OPEN Architecture is a team of international 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. It was founded by Li Hu and Huang Wenjing in New York City. It established the Beijing office in 2006.
OPEN believes that research and collaboration is the foundation for design and creation. In recent years, OPEN’s researches have focused on the social and environmental problems associated with the unprecedented speed of urban development in Asian countries especially China. These researches have enabled OPEN’s practice to be deeply rooted in the social and economic context of our time. While remaining idealistic and persistent, OPEN’s practice directly deal with the problems and challenges of our time, and strives to create architecture and urban spaces that establish a new relation with nature and society. OPEN collaborates with experts from different disciplines for architecture to broaden and enrich the potential of each unique project. OPEN has also built up expertise on sustainability and collaborative working relationship with some of the leading engineers and institutions in the field.
Li Hu was a partner at Steven Holl Architects, before focusing on the practice at OPEN. He founded and led SHA’s Beijing office, and was the partner-in-charge for the firm’s many award winning projects in Asia. Since 2009, Li has become the director of Columbia University GSAPP’s Studio-X Beijing.
Huang Wenjing was a senior designer and associate at Pei Cobb Freed and Partners Architects prior to founding OPEN. Besides practice, she was also a visiting assistant professor at the University of Hong Kong. She taught part time at Tsinghua University in Beijing as well.