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In 2008 Liu founded Solid Objectives (SO-IL) with Florian Idenburg, whom she met while working at SANAA on the Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art.
As a partner of SO–IL, Liu has worked with numerous cultural institutions on their big and small adventures. Liu helped the London-based Frieze Art Fair in designing and realizing its acclaimed structure for the inaugural New York fair; curated the cross-disciplinary event series Stillspotting for the Guggenheim Museum; researched and reenvisioned museum education spaces together with the Education Department of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and installed highly experimental and interactive structure Pole Dance at PS1.
Liu has also worked with prominent private and public clients on building their work spaces such as the headquarters offices for Derek Lam and Ideo as well as the renovation of the facade of Queen’s Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI), a major landmark in the city of Bristol.
Outside of SO-IL, Liu is passionate about cities and their architectural fabric. During her time in New Orleans, Liu was deeply involved in researching and documenting the physical environment of economically distressed communities and experimenting with urban infill housing typologies for dislocated public housing residents.
She helped establish Tulane Regional Urban Design Center (TRUDC) and worked on their inaugural projects for new town planning in Yangtze Delta, China, the location of her hometown, Nanjing. While exploring the issues of rapid urbanization through these projects, Liu also worked in partnership with the American Planning Association and the Mayor’s Institute on City Design and facilitated programs and discussions to help the planning officials with making better design decisions.
A native of China, Jing Liu received her education in China, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, concluding with a Master of Architecture from Tulane University School of Architecture in New Orleans.
The 2013-14 Architecture Lecture Series is funded by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP; Jensen Architects; John Marx / Form4; Kava Massih Architects; McCall Design Group; Perkins+Will; SmithGroupJJR; BraytonHughes Design Studios; Cary Bernstein Architect; Harley Ellis Devereaux; Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects; Levy Design Partners; Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects Inc.; Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture; ARCH Art & Drafting Supply; Blasen Landscape Architecture; David Gissen and Rachel Schreiber; Donald MacDonald, Architects; Gregory Ryan and Judith Rosenberg; Johanna Spilman; and TANNERHECHT Architecture.