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OPEN Architecture is a team of international architects and designers, with collaborators across different disciplines to practice urbanism, architecture, interior and the production of strategies in the context of new challenges of our time.
OPEN believes that research and collaboration is the foundation for design and creation. In recent years, OPEN’s researches have focused on the social and environmental problems associated with the unprecedented speed of urban development in Asian countries especially China. These researches have enabled OPEN’s practice to be deeply rooted in our social and economic context. While remaining idealistic and persistent, OPEN strives to create architecture and urban spaces that establish a new relation with the nature and our society. OPEN collaborates with experts from different disciplines, it has also built up expertise on sustainability and collaborative working relationship with some of the leading engineers and institutions in the field.
OPEN was founded by Li Hu and Huang Wenjing in New York City. It established the Beijing office in 2006, and since then had been rapidly gaining attention inside China and overseas. Some of the built and ongoing projects include: Columbia University GSAPP’s Studio-X Beijing, Beijing No.4 Middle School Fangshan Campus, Gehua Youth and Cultural Center in Qinhuangdao, Ocean Center in Shenzhen, OPEN Prototype for Temporary Sales Pavilion, ects. Recently, OPEN won the first prize of 2012 WA Chinese Architecture Award, the Best Architecture Award of China Architecture Media Awards and the Gold Award of Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards 2013 (APIDA).
Before focusing on the practice at OPEN, Li Hu was a partner at Steven Holl Architects. He founded and led SHA’s Beijing office, and was the partner-in-charge for the firm’s many award winning projects in Asia. Since 2009, Li has taken on the role of the director for Columbia University GSAPP’s Studio-X Beijing. Huang Wenjing was a senior designer and associate at Pei Cobb Freed and Partners Architects (formerly I.M. Pei Architects) prior to founding OPEN. Besides practice, she was also a visiting assistant professor at the University of Hong Kong. She taught part time at Tsinghua University in Beijing as well.
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