Lu Wenyu

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Lu Wenyu
Born1967 (age 54–55)
OrganizationAmateur Architecture Studio
AwardsSchelling Architecture Prize

Lu Wenyu (Chinese: 陆文宇; born 1967) is a Chinese architect. She co-founded the firm Amateur Architecture Studio[1] in Hangzhou, China,[2] which became known for its use of natural materials and traditional techniques.[3] In 2010, Lu Wenyu and her partner Wang Shu won the German Schelling Architecture Prize for their work with Amateur Architecture.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Lu Wenyu studied architecture at Nanjing Institute of Technology.[5]



She co-founded Amateur Architecture Studio in 1997, alongside business partner Wang Shu, in Hangzhou, China.[2] They chose the name as a rebuke of the "professional, soulless architecture" practiced in China, which they believe has contributed to the large-scale demolition of many old urban neighborhoods.[6] The practice became known for its use of natural materials such as wood, stones, and mud, bringing in aspects of the greater landscape.[3] In 2013 Lu Wenyu was quoted stating that "[At Amateur Architecture Studio] we spend an enormous amount of time experimenting, trying to resurrect the craftsmanship that is almost lost. We use a method that is passed on, hand-to-hand, to re-establish tradition instead of talking about abstract but empty concepts."[7]


She worked on the Ningbo History Museum from 2003 until 2008.[8] In 2006, she worked on the Tiled Garden installation at the 2006 Venice Biennale, where "a sea of tens of thousands of recycled tiles from the local area were carefully laid in rows and accessed by pedestrian bamboo bridges."[9]

Around 2012, she had taught a course for several years at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.[5] In 2012, she and Wang began working on a transformation of the village Wencun, with about 400 residents, and by 2016, 14 new houses had been built. The development was intended to serve as a prototype for salvaging other villages.[10] They later showcased materials used in the rebuild at the 2016 Venice architecture biennale.[11]

In July 2016, she and Shu gave the annual architecture lecture at The Royal Academy.[8][12] In 2017, some work by Lu Wenyu was exhibited in Louisiana, including photographs, models and material samples in three galleries. The first included a model of Xiangshan Campus, the third included features from the Ningbo History Museum.[13] She and Wang also designed Huang Gonwang Museum, located in Fuyang.[14]


In 2010, Lu Wenyu and Wang Shu together won the German Schelling Architecture Prize.[4]

In 2012, Wang Shu was awarded the Pritzker Prize for the work the duo completed together in their firm, Amateur Architecture Studio. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Wang Shu expressed his sentiment that Lu Wenyu deserved to share the Pritzker Prize with him.[15]

Personal life[edit]

She met her husband, architect Wang Shu, when both were students of architecture at Nanjing Institute of Technology. They have a son together.[5]


Ningbo Museum (2008)


  1. ^ Ann Lok Lui (25 April 2012). "WORKING IN THE SHADOWS". Architects Newspaper.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Wang Shu", MIT Architecture
  3. ^ a b "The Chinese architecture duo fighting for traditional design values", CNN Style, September 13, 2017, Stephy Chung
  4. ^ a b "Schelling Architecture Prize 2010" (PDF). Schelling Architecture Prize. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
  5. ^ a b c "An Architect’s Vision: Bare Elegance in China", The New York Times, Jane Perlez, August 9, 2012
  6. ^ Robin Pogrebin (27 February 2012). "For First Time, Architect in China Wins Field's Top Prize". New York Times.
  7. ^ "An Interview with Lu Wenyu, Amateur Architecture Studio", Alessio Rizzardi, ArchDaily, May 13, 2015
  8. ^ a b "Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu", The Royal Academy of Arts, July 2016
  9. ^ "Material Masters: The Traditional Tiles of Wang Shu & Lu Wenyu", Evan Rawn, ArchDaily, June 3, 2015
  10. ^ "Saving China’s Soul, One Village at a Time", Denise Hruby and Yin Yijun, Sixth Tone, February 7, 2018
  11. ^ "Alejandro Aravena's Venice architecture biennale: 'We can’t forget beauty in our battles'", Oliver Wainwright, May 26, 2016
  12. ^ "Watch Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu's Royal Academy Annual Architecture Lecture 2016", July 11, 2016, Dezeen
  13. ^ "The Architect’s Studio: Wang Shu – Amateur Architecture Studio - Art Review: William and Wang bring the wow factor to Louisiana", Leslie Hawener, March 2, 2017
  14. ^ "Huang Gongwang Museum by Amateur Architecture Studio", Architectural Record, Clifford A. Pearson, April 1, 2017
  15. ^ Christopher Hawthorne (27 February 2012). "Pritzker Prize goes to Wang Shu, 48-year-old Chinese architect". LA Times.