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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, Mr. 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 researched with Rem Koolhaas and co-authored the “Great Leap Forward”, a seminal work on the urbanization of China’s Pearl River Delta. Having held a number of professional and academic positions in the US, Hong Kong and Shanghai since 1997, Mr. Liu leads the Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects in its full design and management responsibilities, and serves as a member of the Shanghai Architectural Society Academic Committee, an advisory architect for the Shanghai Qingpu District Land and Planning Bureau, and a mentor of the Young Bird Plan—a non-profit initiate to help students and young professionals of the global Chinese design community. Besides teaching and lecturing widely in China and internationally, Mr. Liu had been involved extensively in curatorial works, most notably the 2007 Shenzhen-Hong Kong Bi-annual Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, the 2010 Chengdu International Architectural Biennale, and the 2012 Mock-up Architectural Exhibition at the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art.

Associate: Cao Feile

Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Master in Architecture, 2008-2010

Tianjin University, Tianjin
Bachelor of Architecture, 2001-2006

Registered urban designer in the BA Bureau Architectenregister, Den Haag, the Netherlands, 2011

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

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Associate: Wu Congbao

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

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

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Project Architect: Fan Mavis

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

Hong Kong Certificated Architect

Project Architect: Wang Jue

Polytechnic University of Milan
Master in Architecture, 2008-2011

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

Project Architect: Li Ning

Tongji University, Shanghai
Bachelor of Arts in Arts & Design, 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.