China Academy of Urban Planning and Design (CAUPD)

CAUPD is a national institution directly positioned under the Ministry of Housing and Rural Development (MoHURD), the entity that oversees all urban development in the country. Established in 1952, CAUPD is China’s leading urban planning agency and policy advisor, spearheading the formulation of new urban policies and providing research and technical consultancy on all aspects of the urbanization process. CAUPD’s expertise is broad and multi-disciplinary, spanning the fields of urban development, regional and master planning, civil engineering, architectural design, heritage preservation, and green city planning. As the sole national urban planning institute of its kind, CAUPD has an exceptionally strong and vibrant network of partners and affiliations. CAUPD produces approximately 90% of China’s urban master plans and as such, maintains an unparalleled relationship with various levels of the Chinese government. At the highest levels, these networks include but are not limited to: the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Transport, the Ministries of Water and Land Resources, and the Ministry of Agriculture.

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