Denver, CO | Nanjing, CHINA


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 China 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 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, 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, investigates 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, has received a DESIGN TRUST Seed Grant from the Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design and will be on display in June 2023.

Li studied at the University of Cambridge and Nanjing University, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture. He received his Master of Architecture with distinction from Rice University, where he was awarded the 2019 Margeret Everson-Fossi Fellowship, the 2019 John Crowder Travelling Fellowship, the 2018 H. Russell Pitman Graduate Fellowship, and the Rice Architecture Full-Tuition Scholarship.

︎︎︎ 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 2018 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

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.

Stephanie Clouse is an artist, poet, designer, and aspiring architect from Denver, Colorado. Inspired by the small, often overlooked worlds within the built environment and motivated by climate anxiety and a deep reverence for nature, her work explores human/ non-human relationships with a focus on regenerative practices and guiding audiences back to a sense of empathy for other-than-human beings. Clouse received her BFA in Transmedia/ Sculpture with a minor in Creative Writing from University of Colorado, Denver in 2020 and is currently working on a Master of Architecture at the same university. A collaborator at heart, she has worked on several local immersive art experiences in the Denver area including MOA’s Natura Obscura (2019), Spectra Art Space’s Spookadelia series (2019), and Through the Looking Glass at Next Stage (2020). Her current collaboration with Leyuan Li will be a part of the ACADIA conference at University of Colorado, Denver in October of 2023.

︎ Past Collaborators

Junjie Huang, Shan Jiang, Taylor Li, Kejia Liu, Yao Wang, Xiuquan Zhao.