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OPEN Founding Partner Li Hu

LI Hu, Founding Partner

LI Hu, founding partner of OPEN Architecture, visiting professor at the Tsinghua University School of Architecture, former partner of Steven Holl Architects, and director of Columbia University GSAPP’s Studio-X Beijing. LI received his B. Arch. from Tsinghua University in Beijing in 1996 and his M. Arch. from Rice University in 1998.

LI Hu has been the recipient of “50 under 50: Innovators of the 21st Century”, ICON Magazine’s “Future 50”, GQ Magazine’s “Architect of the Year 2014”, and OUTLOOK Magazine’s “Creative Icons of the Year”. He has also been the curator of the first China Design Exhibition, a jury member committed by the Ministry of Culture for the Chinese pavilion at the Venice Biennale, and, most recently, a jury member for the International Velux Awards. Besides teaching at Tsinghua University, LI is also a frequent speaker at academic conferences and a critic at universities worldwide.

Led by LI Hu and HUANG Wenjing, some built and ongoing projects by OPEN include: the Gehua Youth and Cultural Center, Garden School/Beijing No.4 High School Fangshan Campus, Tsinghua Ocean Center, Pingshan Performing Arts Center, Tank Shanghai, UCCA Dune Art Museum, Chapel of Sound, and Qingpu Pinghe International School.

OPEN's work has been widely recognized, with recent awards including the 2018 AIA Education Facility Design Award of Excellence (USA), 2018 Civic Trust Awards (UK), 2017 Iconic Awards Best of Best (Germany), 2016 Interior Design’s Best of Year (USA), 2015 AIANY Design Award (USA), 2015 London Design Museum’s Design of the Year Nomination (UK), and the Winning Prize of the WA Awards for Chinese Architecture, among many others.

During his tenure at Steven Holl Architects, LI Hu was responsible for some of the firm’s most influential urban projects in Asia, including the Linked Hybrid building in Beijing, Vanke Center in Shenzhen, Raffles City in Chengdu, and Sifang Art Museum in Nanjing. LI left SHA at the end of 2010 to focus on practice at OPEN with partner HUANG Wenjing.

OPEN has been invited to participate in many important international exhibitions, such as the 2018 CHINA HOUSE VISION, the “Soul of the City” in Verona Italy in 2017, the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial in 2015, and the Chinese pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2014. Recently, LI Hu and HUANG Wenjing co-authored two books titled OPEN ReAction and Towards Openness.

OPEN Founding Partner Huang Wenjing

HUANG Wenjing, Founding Partner

HUANG Wenjing, AIA. Founding partner of OPEN Architecture, visiting professor at Tsinghua University. Ms. Huang received her B. Arch. from Tsinghua University in 1996, and her M. Arch. from Princeton University in 1999. She is a licensed architect in New York State and a member of the AIA. Prior to OPEN, HUANG was an associate at the New York-based firm Pei Cobb Freed and Partners.

HUANG Wenjing and LI Hu co-founded OPEN in New York City in 2003 and established the studio’s Beijing office in 2008. Some built and ongoing projects by OPEN include: the Gehua Youth and Cultural Center, Garden School/Beijing No.4 High School Fangshan Campus, Tsinghua Ocean Center, Pingshan Performing Arts Center, Tank Shanghai, UCCA Dune Art Museum, Chapel of Sound, and Qingpu Pinghe International School.

OPEN’s work has been widely recognized, with recent awards including the 2018 AIA Education Facility Design Award of Excellence (USA), 2018 Civic Trust Awards (UK), 2017 Iconic Awards Best of Best (Germany), 2016 Interior Design’s Best of Year (USA), 2015 AIANY Design Award (USA), 2015 London Design Museum’s Design of the Year Nomination (UK), and the Winning Prize of the WA Awards for Chinese Architecture, among many others.

HUANG has been named one of the “50 under 50: Innovators of the 21st Century”. Besides practicing at OPEN, HUANG has also been a visiting assistant professor at the University of Hong Kong. Recently, HUANG Wenjing and LI Hu co-authored two books titled OPEN ReAction and Towards Openness.

YE Qing, Senior Associate

YE Qing, Master of Architecture, Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Joined OPEN in 2011. YE has worked as the Project Architect on the Pingshan Performing Arts Center, Tank Shanghai, Pudong Art Museum, and Shanghai Qingpu Pinghe School, among others. 

ZHOU Tingting, Senior Associate

ZHOU Tingting, Bachelor of Architecture, Southwest Jiaotong University. Joined OPEN in 2009. ZHOU has worked as the Project Architect on OPEN's Stepped Courtyards, UCCA Dune Art Museum, and Chapel of Sound, among other projects. 

CHEN Cheng, Associate

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