Founded in 1999, under the leadership of partners Xiaodu Liu, Yan Meng and Hui Wang, Urbanus is recognized as one of the most influential architectural practices in China. Urbanus has its offices in Beijing and Shenzhen, two most complicated contemporary metropolitan laboratories in China. Many Urbanus works have become new focal points of urban life. Having been exhibited and published worldwide, Urbanus projects have received numerous prominent design awards. The partners are regularly invited to lecture at renowned universities, academic institutions, and to be jurors for international competitions. Urbanus research department (UPRD) focuses on the contemporary urban China to conduct a series of research projects including creative city development, post-urban village development, typologies for hyperdensity and historical renewal, the works of Urbanus have drawn international attention due to its sensitivity to urban historical and social structure, integration of potential resources of space and society, and effectiveness in responding to the complicated urban situations.