LIU JIAKUN (8 articles)
liu jiakun is founder and lead architect of jiakun architects, a practice based in chengdu, china. since its founding in 1999, jiakun architects has continuously organized and also participated in various international collaborations and exhibitions. as a multidisciplinary office, jiakun architects has been working with clients from different countries. it is not only specialized in architectural design, but also large-scale planning, urban design, landscape design, interior design, product design and installation art. with a focus on social reality, jiakun architects always insists that architecture, which is in respect of tradition and vernacular, is the symbiosis with nature.
with a focus on social reality and a respect for local context and vernacular craftsmanship, liu jiakun aims to solve contemporary architectural issues with a sense of realism - an approach inspired by folk wisdom - for each project. his vision remains open to china's multi-traditions. having the faith in the compatibility of tradition and modernity, liu jiakun devotes himself to translating traditional chinese cultural ethos into contemporary architectural language, which represents a fine quality of intertexture between individual and collective memories. his exploration of a suitable technical approach in architecture is purely a logical continuation of his professional work on how to serve the people in need. many of these projects throw light on the reciprocal relation between chinese people's public life and urban cultural space.