Liu Yichun, a principal of Atelier Deshaus, will offer a tectonic and symbolic perspective illustrated by some of his architecture firm’s projects, showing how structure can play an ontological role in shaping the intrinsic quality of architecture (primitivity and poetry of space, modernity of interior, etc) in line with the roles of other elements, such as site, light, and surface. Yichun (b. 1969; MArch, Tongji University, 1997) was a guest professor at the College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University, and at Southeast University School of Architecture. He founded Atelier Deshaus in Shanghai in 2001 with Chen Yifeng and Zhuang Shen. Architecture awards won by Atelier Deshaus include Business Week/Architectural Record China Award (2006) and WA Chinese Architecture Award (2006 and 2010). The firm’s work has been shown in major international exhibitions on contemporary Chinese architecture in Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Paris, Düsseldorf, Bordeaux, Rotterdam, London, Cincinnati, Brussels, Barcelona, Venice, Prague, Hong Kong, Milan, Tokyo, and Vienna. In 2011, Atelier Deshaus was selected by Architectural Record to be one of ten firms in that year’s Design Vanguard.
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