​China Reflections

12th Dec 2018 • eiw Projects

Philip presented at the International Schools China Conference in Shanghai last month, followed by a follow up site visit with Chloe to Nanjing International School (NIS).


Participating in the 4th International Schools China conference in Shanghai was an eye-opening, if not sometimes overwhelming experience for Philip and Chloe. The scale of development in the International Schools market in China shows the passionate desire for incredibly fast growing communities to obtain global recognition and opportunities for their children. Delivering curriculum encompassing GCSE, IB, SAT etc is a huge challenge in a market whose scale of growth is testing the availability of suitably qualified teachers.

Philip’s paper focused on the benefits of sharing knowledge in designing for change within the education sector, something that drives the global development of A4LE. It also celebrated eiw’s growing maturity in designing processes and techniques in truly building ideas with our clients, no matter where they are in the world. The importance of listening, understanding cultural contexts, being sensitive to our natural and built environments, being agile in developing purpose-designed solutions – all of these approaches continue to see eiw strive to serve our clients better and provide exemplary learning environments.

Nanjing International School Site Visit

The new Reggio inspired early years precinct has commenced construction and is due for completion in March, 2019. Philip and Chloe attended a site meeting and visit with the contractors, project manager and Government officials while visiting China. Developing a good rapport and respect between all parties, no matter cultural differences or language difficulties, has been part of the eiw building ideas philosophy, now spreading across continents.