"During the two-year Master of Architecture program at UIUC, I took one semester at Professor Henry Plummer's design studio, and two semesters for thesis project under his instruction afterwards. As for me, it was the first time to realize the crucial relationship between the natural light and the time, materiality and the atmosphere in space. It opened up a new window of my interpretation of architecture."
In 2008, Gong Dong founded Vector Architects and has become one of the most active young architects in China. He received Bachelor & Master of Architecture from Tsinghua University, followed by a diploma at University of Illinois where he received the Master of Architecture. He also had an exchange experience at Technical University of Munich. Prior to establishing his own practice, he worked for Soloman Cordwell Buenz & Associates in Chicago, then at Richard Meier & Partners and Steven Holl Architects in New York.
Vector Architects has won awards internationally including 1st Prize of New Chinese Architecture at CA’ASI Works Collection Competition of the 2010 Venice Biennale of Architecture (2010); China Architecture Media Award (2010); 1st Prize of Chinese Excellent Exploration & Design Industry Awards (2013); One of ten emerging international architecture firms of Design Vanguard in Architecture Record Category (2014); The Best of A&D Trophy Awards in Institutional/ Public Space Category (2015); The Overall Winner of Italian Archmarathon Awards (2016); Best of Best Award of Iconic Awards in Public Architecture Category (2016); Grand Award and Gold Award of DFA Design for Asia Awards (2016); Winner and Special Mention of German Design Award in Interior Design and Architecture Category (2017).
Vector’s projects have been published by “The New York Times”, “Wallpaper”, “A+U”, “Detail”, “The Architectural Review”, “Domus”, “Area”, “Mark”, “C3”, “T+A”, “Architecture Journal”, “World Architecture", and “The Architect”, etc.
Vector Architects has also been invited to various exhibitions including 'X-Agenda Micro-Exhibition Series' in STUDIO-X BEIJING of Columbia University GSAP(China); ‘West Bund Biennial’ (China); ‘China Design Exhibition’ (China); ‘Chinese Contemporary Architecture Exhibition’ in New York AIA Center (USA); ‘Towards a Critical Pragmatism: Contemporary Architecture in China’ in Harvard GSD (USA); 'TUMU - Young Architecture from China' in Aedes Architecture Forum (Germany); 2010 and 2016 Venice Biennale of Architecture, etc.
Featured works are: the Renovation of Captain’s House, Seashore Library, Seashore Chapel, Chongqing Taoyuanju Community Center, Alila Yangshuo, Suzhou Intangible Cultural Heritage Museum, Courtyard Hybrid, etc.
Renovation of the Captain's House