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Public talk by James Shen of People's Architecture Office, Beijing

October 8, 2014

In Certain Places will host a public talk by James Shen of the Beijing-based People’s Architecture Office (PAO) on Wednesday the 8th of October, from 6pm to 8pm, at the University of Central Lancashire. During the coming year, PAO will work with In Certain Places to develop a temporary architectural intervention in Preston, designed to encourage greater movement and exchange between the city centre and the University of Central Lancashire campus. This event marks the first stage of the project and offers a chance to find out more about James’s work with People’s Architecture Office.
PAO was founded by He Zhe, James Shen and Zang Feng in Beijing in 2010, and consists of an international team of architects, engineers and urbanists. Driven by a belief in architecture for the masses, the studio, which also incorporates the People’s Industrial Design Office, creates design solutions through a process of collaboration and debate, which seek to inform a future that is based upon an intimate engagement with the realities of today.

In 2014, amongst other activities, POA were awarded an Architizer A+ Jury Award in New York for their Tricycle House, received two International Property Awards for their River Heights Residencies development, and exhibited as part of the 14th Venice Architecture Biennial.

James Shen is a product designer, architect and co-founder of People’s Architecture Office. Previously, he was a furniture designer at Donald Chadwick and Associates, and Project Architect at Atelier FCJZ, where he led the design of villas for the Next Gene-20 Project in Aodi, Taiwan, a Research Laboratory for Novartis’s Shanghai Campus, and the Shenzhen Media Group Tower.

James is the recipient of an MIT Graduate Merit Award (2007), MIT Merit Scholarship (2004) and an American Institute of Architects Scholarship (2004). He received a Master of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Bachelor of Science in Product Design from California State University, Long Beach, and studied at the Bartlett School of Architecture at the University College London.

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