Penda is a team of international creatives based in Beijing and Vienna. Chris Precht and Dayong Sun founded Penda in 2013 with the belief that architecture serves as a bridge to connect nature, culture and people to strive for a better quality of living. The office name comes from 'pe' (Chris' former office PrechtEck) and 'da' (DAyong Sun): pe'n'da = penda.
By drawing different perspectives from western and eastern history, Penda seeks the fundamentals in architecture and to interpret and integrate them into one cross-cultural design-language. Architecture should reply in a responsible, technological and ecological way to climatic, demographic and geopolitical changes in our society and environment. Therefore their projects focus on small architecture, interior design, exhibit and product design. Their most known work is the Hongkun Art Gallery in Beijing.
Sun Dayong 孙大勇 is a young Chinese architect and researcher. He got a Master of Fine Arts from Beijing CAFA in 2012. His thesis about bionic architecture got honored with the 2012 CAFA Best Outstanding Graduation Design. Dayong worked as a project architect for Graft, from 2005 to 2008, in both Beijing and Berlin offices. He worked as a senior architect for HMD in Beijing and has been architect and researcher at Tsinghua University Institute until he founded Penda in 2012.
Chris Precht has won numerous national and international awards in Architecture and Design, including the "Interior Design Award" in 2014, the "German Tile-Award 2013" & the 1st prize for the national Isover Syscraper award in 2013. His work got published worldwide in leading Architecture and Design Magazines, like Frame, Mark, dezeen, wired or archdaily and he has been ranked top 10 of young architects to follow in 2013. His education started in Innsbruck/Austria where he was teaching classes at the Institut for experimental Architecture under Patrik Schumacher (Zaha Hadid Architects) and Kjetil Thorsen (Snohetta). He graduated with honors from the Technical University of Vienna 2013. His work has recently been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, the Kuenstlerhaus in Salzburg 2011and at the “Best of 2009” student exhibition at the .aut in Innsbruck. In his earlier years Chris has gained working experience in Graft and NOX Lars Spuybroek / Rotterdam.
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