Shaohua Di


Principal architect, PRAXiS d' ARCHITECTURE
Di Shaohua 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. 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 seek to fully realize architecture's practical values while fulfilling it with spirits. She has been studio critic for Tianjing University, China Central Academy of Fine Arts and Dessau Institute of Architecture, and is teaching a graduate architecture studio in Tianjin University at the moment. She was invited as a judge for 2020 Word Architecture News Awards. PRAXiS d' ARCHITECTURE's work has been widely published, and received many awards including 2019 WAN Bauhaus Gold Prize, 2019 Master Architecture Prize Firm of the Year awards, 2020 German design awards Winner, 2019 China Architecture Design and Survey Awards Second Prize, 2016-2017 Iconic Architecture Awards, 2016 WIN final winner for Retail space under 200 sqm etc.