Qualifications: Grade A Qualification in Building Industry No. of Qualifications Certificate: A144007371
Established in 1952, Guangzhou Design Institute (GZDI) is one of the first Grade A survey and design institutes in China and one of the four leading design institutes in the country designated by the former State Planning Commission for hospitality design. GZDI holds Grade A qualification in engineering design (building industry), municipal utilities (road and drainage), engineering survey and engineering consultation, as well as other qualification certificates for urban planning, construction drawing review, housing safety appraisal, and special equipment (pressure piping) design. GZDI has nearly 1,000 employees, including 1 National Engineering Design Master, nearly 200 national registered professionals of various disciplines and more than 800 intermediate and senior technical personnel.
Since its establishment 65 years ago, GZDI has been pioneering in creating a great number of landmark buildings, including Guangzhou Friendship Theatre, White Swan Hotel, Tianhe Sports Center, Teem Mall, Guangzhou New Library, Mao Zedong’s Legacy Museum, Canton Tower (600m), Pearl River Tower, Chow Tai Fook Center, Nanyue Palace Museum, Zhuhai Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, etc. Those high-end projects are highly recognized in the industry for their superior quality, unique concepts and up-to-date technologies. So far, the projects designed by GZDI can be widely found in 24 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities in China and 11 countries in Asia, Europe and Africa. GZDI has won approximately 900 prizes (times) of various levels with its brand influence ranking among the top design institutes in China.
Technological innovation has been the key strategy of GZDI to enhance its core competence. By the end of 2017, GZDI has won nearly 20 technological progress and other S&T awards, registered almost 200 patents (including 30 patents for inventions), and directed or participated in the compilation of nearly 50 relevant technical standards and codes. It has received honorable titles as Hi-Tech Enterprise of Guangdong Province, Innovation Enterprise of Guangdong Province and Independent Innovation Benchmark Enterprise of Guangdong Province. GZDI has made notable achievements in promoting energy-efficient renovation in existing buildings, green building and Lingnan architecture. Among GZDI’s projects, the energy efficiency improvement of the Design Building has been included as a typical case into Annual Development Research Report of Building Energy Efficiency in China (2014); Tai Koo Hui is one of the very few projects in Guangzhou that pass LEED-CS gold certification for operation; the Pearl River Tower, as one of the world’s few super high-rises integrating various energy efficient technologies and labeled as National Exemplary Project for Super Low Energy Consumption, has passed LEED-CS Platinum pre-certification and received global attention.
Over the past 65 years, GZDI has established itself into a prestigious and highly influential brand through keen pursuit for quality and technology, as evidenced by such honorable titles it received as Trustworthy Enterprises of Guangdong Province for 18 successive years from Guangdong Province Administration for Industry & Commerce, as well as Top 100 Contemporary Chinese Architectural Design Institutes, National Advanced Geotechnical Survey and Design Enterprise, and National Excellent Innovation Enterprise. In the future, GZDI will carry on its legacy and contribute more to the new urbanization development as a pioneer of innovation.
In 1950s, Mr. Lin Kemin, the modern architecture pioneer of China, was instructed to found the Design Division of Construction Engineering Bureau of Guangzhou People’s Government, the predecessor of Guangzhou Design Institute. Afterwards, the organization was renamed three times, respectively i.e. Design Institute of Construction Bureau of Guangzhou People’s Government, Guangzhou Architectural Design Company, and Guangzhou Urban Architecture Design Institute. During this period, it participated in the renovation of a series of old buildings and the design of factory, residential and cultural buildings, such as the renovation of Nanfang Building, Sun Yatsen Memorial Hall and Guangxiao Temple, and the design of Guangzhou Cement Plant, Overseas Chinese Residential Compound, Binjiang Residential Compound, Guangzhou Gymnasium (old), Guangdong Science Museum, and Guangdong Museum of Geology. The most representative project was Sino-Soviet Friendship Building. The design diverted from the conventional form of the Soviet Union Exhibition Hall in Beijing and Shanghai and instead followed an extremely forward-looking design principles that focused on aesthetics, simplicity, cost-effectiveness and adaption to future demands.
