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, the OCT Art & Design Gallery, Bcn Re. Set-Identity Pavilion, OCT-LOFT Renovation, Greater China IFC, Jiading Worker’s Union Building, and Wanxia Complex; Urban design projects include Beijing Preservation & Regeneration of Qianmen East Hutong Area, Huaqiangbei 3Dstreet 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 super metropolitan in Pearl River Delta 2.0 era. As the curator of China Pavilion for London Design Biennale 2016, he further extended and deepened the urban research on high-density by proposing the work, “DenCity”.
LIU Xiaodu has received his Bachelor degree of Architecture from Tsinghua University and Master’s degree of Architecture from Miami University, Ohio. He is often invited to be one of the jury members for a number of international competitions and to give lectures at many influential academic institutions worldwide. He held the post of visiting professor at the School of Architecture at University of Hong Kong, the University of Venice, Tsinghua University and Hunan University. LIU Xiaodu currently serves as the chairman for the first Shenzhen City of Design Promotion Association. He is appointed to be one of the chief curators for 2017 Shenzhen-Hong Kong Urbanism\ Architecture Bi-City Biennale (Shenzhen).