Wenchian Shi

Wenchian Shi

Partner | Architect | Urban Planner | Director Studio Asia

Partner, Architect and Urban Planner, Wenchian Shi (CN) is the driving force behind MVRDV’s Asia Studio. Shi joined MVRDV in 2004, and after four years of demonstrated successes, she became a Project Leader overseeing the office’s broad body of work in Asia, with particular focus on mainland China, Taiwan, Korea and Singapore. Prior to joining MVRDV in 2004 and expanding the office’s portfolio in Asia, Wenchian worked at OMA, contributing to the design of the highly acclaimed CCTV Headquarters in Beijing.

With this extensive experience, combined with an international education that includes a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Shanghai Tongji University and a master’s degree in Urban Planning from Delft University of Technology, Shi excels at international collaborations with clients and consultants in both Asia and Europe. She has worked at all scales of architecture and urban planning including housing, offices, retail, cultural institutions, and the development of hybrid programmes. Projects she has led at MVRDV include Tainan Spring, Tianjin Binhai Library, Shanghai Hongqiao CBD, the Seoullo 7017 Skygarden, The Imprint, and Beijing Chongwenmen M.Cube shopping mall, among many others, as well as two major upcoming projects in Shenzhen and Taiwan: Shenzhen Terraces and Tainan Market.

“Working at MVRDV is such a dynamic experience. The culture of the office, the people I work with, and of course the variety and ambition of the projects we create – these things make every day surprising and exciting.”
- Wenchian Shi

  • Architizer A+ Awards - jury winner Tainan Spring, Taiwan

  • DFA Design for Asia Awards - Grand Award winner Tainan Spring, Taiwan

  • 2020 Best Urban Renewal Project Award - Taiwan's Outstanding Architecture Project for Tainan Spring, Taiwan