Based in Shanghai, Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects (ALYA) works to improve the built-environment in an honest, meaningful and sustainable way. Our core values are firmly rooted in the local while embracing forces of the global. We approach each project with a high level of clarity, methodology, and experimentation. Since founding we have always aimed to produce the highest quality of public works and private commissions that are both forward-thinking and research-based. Amongst our early projects were the acclaimed Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art (Shanghai MoCA), Nanjing Rd. Pedestrian Kiosks, and Qingpu Environmental Monitoring Station. Some of our recent and current works include a mixed-use complex involving manufacturing, design, conferencing, dining and clean-energy facilities for an automobile R&D park, a public elementary school designed to represent the fabric of a canal-town, an accelerating production building adjacent to a high-speed rail track, a farmhouse renovated boutique hotel nestled within the rural Li River valley in Guangxi, a water-front brown field re-development masterplan, and within that masterplan an ecological sports park grown directly out of a dumpsite of waste building materials. As a fully independent and privately-owned professional practice, we have establish a long-term partnership of technical consultancy and international collaborators, with a strong emphasis on cross-displinary design integration for our professional services.

Founder & Principal: Liu Yuyang

Born in Taiwan and educated in the United States, Liu Yuyang received his Master in Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and his B.A. in Urban Studies and Planning from the University of California, San Diego. While at Harvard, Mr. Liu conducted his thesis under Prof. Rem Koolhaas and co-authored the “Great Leap Forward”— a seminal work on the urbanisation of China’s Pearl River Delta, published by Taschen and 010 Publishers in 2001.
Having held a number of professional and academic positions in U.S and Hong Kong, Mr. Liu established the Shanghai-based Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects in 2007—regarded as one of the leading architectural studios in China with an emergent global recognition. The firm’s body of works ranges from the most pragmatic industrial compounds and public infrastructure on the one end, to the highly articulated and well-crafted buildings, spaces and campuses in the educational, R&D, cultural, and hospitality sectors on the other end. Through the unique narrative of each project, Mr. Liu seeks to create an architecture of specificity within the generic context of a globalised urban landscape, while searching for a poetic common ground and universal values.
Besides lecturing and publishing widely in China and beyond, Mr. Liu had been involved extensively in exhibition and curatorial works, most notably the 2007 Shenzhen-Hong Kong Bi-annual Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, the 2011 Chengdu International Architectural Biennale, the 2012 Mock-up Architectural Exhibition at the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art, the Shanghai SUSAS exhibitions in 2015 and 2017, and most recently the theme installation and exhibition design of the China pavilion in the 2018 Venice Biennale of Architecture.


Associate Partner, Project Leader: Wu Congbao

Huaiyin Institute of Technology, Huai’an
Bachelor of Engineering, 2003-2008

The Architectural Society of Shanghai China, Shanghai
Member, 2014-Present

Associate Partner: Yi-Fong Kuo

Associate Professorship of Landscape Architecture and Regional Open Space,TUM Germany
Doctoral Candidate, 2009-present

Uni. of Newcastle, UK, Stage
Master of Landscape Architecture, 2004

National Taiwan Uni, Taipei, Taiwan
B.Sc in Agriculture, 2001


Project Leader: Mavis Fan

The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Master in Architecture, 2003-2005

Hong Kong Certificated Architect

Project Leader: Wang Jue

Polytechnic University of Milan
Master in Architecture, 2008-2011

Tongji University, Shanghai
Bachelor of Arts in Tourism Management, 2004-2008

The notion of community as a physical space and meta-physical conception is vital to a culturally inclusive and aesthetically progressive society. Likewise, we believe that architecture as a social construct and a disciplinary production cannot exist in isolation. Connected within a community of China’s most notable design offices and a network of international experts, we see our collaborative works not as a singular strand of projects but as a field of communal exchange and creative dialogue.Our work is not only to provide an guiding design strategy but also to maximize the resources of all sides. Connected within a community of architects, landscape designers, product designers, investors, artists, curators, business planners, community organizers, organic farmers, technologists, and NGOs, we take specific actions, walk into communities and work with the locals. We collect ideas from various groups of people for creative proposals to build a brand-new type of smart community in the future.