Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu: Recent Work: Construct with the Natural Way

A series of small buildings with overlapping roofs joined together by a walkway
Work by Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu. photo / provided
 Wang Shu
Wang Shu presenting in the Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium. William Staffeld / AAP
Lu Wenyu in front of a crowded auditorium
Lu Wenyu during her lecture with Wang Shu. William Staffeld / AAP
Wang Shu
Wang Shu lecturing in the Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium. William Staffeld / AAP
Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu
Lu Wenyu listens to Wang Shu during their lecture. William Staffeld / AAP
student asking a question during a Q&A session
Students asking questions after the lecture. William Staffeld / AAP
Lu Wenyu
Lu Wenyu during the Q&A session following the lecture. William Staffeld / AAP

Edgar A. Tafel Lecture Series

Wang Shu established the Amateur Architecture Studio with his wife, Lu Wenyu, in 1997. They have been working and doing research on the reestablishment of contemporary Chinese architecture. They are known for their distinctly contextual attitudes towards design, which prize tradition and timelessness above anything else. In many cases, their use of materials is governed by the local availability of salvaged building elements. Tiles, in particular, represent a material used repeatedly by Amateur Architecture Studio and are used in many of their projects including the Ningbo Historic Museum, the new campus of the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, the Tengtou Pavilion for the 2010 Shanghai Expo, the Ceramic Houses, Vertical Courtyard Apartments in Hangzhou, the Ningbo Contemporary Art Museum, and the renovation project of Zhongshan Road (the Imperial Street of Southern Song Dynasty), among others.