Rossana Hu



Department of Architecture, College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Research Fields

  • Architectural Practice and Theory

  • Design Research

  • Architectural Criticism and Theory

Research Profile

  • Rossana is Chair and Professor of Architecture Department at College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University. She is also the Founding Partner of Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, an inter-disciplinary architectural design practice based in Shanghai. Hu received her Master of Architecture and Urban Planning at Princeton University and her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture at UC Berkeley with a minor in music.

  • Through her practice, Hu has reinforced a core vision: to respond to a global worldview incorporating overlapping design disciplines for a critical paradigm in architecture, while believing strongly in research as a design tool, as each project bears its unique set of contextual issues. Alongside her design practice, Hu has been deeply committed to architectural education, and has taught and lectured in numerous universities. She was appointed the John Portman chair at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2019 and 2022, the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor in 2022 and Norman R. Foster Visiting Professor Chair in 2018 at the Yale School of Architecture.

Grants and Awards

  • 2022           Brick Awards Building outside the Box, Wienerberger, Austria

  • 2021           Dezeen Awards Architecture Studio of the Year, Dezeen, UK

  • 2021           Frame Awards Lifetime Achievement Awards, Frame, The Netherlands

  • 2021           Architizer A+Firm Awards Best Firm, Architizer, USA

  • 2020           Madrid Design Festival Award, Madrid Design Festival, Spain

  • 2020           Design for Asia Grand Award, Hong Kong Design Center, Hong Kong

  • 2019           Blueprint Overall Award for Design, Blueprint Magazine, UK

  • 2018           The Plan Award Overall Winner, The Plan Magazine, Italy

  • 2017           ICONIC Awards Interior Designers of the Year, German Design Council, Germany

  • 2017           ELLE Decor International Design Awards Designers of the Year, ELLE Decoration

  • 2017           INSIDE: World Festival of Interiors Awards, INSIDE Festival, Germany

  • 2016           ELLE Decor Japan Design Awards Designers of the Year, Elle Décoration Japan, Japan

  • 2016           Dezeen Hotlist, Dezeen, UK

  • 2015           Maison&Objet Asia Designers of the Year, Maison&Objet, France

  • 2015           Future of the Past, ARCASIA, Thailand

  • 2014           Wallpaper* Designers of the Year, Wallpaper* Magazine, UK

  • 2014           Far Eastern Architectural Design Award First Prize, Far Eastern, Taiwan

  • 2013           Hall of Fame, Interior Design Magazine, US

  • 2010           Emerging Architecture Award, Architectural Review, UK

  • 2010           Red Dot Award, Red Dot, Germany

  • 2009           Design Vanguard, Architectural Record, US

Current Courses

  • The Interdependence of Theory, Practice, and Criticism in Architecture (for graduates)

  • Design studios (for graduates)



  1. Hu, Rossana, and Lyndon Neri. Reflective Nostalgia. Berlin: Aedes Architecture Forum, 2022.

  2. Hu, Rossana, and Lyndon Neri. Thresholds: Space, Time and Practice. Guilin: Guangxi Normal University Press, 2022

  3. Hu, Rossana, and Lyndon Neri. Thresholds: Space, Time and Practice. London: New York: Thames&Hudson, 2021

  4. Hu, Rossana, and Lyndon Neri. Neri&Hu Design and Research Office: Works and Projects. Zurich: Park Books, 2018

  5. Hu, Rossana, and Lyndon Neri. Persistence of Vision: Shanghai Architects in Dialogue. Hong Kong: MCCM Creations, 2017


  1. Rossana Hu and Lyndon Neri, “Working Title,” Architectural Design Journal, no. 9 (2023)

  2. Rossana Hu, “Working Title,” Place Journal, no.9 (2023)

  3. Rossana Hu and Lyndon Neri, “Working Title,” UED, no.4 (2023)

  4. Rossana Hu, “What About ‘What About Learning’,” Time+Architecture, no.3 (2022)

  5. Rossana Hu and Lyndon Neri, “Singapore Residence,” Architectural Journal, no.9 (2022): p48-56