Shaw Contract's Shanghai Design Tour

8th Jan 2020 • Enrichment

EIW Architect Lauren Stokes was lucky enough to be invited along on Shaw Contract's recent Shanghai design tour. A cultural journey for the senses and an exciting learning opportunity for all attendees.


The Shanghai Design Tour included a tour of the company's LEED Silver Certified Nantong manufacturing facility, a tour exploring the local art and architecture as well as a food tour tasting the delicious local cuisines on offer.

Australian Design Review asked Lauren a few questions about her trip, we have shared these below:

Why did you decide to take part in the Shanghai Design tour?

It is always interesting and hugely beneficial to know more about the products we specify for our projects. As our office works in the commercial and education sector, we specify carpet tiles regularly. I have never been to China, so the added bonus was being able to visit and learn more about another culture.

What was your favourite part of the trip?

There were so many highlights! Overall it was probably meeting new people and experiencing Shanghai together. It was great to meet other industry professionals from Shanghai, as well as Australia and New Zealand. It was a lot of fun trying different foods and visiting some spectacular architecture in Shanghai. As an architect, travel is always a great source of inspiration and education.

What did you learn about Shaw Contract’s brand or products that you didn’t know before?

I learnt a lot about Shaw’s commitment to a sustainable future. All of their commercial carpet manufacturing facilities worldwide are carbon neutral. They also collect and recycle post-consumer carpet, which for me is a significant value-added service, that is no cost to the customer.

What was the most fascinating thing you learned about or saw at the LEED Silver Certified manufacturing facility in Nantong?

It was very interesting to see the machinery and workers in action. The employees work in an amazing work environment. It is impeccably neat and clean, they get a delicious lunch provided and are even picked up and dropped off to and from work! Shaw is committed to both a sustainable future and to the wellbeing of their employees.