Zhang Jian and Meng Yan, “Urban Coexistence: City Upon the City by Harvard GSD
Meng Yan is Principal Architect and Co-founder of URBANUS Architecture & Design Inc and is an architect licensed in New York State. In 1999, MENG Yan co-founded URBANUS with partners LIU Xiaodu and WANG Hui. As Principal in charge of Design of URBANUS, MENG Yan has led numerous design projects over the years. These projects have won an international reputation for URBANUS.
Mr. Meng received his Bachelor and Master’s degrees of Architecture from Tsinghua University and Master’s degree of Architecture from Miami University. He has been a design critic in many universities, and taught at the School of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. Currently, he serves as a visiting professor at Syracuse University. He has been invited as a jury member for numerous international design competitions and to give lectures at many influential academic institutions in New York, Venice, Moscow, Rotterdam, Brussels and Singapore.
MENG Yan was appointed chief curator of the Shenzhen Pavilion in 2010 Shanghai Expo, and is appointed to be one of the chief curators for 2017 Shenzhen-Hong Kong Urbanism\ Architecture Bi-City Biennale (Shenzhen). Zhang Jian is an Architect and the Chairman of Shum Yip Land Company Limited. Shum Yip Land Company Limited is a subsidiary of Shum Yip Group Company Limited, a State Owned Enterprise, with a net worth around RMB 30billion (USD 4.5billion). Shum Yip Land Company Limited engages in commercial property development, property portfolio development, and property management. They have four major current projects in China, including developments in Shenzhen, Suzhou, Chaohu and Kashi. Shum Yip provided special support to the 2017 Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture.