Ole Bouman Team

Ole Bouman
Curator, Creative Director


UntilJanuary 2013 OleBouman was director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi), globally the largest institute of its kind. In that capacity he revamped the institute to an accessible and popular architecture museum and developed a strong civic agenda. In 2007 he founded the Studio for Unsolicited Architecture, starting at MIT, Cambridge Massachusetts. Prior to joining the NAi, he was the editor-in-chief of Volume, the independent magazine for architecture, for pushing its limits and finding new roles in society. Volume is a project by Archis Foundation, think tank AMO and the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation of Columbia University. He also was the director of Archis Foundation, active in publishing, consultancy and, as NGO, establishing connections between local design communities in need of expertise and the Archis global knowledge network.

Ole Bouman has a track record in writing, curating and teaching in a variety of fields. His publications include the encyclopedic manifesto The Invisible in Architecture (co-author, 1994) and The Battle for Time (2003) and Architecture of Consequence (2009). He was one of the curators of Manifesta 3 (2000), and curated major contributions to the architecture Biennales of Shenzhen, São Paulo and Venice; he also coined the Archis RSVP event series that took place in Berlin, Brussels, New York, Athens, Detroit, Amman, among others. Ole Bouman taught architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge MA and regularly lectures at internationally renowned universities and cultural institutions.

Ole Bouman has a strong and long lasting relationship with China in general and Chinese architects and architecture in particular; for instance as curator of the exhibition Housing with a Mission, one of the five main exhibitions of Shenzhen Invitational Exhibits at the 2011 Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism \Architecture. This exhibition won the Organizing Committee Award of the biennale.

Jorn Konij(Netherlands)


Jorn Konijn (1977) is a freelance international curator and founding-director of This Must be the Place, a cultural organisation that operates in the fields of international creative industries and cultural diplomacy. His work includes the curatorship of two Dutch entrees for two international architectural biennales: November 2011 with the exhibition Unsolicited Architecture for the International Biennale of Sao Paulo (Brazil) and the exhibition Housing with a Mission for the 2011 Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (December 2011). Recently he is curating a monographic exhibition on the Brazilian architect Lelé. He has published in a wide range of magazines and blogs, both on architecture, design, cinema and politics.

Jorn Konijn has a bachelor degree in Art-history and a master degree in Cinema Studies at the University of Amsterdam. His career started out as a screenwriter for movies and after living in Los Angeles and Sao Paulo he started working for Dutch cultural institutions such as the Fund for Visual Arts, Architecture and Design, the Mondriaan Foundation and the SICA – the Dutch Cultural Centre for International Arts.

He has been program-manager of Central de Cultura, a program to intensify cultural relations between The Netherlands and Brazil. He worked as project-manager for the Prince Claus Fund and for the Dutch Ministry of Culture. In his spare time he has a weekly radio-show for the Amsterdam based Red Light Radio but also owner and care-taker of the Priona Gardens, a unique historical garden-estate of one of The Netherlands most renowned garden-designers.

Lei Liu (China)


Lei Liu is an architect, designer and researcher with experience of developing creative thinking in the area of architecture and urban design. As architectural designer, He have been involved in several design projects of cultural facilities and exhibitions in China, including recently a new contemporary architecture museum in Hangzhou and the exhibition of History Lessons: Reflections on OCAT Publishing at the OCAT gallery, Shenzhen. He was the key member in the curatorial team of 2011 Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, and worked with the Chief Curator Terence Riley to manage the entire exhibition. He also writes about the cities and contributes to a number of magazines in China and internationally. Lei Liu completed Master of Architecture at the University of New South Wales and used to work at Sydney City Design Department on a range of urban strategies and public domain projects, including Sustainable Sydney 2030, Public Life and Public Space Study and Sydney Laneway Revitalisation. He was also the recipient of an Australian Research Council grant for conducting urban studies in Australian and Chinese cities.

Vivian Zuidhof (Netherlands)
Project Co-ordinator


Vivian Zuidhof (1985) is a freelance project coordinator working in the cultural and creative field. Besides several exhibitions and a series of events at the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi), her work includes project coordination at the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR). At the IABR she worked on the 4th edition Open City: Designing Coexistence curated by Kees Christiaanse and on the 5th edition Making City curated by an international curator team.

She has a bachelor degree in Art and Culture Studies at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam with minors in Spanish Language and Art-History at the Utrecht University and the University of Barcelona. In 2009 she finished her master degree in Cultural Economics and Cultural Entrepreneurship at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. She wrote her master thesis on the dynamic between cultural and economic values in the transformation process of an industrial heritage area in the harbor of Rotterdam.

Li Xiangning + Jeffrey Johnson Team

Li Xiangning (China) Curator, Academic Director


Dr. LI Xiangning 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.

Jeffrey Johnson (USA) 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.

Ye ZHU (China) Co-Curator


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.

GuoChuan Fung (China) Co-Curator


Chief Executive Architect of ZHUBO DESIGN GROUP CO., LTD
As an architect actively involved in architectural practice, Feng Guochuan keeps reflecting and criticizing the Chinese cities and architectures. His architectural practice interacts with power and capital in a positive attitude, and attempt to influence the specific state of present large-scale space production with his expertise. He criticizes mainly from the perspective of space politics and pays much attention to the functioning track of ideology and capital in contemporary Chinese cities.

LOU Yongqi (China) Co-Curator


Dr. Lou Yongqi is the Dean and full professor of the College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University, the Executive Vice Director of Sino-Finnish Centre of Tongji University, the visiting professor at the School of Art, Design and Architecture of Aalto University in Finland and Vice President of CUMULUS, international association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media. His main research focuses on social design and sustainable design. He plays an active role in promoting interdisciplinary sustainable design education, research and practice internationally. Lou currently serves as the board members of Alta Scuola Politecnica, DESIS, and Design Issues, among others. His latest book is Design Harvests: An acupunctural design approach toward sustainability, published by MistraUrbanFutures in Sweden. His works have been exhibited in the Design Museum of Helsinki, the Triennale Design Museum in Milano, and among other prestigious institutions.

Young ZHANG (China) Co-Curator


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)
Assistant Curator


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)
Assistant Curator


Zoe Florence is a Canadian architectural designer and curator based in New York City. Zoe is an Associate in Architecture at Columbia University where she teaches the Summer China Megacities Lab workshops at Studio-X Beijing with Jeffrey Johnson. She recently graduated with a Masters of Architecture from Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation in New York. Zoe is the recipient of the William Kinne Travelling Fellowship and the Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorial Prize for best design problem in studio.
Zoe is the Lead Researcher for an ongoing project examining the Future of the Museum in China initiated by the China Megacities Lab at Columbia University. Her research on the museum boom in China has been exhibited at the Hong Kong University Study Space, and more recently at the Power Station of Art in Shanghai.
Zoe is currently collaborating on research examining coastal urbanism in the Arctic Circle and the territorial implications of global warming.