny Bay Station, Disney Resort Line in Hong Kong by Arup and Aedas, created for the MTR Corporation

Best Historic Preservation Project:

Best Interior Project:

Best Client: