中国人和外国人组成的团队一起协作:阿媚沙的工作方式

China jobs: typical interior design scope of work

Everytime you work in China as an interior designer, there will be local designer team supporting your work, in addition to our coordination and translation. So you will be working with the client, us, and the local designer team who produces most of the 3d models, renderings, and all construction documentation.

We, as your consultant and facilitator, will try to make the work easier for you, and for everyone in the team. Your scope of work will be similar to that when working in your own country.

I am writing this typical Scope of Work to help you understand what we think is the best solution to combine your experience and talent with our local team’s skills/advantages. It’s not a requirement, just a suggestion.
This article is mainly for international interior designers. It may not apply to your case if you are an architect/landscape architect.

Proposal and Contract

When we work together in China, our project manager will produce a contract on your behalf, which will act as the proposal you are used to work on, in both languages – Chinese and English. And such contract will be based on the client’s expectation, the design fee budget we assume that the client may have, and your working experience. This contract will be sent to you for review, and then the modified contract will be sent to the client as our proposal.

Your understanding to the project

We, as your facilitator, will also ask you to answer a numbers of questions, so that you understand clearly how to be prepared, how to present to the client, how to start your design, what the client’s expectation and potential buyer’s needs are, etc. Again, be ready to be astonished when you hear the way we work with international designers/architects.

Expected Scope of Works of an International Interior Designer

before signing a contract with a client
1. Your company will sign a representation agreement with Amasia, so that we are both protected;
2. You will need to answer a number of questions, to make sure you are clear about all the processes/differences/risks/rules/laws.
3. Make a decision if you are willing to travel to China before you are retained. The client may buy you the air tickets, if not, then you will need to buy tickets for yourself. Amasia will have a translator traveling with you and his/her expenses/air tickets will be paid by you or the client. We will provide enough information for you to make a decision if you want to invest in it.
4. Amasia will work with you to produce a qualified/impressive/convincing brochure of your works.
after signing the contract
Q&A1. Amasia will send you a list of questions regarding the project’s conditions, the client’s expectations, their possible questions during your next presentation, the future customers/home buyers’ expectations and needs, the local cultural backgrounds and resources, the schedule, the budget for everything related, etc. And you will need to write a very detailed narrative listing all our questions, and giving all your answers. This kind of complete clarification will significantly speed up the process, they not only make you clearer what to do next, they will also make the client clearer what’s feasible, to avoid they keep changing their minds later on.
2. Inspiring Image Boards
We encourage our designers using Pinterest to show your inspiring images for the project. It’s perfect for this purpose, saves your time to prepare a PPS/PPT/PDF format presentation.
3. Concepts(floor plans, land plans, structure, exterior design, sustainability application, etc.)
4. Schematic Design(3d model, computer generated rendering, decorative main materials, etc.)
5. Design Development(FF&E, CAD format plans, etc.)

a large scale mix-use development in China

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This development will consist of
total GFA: 1.5 million sm
which includes
residential (mid rise and high rise apartments): 950,000 sm;
walking street: 100,000 sm;
office building and hotel: 100,000 sm;
commercial (shopping mall, theater, etc):350,000 sm

Location: The City of Wuxi in Jiangsu Province (Shanghai Region) This page shows the meeting between the state-owned developer, SCHX, and the district governor of Wuxi’s Beitang District, where the development will be located.
Developer: HXSC, from Beijing;
Co-developer: An unknown Shanghai firm;

Because of the economy, most likely the developer will not hire expensive top level architects for this project. We will not focus on the ability and experience of the team working on mid-high rise apartments because Chinese architects are pretty good at that area already. After initial planning, a local Chinese architecture design firm will take over the residential part, and an international firm will take over the commercial part for detailed design. Your ability and experience for commercial projects, especially shopping malls, etc, are important.

Selection process will start after Chinese New Year, which will end by Feb.20.
The planner will form an international team, but the developer will pick the local firm to support the planning process.
There will be no competition for this development.
We are only proposing for planning at this stage, architecture design will be in separate contracts.

