Denver, CO


Leyuan Li is a Chinese architect, educator, and researcher whose professional and academic work focuses on interior and urban realms in the articulation of spaces and societies. He has practiced architecture internationally at OMA, SOM, and Affordable Housing Lab. He is the founder of Office for Roundtable, a collaborative practice that explores architectural and interior types in relation to environmental and social issues. Recent built works seek to interrogate the rapidly changing urban environment in Asia through the exploration of interior forms, and have been featured in Art and Design Magazine (China), Architecture and Urbanism (China), and Frame Magazine, among others.

Li is currently an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Colorado Denver. He was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture with an Emphasis on Issues of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the college, and has taught at Rice University’s School of Architecture and the University of Houston. He has been invited to lectures and reviews at UCLA, Cornell AAP, Ohio State University, Nanjing University, Syracuse University, and Rhode Island School of Design. Li’s research and writing have been published in PLAT, New York Review of Architecture, Paprika!, Rumor, and Architecture Writing Workshop. His work has been hosted and exhibited at the Denver Art Museum, UCCA Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, OCAT Museum in Shanghai, and Citygroup Gallery in New York City. His recent project, Balchen, investigated entrenched ecological and cultural care for food production and was exhibited at the 9th Bi-City Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism in Shenzhen. His curatorial project, Your Kitchen Is Your Dining Room Is Your Greenhouse, received a DESIGN TRUST Seed Grant from the Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design and will be on display in June 2024. Most recently, the housing studio he developed was awarded the 2024 AIA/ACSA Housing Design Education Award. His ongoing collaboration with History Colorado received multiple grants to develop a public exhibition in October 2024 to unearth the hidden history of Denver’s erased Chinatown.

Li studied at the University of Cambridge and Nanjing University before receiving his Master of Architecture with distinction from Rice University. He is the faculty advisor for NOMAS at the University of Colorado Denver, and served as the chair of Exhibition at ACADIA 2023. Most recently, he was elected to serve as the 2024-2027 ACSA Liaison to the AIAS Board.

︎︎︎ leyuanli@officeforroundtable.com
︎︎︎ leyuan.li@ucdenver.edu

︎ Office

Office for Roundtable involves collectivity and collaboration.

Office for Roundtable is a Denver-based design practice and research group founded in 2020 and led by Leyuan Li. Its projects span a wide spectrum of different types and scales. Intrigued by the intersection between interior and architecture, Office for Roundtable seeks to unpack fundamental concepts regarding the relationship between furniture, building, and the city. With an emphasis on simple gestures and forms of the interior and its objects, Office for Roundtable aspires to explore interior themes as spatial catalysts that register positive social and cultural meanings.


︎ Current Collaborators

Hannah Drummond, Trevor Motzsko,  Brandon Wunder  

Blake Brooks is an American interdisciplinary designer from Lake Desire, Washington. He is a current Master of Architecture candidate at the University of Colorado Denver and is an alumnus of Washington State University’s landscape architecture program. His interests lie in the intersection of the built and natural environments, and the expressive qualities of architecture as they relate to tectonics and craft. His work has been featured in Dezeen and LandEscapes.

︎ Past Collaborators

Blake Brooks, Stephanie Clouse, Junjie Huang, Shan Jiang, Taylor Li, Kejia Liu, Jackson Prdrazzi, Samu Shrestha, Yao Wang, Xiuquan Zhao