about BAO

BAO is a curatorial, design and editorial office originally founded in Beijing in 2006 by Beatrice LEANZA (curator and critic) and Naihan LI (architect). The studio closed in 2012.

Since 2013 BAO website is an archive of projects developed by Beatrice in and out of Beijing. 

Acting by way of an international network of partners and collaborators, BAO’s projects fostered new encounters and transversal research among the visual arts, design and architecture with a particular explorative focus on contemporary Asia. BAO was 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.

Beatrice is the former Creative Director of Beijing Design Week (2013 – 2016) and is the co-founder together with Sarah Orldando of B/Side Design, a Beijing-based international organization, dedicated to urban and social innovation, including the creation of an independent design institute dubbed The Global School.

You can check info on the urban curation plans for the historic hutong district of Baitasi (2015/2016) here

She is also chief curator of the international reserach program Across Chinese Cities presented at the Venice Architecture Biennale since 2014, you can read more about it at www.acrosschinesecites.org.

Since September 2019 she lives in Lisbon where she holds the position of executive director of maat – Museum of Art, Architecture & Technology

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