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About Praxis d'Architecture : Shaohua Di founded Praxis d’Architecture (www.praxisdarch.com) in 2009. She graduated from Tianjin University in 1995 with a B.Arch and Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a professional degree of M.Arch and a post professional degree of S.March.S. in Urbanism. In 2003 she received Frances Ward Chandler Prize from MIT.   She worked for Perkins+Will and Qianmen 23 renovation project in Beijing before establishing Praxis d’Architecture. She is guest critic in architecture department in Central Academy of Art in Beijing.  In 2014 Beijing international design week, her work was exhibited with 751DLab, and was shortlisted for Fall 2014 China Poly auction. In the same year she was picked by UED magazine as one of the prominent young Chinese architects. Praxis d'Architecture's work has been widely published internationally by media such as Dezeen, Frame, Archdaily, Divisare, Detail, etc. Praxis d' Architecture is a team filled with passion and believes in the importance of architecture, as a profession, its ability to transform our living environment into a better world. Through great endeavor in implementing each idea into reality, the team seeks architecture resolution and experiences where one would calm down and feel comfortable, allowing a moment of self reflection.
STATEMENT OF ART:
Founded in 2009, Praxis d’Architecture is actively engaged in a broad range of projects of various scales, from offices, artist studios, exhibition spaces to installation, furniture, etc.

Our design begins with identification and analysis of cultural and physical context of the site and drawing inspiration from it. Then a theme of design is to be acquired. This theme will be tangibly represented through the device of architecture, and determines the nature of material, light and space. The theme will be transformed as a result of the reaction when it confronts with site, programmatic requirements, and other external forces. Design process is to discover, during the “reaction”, the threshold between perceptibility and imperceptibility of the theme. This process is calibration of proportion between the real and the mental, the fact and the theme. Sometimes the theme can be resolved into architectural experience, but sometimes it will never be resolved unless the theme is reacquired, because architecture bears practicality.

What architecture can bring us is not just a feeling of beauty or comfort, or reminiscence of culture and history, but above all that, a feeling of sublimity, a noble condition of human instinct.

Architecture and design infiltrate 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 and movies, 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 is a team filled with passion and believes in the importance of architecture, as a profession, its ability to transform our living environment into a better world. Through great endeavor in implementing each idea into reality, the team seeks architecture resolution and experiences where one would calm down and feel comfortable, allowing a moment of self reflection.

Shaohua Di, the founding principal, graduated from Tianjin University in 1995 with a B.Arch and Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a professional degree of M.Arch and a post professional degree of S.March.S. in Urbanism. In 2003 she received Frances Ward Chandler Prize from MIT. She worked for Perkins+Will and Qianmen 23 renovation project in Beijing before establishing Praxis d’Architecture. She is guest critic in architecture department in Central Academy of Art in Beijing. In 2014 Beijing international design week, her work was exhibited with 751DLab, and was shortlisted for Fall 2014 China Poly auction. In the same year she was picked by UED magazine as one of the prominent young Chinese architects. Praxis d'Architecture's work has been widely published internationally by media such as Dezeen, Frame, Archdaily, Architect Magazine, Divisare, Detail, etc.

ORGANIZATION:
Praxis d' Architecture

EDUCATION:
1990-1995 Undergrad student, BA, Tianjin University, Tianjin, China
1999-2003 Graduate student, M.Arch. MIT, Cambridge, USA

EXPERIENCE:
2004-2006 Senior designer, Perkins+Will Beijing, China
2007-2008 Client architect, Qianmen 23 renovation project, Beijing/China
2009-present Principal Architect, Praxis d'Architecture, Beijing/China

MIXED EXHIBITIONS:
2014 "751Dlab" exhibition, Beijing Design Week, Beijing, China, Curated by Ma Xiaowei
2014 "Exhibition of shortlisted projects", Poly China Autumn Auction, Beijing, China, with Architect Song Gang, etc.

EVENTS:
2002 Undergraduate architecture studio teaching assistant, MIT, USA
2003 Guest critique for architecture studio in Boston Architecture Center, USA
2005 Guest critique for architecture studio in Central Academy of Art, Beijing, China
2007 Former American Embassy (built in 1906) renovation project, Design coordinator as client architect , Beijing, China
2013-2014 Guest critique for undergraduate thesis review for Architecture department in Central Academy of Art, Beijing, China

AWARDS:
2003 Francis Ward Chandler Award for Achievement in Architecture Design, MIT, USA
2003 Dean's list in annual report to president, MIT, USA
2014 Design excellent certificate by 751DLab, Beijing, China
2014 Young architects named by UED magazine, China
2016 Architizer A+Award, USA, Special mention for Praxis d'Studio renovation

