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LIU Xiaodu

Principal Architect and Co-founder of URBANUS Architecture & Design Inc.

In 1999, LIU Xiaodu co-founded URBANUS with partners MENG Yan and WANG Hui. URBANUS developed branches in Beijing and Shenzhen and has become one of the most influential architectural practices in China. Many works of URBANUS have become new landmarks of urban life. The projects have received numerous prominent awards, exhibited and published worldwide.

LIU Xiaodu played the primary role in establishing the firm structure and is responsible for its daily operation. The design projects co-led by LIU Xiaodu included Tulou Collective Housing, Hui Hotel, Bcn Re.Set-Identity Pavilion, Oct Loft Renovation, IFC-Greater China, Jiading Worker’s Union Building, SHUM YIP UpperHills Loft and Wanxia Complex; Urban design projects included Beijing Hutong Urban Renewal in Eastern Qianmen District, Huaqiangbei Commercial Area Renewal Plan, Vanke Liuxiandong Urban Design.

LIU Xiaodu has received his Bachelor of Architecture in Tsinghua University and Master of Architecture in Miami University, Ohio. He is regularly invited to be one of the juries for many international competitions and give lectures at many influential academic institutions worldwide. He held the post of visiting professor at the School of Architecture in HKU, the University of Venice and Hunan University. LIU Xiaodu currently serves as the chairman for the first Shenzhen City of Design Promotion Association, and was appointed to be the curator of China Pavilion for London Design Biennale 2016. He is appointed to be one of the three curators for 2017 Shenzhen-Hong Kong Urbanism\ Architecture Bi-City Biennale (Shenzhen).

Brian LEE

FAIA, LEED® AP, Design Partner of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Brian LEE believes that architecture starts with solving our client’s genuine needs, but also must strive to achieve inspirational results that transcend expectations. A fundamental question that guides his work is how a building’s aesthetics, program, and tectonics can provide meaning to those who live and work in its spaces. His hands-on design approach is focused on achieving full integration of the natural and built environment through the most innovative design forms, materials, and construction technologies.

Using these simple and essential principles, LEE has designed landmark structures of lasting value and impact around the globe. Directing this international practice — including projects in East and Southeast Asia, Europe, and the Middle East — has honed his collaborative and design leadership skills.

LEE’s internationally published and award-winning designs include the China World Trade Center in Beijing (the city’s tallest building); Poly International Plaza in Guangzhou, China; the University of California San Diego Telemedicine Education Building; and the Kia Motors America, Inc. Research and Development Project and Design Center in Irvine, California.

Brian LEE received his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture in the University of California, Berkeley with Highest Honors, and got his Master of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design with Commendation.

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