Li Xiaodong


Li Xiaodong graduated from Tsinghua University in 1984, then completed his Master of Urban Design and Doctor of Architecture at Delft University of Technology and Eindhoven University of Technology in Netherlands. Now he is a Professor of Architecture at the Tsinghua University in Beijing. Li believes that a good design product is the result of spiritual exploration of ideas with rational thinking, it engages with both technical knowledge and artistic judgment,the richness of a good design rely on how the matrix of detail, scale, proportion and commonsense are carefully orchestrated.


Li Xiaodong received a number of awards such as Tutor Prize and The President s medals from Royal Institute of British Architects (2000), Tutor Prize from Society of American Registered Architects (2001), Best Design Award and Places Annual Awards of EDRA  (2004), AR+D Highly Recommended and UESCO Jury Award for Innovation (2005), ARCASIA Gold Medal (2005/2006), Architectural Records Business Week China Awards for best public Building(2006), AR Emerging Architecture Award as winner (2009), World Architecture and Aga Khan Award for Architecture as winner (2010), GQ men of the Year (2011), World Architecture Festival as winner (2012). In 2012, he has been the honorary fellow of the FAIA.



Bridge School (Fujian)
The main concept of the design is to combine two totally different functions into one space – a bridge school which (as a bridge) connects two old castles cross the creek, (school) also symbolically connects past, current with future.


The Yuhu Elementary School Expansion Project
The Yuhu Elementary School Expansion Project in the UNESCO World Heritage site in Lijiang, Yunnan, China is a community service project. The project is intended as a response to the local vernacular architecture through the basic comprehension of environment, social and building conservation. Appropriate to the unique site and the complexity of the subject matter, the investigations were conducted through multidisciplinary collaboration, probing into spatial conceptions in the domains of folklore, materiality, geomancy, ecology and finally architecture. The purpose is to identify a general notion of framework for the indigenous/ vernacular sources and elements of spatial concepts, which are manifested and established throughout history of the region. Hence various aspects of the studies which include historical studies on building form, materials, social background, environmental conservation issues, building management and construction have been conducted. The uniqueness of the design lies in how local material, technology and space were transformed into fresh architectural language yet constructed by the locals.