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03/03/2017

IWD: Profile - Jiaqi Chen

Words: Jiaqi Chen

Jiaqi Chen offers a view of planning from Guangzhou in China.

Name: Jiaqi Chen

Occupation: Planner/consultant with Citynet International Architects & Associates

Location: Guangzhou, China

After witnessing poor, rundown towns being transformed into beautiful places, I decided that planning was a way to positively shape the world around me. Little did I know I was signing up to 16-hour days!

In my current role I analyse regional development policies and strategies, and identifying land for developers to apply for a permit to develop a project.

I am also involved in creating conceptual plans and urban design frameworks for towns and cities for the government to devise regulatory and site plans.

"In China, planning only became a professional career 20 years ago, but the country has huge demand for it owing to rapid urbanisation"

The city government, led by the mayor, plays the largest role in decision-making in the planning process here, but many involved are not trained as professional planners. On top of this, as the government changes every five years, so do the planning system and regulations.

The planning system could be improved by becoming more independent and stable so that there are less regular changes. We need to continue to build the standing of the planning profession so that our advice holds greater weight. Planners need to be more involved in the decision-making.

The accreditation of the RTPI is highly appreciated by the government and developers. In China, planning only became a professional career 20 years ago, but the country has huge demand for it owing to rapid urbanisation. Many landmark projects were designed by foreign designers and planners with RTPI certification.

This article first appeared in The Planner in September 2015

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