Founded in Hong Kong and Shanghai in 2004 and 2007 respectively, besides, has set up a new office in Hangzhou since 2021, Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects works to build socially inclusive and spatially innovative architecture, landscape, and urbanism. The firm’s works are recognized by their research-based and program-driven approach with a primary interest in the public realm.
Under the leadership of Mr. Liu Yuyang, the practice has been carried out in recent years in four areas, Education & Workspace, Culture & Leisure, Renovation & Regeneration, Landscape & Infrastructure. Based on the unique narration of each work to create vivid scenes and spaces, seeking meaningful poetry and value.
Widely published and exhibited, the firm’s notable projects include the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art (2005), Shanghai Nanjing Rd. Pedestrian Kiosks (2009), Shanghai Minsheng Wharf Waterfront Landscape and Reconnection Infrastructure (2019). Recent awards include Dezeen Award Hospitality Building of the Year (2019) and Gold medal for ARCASIA Award for Architecture (2019).
Founder & Principal: Liu Yuyang
RIBA Chartered Architect
Member of the Shanghai Architectural Society Academic Committee
Design studio advisor for special program, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University
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, the theme installation and exhibition design of the China pavilion in the 2018 Venice Biennale of Architecture. And most recently, the 2019 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism Architecture Yantian Subfield in Shenzhen. During 2020, he curated the inaugural Sino-Europe Architectural Exhibition.
Associate Partner, Project Leader: Wu Congbao
Huaiyin Institute of Technology, Huai’an
Bachelor of Engineering, 2003-2008
The Architectural Society of Shanghai China, Shanghai
Class 1 Registered Architect of China
Head of Hangzhou Office, Project Architect: Zhang Jingqian
Canada McGill University
Master of Architecture, 2014-2016
Canada McGill University
Bachelor of Architecture, 2009-2013
Project Leader: Mavis Fan
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Master in Architecture, 2003-2005
Hong Kong Certificated Architect
Project Architect: Maggie Tan
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Master of Architecture, 2012-2014
Northwestern Polytechinal University
Bachelor of Architecture, 2007-2012
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.