In 1960s,In 1960s, Guangzhou Urban Architecture Design Institute was renamed Guangzhou Design Institute after the merger with Guangzhou Industrial Design Institute and Survey Division of Guangzhou Urban Planning Commission. Since then the new name has been used until now. The first President was Mr. Lin Keming and the Chief Engineer She Junnan. During this period, GZDI designed Yangcheng Hotel (renamed Dongfang Hotel now), Guangdong Guesthouse, Yuexiu Hotel, and Exhibition Hall of National Peasant Movement Training Institute (Guangzhou). Yet the most representative ones are Guangzhou Hotel, the highest building in China then when the corresponding technical specifications and practical experiences for reference were still not available, and Guangzhou Friendship Theater, China’s first theater that combined the modern building with the Chinese courtyard and an example for the architecture education and movie theater design then.
In 1970s, GZDI became the first pilot for market-oriented operation in the survey and design industry of Guangdong Province. During the period, GZDI undertook the design tasks for a number of foreign trade projects to promote the foreign trade development in China, such as Liuhua Hotel, New Building of Dongfang Hotel, Chinese Export Commodities Fair, and Guangzhuo Railway Station, exemplarily practicing the basic principles of pragmatism, cost-effectiveness and aesthetics advocated in the modern Lingnan building design. In addition, GZDI took the lead to expand business abroad and participated in the design of a number of foreign projects, such as China’s embassy in West Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Greece, Cyprus, Kuwait, Thailand, Japan and Australia, and Gabon Health Center. These projects were highly acclaimed by the Chinese and international building industry and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The most representative project is Chinese Export Commodities Fair for which GZDI applied extensive glass walls the first time in China over the opposition of others, demonstrating its courage and determination of innovation at an era of closed society.
In 1980s, GZDI was one of the design institutes that firstly received Grade A survey and design qualification certificate in China. It was also one of the country’s four leading design institutes designated by the State Development Planning Commission (SDPC) for tourist hotels thanks to its leading tourist hotel design expertise in China. The representative projects include Zhongshan Hot Spring Hotel, White Swan Hotel and China Hotel. White Swan Hotel is of epoch-making significance in the history of GZDI and even the modern Lingnan architecture. It boasts the first modern five-star hotel of international standard in the Chinese mainland, while its central gardening piece “water of hometown” of distinctive Lingnan style enjoys great reputation among overseas Chinese. The design of the Hotel was fully recognized by an editorial on the People’s Daily on May 21, 1980. Guangzhou Tianhe Sports Center was another representative project during that period. It is the first once-completed large sports center in China and the first Chinese sports building that won the silver prize of IAKS Award by International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS).
In 1990s, GZDI seized the opportunities brought by the opening-up and reform policies and independently designed a great number of public buildings, including Guangzhou Book Center acclaimed as the First Book City in China; Teemall, the first large commercial complex in Chinese mainland, as well as Guangzhou Municipal People’s Congress Office Building, Guangdong TV Center, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou Ocean Park, Hotel Canton, Jianlibao Building, Guangzhou Department Store Building, and Hotel Landmark Canton. These projects are milestones that record the urban development and progress and contribute to the inheritance of the modern Lingnan architecture philosophy.
Since the twenty-first century, the concepts of green, emission reduction, energy efficiency and environmental protection have become the mainstream in the engineering field of the world. GZDI proactively respond to the trend by pursuing the technological innovation and working with international design firms on landmark projects. The Pearl River Tower, the world’s first super high-rise integrating 13 cutting-edge green technologies, stands at the forefront of the green, high-end and low-carbon design. The Canton Tower, the world’s highest TV tower when completed, is an exemplary green project listed by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD). Taikoo Hui, the highest-standard international shopping mall and office building in Guangzhou, won LEED gold certification. Guangzhou International Sports Arena, China’s first sports venue that meets NBA standard venue requirements, won the Second Prize of the National Green Building Innovation Award. Guangzhou Development Center Building represents the world’s first application of movable sun shades on super high rise. Guangzhou Pazhou Poly International Plaza is the first building in South China that adopts the under-floor air distribution system. Zhuhai Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, the largest ocean-themed resort around the globe, with the cutting-edge technological equipment and avant-garde design concepts, sets up five Guinness World Records.
In future, we will continue providing the construction engineering services. While focusing on the architecture, we will pursue the synergetic development of diverse businesses such as municipal projects and EPC(Engineer, Procure, Construct), and provide full-life-cycle and all-around intellectual services in the construction engineering field. Our goal is to make GZDI a world-class design group by implementing the people- and synergy-oriented management philosophy, the green, innovative, energy-efficient and intelligent technological approach, and the services that excel in concept and quality.
