WSJ names Wang Shu ‘Innovator of the Year 2012′

Ningbo Museum of Art © Iwan Baan

The Wall Street Journal announced Wang Shu as architecture’s “Innovator of the Year 2012”, commending his “deceptively simple” vision that is “drafting a new architectural blueprint for his country”. The 49-year-old Chinese architect, whose work has been described as China’s “new regional style”, is one of the most influential architects in what is becoming one of the most important countries in the world.

After founding Amateur Architecture Studio with his wife, Lu Wenyu, in 1997, the Pritzker Prize laureate has created a succession of acclaimed projects throughout China, from civic buildings to private homes to exhibition pavilions. Some of his most prominent works include the monumental Ningbo Museum of Art, constructed of locally salvaged materials, and the uniquely crafted Xiangshan Campus for the China Academy of Art. Both projects exhibit Shu’s innovative balance between traditional and contemporary Chinese architecture that remains deeply rooted within it’s context.

Learn more about and his work, here on ArchDaily. Also, be sure to read WSJ. Magazine’s full article on Wang Shu here and view all of the 2012 winners here.

Xiangshan Campus for the China Academy of Art © Iwan Baan
Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "WSJ names Wang Shu ‘Innovator of the Year 2012′" 26 Oct 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <>