Prof. LIU, Heng Doreen (劉珩)
Adjunct Associate Professor
Doreen Heng LIU is a Chinese architect born in Guangzhou. She received her MArch from UC Berkeley in 1994 and Doctor of Design at Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2008. In 2004, Doreen established her own design practice NODE in Nansha and Hong Kong, and relocated in Shenzhen since 2009. Her key built works include the Renovation of Shekou Dachan Flour Mill – UABB (2015), the Entrance Building & Warehouse of Shekou Fufa Glass Factory renovation (2013), Shenzhen; Guangzhou Times Museum (2010), Nansha Science Museum, Lianzhou International Photography Festival Permanent Site, etc. Her design works have been awarded and published in many international professional magazines, including Architectural Record, Domus, Volume, The Plan and Abitare, etc., and exhibited in various architectural and art exhibitions, including in Venice, Rotterdam and Vienna.
In 2012, Doreen with her firm NODE is shortlisted as one of the five international emerging architects for Audi Urban Future Initiative (AUFI) awards. In 2014, Doreen was nominated as Curator for the Hong Kong Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. In 2015, the Entrance Building of Shekou Fufa Glass Factory renovation won Excellent Award for Creative Design Award in China. In the same year, Doreen was nominated as Curator for Shenzhen Hong Kong Urbanism/Architecture Bi-city Biennial, together with Aaron Betsky, Hubert Klumpner and Alfredo Brillembourg. In 2016, the built project of Shekou Dachan Flour Mill Renovation was shortlisted for International Archmarathon Awards.
Since September 2008, Doreen has been teaching at the School of Architecture, the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). In academic year 2015-16, Doreen was appointed as Guest Professor at D-ARCH, ETH. Now as Adjunct Associate Professor at CUHK, her research focuses on contemporary urbanism and architecture in the Pearl River Delta and China, and their specific impacts on the making of architecture today. With the subjects on urban regeneration, infrastructure and public space, her design studio tries to re-investigate and re-examine the given conditions based on specific sites and issues. Through a series of critical and research-based design exercises, the studio aims to explore, and ultimately, deliver different but better alternatives in architecture today.