PRESS APPEARANCES:
Mar.2016 "Praxis d' Studio renovation", Architizer, USA
Jan. 2016 "Spring Art Museum", Dezeen.com, England
Jan. 2016 "Spring Art Museum", Archdaily.com
Jan. 2016 "Spring Art Museum", Divisare.com, Italy
Jan. 2016 "Spring Art Museum", ArchitectMagazine.com, USA
Jan. 2016 "Spring Art Museum", Detail.de, Germany
Jan. 2016 "Spring Art Museum", gooood.hk, China
Dec. 2015 "Praxis d’Studio design", FRAME Book ‘The Other Office 2 – Creative workspace design’ Page 240-247, 481, Amsterdam/Netherland
Nov. 2015 "Importance of Walking Store”, PLD Magazine.com, Germany
Oct. 2015 “Max Show Center”,“Importance of Walking Store” ArchDaily.com
Oct. 2015 “Importance of Walking Store”, "Dongrun Apartment", "Praxis d'Studio Design", Divisare.com, Italy
Jul. 2015 "Interior Design China", Design magazine, "Importance of walking"shoe store, Page 14, 48-49, Beijing/China
Jan. 2015 "Asia-home.com.cn", online design media, “It is hard to define a good strategy on paper, for it only comes from reality on the construction site”, Beijing/China
Dec. 2014 "Asia-home.com.cn", online design media, Tencent Inc. Interviews SHAOHUA DI, founder of Praxis d’ Architecture, Beijing/China
Nov. 2014 "751D•LAB", Nine young designers presented in Beijing International Design Week made into shortlist of the 2014 Beijing Poly Autumn Auction, Beijing/China
Nov. 2014 "www.Archy.com" interviews Shaohua Di, Beijing/China
Oct. 2014 "UED: Finding Young Architects" interviews Shaohua Di, founder of Praxis d’Architecture on Thoughts on Architecture, Beijing/China
Apr. 2014 "Pro. Design" interviews Shaohua Di - Architecture is able to transmit meaning, Guangzhou/China

ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS:
2016 "AW" Design magazine, "MAX Show Center", to be published in Feb. Seoul, Korea

2015 "Frame book - The other office 2: creative workplace design", Design magazine, "Praxis d'Studio design" December 2015. Amsterdam/Netherland

2015 "Interior Design China", Design magazine, "Importance of walking"shoe store, Page 14, 48-49, July, Beijing/China

2014 "Urban Environment and Design" Design online publication , "Dongrun apartment" and "lake shore artist studio", Oct. Beijing/China

2014 "Pro Design", Design magazine, "Youth career development center", "Lake shore artist studio", Page 72-83, April, Guangzhou/China

BOOKS:
2015 "Frame book - The other office: creative workplace design", Design magazine, "Praxis d'Studio design" has been notified in September of inclusion in the year book, to be published in December 2015. Amsterdam/Netherland

2015 "Interior Design China", Design magazine, "Importance of walking"shoe store, Page 14, 48-49, July, Beijing/China

2014 "Pro Design", Design magazine, "Youth career development center", "Lake shore artist studio", Page 72-83, April, Guangzhou/China

ACCOLADES:
2003 Francis Ward Chandler Award for Achievement in Architecture Design, MIT, USA
2003 Dean's list in annual report, MIT, USA
2014 Design excellent certificate by 751DLab, Beijing, China
2014 Young architects named by UED magazine, China

LANGUAGE SKILLS:
Mandarin: native language
English: good in communication

COMPUTER LITERACY:
Auto CAD, Photoshop, word, excel, etc. Sufficient skill to design and manage projects.

COURSES, SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS::
1990-1995 under graduate school (Tianjing University):
Architecture design studios,
structure class,
drawing and rendering,
Chinese and western architecture history,
undergraduate thesis,
etc.

1999-2003 Graduate school (MIT):
2000 spring: architecture design studios at MIT with Ann Pendleton Julian, architecture history, building technology, Theory of city with Jullian Beinard
2000 fall: architecture design studios at MIT with Fernando Domako, film analysis in Harvard
2001 Spring: architecture design studios at MIT with Michael McKinnell
2001Fall: architecture design studios at Harvard GSD with Marian Thomson, performance workshop with Jone Jonas, Introduction to architecture theory in GSD
2002-2003: master's thesis(Duality and Fluidity: Yin Yang and Bathhouse", 19th century art and Renascence Architecture with HTC of MIT

COLLECTIONS:
2014, Design model of "lake shore artist studio", Private collector, through China Poly Auction

JURY MEMBERSHIPS:
2014, Jury member of undergraduate thesis review in architecture department in Central Academy of Art, Beijing, China

HOBBIES:
Reading, being accompany with my children and family, traveling, etc

CLIENTELE:
2009-2011 Song zhuang County Government, Office building architecture design, Beijing, China
2010-2015 Private client, Spring museum design, Beijing, China
2010-2012 Dong Run Investment, Co.Ltd
2011-2012 Private client, Artist studio design
2012-2015 Gold Concord Real Estate Investment Co. Ltd., Max Sales center, Shan Dong Province, China
2014 Private client, Importance of walking shoe store, Beijing, China
2015 Private client, vacation house in He Bei province, China
2015 Xiao Pu Village Committee, Activity center, Beijing, China

WEB SITE:
www.praxisdarch.com

PORTFOLIO URL:
www.praxisdarch.com

REGISTRATION DATE:
2015-09-29 03:58:52

COUNTRY:
China

ACCOUNT TYPE:
Professional

Awards received by Praxis d'Architecture


Spring Art Museum Exhibition

Bronze A' Design Award Winner for Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category in 2015
PRAXiS d' ARCHITECTURE for Private Client

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