Fourteen of the Asia Pacific’s most lauded, experimental and socially conscious practitioners came together for this one-day symposium that explores the innovative thinking and transformative projects that are creating new world cities for the emerging Asian century.

The speakers reflected the diversity of the countries, cities and people of the Asia Pacific and the breadth of its architecture. They addressed the way communities from across the region are responding to the demands of the future and the pivotal role that architecture plays.

Li Hu is founding partner of Open, former partner of Steven Holl Architects, and director of Columbia University GSAPP’s Studio-X Beijing. Li received his bachelor of architecture from Tsinghua University in Beijing in 1996 and his masters of architecture from Rice University in 1998. During his partnership at Steven Holl Architects, Li Hu was responsible for some of the firm’s influential urban projects in Asia, including Linked Hybrid 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 the practice of OPEN with partner HUANG Wenjing.

Some built and ongoing projects by OPEN include: Gehua Youth and Cultural Center, Garden School/Beijing No.4 High School Fangshan Campus, Stepped Courtyards, HEX-SYS, Tsinghua Ocean Center, Pingshan Performing Arts Center, Tank Shanghai and Dialogue by the Sea. OPEN has been widely recognized for its innovative work, with such recent awards as the 2017 Iconic Awards Best of Best, the 2016 Interior Design’s Best of Year, the 2015 AIANY Design Award, the 2015 London Design Museum’s Design of the Year Nomination, among others, and invited participations in international exhibitions like the Venice Biennale and the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial.

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