Li Hu, founding partner of OPEN Architecture, former partner of Steven Holl Architects and director of Columbia University GSAPP’s Studio-X Beijing.
Li Hu received his B. Arch. from Tsinghua University in Beijing in 1996 and M. Arch. from Rice University in 1998. He worked at Steven Holl Architects from 2000 to 2010, and became a partner of the firm in 2005. During his time at SHA, Li founded and led the firm’s Beijing Office, and was responsible for 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. Linked Hybrid won the best tall building award in 2009; Vanke Center in Shenzhen was the first LEED Platinum Building in China and won AIA National Honor Award in 2011. Li left the partnership at Steven Holl Architects in 2011 to focus on the practice of OPEN Architecture with partner Huang Wenjing.
Li Hu was appointed director of Columbia University GSAPP’s Studio-X Beijing from 2009 to 2014, hosting its teaching, exhibition and academic activities. He lectures frequently at universities and cultural institutions in the U.S. and Asia. He is a visiting teacher for Columbia University and the University of Hong Kong. In 2002 he co-founded the independent Architectural magazine 32: Beijing/New York together with Steven Holl and Yungho Chang.
Li Hu was awarded “2011 most creative icons” by Outlook Magazine. In 2012, he was invited to be space category curator of the first China Design Exhibition hosted by China’s Ministry of Culture. In 2014, he participated in the design of the Chinese Pavilion at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale. He was awarded “The Architect of the Year” by GQ Magazine in 2014. In 2015, he was invited to participate in the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial.