Principal Architect and Co-founder of URBANUS Architecture & Design Inc. LIU Xiaodu was appointed as one of the chief curators for 2017 Shenzhen-Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism \ Architecture (Shenzhen). He served as the first chairman of the Shenzhen City of Design Promotion Association. LIU Xiaodu is also the director of Pingshan Art Museum in Shenzhen, which opened in 2019.
In 1999, LIU Xiaodu co-founded URBANUS with partners MENG Yan and WANG Hui. URBANUS developed branches in Beijing and Shenzhen and has become one of the most influential architectural practices in China. LIU Xiaodu is the constructer of company structure and oversees the overall operation. Architecture design projects co-led by LIU Xiaodu include Tulou Collective Housing, Hui Hotel, Bcn Re. Set-Identity Pavilion, OCT-LOFT Renovation, Hongdu Old Factories Renovation, OCT Art & Design Gallery, Greater China IFC, SHUM YIP UpperHills LOFT and VANKE Liuxiandong North Green Belt Landscape Design, Two Pavilions in Jingmi Park etc. The projects have received numerous prominent awards, exhibited and published worldwide.
LIU Xiaodu has participated in numerous domestic and international architectural exhibitions and academic events including the 6th Sao Paulo International Biennale of Architecture and Design 2005, Lisbon Architecture Triennial 2007, Taking a Stance in Rotterdam: Daring design | Daring Design 2008, and Tulou Solo Exhibition of Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York etc. He is one of the chief curators for 2017 Shenzhen-Hong Kong Urbanism\ Architecture Bi-City Biennale (Shenzhen) , the chief curator of the China Pavilion of 2016 London Biennale and 2019 Shenzhen (Pingshan) International Sculpture Exhibition, etc.
LIU Xiaodu was graduated from Tsinghua University and Miami University, and he is a RIBA Chartered Architect. He used to teach at the School of Architecture at Tsinghua University, and taught architectural design at the University of Hong Kong, Tsinghua University and IUAV in recent years as visiting professor. LIU Xiaodu also held the posts of visiting professor at Hunan University, Shenzhen University and Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. He is often invited to be the jury member for international competitions and to give lectures at many influential academic institutions worldwide.