We need to build a team for this type of project. Some of our architects/planners are great for this job but the developer needs a strong team, so please start to think who to team up with. Please send us your brochure(s) and make sure it is translated appropriately if you think you should try. Sign up our newsletter using the Subscribe link above, so that you will get notified about the updates of the project. Thank you and we look forward to working with you.

map of wuxi and shanghai

Wuxi City is between Nanjing and Shanghai, near Suzhou City.

jamaicaOK, I would like to see if this project is a suitable opportunity for us, do I have to have an office in China? No;
Do I need to have a brochure in Mandarin? Yes(your brochure is the first thing we want to talk about with you, without that the client will never want to hear anything about your experience and talent, unless you are very famous.);
Do we need to pay you if we get the job? Yes (find out how much we charge by clicking Representation on our site amasia.us);
Do I need to be able to speak Mandarin to work in China? Not really(find out how much we charge for translation by clicking services);

Expected style and design in this project: see the images.

Job details: Planning. The project is located in .

Notes: We only work with those who have an impressive brochure translated into Chinese. We will not answer your questions about this project before we find your website shows you have the experience we want. And yes, we will need you to pay us a finder’s fee if we work together. If you are coming to China soon, or you can come to visit the client out of your own pocket, the chance of winning the job is higher. In China, the client does not pay your air tickets. It will be part of the design fee. Also, if you want us to be your translator, our travel expenses will be covered by you.

The pictures showing here are some reference pictures that we like, pls make sure your brochure looks like them, at least a large portion of your projects in your brochure look like them. Our email address is julian@amasia.us, pls send your brochure to us and we will tell you if the client likes it.
Areas to be designed: 1000 m2.;
FAR of the project: 0
Green ratio:%
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Pls do not contact us if you are: Array

planning narrative & flexibility study in China

Because most of Chinese developers are inexperienced in master planning of large scale developments like a resort, nor do they know how the international resort section works, most of the time they expect our master planner and architects to do their work before any solid flexibility study and market analysis. So before we provide any concept the planner is expected to do some basic flexibility study to avoid waste time. Here below is an example:
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OUR MARKET ANALYSIS IS TO PUSH THE CLIENT TO THINK THINGS THROUGH BEFORE WE WORK AND TO AVOID POSSIBLE ABORTIVE WORKS IN THE FUTURE

THIS INSTRUCTION ARTICLE FROM AMASIA IS FOR THE PROJECT OF LONGQIGU RESORT (YUNNAN PROVINCE), JUST FOR THE INTERNATIONAL PLANNER’S REFERENCE, WE KNOW THAT WE ARE NOT PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECTS/PLANNERS SO PLEASE TRY NOT TO ARGUE WITH US.

1. Pls use the format of Q & A (Question and Answer) to write your market analysis as a planner hired for this project.
Why? Because we need to assume our client is lack of experience and knowledge to see every point you make. If you ask a question on behalf of the client, and answer it yourself as a planner/architect, your points cannot be missed/ignored. The client will not have excuse to ask you to revise your plans without paying you in extra.
This format is proved to be more effective/clearer than a typical narrative. For example:

Question (by the client): Do you think, based on your concept, we will be able to meet the F.A.R. goal? (F.A.R.=Floor Area Ratio, it’s a very important goal for projects in China where the buildable land is very expensive.)
Answer (by you): Yes, we are suggesting a large underground public garage to leave more land for buildings and gardens/lawns. So our concept looks loose but the F.A.R. requirement will be met.
Question: What sustainability technology are you suggesting to apply in our project?
Answer:…

2. Pls try to ask questions on behalf of either the client or a potential Chinese customer/buyer, think about all the possible questions they may have when they review your plans.
This will help you to fully understand China, the client, the potential customers’ needs, so that you know how to avoid possible problems/issues in the future. Do not expect the client tells you all the requirements in advance. Because in China they expect you, a professional planner/designer they hired and paid a lot of money, know all the requirements of potential buyers/homeowners/hotel guests, and remind them. Not the other way around. So this step is very important but sadly most of the planners we work with would not want to do this.
Here is an example:
Question (by a potential buyer of home): I only have one child, why do I need so many bedrooms?
Answer (by the planner and architect): We are suggesting one guest bedroom for the grandparents, the other guest bedroom for relatives of the family. Other bedrooms are actually multi-functional rooms which can be designed by the interior designer as art studio/music room/study/workshop, etc.

3. List all the points that you are confused about the client’s instructions/analysis/requirements before you write down your thoughts, and send them to the client to answer before you submit any plans/concepts/analysis. Also, if you disagree with the client regarding some points they make, pls write them down and send to the client, asking them to confirm in writing that they acknowledge the points/issues and they will not ask you to revise your plans if they later find out they are wrong. Do not write a bunch of emails whenever you found them. Make it serious as most of the questions will need to be answered by the chairman of the client and they seldom touch the computer. For example:
Questions from the architect:

  • How many entries do you expect for this community to have, according to the codes and your experience? only 2, or 3, or even 4?
  • Have you claimed the land from the government yet?
  • Would you like us to produce a fly over using Sketchup to impress the government?

beautiful.yunnan.mountain4. The following are the questions from Amasia and the LDI friend, regarding a resort called Longqigu in Yunnan Province. We are suggesting the master planner to write them down, and answer them one by one. Such questions and answers will be the main part of the first narrative of master planning.
They are just examples.
a. Do you believe the site is enough to develop a boutique hotel, a Five Star hotel, and residential community for seniors?
b. Would you put a boutique hotel there if you are the developer? Or you think it will be too risky to invest in a super-luxury very low density boutique hotel.
c. Would you put a Five Star hotel there if you are the developer? List the hotel brands that you think appropriate.
d. If your parents in the USA are going to retire soon, or just retired, will you recommend our project to them? What would you like them to tell them? The nice weather? The beautiful landscape? Low cost of living? Nice architecture? What will be attractive to them?
e. If a Chinese government is going to hold a conference in a hotel, do you know how much they are allowed to spend per day? It’s $25 a day, do you think we should try to develop conference facility and hotel to accomodate them? If yes, what are they?
f. The FOUR Groups of our targeted market is: seniors, tourists for vacations, conference, and training. Which group do you think more likely to become our major market? Which are less likely to bring us good cash flow?
g. Do you suggest the Owner to consider other markets? If yes, what are they?
(Suggestions: corporations may want to own a corporate clubhouse here, a place for their employees to enjoy a vacation, or the company can come here to have an executive level meeting, etc. Some companies may want to work here, like researchers, writers, artists, designers, etc. International academic conferences/training, etc.)
h. If you are going to make a decision on behalf of a Chinese friend’s family, to rent a place for their parents here. What aspects would you consider? If they are going to rent a room or suite and live here for, say 10 years, how big do you think it should be? Would you like to have a living room of your own or you would rather pay less and share the living room with other residents? What facilities would be necessary?
i. What are your ideas for the use of the three hills? How would you like to use them?
j. Some think the cottages on the hill should be just one storey, so that the beauty of the hills are not badly destroyed, what do you think?
k. How many GFA do you plan to achieve on the two larger hills?
l. About the idea of hotel rooms inside the body of the mountain, how many of them would be appropriate, why?
m. Do you think it would be expensive to make those cave hotel rooms? Would it be expensive to operate?
n. Which option do you prefer in terms of planning? A village with all the building attached to/close to each other, and sharing large gardens/ponds; or, all the buildings are spreading out, each building has its own gardens. Why do you prefer that one? Which one would bring us more profit?
o. If you can choose, on behalf of a Chinese friend, to spend 200Yuan per night to rent an apartment on the 10the floor of an apartment building or above, with great view to the mountains, or you spend 800Yuan per night to rent a room in a house with its own garden, and their living conditions would be similar, sam size, etc. which would you choose?
p. If are going to organize a training in our resort, for your Chinese friend’s company, what would you like the resort to have? What do you care the most?
q. If the Owner insists to build a boutique hotel in this property, which location would be appropriate? How /in what form can we make the hotel as unique/successful as a boutique hotel?
r. Is there any way that we can just use the so called boutique hotel facility to attract attention of the market, and to improve the quality of the entire project, but we do not need to spend a lot of money/energy on it? For example, make the size small enough to reduce the risk? How big would be appropriate/less risky?

AMASIA KNOWS THAT
You normally do not do this part of work as an architect/planner, but answering these questions will make your planning work easier I believe.

Chinese senior housing: families who are buying senior living condos

According to a report published by Professor Zhou YanMin and his students, from Architecture College of Qinghua University, the main purposes of the Chinese families who are considering buying professional senior living condos are:

  1. 59.8%: looking for professional care and help;
  2. 48.8%: relieving the burdens of the families/children;
  3. 42.2%: for a better life quality;
  4. 34.9%: for accompany/communication with other people;
  5. 11.9%: the senior citizens do not want to live with their children;

We see that only 11.9% of the senior citizens told the students that they do not want to live with their children, actually this number could be higher. At least in the countryside, this number is a lot higher because the education level is lower and there are more conflicts between the seniors and their daughters in law, sometimes between the senior couples with their own sons.

