gèn, in chinese means something permeates, all over the mountains and plains without an ending in the universe. such pure natural scenery with massive serenity is what the world initially was. inspired by that, we are trying to constantly feel and perceive this world with awe. genarchitects was founded by Kong Rui and Fan Beilei in shanghai 2013. whether in urban or nature environment, genarchitects insists focusing on the genuineness of designing and constructing, and hopes that through discreetly dealing with location and functional requirements, we could offer a calm and sincere answer towards complicated and uncertain reality situations. genarchitects’ works and researches were published on several academic journals and significant new media, such as architectural journal, world architecture, t+a, new architecture, urban environment design (ued), interior designer, archdaily and gooood. recent project ‘baggy tree house on mountain qiyunshan was invited to participate the exhibition ‘towards a critical pragmatism: contemporary architecture in china’ in harvard university. and this project also have been shortlisted in the 2016 waaca house awarding. the partners of genarchitects serve as visiting lecturers for the architecture department of tongji university. they also served as visiting lecturers and critics at southeast university, Tianjin university, shanghai jiaotong university. In the meanwhile, they are invited to have lectures and academic activities at universities and cultural institutions, such as nanjing university, university of hong kong shanghai study center, TEDx, and PSA shanghai.
FAN Beilei is class 1 registered architect and visiting lecturer of tongji university. she received a master of architecture and a bachelor of architecture from tongji university, and a master of urban design from technische universität berlin. before starting her own practice, she has worked at atelier deshaus and w&r design.
KONG Rui received a master of architecture from nanjing university, and a bachelor of architecture from xi‘an university of architecture and technology, he has worked at gmp architekten, and has been a visiting lecturer of southeast university.
XUE Zhe received a master of architecture from peking university, and a bachelor of architecture from xi‘an university of architecture and technology, he has worked at atelier 100s+1.