Studio Zhu Pei
Four Museums in China
The Chinese architect Zhu Pei, born in 1962 and trained at Tsinghua University and UC Berkeley, set up his practice in Beijing in 2005, and from there he has produced an extraordinary corpus of cultural works that have made him one of the leading figures of his generation. To illustrate the breadth of his formal register, we feature here four recent museums in which he goes from brick vaults and randomly perforated prisms to the low-lying roofs of traditional architecture. Marked by his American experience, which includes teaching at Harvard and Columbia, he is the current dean of the School of Architecture at the capital’s Central Academy of Fine Arts.