Leyuan Li is a Chinese architect, educator, and researcher whose professional and academic work focuses on interior and urban realms in the articulation of spaces and societies. He has practiced architecture internationally at OMA, SOM, and Affordable Housing Lab. He is the founder of Office for Roundtable, a collaborative practice that explores architectural and interior types in relation to environmental and social issues. Recent built works seek to interrogate the rapidly-changing urban environment in China through the exploration of interior forms, and have been featured in Art and Design Magazine (China), Architecture and Urbanism (China), and Frame Magazine, among others.
Li is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture with an Emphasis on Issues of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at
the University of Colorado Denver. He has taught at Rice University’s School of Architecture and the University of Houston, and has been invited to lectures and reviews at Nanjing University, Syracuse University, and
Rhode Island School of Design. Li’s research and writing have been published in PLAT, New York Review of Architecture, and Paprika!, with future publications in Rumor and Architecture Writing Workshop. His work has been exhibited at the UCCA Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, OCAT Museum in Shanghai, and Citygroup Gallery in New York City. His recent project, Balchen, investigates entrenched ecological and cultural care for food production and is currently exhibited at the 9th Bi-City Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism in Shenzhen. His curatorial project, Your Kitchen Is Your Dining Room Is Your Greenhouse, has received a DESIGN TRUST Seed Grant from the Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design and will be on display in June 2023.
Li studied at the University of Cambridge and Nanjing University, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture. He received his Master of Architecture with distinction from Rice University, where he was awarded the 2019 Margeret Everson-Fossi Fellowship, the 2019 John Crowder Travelling Fellowship, the 2018 H. Russell Pitman Graduate Fellowship, and the Rice Architecture Full-Tuition Scholarship.