Zhu Pei

Founder, Studio Zhu-Pei

Dean, School of Architecture at Central Academy of Fine Arts in Bejing

UB Confucius Institute Distinguished Architecture Lecture

Imperial Kiln Museum, Jingdezhen, China Image: Studio Zhu Pei.

Imperial Kiln Museum, Jingdezhen, China Image: Studio Zhu Pei


Wednesday, February 13, 2019
6 pm - 7:30 pm
Hayes 403

Root + Contemporaneity

The work of the notable Chinese architect Zhu Pei, founder of Studio Zhu Pei, reflects a deep understanding and particular awareness of societal traditions, history and the tectonics of building in China. His recent design for the new Museum at the Imperial Kiln in Jingdezhen presents a sensitive addition on a site of national significance yet one that simultaneously explores materiality and constructional innovation. In his lecture at UB's School of Architecture and Planning the architect Zhu Pei will trace the roots of his work and that inspiration through examinations of current design proposals.

Watch the entire lecture on YouTube

Examples of Work


Zhu Pei, a graduate of Tsinghua University and UC Berkeley, is one of China’s most significant architects. He established Studio Zhu Pei in Beijing in 2005 and the practice has been responsible for the design of numerous important civic buildings in China including the recently completed Imperial Kiln Museum in Jingdezhen. His work has been published internationally and exhibited at the Venice and Sao Paulo Biennales, Centre Pompidou and the V&A in London.

Zhu Pei is a respected teacher who has taught at Columbia University and was a Visiting Professor at the GSD at Harvard. Currently he serves as the Dean of the School of Architecture at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.

Co-sponsored by the UB Confucius Institute and Department of Asian Studies