Shanghai Xian Dai Architectural Design Group

Application deadline:   Feb. 15, 2019


China has seen an unparalleled amount of urban development in the last two decades, with building continuing through the recent global economic downturn.  Oregon students can assist in designing new cities and building complexes by interning at the Shanghai Xian Dai Architectural Company. Xian Dai is the largest award-winning architectural firm in China with over 4,000 staff.  It was responsible for master planning many cities, and design and construction of much of the Shanghai 2010 World Expo.  The company’s portfolio includes major developments in transportation, sports, cultural, commercial, residential, health care and education facilities throughout China.

In 2010, the U of O Department of Architecture established an exchange program with Xian Dai, with Oregon students going to Shanghai for summer internships and Xian Dai staff coming to Oregon for advanced study in sustainable design.  Xian Dai welcomes summer interns from U of O who would contribute knowledge of green buildings and sustainable communities.  The interns will work at Xian Dai as part of their project teams, and help design and planning teams to facilitate projects. Chinese language skills are not required.

Up to 4 students from U of O will participate in the internship for eight weeks.  The internship fee covers airport pickup, housing, visa expenses, tuition for a weekly language course, cultural activities and 24/7 on-site support.  Students have to pay separately for their travel arrangements, food and personal expenses. Those students with financial need will be awarded a Freeman Internship Fellowship (see to cover expenses.


  • Students must have completed core studios and be eligible for 4/584 studios
  • Students must have three faculty members who can vouch for the students’ character and professional abilities



  • Compelling written rationale for selection
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively
  • Excellent character: references show individual is mature, responsible, resourceful and thoughtful
  • Ability to contribute to designing sustainable cities, landscapes and buildings
  • Evidence of previous interest in Asian culture
  • Chinese language ability is helpful but not required

Send completed application to Yifang Zhang (  It requires:

  1. Current resume
  2. List of three faculty references
  3. A link to your online portfolio.  Include at least one studio project and a short writing sample such as an essay or research report.
  4. A cover letter (300-400 words) explaining interests and qualifications, answering the question,”How will this experience in China further your career goals?”

Questions can be sent to Center for Asian and Pacific Studies’ Coordinator Yifang Zhang (yzhang1 at uoregon dot edu) or Architecture Department Head  Nancy Cheng (nywc at uoregon dot edu).


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