BAO is a curatorial, design and editorial office originally founded in Beijing in 2006 by Beatrice LEANZA (curator and critic) and Naihan LI (architect).
Acting by way of an international network of partners and collaborators, BAO’s projects foster new encounters and transversal research among the visual arts, design and architecture with a particular explorative focus on contemporary Asia. BAO is a unique China-based think-tank for the interdisciplinary investigation, both theoretical and practice-based, of alternative and critical formats of communication and spatial occupation in the urban territory.
Since 2013 BAO website is an aggregator for projects developed by Beatrice on and off her time at Beijing Design Week.
Beatrice acted as BJDW Creative Director since the 2013 edition and from 2017 is head of its Overseas Program. She is currently at work with the establishiment of a design organization with basis in China, dedicated to urban and social innovation, including an independent design institute.
You can check info on the urban curation plans for the historic hutong district of Baitasi at www.btsremade.org.
She is also chief curator of the international reserach program Across Chinese Cities, you can read more about it at www.acrosschinesecites.org.