On Oct. 27th, the 1st council member conference of the Branch Council of Architects of China Engineering & Consulting Association was held in Taiyuan, seat of the government of Shanxi Province. The conference was attended by ZHANG Xuefeng (Deputy Director of the Department of Housing and Construction of the province), LIU Jicheng (Secretary General of the Engineering & Consulting Association of Shanxi Province),YUAN Jianhua (Chairman of the Association of Private Sector of the same association), XU Quansheng and ZHOU Wenlian (Deputy chairmen of the Branch Council). President WANG Chunyan and other mid-level leaders, from Tangshan Planning and Architectural Design & Research Institute (TPADRI) , were also present.
The conference reviewed its fruits in the past year, since the change of council members, and proceeded with heated discussions and exchanges pertaining to construction design in current situation in the country. Secretary General CHEN Zhen pointed out that institutional reforms bears immensely on the development of businesses and their employees and therefor must be done properly to suit locally specific needs with the participation and support from all without uniform, blindly copied and forcefully imposed measures. She also stressed that EPC (Engineering, Procurement, Construction) contracting is the orientation advocated by the country/s government, which would also test the skills of architects, upgrade engineering quality and increase profits of investment. The Branch Council of Architectural Design has already been on the way of grand-scale adoption of EPC.
The conference, via exchanges of views, shed light on future trends of the development of the construction industry, which would serve as guide to institutional reforms and business expansion of TPADRI.
TPADRI expects a full-scale, stable and fast development, based on status quo and thorough comprehension of the spirit of the 19th national congress of the Communist Party of China.