LI Hu + HUANG Wenjing
LI Hu and HUANG Wenjing, born in 1973, are founding partners of OPEN, visiting professors at Tsinghua University and China Central Academy of Fine Arts.
LI and HUANG co - founded OPEN in New York City in 2006, and subsequently established their office in Beijing in 2008 . Prior to OPEN, LI Hu was the partner of Steven Holl Ar chitects, and director of Columbia University GSAPP’s Studio - X Beijing. HUANG was a senior designer and associate at the New York - based firm Pei Cobb Freed and Partners.
Some major projects by OPEN include: Sun Tower, Chapel of Sound, Shan ghai Qingpu Pinghe International School, Tank Shanghai, Pingshan Performing Arts Center, UCCA Dune Art Museum, Tsinghua Ocean Center, Garden School/Beijing No.4 High School Fangshan Campus. OPEN’s work has been widely recognized, with recent awards including the 2021 Arcasia Awards Gold, 2021 AR Future Project Awards , 2020 London Design Museum’s Beazley Designs of the Year Nominee, 2019 P/A Awards, 2018 AIA Education Facility Design Award of Excellence, among many others.
Recent books on OPEN include Reinventing Cultural Architecture: A Radical Vision by OPEN (2022, published by Rizzoli), OPEN Questions (2018, published by UED), Towards Openness ( 2018, published by ORO Editions) and OPEN Reaction (2015, published by China Architecture & Building Press). OPEN has also been invited to participate in many importan t international exhibitions, such as the Venice Biennale 2014 and 2021, the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial in 2015, and “Soul of the City” in Verona, Italy in 2017.