Buildable land in China: feeling spacious yet dense

I am sure you love this picture below, but it’s not my intention to show you a great picture. Although it’s so beautiful, it’s not that practical to design a project like this in China because we are lack of land, and this kind of spacious project/resort can only appear in some very remote areas, or protected area near the city. Please keep that in mind about the land issues in China, you need to be more creative and thoughtful to keep the balance of high floor area ratio and high green ratio, which means the project will look loose and green everywhere, it is actually dense in terms of floor area ratio, which is F.A.R.
Most international architects and designers I worked with are not flexiable enough working in China to handle this kind of difficulty.

Successful projects & Chinese architectural tastes

Basically Chinese clients likes the style/design of those five star hotels. We expect in your presentation that we only see projects having that kind of quality, even small projects. So please make a new brochure just for China.
If you are not specialized in luxury homes/properties/five star hotels, then team up with someone else and do not waste your time to try to convince us. Teaming is very important when working in China. Thank you.
Take a look at these projects below, which are developed by four top developers in China. You should have an idea what the market is looking for, what the Chinese architectural tastes are.
龙湖地产部分作品照片
保利地产
绿城作品
万科地产各地分公司项目:上海

Looking for planner for a large scale agritourism resort in Chengdu City

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One of our clients is going to invest in a very large scale agritourism development in Western China’s Chengdu City. The resort will consist of thousands of acres of traditional paddy fields, and villages, farms, town, organic/non-GMO food production, etc. If you have worked in China as a resort planner, or have planned successful agritourism resort/ranches in the rest of world, or you are familiar with the paddy field culture in Asia, please join our team. We are forming an international planner team for this.
If you want to find out what we are going to develop, pls find some examples in Japan and China’s Taiwan and that will show you what we want to achieve. Do not ask me to provide detailed information. If we have everything on mind we wouldn’t need to find an international planner, we can just use a local design team to draw.
Note that although this resort will be very large, the majority of the land is paddy fields or other types of agricultural use land which are protected by the nation not to be developed as buildable. The planners will just need to put all the elements together by designing something that are not there yet, like charming bed and breakfast, recreation activities (zip line, for example)…The restaurants and delicious foods are already there.
Chengdu is where the giant padda breeding center is, the largest city in the west of China, also one of the most popular destinations.

Send your portfolio to my email address: julian[at]amasia.us if you think we can work together. Pls make sure the portfolio is related to agritourism, take away those projects that are not related before you send it to me. Thanks.

Taiwan's agritourism http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-a0a038EexwOK, I would like to see if this project is a suitable opportunity for us, do I have to have an office in China? No;
Do I need to have a brochure in Mandarin? Not at this moment(your brochure is the first thing we want to talk about with you, without that the client will never want to hear anything about your experience and talent, unless you are very famous.);
Do we need to pay you if we get the job? Yes (find out how much we charge by clicking Representation on our site amasia.us);
Do I need to be able to speak Mandarin to work in China? Not really(find out how much we charge for translation by clicking services);

Expected style and design in this project: see the images.

Job details: resort Planning. The project is located in Chengdu, Sichuan Province.

Notes: We only work with those who have an impressive brochure translated into Chinese. We will not answer your questions about this project before we find your website shows you have the experience we want. And yes, we will need you to pay us a finder’s fee if we work together. If you are coming to China soon, or you can come to visit the client out of your own pocket, the chance of winning the job is higher. In China, the client does not pay your air tickets. It will be part of the design fee. Also, if you want us to be your translator, our travel expenses will be covered by you.

The pictures showing here are some reference pictures that we like, pls make sure your brochure looks like them, at least a large portion of your projects in your brochure look like them. Our email address is julian@amasia.us, pls send your brochure to us and we will tell you if the client likes it.
Areas to be designed: thousands of acres;
FAR of the project: 0
Green ratio:%
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Pls do not contact us if you are: Array

Amasia is looking for young interior designer working in China, as a full time job.

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Take a look at here.

We are expecting the designer having the skill of designing traditional homes. You will be working in the City of Hangzhou, a few hours from Shanghai, or less than a hour if you take the fastest train I think. The company which is hiring you is a new showroom of furniture and cabinetry. Amasia will be the consultant of the company handling all the design works of higher budget. If you work in this showroom, your minimum salary will be $50,000 per year, plus the share of each project you work on as the leader designer.

We do not have international interior designer at this moment and it is unlikely we will need more than one. You will have a translator and local interior designer team supporting your work.