GZDI holds Grade A qualification in construction engineering design (building industry), municipal road, municipal drainage, engineering survey (geotechnical engineering),and engineering consultation, as well as other qualification certificates for urban planning, construction drawing review, housing safety appraisal, and special equipment (pressure piping) design. The Grade A qualification certificate for construction engineering design (building industry) is the highest one in the trade. In addition to construction engineering, GZDI also provides Grade A specialized design for building decoration, building façade, light steel structure, building intelligent system, lighting and fire protection.
January 2015 GZDI was approved to establish Guangdong New Building Structure Engineering Technology R&D Center, which would become the country’s first-class new building structure technology R&D platform that concurrently meets the international standards. GZDI was approved to set up the postdoctoral innovation practice base of Guangdong Province.
February 9, 2015 Wang Shitong, Member of the Standing Committee of Guangzhou Municipal Party Committee and Director of the Organization Department visited GZDI and announced the resolution of the municipal Party Committee and the municipal government that Zhou Helong, the former Deputy Director General of Guangzhou Urban Planning Bureau, was appointed the President of GZDI, and Zhao Lu was relieved of his post as the Secretary of Party Committee of GZDI.
March 8, 2015 GZDI hosted 2015 President Working Conference of Architectural Design Branch of China Exploitation & Design Association (CEDA). Wang Shuping, Vice Chairman of CEDA, and the leaders and representatives of 16 branch president and vice president organizations attended the conference.
April 23, 2015 GZDI convened the 3rd Session of the Ninth Staff Representative Conference.
May 26, 2015 GZDI Nansha Branch was officially inaugurated. With the support from GZDI, It will seize the development opportunity of Nansha New District and Nansha Free Trade Zone to provide effective and quality services to promote the development of Nansha.
May 2015 Three research projects including Research and Application of Key Engineering Technologies of Canton Tower won the first, second and third prize of Guangzhou Technological Progress Award.
June 2015 GZDI-designed Viniton (Group) Production Center in Cambodia was completed and accepted, and heads of GZDI, the Chinese ambassador in Cambodia and heads of China Tobacco International Inc. attended the project acceptance and production unveiling ceremony.
June 9, 2015 2015 Summit on Intelligent Building Technology Driven by Smart Cities, which was jointly sponsored by Engineering Intelligent Design Branch of China Exploration and Design Association (EIDBCEDA) and Frankfurt Exhibition, and organized by GZDI, was convened at the exhibition complex of China Import and Export Fair in Guangzhou. As a feast in the field of building intelligence and informatization, the event evoked a strong response and turned out to be a great success.
June 11, 2015 Urban Planning and Design Division (UPDD) of GZDI was officially inaugurated. Zhou Helong, President of GZDI called on UPDD to bring GZDI’s brand and technical strength into full play to provide quality and effective services and achieve good economic and social benefits.
June 15, 2015 After three years, GZDI completed the improvement design of the White Swan Hotel, one of its representative projects. While keeping the cultural connotation of Lingnan architecture, GZDI incorporated various high-tech elements and endeavored to create a green and low-carbon White Swan with a new life.
August 25, 2015 Yang Rong, Head of Energy Efficiency and Technology Division of MOHURD paid a research visit to GZDI with the company of Liao Jiangliang, Chief of Sci-Tech Information Division under Department of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of Guangdong Province, Li Zhaohui, Deputy Director of Guangzhou Housing and Urban-Rural Construction Committee and other experts and officials.
Sep., 2015 Design proposal independently created by GZDI won the bid for Guangzhou Cantonese Opera Theater. The design theme Phoenix Coronet and Robes of Rank, Playful Dragon and Phoenix finds a source of conception from the exquisite corona and costume worn by the primary Huadan during the performance of Cantonese opera.
September 2015 GZDI won the bid for the CD design general contractor of A1 Zone of Zhuhai City Center (Phase I). The Project is located in Jida Central Business Area, one of the core commercial circles in Zhuhai, and will be built into the city’s leading business/commercial complex and urban parlor.
October 2015 GZDI completed the bidder registration with the bidder library of Guangzhou Metro Company and Dongguan Rail Transit Co., Ltd, preparing for expanding business into rail transit projects. GZDI-designed Cadre Hub International Plaza is China’s first hub-based urban complex integrating multiple transportation means such as railway, intercity rail, subway, taxi, auto passenger transport and bus.
October 16, 2015 GZDI conducted the ignition ceremony and free trial meals for the first staff canteen in recent 20 years, reassuring meal provision for GZDI staff.
October 22, 2015 The field research and exchange meeting of green and energy-saving technologies of public buildings of Guangzhou was held in the White Swan Hotel. The meeting aimed to present and popularize the innovative technologies, application and economic, environmental and social benefits of the green and energy efficiency improvement benchmark projects of public buildings, such as the renewal of the White Swan Hotel and the energy efficiency improvement of the Design Building undertaken by GZDI. Field research and exchange were also conducted.
November 2015 The Central Kindergarten in Zhongshan Torch Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone, for which GZDI provided full process design and green building technology consultation, won the three-star green building label issued by MOHURD, China’s highest level of green buildings.
December 31, 2015 Twenty-five projects including Nanyue Palace Museum won Excellent Engineering Exploration and Design Award of Guangdong Province, 2015; the planning and design consultation report on Deng Xiaoping Commemoration Theme Park in Sanxiang Town, Zhongshan City won Excellent Engineering Consultation Achievement Award of China, 2014; Five projects including Urban Design of Jiaomenhe Central Business District in Nansha New District, Guangzhou won the Gold Award of National Planning and Design Competition for Classical Residential Buildings, 2015; in addition, GZDI also won six prizes in various BIM design competitions.
January 14-15, 2014 A seven-member delegation including Zhao Lu, the Secretary of Party Committee of GZDI, Deng Zhuqing, Deputy Secretary, and Ma Zhencong, Vice President of GZDI, extended regards to poverty-stricken villagers and gave instructions on the poverty-relief work at the poverty reduction spot of Xinmin Village, Zhuanshui Town, Wuhua County.
February 19, 2014 GZDI held CPC’s Masses Line Education & Practice Wrap-up Meeting in the afternoon where Lu Taoxiang, the supervision group leader of Guangzhou Municipal Party Committee fully affirmed the endeavors and spoke highly of the result.
February 27, 2014 Chen Xiongqiao, Deputy Director from SASAC Guangzhou, attended GZDI’s CFO appointment meeting where He Guoping was appointed as CFO in place of Feng Weixiang.
March 13-14, 2014 GZDI held 2014 working meeting.
March, 2014 Huang Huijing, Associate Chief Architect of GZDI was elected Woman of Great Accomplishment of Guangdong by Guangdong Federation of Trade Unions as due to her remarkable work performance.
April 18, 2014 GZDI arranged the intermediate-level cadres to visit Anti-corruption Education Base of Guangdong Province in Panyu.
Apr., 2014 GZDI was awarded 2013 Excellent Enterprises of Guangdong Province and Most Trustworthy Enterprise of Guangdong Province (for 5 consecutive years)
July 2014 GZDI was awarded the honorable title of Top 100 Service Enterprises of Guangdong Province 2014
July 2014 The Trade Union of GZDI was awarded the honorable title of Home of Staff by Guangzhou Federation of Trade Unions.
October 15, 2014 Gao Dongwang, Deputy Director from SASAC Guangzhou led heads of Reform Division, Personnel Division and Property Division to hold a reform research meeting in GZDI. GZDI leadership and heads of relevant departments presented the meeting.
November 2014 Huang Huijing from GZDI was awarded ASC Young Architect Award. 62 excellent young architects across China won this award.
December 2014 GZDI completed the renewal procedures of Grade A qualification certificates for Construction Engineering Design (Building Industry), Municipal Drainage and Municipal Road.
In Dec 2014 GZDI was elected the Innovation Enterprise of Guangdong Province by Guangdong Hi-tech Enterprise Association.
January 2013 MOHURD issued the Notice on Commending Advanced Engineering Survey and Design Enterprises. GZDI was one of the two survey and design enterprises of Guangdong Province commended in this Notice.
January 2013 GZDI was elected one of the Benchmark Enterprises and Institutions Directly under Guangzhou Municipal Government due to its outstanding performance in 2012 annual assessment of archive work of organization directly under Guangzhou Municipal Government.
February 2013 GZDI obtained the pressure pipe design license (Grade GC2) upon the approval of Administration of Quality and Technology Supervision of Guangdong Province.
March 12-14, 2013 GZDI held 2013 working meeting.
