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Current Work: Zhang Ke

24 October 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue: The Cooper Union, Great Hall
7 East 7th Street
New York, NY

Current WorkZhang KeZAO/standardarchitecture


Moderated and introduced by Billie Tsien


1.5 AIA and New York State CEUs


This lecture is co-sponsored by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union.


Each year The Architectural League’s Current Work series features significant international figures who powerfully influence contemporary architectural practice and shape the future of the built environment. Zhang Ke of ZAO/standardarchitecture will present his firm’s work in a public lecture.


Zhang Ke founded ZAO/standardarchitecture in Beijing in 2001. He believes that working in a micro scale can impact larger urban masterplans and developments common to China’s recent urbanization. Many of Zhang Ke’s projects focus on the transformation and preservation of Beijing’s historic hutongs – residences organized in cellular courtyard arrangements connected by narrow alleys.


Recent works by ZAO/standardarchitecture include the 2013 Micro Hutong Hostel, an attempt to create small scale social housing within the constraints of traditional Beijing hutongs; the 2016 Novartis Campus Building, an office with outdoor courtyards, passages, and gardens in Shanghai; and visitor centers embedded in the mountainous landscape of rural Tibet. In 2014, the firm designed the Aga Khan Award-winning Cha’er Children’s Library and Art Center, which incorporates and redesigns small buildings and structures that former residents had added to the hutong courtyard over the past 50 years.


Non-member tickets are $15 and are available for purchase through Eventbrite, beginning October 16, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., space-permitting.