Principal Architect , PRAXiS d' ARCHITECTURE
Shaohua Di is the founding principal in PRAXiS d' ARCHITECTURE. ¬†Before establishing her own practice, She worked as a senior designer in Perkins+Will and a client architect in Beijing. ¬†She has been studio and thesis critic for Tianjing University, China Central Academy of Fine Arts and Dessau Institute of Architecture, and taught graduate design studio in Tianjin University. ¬†She was featured by¬†New Chinese Architecture ‚Äì Twenty Women Building the Future¬†published by Thames & Hudson London.
She was an invited judge for 2020/2021 Word Architecture News Awards, 2021 Female Frontier Awards and 2021 Rethinking Future 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. Shaohua holds a B.Arch from Tianjin University and an M.Arch and a S.March.S (Urbanism) from MIT where she received Francis Ward Chandler Prize. PRAXiS d' ARCHITECTURE's work has been widely published and received many awards including WAN Bauhaus Gold Prize, Chinese Architecture Design and Survey Awards, Master Architecture Prize Firm of the Year Awards, German Design Awards, etc.