FAN Beilei is the principal of genarchitects, First-class Registered Architect (PRC), RIBA Chartered Member, and Visiting Lecturer of Tongji University. Fan received a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Architecture from Tongji University and a Master of Urban Design from Technische Universität Berlin.
KONG Rui partner principal architect
Kong Rui is the principal of genarchitects, RIBA Chartered Member, on the Council of IVA-ASC. Kong received his Master of Architecture degree from Nanjing University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology.
XUE Zhe partner principal architect
XUE Zhe is the principal of genarchitects, RIBA Chartered Member. Xue received his Master of Architecture (MArch) degree from Peking University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology.
genarchitects was found in Shanghai in 2013. Whether in urban or natural environment, genarchitects insists focusing on the genuineness of designing and constructing, and hopes to find a calm and sincere answer towards the complicated and uncertain reality by discreetly dealing with site and functional requirements.
Under the leadership of three principals, FAN Beilei, KONG Rui and XUE Zhe, genarchitects engages in comprehensive architectural design practice. Its' diverse body of work includes educational, cultural and commercial buildings, extends from furniture to urban scale, and its representative works include Dingshu Vocational School of Pottery (2021), Yitingting Cottage (2019), MCSC Hotel and Juanzong Apartment at Youyi Bay Aranya (2023). Those works have won awards widely, including AIA China Design Excellence Awards, The Jury Special Project Award of Building with Nature · Architecture China Award, "Best of Best" of German Iconic Awards, Architizer A+Award, WAF World Architecture Festival Award, Italian THE PLAN Award, WA Chinese Architecture Award, DFA Design for Asia Awards.
genarchitects' work and study has been widely published in journals, including THE PLAN, Architectural Journal, World Architecture, T+A, Wallpaper, as well as in books released by Thames & Hudson Press, Birkhäuser, Images, China Architecture & Building Press and other important publishers. Recent built work “Dingshu Vocational School” was published on Architectural Journal as cover project in May 2022. genarchitects has been invited to various exhibitions, such as the Venice Biennale, the Sino-Europe Invitational Architectural Exhibition, "Towards a Critical Pragmatism: Contemporary Architecture in China" exhibition at Harvard GSD.
As guest lecturers, the principles of genarchitects are now invited to participate in the design teaching work of the CAUP Experimental class at Tongji University. They also have been invited as guest speakers and critics by academies and institutions including Harvard University, University of Hong Kong, University of Queensland, Tongji University, Nanjing University, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.