Architecture and design infiltrates into every detail of our daily life. We consider architecture and architect not merely a profession, but a life style. When time allows, we interact with design studios in universities, go to see art exhibitions, visit a built environment, etc. While getting familiar with the technical aspect of a project design, we form a habit of thinking about the origin of design. The most important thing for us is to find a way of living and thinking that leads to creativity.
PRAXiS d’ ARCHITECTURE’s work has been widely published, and received many awards including 2019 World Architecture News Awards Bauhaus Gold Prize, 2019 Master Architecture Prize Firm of the Year Awards, 2019 China Architecture Design and Survey Awards, 2018 The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design Awards, 2016-2017 Iconic Architecture Awards, 2016 Word Interior News Awards Winner etc.
Shaohua DI is the founding principal in PRAXiS d’ARCHITECTURE. She graduated from Tianjin University with a B.Arch and Massachusetts Institute of Technology with an M.Arch and a S.March.S in Urbanism. In 2003 she received Francis Ward Chandler Prize at MIT. Before establishing her own practice, she worked as a senior designer in Perkins+Will and a client architect for Qianmen 23 renovation project in Beijing. She has been guest critic for Tianjing University, China Central Academy of Fine Arts and Dessau Institute of Architecture, and taught graduate architecture studio in Tianjin University. In 2019 she was selected by Austin William’s book “New Chinese Architecture – Twenty Women Building the Future” published by Thames & Hudson London. She was invited as a judge for 2020, 2021 Word Architecture News Awards and 2021 Female Frontier Awards.
Her design adopts an ingenious and harmonious approach to integrate architecture and its surroundings based on her understandings of the site’s cultural and physical context. She strives to create extraordinary spatial experiences by using economic, Eco-friendly and local materials and available means of construction. Regardless of project scale, she seeks to fully realize architecture’s practical values while fulfilling it with spirits.