Scott Danford Memorial Lecture

James Shen

Founder, Partner, People’s Architecture Office and People’s Industrial Design Office | Loeb Fellow, Harvard University (USA>UK>USA>China>USA)

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
6 pm - 7:30 pm
Hayes Hall 403

James Shen

Architect James Shen, co-founder of Beijing-based People's Architecture Office, will discuss his studio's use of methods of mass production to achieve greater social agency, particularly in the context of urban regeneration, housing, and place-making.

Originally from Los Angeles, James Shen received his M. Arch from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BSc in Product Design from California State University, Long Beach. He is a Visiting Lecturer at MIT and Harvard Loeb Fellow.

In 2010, Shen co-founded Beijing-based People's Architecture Office, a multi-disciplinary studio focused on social impact through design. People’s Architecture Office is the first architecture practice in Asia certified as a B-Corporation and serves as a model for social entrepreneurship.

The office of PAO is located in a traditional courtyard house in Beijing’s historic core, a setting characterized by urban informality, and one that inspires the studio’s work. PAO engages in urban issues through designs that straddle architecture and product design. The Courtyard House Plugin is a prefab system for urban regeneration that quickly and efficiently upgrades dilapidated homes without demolition or relocating inhabitants. The recently completed People’s Station is a cultural center that incorporates mobile parts that expand and detach in order to bring cultural activities to surrounding communities.

The studio’s award-winning works have been exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Harvard Graduate School of Design and the London Design Museum.

1 AIA LU available