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KWAN-YEN
PEOPLE'S STATION
YANTAI, SHANDONG

View Project / Area: 400 sqm / New Developer / Public Space / Fast-paced process: Concept to Building in Three Months / Conversion of an Atypical Site: Built on a Parking Lot / Flexible Spaces / PAO/PIDO Retrospective

MRS FAN'S
PLUGIN HOUSE
CHANGCHUN JIE, BEIJING

View Project / Area: 15 sqm / Government Pilot / Creative Solution to a Pervasive, but Largely Ignored, Problem / Cross-Disciplinary Work / Systematic Solution- Product Development / Designed, Manufactured and Constructed In-House

HOUSE PARTS
OFFICE
BEIJING

View Project / Area: 400 sqm / Tech Start-up / Spatial Branding / Flexible Workspace / Fast-paced, Phased Project Management / Custom Furniture / Award-Winning Design

RIVER HEIGHTS
RESIDENCES
TAIYUAN, CHINA

View Project / Area:600,000 sqm / New Developer / High FAR / Below Average Price per Square Meter / High Quality Design / High Quality Environment (Natural Ventilation and Sunlight) / Award-Winning Project / Master Plan: Architecture, Landscape, Interior Design, Branding

PEOPLE'S CANOPY BEIJING, HONG KONG, SHENZHEN

View Project / Community Outreach: Hosted Workshops to Discuss Urban Issues, Manufacturing, Community Engagement / Reproducible Effect / Used by Local NGOs / Flexible Urban Solution

RIVER HEIGHTS
PAVILION
TAIYUAN, SHANXI

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LEPING FOUNDATION OFFICE HEADQUARTERS BEIJING

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RURAL PLUGIN HOUSE SHENZHEN

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PEOPLE’S
ARCHITECTURE
OFFICE

Beijing-based People's Architecture Office (PAO) was founded by He Zhe, James Shen and Zang Feng in 2010, and consists of a multi-disciplinary team of architects, engineers, product designers and urbanists. With the belief that design is for the masses the studio focuses on social impact through design. PAO is the first architecture practice in Asia certified as a B-Corporation and serves as a model for social entrepreneurship.

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IN THE NEWS

  • Symposium at Columbia

    Dec 23th, 2017

    Symposium at Columbia

    On November 17, 15 firms selected out of over 150 practices established within the past 10 years gathered at “Constructing Practice,” a daylong symposium at the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation(GSAPP). Principal James Shen represented People’s Architecture Office(PAO) in conversation with Professor Eric Bunge(nArchitects) and Juan Herreros(Juan Herreros Arquitectos), as well as representatives from Ramos Castellano Architectis(Cape Verde) and Local Studio(South Africa).

  • 2017 AZ Awards winner

    Aug 31th, 2017

    2017 AZ Awards winner

    On June 23, Azure honoured the winners of the 2017 AZ Awards at a lavish gala at Toronto’s Evergreen Brick Works. Azure handed out trophies in recognition of outstanding achievement in 20 categories.

  • PAO Nominated for Beazley Award 2017!

    Aug 23th, 2017

    PAO Nominated for Beazley Award 2017!

    The Mrs. Fan's Plugin House of People's Architecture Office is shortlisted for the prestigious Beazley Designs of the Year 2017, among 13 architecture nominees including Zaha Hadid Architects, OMA and Adjaye Associates. This was announced by the Design Museum in London on the 16th of August.

  • Grand Opening of Kwan-Yen People's Station

    Jul 30th, 2017

    Grand Opening of Kwan-Yen People's Station

    Built from modular prefabricated components and a variety of industrial raw materials, the Kwan-Yen People’s Station is by far the largest "Plugin building" of PAO - a typology of structure developed by PAO that is easily assembled and moved - built to date. It took just over a month to build at the Kwan-Yen Art District by Yantai's seaside, and on July 30th it officially opened to the public.

  • WAF & INSIDE Shortlisted!

    Jul 11th, 2017

    WAF & INSIDE Shortlisted!

    We are thrilled to anounce that two of our recent projects - Mrs. Fan's Plugin House and Xiao Zhu's House Parts Office - have entered in the finalist of the 2017 WAF(House - Completed Buildings) and the INSIDE World Festival of Interiors(Offices) respectively. Meanwhile, the Plugin House has been selected into the shortlist of a special prize for small projects(Small Projects Prize).

  • PAO at Harvard for a Year

    Dec 08th, 2017

    PAO at Harvard for a Year

    People’s Architecture Office (PAO) Principal James Shen began his year as a 2018 LOEB Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) with an informative talk that detailed both PAO’s past work and the firm’s goals for the upcoming year.

  • Vote for Us!

    Apr 08th, 2017

    Vote for Us!

    We are thrilled to anounce that two of our projects - Mrs. Fan's Plugin House and People's Canopy - are finalists for the 2017 Azure Magazine's AZ Award in three catagories. People’s Choice voting is open from April 6 until May 5. Please vote for PAO and thanks for your support!

  • Vote for us!

    Mar 22th, 2017

    Vote for us!

    We're excited to announce our Mrs. Fan's Plugin House is a finalist for the 2017 Architizer A+Awards. Now its time for the public to vote. Please help us spread the word!

  • Emerging Architects by AR

    Dec 03th, 2017

    Emerging Architects by AR

    The AR Emerging Architecture awards grant early recognition to 14 young designers - including People's Architecture Office - across the world and celebrate the architectural stars of tomorrow, promoting global design innovation and fresh approaches to architecture by emerging architects.

  • The Courtyard House Plugin won the ARCHMARATHON AWARD

    May 30th, 2016

    The Courtyard House Plugin won the ARCHMARATHON AWARD

    The Courtyard House Plugin won the ARCHMARATHON AWARD in the category of Retrofitting and Refurbishment. Held inMilan, ARCHMARRATHON 2016 gathered 42 international practices who competed for the prestigious award recognizing their unique talent.

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