LOCATION CONDITION & POSITION
NODE stands for Nansha Original DEsign (or NO DEsign) and was established in 2004. It is a small and high quality architectural practice in the Pearl River Delta region, which grew out of a series of projects associated and completed with the Fok Foundation of Hong Kong, and has extended its practice geographically outward. Founded and led by Principal Architect, Doreen Heng LIU, NODE currently consists of 15 architects and designers from China and other countries, and has completed and is implementing architectural projects in China. For years, NODE, with Nansha as her local base and Hong Kong as her international window, also established a studio in Shenzhen in late 2009, has been conducting a diversity of architectural, art and design practices in the PRD region. NODE here is understood as the point in which different vectors – possibilities, tendencies, and events – intersect. It is neither a point of departure or of arrival. It is not a fixed entity. It is determined by ever-changing fluxes and dynamics.
DOREEN HENG LIU
-FOUNDER & PRINCIPLE ARCHITECT -
Doreen Heng LIU, a Chinese architect born in Guangzhou. She received her MArch from UC Berkeley in 1994 and Doctor of Design at Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2008.
In 2004, Doreen established her own design practice NODE in Nansha and Hong Kong, and relocated in Shenzhen since 2009. Her acclaimed built works include Liuxiandong Vanke Green Corridor North Plot A3 and B4 (2018), the Renovation of Dameisha Village, Yantian, Shenzhen (2017), Futian Wedding Hall, Shenzhen (2017), the Renovation of Shekou Dachan Flour Mill – UABB (2015), the Entrance Building & Warehouse of Shekou Fufa Glass Factory renovation (2013), Shenzhen; Guangzhou Times Museum (2010), Nansha Science Museum, & etc. Her design works have been awarded and published in many international & domestic professional magazines including Architectural Record, Domus, Volume, The Plan and Abitare, etc.; and exhibited in various architectural and art exhibitions internationally including Venice, Berlin, Rotterdam, Vienna & etc.
In 2012, Doreen with her firm NODE is shortlisted as one of five international emerging architects for Audi Urban Future Initiative (AUFI) awards; in 2014, Doreen was nominated as Curator for Hong Kong Pavilion for the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. In 2015, the Entrance Building of Shekou Fufa Glass Factory renovation won Excellent Award for Creative Design Award in China; in the same year, Doreen was nominated as chief curator for Shenzhen Hong Kong Urbanism/Architecture Bi-city Biennial, together with Aaron Betsky, Hubert Klumpner& Alfredo Brillembourg. In 2016, the built project of Shekou Dachan Flour Mill Renovation is shortlisted of International Archmarathon Awards and WA City Regeneration Award; in 2018, the Renovation of Dameisha Village, Yantian, Shenzhen (2017 UABB ) is shortlisted for WA Social Equality Award and Nominating Award for Architectural Design Category of Shenzhen Global Design Award 2019.
Since September 2008, Doreen has been teaching at School of Architecture, the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). In 2015-2016 academic year, Doreen was appointed as Guest Professor at D-ARCH, ETH. Now as Adjunct Associate Professor at CUHK, her research focuses on contemporary urbanism and architecture in the Pearl River Delta (Greater Bay Area) & China, and their specific impacts in the making of architecture today. With her design focuses on urban regeneration, infrastructure & public space, Doreen’s leading studio tries to re-investigate & re-examine the given conditions based on specific sites and issues; Through a series of critical & research based design exercises, the studio is to explore and ultimately to deliver different but better alternatives in architecture today.