March 13-14, 2014 A three-member delegation led by Secretary General Chen Zhen from CEDA Architectural Design Branch paid a research visit to GZDI and recognized our achievements in technological innovation, green buildings and production management.
Mar., 2013 GZDI was elected Advanced Collective in Energy Efficiency of Guangdong 2011 by the Economic and Information Commission of Guangdong Province.
April 1, 2013 Guangzhou Municipal Party Committee approved the removal of Comrade An Qingqing from the position of Secretary and Member of GZDI Party Committee and his retirement.
Apr., 2013 GZDI was elected The Most Trustworthy Enterprise of Guangdong Province 2012 (4 consecutive years). 32 organizations in Guangdong Province received this honorable title.
Apr., 2013 GZDI was elected Excellent Entity of Household-Specific Planning and Facilitator-Specific Responsibility for Development-oriented Poverty Reduction Program of Guangdong Province by General Office of CPC Guangdong Provincial Committee and General Office of Guangdong Provincial Government.
May 20, 2013 The No.5 Youth League Branch of GZDI was elected Guangzhou May Forth Red Banner Youth League (General) Branch, 2012-2013; Yang Jianwen, Yu Chujiang and Zhang Mengtian were elected 2012-2013 Guangzhou Excellent Youth League Cadre, Excellent Youth League (General) Branch Secretary, and Excellent Youth League Member respectively; Bai Fan was elected Excellent Young Professional of Guangzhou 2012.
May 23-24, 2013 GZDI hosted 2013 Annual Meeting of Finance and Assets Management Committee of CEDA Architectural Design Branch.
May 2013 GZDI was elected Advanced Entity of Development-oriented Poverty Reduction Program for Northern Mountain Area of Guangzhou by Guangzhou Municipal Party Committee and Guangzhou Municipal Government; Huang Haijing was elected Commended Individual of Development-oriented Poverty Reduction Program for Northern Mountain Area of Guangzhou.
June 2013 GZDI-designed Canton Tower was awarded the 11th Tien-Yow Jeme Civil Engineering Prize.
Jul. 9, 2013 GZDI was elected as Vice Chairman Member of PCBEE, while GZDI’s Associate Chief Engineer Zhou Mingjia the Vice Chairman member.
July 18, 2013 Wang Shitong and Li Zhichang, Director and Deputy Director of the Organization Department of Guangzhou Municipal Party Committee, and Huang Weilin, Director of SASAC Guangzhou announced in GZDI the appointment of Zhao Lu as the Secretary of Party Committee of GZDI and his removal from the position of President of GZDI.
Aug. 2, 2013 Four research projects submitted by GZDI, including Technical Study on Building Energy Efficiency Improvement for Guangzhou Design Building, were unanimously approved and accepted by the experts.
Oct. 28, 2013 Results of Technical Research and Application of Cold Radiation AC System Based on Moisture Content Control directed and jointly developed by GZDI passed the evaluation of MOHURD
November 5, 2013 Chen Rugui, Executive Vice Mayor of Guangzhou paid a research visit to GZDI in the company of the heads from SASAC Guangzhou. Heads of GZDI and its subordinate departments (companies) attended the research meeting.
November 18, 2013 GZDI was elected 2013 Headquarters Enterprise of Guangzhou.
Nov., 2013 GZDI was awarded the honorable titles of The Enterprise of Core Competence of Guangdong Province and The Entity Making Outstanding Contribution to Corporate Culture Development of Guangdong Province, 2013.
Nov., 2013 GZDI was included into the seventh list of Innovative Pilot Enterprise of Guangdong Province. It was,the only survey and design organization of Guangzhou in this list.
Nov., 2013 GZDI was elected Independent Innovation Benchmark Enterprise of Guangdong Province 2013
Dec. 5, 2013 GZDI was approved to set up Guangdong Building Energy Efficiency (GZDI) Engineering Technology Research Center.
Dec., 2013 GZDI was elected National Excellent Innovation Enterprise, and Zhao Lu National Excellent Entrepreneur by CEDA
December 2013 Seven survey and design projects of GZDI was awarded the National Excellent Engineering Exploration and Design Industry Award; Twenty-six survey and design projects awarded the Excellent Engineering Exploration and Design Industry Award of Guangdong Province; one research project awarded the second Prize of Technological Progress Award of Guangzhou; two research projects awarded the Science and Technology Award by Civil Engineering and Architectural Society of Guangdong Province.
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