From October 5 to 8, , Hong Zaisheng, the Vice President of the Architectural Society of Tianjin and Director of Tianjin University Research Institute of Architectural Design and Urban Planning, was invited by the Mayor of Busan City to attend the 2015 Busan International Architectural Culture Festival. Hong Zaisheng was also invited to be a judge for the finals of the 31st Busan International Architecture Competition in 2015.
During the afternoon of October 6, eight contestants from China, Japan and Korea competed fiercely in the final round. Ni Xuwei from Tianjin University Research Institute of Architectural Design and Urban Planning was invited to the awards ceremony. Lv Chenyang and Chang Jing, from the School of Architecture at Tianjin University also competed respectively and delivered novel and inspiring speeches, about “between the trees” and "renewal for people”, combining the innovative and pragmatic building styles of Tianjin University with green architecture, and fitting in with the topic “visible and invisible architectures” of the competition.
Lv Chenyang was awarded a gold prize, the top prize in the contest. Chang Jing was awarded the silver prize and both Ni Xuwei and Niu Xiaofei were awarded the bronze prizes.
In the afternoon of October 7, again at the invitation of the Mayor of Busan City, Hong Zaisheng full of grandeur and splendor, attended the opening ceremony of the Busan International Architectural Culture Festival in 2015 as a reprehensive of the Architectural Association of Tianjin. He then visited a series of exhibitions and attended the welcome dinner hosted by the government of Busan city.
The General Design Institute has represented the Architectural Institute of Tianjin for three years. The institute collaborates internationally with the Busan branch of the Korea Institute of Architects, and the Kinki branch of the Japan Institute of Architects, promoting the exchanges in the architecture industry amongst China, Japan and Korea, deepening the friendship, broadening the international perspectives, and profiling the excellence in architecture of Tianjin to Japan and Korea.