All the accomodation and transportation will be covered by us.

 

ron.wilson.hawaii_barkley.interior.design.falks.residenceOK, I would like to see if this project is a suitable opportunity for us, do I have to have an office in China? No;
Do I need to have a brochure in Mandarin? Not at this moment(your brochure is the first thing we want to talk about with you, without that the client will never want to hear anything about your experience and talent, unless you are very famous.);
Do we need to pay you if we get the job? Yes (find out how much we charge by clicking Representation on our site amasia.us);
Do I need to be able to speak Mandarin to work in China? Not really(find out how much we charge for translation by clicking services);

Expected style and design in this project: see the images.

Job details: residential Interior Design. The project is located in Hangzhou.

Notes: We only work with those who have an impressive brochure translated into Chinese. We will not answer your questions about this project before we find your website shows you have the experience we want. And yes, we will need you to pay us a finder’s fee if we work together. If you are coming to China soon, or you can come to visit the client out of your own pocket, the chance of winning the job is higher. In China, the client does not pay your air tickets. It will be part of the design fee. Also, if you want us to be your translator, our travel expenses will be covered by you.

The pictures showing here are some reference pictures that we like, pls make sure your brochure looks like them, at least a large portion of your projects in your brochure look like them. Our email address is julian@amasia.us, pls send your brochure to us and we will tell you if the client likes it.
Areas to be designed: ;
FAR of the project: 0
Green ratio:
Project type:Array
Style: Array
Pls do not contact us if you are: Array

A planning job in China: Looking for a planner and landscape architect for a residential community in Shandong

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The community has two parts: residential and commercial. And they consist of 6 parcles in which 4 are residential, 2 are commercial which are in the middle and on the river side.
The land coverage of the project is 24.2 hectare, 4 of which is commercial. The total GAF is approximately 367,000m2. The above ground GFA is 286,000m2, and basement 81,000m2.
Setback: for low and mid height buildings, the setback is 1.5 times of the building heights, min.15m, and for high buildings, it will be determined by the sun light.
Density: residential – 28-32%, commercial – 35%;
Green ratio: residential – 35%, commercial – 25%.
The FAR of the residential part is 1.1 and the commercial part 1.6. Townhouse is the majority of the residential area and its FAR is 0.82, while the 11F apartments FAR is 2.48. The apartments are mainly on the north which are lower than the south.
The architecture style of the residences will be English Red Bricks.
Government Control: 30% of the total GFA should be residences under 90m2.

The master planning will be done by a Chinese planner. We only provide landscape architecture for this part, the major part.
The landscape architect we are looking for will also provide planning service for a mountain park on the side of this community, which is around 50 hectares.

The area in the yellow line will need planning and landscape architecture. We may invite you to design the residential area too. The big area to the left is mountains.

The area in the yellow line will need planning and landscape architecture. We may invite you to design the residential area too. The big area to the left is mountains.

Some of the projects by PWP from Berkley, California are what we like. If you can send us a presentation of your selection of works/concepts/ideas of the same nature, it would be wonderful. OK, I would like to see if this project is a suitable opportunity for us, do I have to have an office in China? No;
Do I need to have a brochure in Mandarin? Yes(your brochure is the first thing we want to talk about with you, without that the client will never want to hear anything about your experience and talent, unless you are very famous.);
Do we need to pay you if we get the job? Yes (find out how much we charge by clicking Representation on our site amasia.us);
Do I need to be able to speak Mandarin to work in China? Not really(find out how much we charge for translation by clicking services);

Expected style and design in this project: see the images.

Job details: creek side park, mountain park, residential Landscape Architecture, Planning. The project is located in Shandong. .

Notes: We only work with those who have an impressive brochure translated into Chinese. We will not answer your questions about this project before we find your website shows you have the experience we want. And yes, we will need you to pay us a finder’s fee if we work together. If you are coming to China soon, or you can come to visit the client out of your own pocket, the chance of winning the job is higher. In China, the client does not pay your air tickets. It will be part of the design fee. Also, if you want us to be your translator, our travel expenses will be covered by you.

The pictures showing here are some reference pictures that we like, pls make sure your brochure looks like them, at least a large portion of your projects in your brochure look like them. Our email address is julian@amasia.us, pls send your brochure to us and we will tell you if the client likes it.
Areas to be designed: A mountain park, a creek side park, a residential community.;
FAR of the project: 1.1
Green ratio:30%
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Pls do not contact us if you are: Array

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