Through her practice, Hu has reinforced a core vision: to respond to a global worldview incorporating overlapping design disciplines for a critical paradigm in architecture, while believing in research as a design tool, as each project bears its unique set of contextual issues.
Alongside her design practice, Hu has been committed to architectural education and has lectured across the globe in various universities and professional forums. Recently appointed as chair of the department of architecture at Tongji University in Shanghai, Hu’s commitment to education will catapult Tongji, China’s preeminent architecture school, to a global platform, connecting peoples and ideas between different worlds, melting together cultures, nations, and ideologies. Having recently finished teaching as design critic in architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design following her last appointment in 2019, Hu will begin teaching as design critics at Yale School of Architecture in 2022 spring, where she received the distinguished Norman R. Foster visiting professor chair in 2018.
Hu is also founding partner of Design Republic in Shanghai since 2004, a design platform incorporating retail concept, design and cultural exhibitions, and education. In 2015, she was appointed as the creative director of Stellar Works, and has served on the international advisory board of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra since 2018.
Hu received her Master of Architecture and Urban Planning at Princeton University and her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture at UC Berkeley with a minor in music.