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OPEN Architecture is an international team of 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 developing countries especially China. These researches have enabled OPEN’s practice to be rooted deeply in our social and economic context. While emerging in the ample opportunities along with great difficulties, 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 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. Some of the built or ongoing projects by OPEN include: Columbia University GSAPP’s Studio-X Beijing, Gehua Youth and Cultural Center, Temporary Sales Pavilion Prototype for Beijing Vanke, Beijing No.4 High School Fangshan Campus, Staff’s Dormitory of Fuzhou NetDragon Company, Ocean Center of Tsinghua University Graduate School, Pingshan Performing Art Center, Shanghai West Bund Oil Tank Art Center and The Central Building of Beijing City University. Recently, OPEN won the First Prize of 2012 World Architecture Magazine’s Chinese Architecture Award, the Best Architecture Award of China Architecture Media Awards, the Gold Award of Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards 2013 (APIDA) and Re-thinking the Future Awards 2014.
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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