Launched in June 2020, the RIBA China Architect 100 program integrates the intellect and practice of contemporary Chinese architecture into the global system of architectural knowledge. This helps showcase Chinese architects’ achievements and their importance in promoting global architectural finesse. RIBA values architectural practices of different types, sizes, and goals equally, and believes that architects who complete these architectural projects are crucial to the global construction industry.
ZHUANG Shen, Professor in Practice from the Shanghai Jiao Tong School of Design has been selected as one of this year’s RIBA China Architect 100. As one of China’s young pioneering Chinese architects, ZHUANG Shen has won numerous design awards both domestic and overseas, including the “Gold for Commercial Buildings, and “Gold for Social and Cultural Buildings” award, and the “Special Prize for Socially Responsible Architecture” issued by the Architects Regional Council Asia; the “Architecture Design Award of Excellence” issued by the Architectural Society of China; the “Best Architectural Design Award” issued by MOHURD and MOE of China; the “WA Award of Chinese Architecture” and the “Best Commercial Building Award” issued jointly by the American publications BusinessWeek and Architectural Record; and the “Outstanding Achievement in Construction Management Award” issued by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). His design work and research have attracted wide media attention, and have been featured in A+U, Architecture Record, Asia Architecture, Domus, The Architect, Time Architecture, Architectural Journal, World Architecture, Archdaily, Gooood, and in additional publications. Before co-founding Atelier Archmixing, ZHUANG Shen was an architect in the Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tongji University, and partner and principal architect of Atelier Deshaus later on.
Pocket Plaza is a small public space enclosed with galleries located in downtown Shanghai. Adopting a timber-steel structure, with seats under the gallery, and a square dry fountain, the design creates a quiet and dynamic spatial atmosphere with endless possibilities for use of the space.
The Cotton Lab Urban Lounge, designed by Atelier Archmixing, is located in a technology park in Changzhou city, Jiangsu Province which used to be a standard industrial factory. The project fully integrates architecture, structure and equipment to form a functional and visual experience as a whole.