Hyatt Announces 2012 Beijing Architecture Forum

Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) has announced that the “2012 Beijing Architecture Forum” will be held in Beijing on Thursday, May 24.

Coinciding with the “Pritzker Architecture Prize”, which is often called “the Nobel Prize of architecture,” the conference will be co-hosted by the Beijing Municipal People’s Government and the Hyatt Foundation; and jointly organized by the Beijing Municipal Commission of Urban Planning, Hyatt Hotels Corporation and the School of Architecture, Tsinghua University.

It aims to provide an opportunity to gather many of the world’s most recognized international and Chinese architects, academics and future leaders in the field to collaborate on and debate a wide range of architectural topics of relevance today with a focus on urban harmony.

“The 2012 Beijing Architecture Forum comes at a critical milestone in China’s evolution in building and design,” said Thomas J. Pritzker, chairman of the Hyatt Foundation and Hyatt Hotels Corporation. “China has a long tradition of innovative architecture and design and in recent years has taken the global spotlight with many of its iconic buildings that are world-class in design.”

The 2012 Beijing Architecture Forum will comprise a series of moderated forums and academic discussions on a wide spectrum of urban-related architectural topics.

It will be attended by a diverse array of architecture and design industry, governmental, student and educational bodies and developer representatives, together with leading international and Chinese architects, Pritzker Prize laureates including Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel, and the 2012 recipient Wang Shu, together with members of the Pritzker Prize jury, led by Lord Palumbo of Walbrook.

The full-day event will kick off at the Beijing National Conference Centre with moderated debates on topics including architectural globalization and localization, and architectural innovation and development.

In the afternoon, the academic activities relocate to Tsinghua University, providing architecture students and professors from Tsinghua and some other universities in China with an opportunity to listen and debate with Pritzker Prize laureates.

Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company.

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