China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) Deputy from Beijing is preparing a proposal aiming to strengthen domestic architects role in high-quality urban development and push for engineer-related legislations at the upcoming “two sessions” this year.

Owning more than three decades of practical experience in his line of work, deputy Wu Chen, also chief architect of Beijing Institute of Architectural Design Co., Ltd., designed several landmark architecture complexes in the Chinese capital including the Beijing South Railway Station and Shougang Industrial Park.

Since February, Wu has been preparing for his proposal at the upcoming “two sessions”: the annual sessions of the country’s national legislature and political advisory body that are usually convened in early March to decide on important State Affairs.

As a Senior Architect, Wu has not only long been focusing on protecting the historical and cultural sites in cities, but also pursing cultural diversity in driving high-quality urban development.

He holds that during the transition from “fast development” to “high-quality development”, the role of domestic architects needs to be strengthened.

“We respect the leading foreign architectural technology and the innovation of some of their ideas. Under the conditions of fully meeting the requirement of fair competition by the WTO, we should do our best to train our domestic architects,” said Wu.

Wu regards domestic projects as an important opportunity to nurture local teams of engineers.

“Chinese architects have been working hard for generations. For example, the Great Hall of the People, National Museum of China, National Art Museum of China and the Cultural Palace of Nationalities, these are all fine works in Chinese cultural history.

We should also take our own responsibility and have our own sense of responsibility, reflect aesthetics of Chinese cities and scientific thought for human settlement, as well as China’s creativity in architecture and cities,” said Wu.

Over the past year, Wu has visited a number of domestic industry associations, and sat down with many professionals returned from overseas to know about the issues in the industry.

Plus his previous communications with foreign engineers during work, Wu found that it is difficult for Chinese engineers to engage work overseas due to the lack of an internationally mutual recognition system to certify their professional qualifications. Wu said he will make efforts to push for a reform in this regard.

“Chinese architects should not only make contributions in their own country, but also explore globally to serve China’s international clout and the Belt & Road Initiative.

In addition to major fields such as architecture designing and bridge construction , we should also push reform in other fields such as engineers’ registration, their continuing education and vocational level rating, to keep up with the world’s leading standards,” said Wu.

During the investigations and visits, Wu had in-depth discussions and exchanges with engineers from different industries, and planned to put forward the proposal of “carrying out special research on matters related to the formulation of the Engineer Law” at this year’s Two Sessions.

Wu said that as an NPC deputy working at the forefront, he hopes his proposal can contribute to the industry and the country’s development.

We should be able to provide advices for the development of the industry and the country based on our line of work.

Meanwhile we hope such voices from the forefront can be heard by other deputies or draw attentions from more groups, so to form a synergy driving the national development, said Wu.