Li Xiangning + Jeffrey Johnson Team
Curator, Academic Director: Li Xiangning
Curator, Academic Director: Jeffrey Johnson
Co-Curator: Yuyang LIU, Ye ZHU, Young ZHANG
Assistant Curator: Sabrina Minqing NI, Zoe Florence
Li Xiangning (China)
Curator, Academic Director
Li Xiangning (China)
Curator, Academic Director
Dr. Xiangning Li is full professor in history, theory and criticism at Tongji University College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He is also Assistant Dean and Director of International Programs there, and a guest editor of Time+Architecture, one of the leading architectural magazines in China. He has published widely on contemporary architecture and urbanism in China and he was a visiting scholar at MIT, teaching a course on the same topic in the year of 2006. In 2009, Dr. Li was the UFI fellow at MAK Center of Art and Architecture in Los Angeles, and Erasmus Mundus visiting professor at TU Darmstadt. He lectured in universities and institutes including Harvard University, Princeton University, University of Southern California, and Canadian Center for Architecture. His recent books include The Real and the Imagined: Study of Value System in Contemporary Urban Theory (2009), and Updating China: Projects for a Sustainable Future (2010).
Prof. LI Xiangning was curatorial committee member for 2007 Shenzhen Biennale and 2008 Shanghai Biennale. Dr. Li acts as the chief curator for the serial Sino-German forums and exhibitions sponsored by Goethe Institute, Germany. He was appointed as director for Shanghai Contemporary Architecture Culture Center (Museum) in 2010. He is chief curator of 2010 Sanya Design Biennale and co-curator of 2011 Chengdu Biennale and 2011 Shenzhen Biennale. He recently curated an exhibition on contemporary Chinese architects “From Research to Design” in Milan Triennale.
Cruator, Academic Director
Jeffrey Johnson is a professor and is the founding director of China Megacities Lab, an experimental research unit at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. He is a faculty advisor to the Studio-X global project and is an active agent in its programming, research and events. He has lectured extensively and has taken part in numerous events, symposia, forums and workshops on the topic of cities and China’s urbanization, in China, Europe and the United States.
Johnson is a co-founding principal of SLAB architecture based in New York City with projects in US, China, Italy, Costa Rica, Bahamas and Mexico. SLAB projects have been exhibited and published internationally. Johnson’s previous work experience includes Rem Koolhaas/OMA in Rotterdam and New York, Asymptote and Michael Sorkin Studio.
Johnson was a project curator for 8 Urban Projects at the 2011 Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism \ Architecture. He has participated in 2011 Chengdu Biennale, 2007 & 2009 Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism \ Architecture and 2009 Architecture Biennale Rotterdam.
Yuyang LIU (China)
Born in Taiwan, Mr. Liu received his Master in Architecture from Harvard University and Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, San Diego. His published works include the “Great Leap Forward”, co-authored with Rem Koolhaas on emerging urban conditions of China’s Pearl River Delta (PRD). From 2001-2006, Mr. Liu served as an assistant professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and was invited as an external examiner for the Korean National University of Arts, head curator of 2007 Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, co-curator of 2011 Chengdu Biennale, and chief curator of 2012 MoCA Shanghai’s Mock-up exhibition.
Mr. Liu’s professional works place a particular emphasis on the notion of micro-urban ecology and cultural locality in a global context. Since founding of the practice-Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects, he has conducted numerous design and planning projects including the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art, Nanjing Rd. pedestrian kiosks in Shanghai, Linear City- a sponsored rail-based urbanism research in Hong Hong, the Han River Renaissance urban and landscape design in Seoul, the Qingpu environmental monitoring station in Shanghai, the Anting Automobile R&D Harbor, among other forward-thinking and research-based public and private works in China and Asia.
Liu currently holds an associate professorship at the University of Hong Kong’s Shanghai Center, and serves as an architectural advisor for the Shanghai Qingpu District Planning Bureau.
Ye ZHU (China)
Ye ZHU, male, was born in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province in October, 1973. He is an independent artist and curator, as well as an urban researcher.
He graduated from Architecture and Urban Planning Faculty of Chongqing University with a bachelor’s degree in 1997. In December 2005, NOFFICE was established to carry out the study on urban feasibility. From 2007 to 2009, as the executive editor of Urban China magazine, he has edited many issues, such as 36 strategies for & beyond festivals, City Sculpture, Street Ecology, China City³, Tongji Circle, The Ten Years Municipality of Chongqing, Cultural Heritage, Post-Disaster Reconstruction and Crisis Management and China Housing. From 2007 to 2011, he was named the Commentator of the Year in Architecture Industry by Time+Architecture and Construction Times.
He is now associate professor and deputy director in Urban and Architecture Research Center of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, as well as the art director of Chidea Business Management Company, Times Property.
Young ZHANG (China)
Young Zhang, studied Architecture and Urban Design at Harvard University and University of Toronto. As an architect, Young seeks experimental and cutting edge approaches forward broad contemporary phenomenon. He found questioning established “rules” and “orders”, and discovering “Possibility” out of “Impossible” is extremely interesting. He worked with Rem Koolhaas at OMA Rotterdam office in 2006, took in charge of some OMA’s major projects, such as Shenzhen Stock Exchange Tower. Young started his own practice “iNgAmE Office” in Boston, and then relocated himself in Shenzhen on 2007. iNgAmE is one of the most active architectural practice in Shenzhen.
Besides professional practice, Young constantly involve in independent researches and stay close with academia. He taught at Harvard Design School 2005, AA school of Architecture in London 2007, and at Hong Kong University & Hong Kong Chinese University 2008. As a visiting professor, He is teaching at Shenzhen University for thesis students.
Young arranged Urban Conscious –Independent Architects Exhibition 2008 at Shenzhen Exhibition Hall. In 2009, he is appointed the curator of the 2009 Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture.
Sabrina Minqing NI (China)
She is lecturer from College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University in Shanghai. She graduated from Creative Practice for Narrative Environments MA at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, University of the Arts London.
She has been committed to the research and practice on the value of the environment, it covers a range of themes including the ability of sites to be overlaid with narratives, extend to the urban innovation and strategic implementation. She practices as a curator for her recently work experience, “Two Platforms: Revealing Southwark Tales” participate at London Festival of Architecture 2010. Curator for Ch_ers:) 2009 Debut exhibition features emerging Chinese artists and designers in London, OXO Tower. Assistant Curator for “Asian View of Life” exhibition as collateral events for 12 International Architecture Exhibition in Venice Biennale, etc. She also had many years of work experience on media and publication area in China, now she is an executive editor in chief of All Design magazine.
Zoe Florence (USA)
September 2010-present Columbia University, New York, NY
Masters of Architecture Candidate (2013);
2004-2008 University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Bachelor of Environmental Design (Honors), Deans List;
-present Lead Researcher, China Megacities Lab Summer Workshop, Beijing, China
Research culminating in a comprehensive catalogue, The Future of Contemporary Art Museums in China; Collaborated with local Beijing office Studio Pei-Zhu, local architects and curators in a series of panel discussions; Established graphic standards for publication and assembled team research into final publication;
May 2012-present Exhibitions Assistant, GSAPP Exhibitions Department, New York, NY
Manage, design, fabricate and install exhibitions in the Arthur Ross Architectural Gallery over the academic year; Coordinate logistics for multiple exhibits; collaborate with artists, architects and fabricators on exhibition design, supervise ten person gallery crew.