ETH Zurich – Institute for Urban Design
HIL H44.1 – Stefano-Franscini-Platz 5 – 8093 Zurich



Global Schindler Award Ceremony 2015 and book launch

30 April 2015 | 17:00 to 19:30 | Grand Hyatt Hotel, Shenzhen, China


Program (constantly updated)

17h Welcome Thomas Oetterli (Schindler Group Executive Committee, responsible for China), Prof. ir. Kees Christiaanse (ETH Zürich), and Fabienne Hoelzel (ETH Zürich)

17h15 Keynote Yan Meng (URBANUS Shenzhen/ Beijing and member of the Global Schindler Award jury)

18h15 Podium discussion and book launch with Yan Meng, Prof. Dr. Doreen Heng Liu (School of Architecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, founder of NODE and member of the Global Schindler Award jury), Dr. Alexander Erath (Unit Leader at the ETH Future Cities Laboratory Singapore), and Prof. ir. Kees Christiaanse (ETH Zürich); moderation: Dr. Eunice Seng (University of Hong Kong); co-moderation: Fabienne Hoelzel

19h Presentation of the awards

by Thomas Oetterli, Yan Meng, Prof. Dr. Doreen Heng Liu, and Prof. ir. Kees Christiaanse



The Schindler Group, in collaboration with the Chair of Architecture and Urban Design, Prof. ir. Kees Christiaanse invited Bachelor’s students in their final year and Master’s students, and their international equivalents, in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and planning, to participate in the Global Schindler Award, a new student urban design competition. The international jury of renowned experts from a diverse range of fields includes Mr. Yan Meng of Urbanus, Prof. Phillip Rode of LSE Cities, Prof. Kongjian Yu of Turenscape, Mr. Jackie Han, president of Schindler Elevator, China and more, and met from 4 to 6 March in Shenzhen. The award will conclude with an award ceremony on April 30.


The Global Schindler Award will be accompanied by a publication, featuring a series of essays from academics and practitioners as well as the winning competition entries. Book authors include Linda Vlassenrood of International New Town Institute, Prof. Dr. Jiang Feng of South China University of Technology in Guangzhou, Dr. Alexander Erath of ETH Future Cities Laboratory Singapore, Prof. Dr. Kazys Varnelis of Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Ting Chen of ETH Future Cities Laboratory Singapore, and more. The publication will be launched on April 30.



Fabienne Hoelzel (ETH Zürich) and Andrea Murer (Schindler Group)