Principal Architect and Co-founder of URBANUS Architecture & Design Inc.
In 1999, LIU Xiaodu co-founded URBANUS with partners MENG Yan and WANG Hui. LIU Xiaodu established the structure of the firm and oversees the operation of the company. Architecture design projects co-led by LIU Xiaodu include Tulou Collective Housing, Hui Hotel, Hongdu Factory Renovation, the OCT Art & Design Gallery, Barcelona Re.Set—Identity Pavilion, OCT-LOFT Renovation, Greater China IFC, SHUM YIP UpperHills LOFT and Wanxia Mind The Sea; Urban design projects include Huaqiangbei 3D street Urban Design and VANKE Liuxiandong Urban Design, etc. Committing to explore the path of the future development of high-density cities, he led the research and design project “Hyper Metropolis” in 2015 to investigate the lifestyle of a super metropolis in the Pearl River Delta 2.0 era. As the curator of the China Pavilion for the London Design Biennale 2016, he further extended and deepened the urban research on high-density through the work “DenCity”.
LIU Xiaodu has received his Bachelor degree of Architecture from Tsinghua University and Master’s degree of Architecture from Miami University. He is often invited to be the jury member for international competitions and to give lectures at many influential academic institutions worldwide. LIU Xiaodu has served as the chairman for the first Shenzhen City of Design Promotion Association and appointed to be one of the chief curators for 2017 Shenzhen-Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\ Architecture (Shenzhen). He held the posts of visiting professor and critic at the School of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong, Hunan University, and Shenzhen University. He taught a summer studio at IUAV in 2016 and open studio at Tsinghua University in 2017 and 2019.