Zhu Pei

Founder, Studio Zhu-Pei

Dean, Central Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture

Visiting Professor, Harvard University, Columbia University


RIBA Chartered Architect

Zhu Pei, one of the leading Chinese architects, received his Master degree in Architecture both from Tsinghua University and UC Berkeley, he founded Studio Zhu-Pei in Beijing in 2005. 

Zhu Pei has won The Architectural Review Future Project Awards in 2017, Honor Award from the AIA in 2015, he was named one of “the 5 greatest architects under 50” by the Huffington Post in 2011, won the Courvoisier Design Award by Wallpaper in 2009, the Design Vanguard Award by Architectural Record in 2007, China Award from Architectural Record in 2005 and DFA Grand Award and Special Award for Culture, Hong Kong, in 2008, Special Merit Award by UIA and UNESCO in 1989.

In 2006 and 2007, Zhu Pei was commissioned by the Guggenheim Foundation to design the Guggenheim Art Pavilion in Abu Dhabi and the Guggenheim Museum in Beijing. His built works include Jingdezhen Imperial Kiln Museum (Jiangxi, 2020), Yangliping Performing Arts Center (Yunnan, 2020), Zibo OCT Art Center (Shandong, 2020), 798 CUBE Art Museum (Beijing, 2020), Shou County Culture and Art Center (Anhui, 2019),  Minsheng Museum of Modern Art (Beijing, 2015), Taimiao Art Museum (Beijing, 2015), Yi Garden I, 12th Venice Biennale (Italy, 2010), Pace Art Museum (Beijing, 2009), Digital Beijing, Olympics Control Center (Beijing, 2008), Cai Guoqiang Courtyard House Renovation (Beijing, 2007), etc.

His works have been exhibited at world important museums such as the Venice Biennial, the Sao Paulo Art Biennial, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, GA gallery in Japan, the Victoria and Albert Museum in UK, the Dresden State Art Museum in Germany, AEDES in Germany, Kassel in Germany, Harvard University and Rome MAXXI Museum in Italy, etc. Moreover, some of the design models and sketches are permanently collected by MoMA, Centre Pompidou and Victoria and Albert Museum.

He has also been selected as an architecture jury member for the Mies van der Rohe Award in 2011, Hong Kong Design Week in 2011 and Korea International Competition in 2015/2017 and IFLA Asia-Pac LA Awards in 2019. He has given numerous lectures at Harvard University, Columbia University, Yale University, Syracuse University, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Rhode Island school of Design, Rice University, University at Buffalo, University of South California, University of Texas at Austin, and University of Auckland, Tsinghua University, etc.


Jingdezhen Imperial Kiln Museum has won 2021 AZ Awards-Architecture Winner, 2021

Jingdezhen Imperial Kiln Museum has won 2021 Architizer A+ Awards-Museum Winner, 2021

Jingdezhen Imperial Kiln Museum was selected by Dezeen as one of Top 10 Museums and Galleries, 2020

Jingdezhen Imperial Kiln Museum was selected by designboom as one of Top 10 Museums and Cultural Venues, 2020

Jingdezhen Imperial Kiln Museum has won The Architectural Review Future Project Awards, 2017

2019 Beijing Horticultural Expo has won an Honor Award from the AIA NY Chapter, 2015

5 greatest architects under 50, by Huffington Post, 2011

Design Vanguard Award from Architectural Record, 2007

Courvoisier Design Award, Wallpaper, 2009

China Award from Architectural Record, 2005

WA China Architectural Prize, 2004

Chinese Architecture award, 2003

DFA Grand Award and Special Award for Culture, Hong Kong, 2008

Award of Special Merit from UNESCO, 1989

OCT Design Museum was selected by ArchDaily as one of 20 Amazing 21st Century Museums, 2014

OCT Design Museum was selected by《Frame》as one of 10 world most inspiring, innovative and educational top museums, 2011 

Competition and Projects


Jingdezhen Imperial Kiln Museum, Jiangxi

Shou County Culture and Art Center, Anhui

Zibo OCT Art Center, Shandong

Yangliping Performing Arts Center, Yunnan

Minsheng Museum of Modern Art, Beijing

OCT Design Museum, Shenzhen 

Pace Art Museum at 798, Beijing

Ningbo Jiangdong Chapel, Zhejiang

Artist Caiguoqiang courtyard house renovation, Beijing

Artist Liu Xiaodong Studio, Beijing 

Digital Beijing-The Control Center of Beijing Olympic 2008 

Guggenheim Art Pavilion, Abu Dhabi

Guggenheim Museum in Beijing

Cube Art Museum at 798, Beijing

Taimiao Art Museum, Beijing

Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai

Wanlin Art Museum, Hubei

Jingjiang Cultural and Art Center, Jiangsu

Ningbo Art Center, Zhejiang

Baiyang Prehistorical Museum, Yunnan

Yi-Garden I, an art installation at Venice Biennial

Yi-Garden II, an art installation at Quanzhou Art Park, Fujian


"Transformation"-A Joint Exhibition of the Four Contemporary Masters from CAFA 

and the Opening Exhibition of Jingdezhen Imperial Kiln Museum, Jiangxi, China

"Mind Landscapes" Solo Exhibition, Aedes, Berlin, Germany

Contemporary Architecture in China, Harvard University, US

"ZÀI XĪNG TǓ MÙ" Exhibition, Aedes, Berlin, Germany

Chinese Pavilion, 12th International Architec­tural Exhibition, Venice 

Verso Est.Chinese Architectural Landscape, Rome 

Chinese Gardens for Living - illusion into real­ity, Dresden, Germany 

Exhibition of Chinese contemporary Architec­ture, Paris 

China Design Now, Victoria and Albert Mu­seum, UK 

Chinese contemporary architecture, Rotter­dam 

Biennial  Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo 

Alors, la Chine, Centre Pompidou, Paris