Hu insists that he finds time to relax on Sundays, but upon hearing
of everything he is involved in, you might wonder how true that
statement is. He began his studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing
and completed his M.Arch. at Rice University in Houston in 1998.
After time spent in Princeton, N.J., he began work with Steven Holl
Architects, where he is a project architect today. During his time
there, Li Hu has not only colaunched an architectural journal, but
he has also started an architectural firm.
Steven Holl Architects, Li Hu has been involved in several high-profile
projects and competitions. Many projects have been U.S.-based, but
recently several have him working in his homeland of China, currently
on projects in Nanjing and Beijing. "Our Nanjing projects are
Holl's first in China," says Li Hu. "The Art and Architecture
Museum in Nanjing will be the first contemporary museum built in
In a fateful
meeting between Li Hu, architect Yungho Chang, and Steven Holl,
the three realized a need for a new type of architectural publication.
Made in New York, printed in Beijing, and encompassing issues worldwide,
the bilingual publication 32:Beijing/New York does not attempt to
answer questions. Instead, the journal acts as an open forum. "Each
issue purposely does not have a theme," explains Li Hu. "Instead
of compartmentalizing our ideas, our aim is to ask questions about
urgent political and sociological issues concerning architecture,
not answer them." The impressive roster of past contributing
writers includes Kenneth Frampton, Lebbeus Woods, and Michael Bell.
With the fourth issue coming out soon, Li Hu notes, "Our circle
of contributors is expanding as is our circulation."
Along with his
wife, architect Wenijing Huang, Li Hu formed OPEN architecture studio
in 2002. "OPEN's manifesto is to make architecture more accessible
to more people," explains Li Hu. "We explore ways to build
a platform for open collaboration among architects, end users, and
developers." In 2003, OPEN won a competition for the Shenzen
Senior Activity Center in China. Li Hu is now conducting research
on suburban homes and offices for an ecological project using a
tubular design that he hopes to implement there. The architect explains
that China is "rapidly importing ideas from America, and especially
has a fascination with American suburban life."