Leon Qiu named an Architecture 2030 Senior Fellow

Principal Leon Qiu, general manager of DLR Group’s operations in China, has been named an Architecture 2030 Senior Fellow. Architecture 2030 Founder Edward Mazria, FAIA, FRAIC, bestowed the designation of Senior Fellow upon Qiu for his support and representation of Architecture 2030 in China.

“We are incredibly grateful for Leon’s support of Architecture 2030's mission to advance a global zero net carbon built environment,” said Mazria. “Leon is instrumental to our work in China, and his passion to remedy climate change is indicative of DLR Group’s ongoing support of the goals of Architecture 2030.”

Qiu worked closely with Architecture 2030 leadership for the development and signing of the Architecture 2030 China Accord. This agreement committed more than 50 signatory design firms and the China Exploration and Design Association – Architecture Branch (CEDAAB) to initiate collaborative efforts to reduce carbon emissions by planning and designing cities, towns, developments, and buildings in China to low carbon/carbon neutral standards.

“The China Accord champions the critical need, and immediate opportunity in China to design healthy, resilient, and integrated regional infrastructure, cities, towns, and buildings as models for urban sustainability,” said Qiu. “I am honored to participate in that effort and I wish to thank Ed Mazria and Architecture 2030 for recognizing me as a Senior Fellow.”

Qiu has led DLR Group’s Shanghai office since joining the firm in 2013. He is a passionate proponent of sustainable design and represented DLR Group at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris where he was a key member of the CEDAAB delegation on behalf of China.

Qiu earned a Bachelor’s Degree of Engineering (Architecture) from Tongji University. He held architectural and executive positions with Arcplus Group PLC, and Shanghai Institute of Architectural Design and Research Co., Ltd., before joining DLR Group. He is also a Fellow of the Architectural Society of China and International Associate AIA.