Drawing Architecture Studio
Drawing Architecture Studio (DAS) was founded in 2013 by Li Han and Hu Yan in Beijing with a commitment to the practice of architectural drawing, architectural design, and urban studies. Through their works, DAS explores the potential of architectural drawing as a unique medium to document, represent, and critique social realities in the context of contemporary urbanization. They derive inspiration from the tradition of architectural representation and integrate influences from pop art, the aesthetics of postmodernism, and contemporary popular culture to create magnificent urban landscapes. Their drawings are featured with high density, complex details, and clear line style for the representation of diversified contemporary urban culture. DAS has exhibited widely in China and abroad. Select exhibitions include the Chinese Pavilion and the Japan Pavilion at the 16th Venice Biennale of Architecture, the 7th Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture in Shenzen and Hong Kong, Architecture in Comic-Strip Form in Oslo, and many others. Their works are the winning pieces of the overall and digital category of the annual World Architecture Festival’s Architecture Drawing Prize 2018 and RIBA Journal’s 2016 Eye Line drawing competition. They are in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Pingshan Art Museum in Shenzen. DAS’s publications include A Little Bit of Beijing, A Little Bit of Beijing · Dashilar, Hutong Mushroom, Apartment Blossom, The Joy of Architectural Drawing, and Chinese translation of Atlas of Novel Tectonics. Li Han is a national first class registered architect in China. He received his B. Arch. from Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and his M. Arch. from RMIT University in Melbourne. Hu Yan received her B. Fine Arts from Concordia University in Montreal.