We host a series of open lectures and debates with visiting speakers and practitioners. Watch this space…



AMIN TAHA, director of Amin Taha Architects in London.

The principals of the practice have worked at Wilkinson Eyre, Zaha Hadid and Rick Mather. In addition to running design and detailing of projects Amin continues to teach, lecture and crit in schools of architecture.

Amin Taha Architects (ATA) was incorporated in 2003 after winning two competitions that year, the first for a housing and commercial masterplan in Manchester and the second for an Arts Centre in London.

ATA has developed a reputation as one of the UK’s emerging studios having been selected three years running for the top 40 under 40 offices within Europe. The work has been critically acclaimed and defined as ‘multi-valent, thoughtfully generating an architecture drawn from a poetic and unique and wider concept of context’.


PaulTangPAUL TANG is the co-founder of the Los Angeles- and Shanghai-based architectural firm Verse-建言建筑 formerly know as Paul Tang Architecture.

Prior to establishing his current practice, Paul was a partner at Hakomori + Tang Architecture and Pleskow Rael Tang. Paul is currently working on a mix of diverse projects in the United States and China that includes entertainment, retail/commercial, institutional, and residential.

Paul was selected as a Millennium New Blood 101 Designer of Los Angeles in 2001 and 2002 and is the recipient of the National AIA Foundation Award. His work has been exhibited in the US, China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan and published in various international architectural journals.

Paul graduated Cum Laude from the University of Southern California School of Architecture and received his Master of Architecture with letter of Distinction from Harvard University. Paul has taught at USC since 1993


chris hardieCHRIS HARDIE is a Partner of international architectural studio schmidt hammer lassen, with offices in China and Denmark. He is director in charge of the studio’s Shanghai Office and leads its operations in mainland China and Asia.

Chris is currently the design partner in charge of a number of high profile projects, including a new musical theatre for Dreamworks Animation, the renovation of an existing coal storage building into art museum on the banks of the Huang Pu River, and the redevelopment of the former expo site adjacent to the Chinese pavilion in Shanghai.

In nearby Ningbo, Chris is leading the design for the city’s new Central Library, the new Home for the Ningbo Worker’s Union in the form of a pixelated park and the headquarters for the city’s main Newspaper and Media Group, Ningbo Daily.


pu miaoPU MIAO (缪朴) is an architect, architectural scholar and educator based in Shanghai, China and Honolulu, USA.

His office, Miao Design Studio is dedicated to the design and theory of a modern architecture and urbanism localized in the context of China. In particular, Miao’s design emphasizes on the integration between indoor and outdoor spaces, and the impact of high-density urban environment upon architecture. From schematic design to construction, Miao and his consultants also focus on the fusing between building form and technology.

His research – most notably his paper “The Essence of Tradition: Thirteen Characteristics of Chinese Traditional Architecture”- is taught across most Chinese architecture departments as a classic text.


darrenDARREN ZHOU is director of Skew Collaborative in Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Darren is an architect and educator, teaching at the University of Hong Kong where he specializes in 20th century modern architectural history & theory. He studied in New York and the design principals have previously taught at Columbia, Yale, Princeton Universities, NYU and Pratt Institute.

Skew examine architectural artifacts produced by different cultures in order to design architectural strategies that can bridge, critique and translate between cultures and systems.