Brendan Cormier | Rossana Hu | Sam Jacob | Naihan Li

Brendan Cormier

Brendan Cormier is a design curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where he leads the curation of a new V&A gallery in Shenzhen, China exploring twentieth and twenty-first century design. In 2015, together with Luisa Mengoni, he curated Unidentified Acts of Design—an installation at the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (Shenzhen)which explored creativity and design thinking embedded in the manufacturing landscape of the Pearl River Delta. He has previously worked as a designer and as an editor of Volume Magazine.

Rossana Hu

Rossana Hu is the Founding Partner of Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, an inter-disciplinary international architectural design practice based in Shanghai with a satellite office in London. Neri&Hu was named Designer of the Year 2015 at Maison&Objet Asia, Designer of the Year 2014 by Wallpaper*, and was induced into the U.S. Interior Design Hall of Fame in 2013. The practice also won AR Awards for Emerging Architecture in 2010 by Architectural Review and was listed as one of the Design Vanguards in 2009 by Architectural Record.

Hu also co-founded Design Republic, a modern design platform incorporating retail concept, design/cultural exhibitions, and educational events. Hu received her Master of Architecture and Urban Planning at Princeton University and Bachelor of Arts in Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley.

Sam Jacob

Sam Jacob is principal of Sam Jacob Studio for architecture and design, a practice whose work spans scales and disciplines from urban design through architecture, design, art, and curatorial projects. He has worked internationally on award winning projects and has exhibited at major museums such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, MAK (Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art), and the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as cultural events including the Venice Architecture Biennale. He is Professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Visiting Professor at Yale School of Architecture, Director of Night School at the Architectural Association, and columnist for Art Review and Dezeen. Previously he was a founding director of FAT Architecture.

Naihan Li

After graduating from the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL), Naihan Li returned to Beijing in 2004 and engaged in architecture, creative research, graphic, and exhibition design work with leading brands and institutions such as Nike, UBS, British Council, and Goethe-Institut. She established NAIHANLI&Co. in 2010 and has since produced a growing body of works that includes: The Crates (2010), I’m A Monument (2011), Fold (2011), Flammable (2012), and Water, Land, Marks (2015). Her work has been exhibited at museums and cultural events worldwide, including the Design Museum in London, Beijing Design Week, Design Miami, and the 2016 XXI Triennale International Exhibition in Milan. Li currently lives and works in Caochangdi, Beijing.