Key Speaker

Hua Li

Chinese architect Hua Li received a B. Arch from Tsinghua University in 1994 before studying at Yale University, where he graduated M. Arch in 1999. After practicing in New York and Beijing, Li founded his own practice TAO – Trace Architecture Office – in 2009. 

TAO operates in China’s urban, rural and regional fringes, undertaking projects that are frequently positioned in cultural and natural settings. A strong sense of place, sensitive response to climate, efficient use of local resources, and site-responsive construction methods characterise TAO’s work and express the practice’s design philosophy. Key projects include the Museum of Handcraft Paper (2010), which was shortlisted in for an Aga Kahn Award in 2013; XiaoQuan Elementary School (2010); Wuyishan Bamboo Raft Factory (2013); Forest Building (2014); and Split Courtyard House (2015).

TAO’s work has been exhibited in Venice, Vienna and New York and has been published in titles such as Domus, Wallpaper, Abitare, The Architectural Review and Architectural Record. Hua Li, with TAO, has won several architectural awards, including the ARCASIA Award, the Architectural Record GDGB Award and China Architecture Media Award. Li teaches at Tsinghua University as a visiting professor and has been a guest critic for studio reviews in Hong Kong and Berlin.