Golden Tripod Award is an important award handed out by Shanghai Creative Industry Center. Mr. Giel Groothuis, director of Dutch Design Workspace (DDWS), is honoured to receive the Top Ten Leading Figure Award 2014!
Giel Groothuis is a Dutch registered architect working in both the Netherlands and China. After founding his own practice he moved to Shanghai in 2005 to pursue his passion for architecture and design in Asia. In collaboration with other firms he has won several design competitions, such as for a large athletic stadium in Shandong province. Giel was the Aesthetic Supervisor for the City of Rotterdam pavilion during the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, and the Chief Architect for the Friendship Park Eindhoven that has been realized in the city of Nanjing.
In 2010, Giel founded the Dutch Design Workspace, for which he got great support from the Dutch government as part of the unique public private partnership programme to promote Dutch design abroad. By establishing the incubator programme, Giel is able to combine his passion for design and architecture, his interest in emerging markets and his ambition to improve the business environment for the Dutch creative industry in China.
In the past years, Giel led DDWS working on creative industry incubation programme, assisting foreign creative companies with their start in the challenging Chinese market. He also has devoted his energy to promoting Dutch design within China. He has initiated and organized creative events and publications such as Dutch Design on the Move, a tour exhibition to promote the top design from Holland; Dutch Design in China, an annual publication, and Pecha Kucha Night Shanghai.
Mr. Giel Groothuis will continue to lead DDWS to bridge the gap between China and Netherlands through diverse cultural and creative programmes in the Chinese Year of Goat!