Firm DescriptionOPEN 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 social and environmental problems associated with the unprecedented speed of urban development in developing countries especially China. While immersing in the ample opportunities along with great difficulties, OPEN strives to create architecture and urban spaces that establish a new relation with nature and people. OPEN has 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, Beijing No.4 High School Fangshan Campus, Flexible and Reusable Pavilion Prototype, Staff’s Dormitory of Fuzhou NetDragon Company, Ocean Center of Tsinghua University Graduate School, Pingshan Performing Arts Center and Shanghai West Bund Oil Tank Art Center.
OPEN was recognized by many architectural awards for its progressing work, including World Architecture’s Chinese Architecture Award 2012 and 2014, China Architecture Media Awards 2012, Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards 2013, Re-thinking the Future Awards 2014, London Design Museum’s Designs of the Year 2015 Nomination, and most recently, Merit Award of 2015 AIANY Design Awards.
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. Li was the director for Columbia University GSAPP’s Studio-X Beijing from 2009 to 2014. Huang Wenjing is a registered architect of New York State and a member of AIA. Prior to OPEN, she was a senior designer and associate in New York based firm Pei Cobb Freed and Partners Architects (formerly I.M. Pei Architects).