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An American architect who re-imagined both the heart of New York and the heart of Shanghai, Ben Wood is known for his unique approach to architectural design. His design of the Xintiandi area of Shanghai set the standard for urban renewal across all China's cities. In his recent memoir, Into the Dragon's Mouth, Ben Wood tells his story as an architect from the back blocks of the American South in the 1950s through to the glittering skylines of the 21st century. To celebrate the launch of the book, AmCham Shanghai is partnering with the Asia Society to host a book talk as part of the monthly member briefing.

  • Attend event in person: limit seats available, registration base on first come first serve.
  • Attend event virtually: The zoom link will be sent to your email address 2 days before the event day.

Admission to this event is complimentary. This is a member only event, and seats are limited. All members are required to wear a Business Card during the event for identification purposes. We are unable to accommodate non-member guests at this briefing.


8:00 AM - 8:05 AM
Welcome remarks by AmCham Shanghai
8:05 AM - 8:35 AM
8:35 AM - 8:55 AM
Q&A Discussion
8:55 AM - 9:00 AM
Closing Remarks


  • Benjamin Wood (Architect at Studio Shanghai)

    Benjamin Wood

    Architect at Studio Shanghai

    Benjamin T. Wood, AIA, received his Masters in Architecture from MIT in 1984 after a career as a jet fighter pilot and restaurateur. Within a few years, Ben Wood was made Partner at Benjamin Thompson and Associates in Cambridge, MA and was in charge of the redevelopment of Spitalfields Market (3 million square feet) in London and Minato Mirai complex (3.5 million square feet) in Yokohama, Japan. Ben founded Thompson and Wood and then Wood and Zapata in Cambridge, MA in the 1990’s, authored master plans for Revitalization of New York’s Times Square (1993), Lincoln Road and the Art Deco District in Miami Beach (1992), Playhouse Square in Cleveland Ohio (1991), and developed growth management strategies for the Rocky Mountain resort towns of Snowmass, Aspen, and Telluride in Colorado and Park City in Utah.

    His love for travel and architecture brought him to Shanghai, China where he set up Shanghai Studio, an architectural practice based in Shanghai – one of his favorite cities in the world.

    Today, Ben is a Shanghai based architect who collaborates with the world’s most innovative leaders and thinkers to design environments that support life. The goal is simple – to create places, mostly outdoors, where people meet.

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AmCham Shanghai Member Ticket (In-person)

Definition of a Member: You are personally registered as a member and hold a membership card.

Member Price Complimentary
AmCham Shanghai Member Ticket (Virtual)
Member Price Complimentary
Asia Society Member Ticket
Standard Price RMB 500


AmCham Shanghai Conference Center

27F, Infinitus Tower, No.168 Hubin Road, Huangpu District.

Shanghai, China

If you have any questions please contact Kelly Deng

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