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New U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou, China Receives Architect Magazine's Annual Design Review Award

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 30, 2013


The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Architect magazine has selected the U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou, China as one of 17 projects that represent the best in American architecture for its 2013 annual design review. The U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou was one of four projects for office, government, and commercial mixed-use projects awarded.

The award jury reviewed nearly 250 project entries worldwide that were completed between June 2012 and September 2013.

The jury noted that “the consulate building is representative of a quality that we want to continue to see in foreign projects, where our soft culture can be embraced.”

The new Consulate General occupies a 7.5-acre lot in the city’s Pearl River New Town district. The project was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) of San Francisco, California and was built by B.L. Harbert International, LLC of Birmingham, Alabama and China Huashi Enterprises LTD of Chengdu, China.

OBO’s mission is to provide safe, secure, and functional facilities for the conduct of U.S. diplomacy and the promotion of U.S. interests worldwide. These facilities should represent American values and the best in American architecture, engineering, technology, sustainability, maintainability, art, culture, and construction execution

For more information, please contact Christine Foushee at or (703) 875-4131, or visit the Architect magazine website at

PRN: 2013/1632


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