Wenliang LU - Chairman
Wenliang Lu is one of the shareholders of HUGE.
Victor Njo - Managing Director
Victor is the founder of HUGE Architecture Office. He was born in Indonesia and lived with his parents in Australia in his first years. When he was at the age of three the family moved to The Netherlands. He grew up in Europe and gained two Masters degrees from the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in The Netherlands, one in Urban Planning and one in Architecture. During his time at the TU Delft he collaborated with BBVH Architecture and Rapp + Rapp. Later on he worked at Claus & Kaan Architects.
In 2003 he decided to pack his bags and experience Australia again. Victor started at COX Richardson Architects. Later on he worked at the PTW Sydney head office on projects in Australia, China, the Middle East and Vietnam. After working in the Middle East, most notably on the Palm Jebel Ali Master Plan in Dubai, Victor transferred to the PTW Shanghai office. Built projects with his major involvement are the SportBOX, a Weider Tera sport centre and office complex opposite the Westin Bund Center Hotel in Shanghai, the Wuhan Urban Planning Institute Building, the Capland Center in Qingdao and the Elegant Qiantang Garden residential development in Hangzhou.
Before starting HUGE he collaborated with MADA s.p.a.m. in Shanghai. He was also guest critic for final year architecture studios at Sydney University, UNSW, UTS and Jiaotong University in Shanghai. Currently he is teaching at the China Academy of Art at the Xiangshan Central Campus in Hangzhou.
Ping CHEN - CEO/Executive Director
Ping is one of the shareholders of HUGE. He was born in Wuxi, Jiangsu province, China. He grew up in a military family. Ping gained a Bachelor degree of Environmental Art Design from the Donghua University (DHU) in Shanghai, China and a Masters degree in Urban Development and Design from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia.
Prior to his academic enrichment in Australia, Ping gained two and a half years of working experience in the Guangdong Architectural Design and Research Institute and Shanghai Tong Ce Real Estate Consulting (TOSPUR) in the role of architectural designer, urban designer and planner from 2006 to 2009.
After returning to China in 2011, Ping cooperated with well-known Australian firm HASSELL as an urban designer and client advisor. He was involved in several major projects in China like the Hi-tech industry park masterplan in Shenyang, the Zhoushan island new district masterplan and urban design, the Eco-Gram masterplan in Guangzhou, the Luzhou Wine Factory Redevelopment masterplan in Sichuan and the Wudu new city urban planning and design in Wuxi.
Before starting as a partner of HUGE, Ping was a business development strategist for Woods Bagot, another top Australian firm. He successfully acquired and won several projects, such as the 180 meter office and commercial mixed-use tower on Lot NO.3, Phase 3, in the Wuxi Taihu New City CBD and the urban design and concept architectural design for the Wuxi Lihu Bay New City in 2012.
Lu SHAO - Technical Director
Lu is one of the shareholders of HUGE. He has a PhD degree in Architecture from the Tongji University and is working at its Faculty of Architecture.
After graduating in 1990 Lu worked at the Mechanical Design Institute and the Shanghai NO.9 Ship Design Institute. As a senior designer and project manager, at that time, he accumulated rich practical experience of large-scale projects.
He returned to Tongji University for further studies in 1998. He acquired a Masters degree in Architecture in 2001 and a PhD in 2006 respectively. After graduating, he was offered to teach at Tongji University. Lu specializes in the studies of city history and local architecture culture and development. Meanwhile, he has been focusing on Chinese and foreign architecture, Arts and philosophy research and has published many books. He hosted and was involved in many large-scale public projects with local culture themes.
Lu was appointed as Deputy Director at the Kunming Planning Bureau from 2009 to 2011 based on his expertise in research and study of the Minorities Region architecture field. During his tenure he was responsible for approvals of major planning and design projects, giving him exposure and rich experience in urban planning and urban design as well.
Hary Amalan - Design Principal (Hangzhou)
Australian architect Hary Amalan is one of the Design Principals of HUGE Architecture Office. Hary grew up outside Sydney in the mountain forests of the Blue Mountains to Sri Lankan parents, and lived in 6 countries in Europe, Asia & the Middle East before finishing High School at the International School in Beijing. He returned to Australia for university education and completed Honours in Architecture at the University of Technology Sydney, and the University of New South Wales.
Whilst completing studies as an undergraduate at the University of Technology, Sydney, Hary worked with one of Australia’s most famous architecture companies, Harry Seidler and Associates for over 3 years. He has been involved in Project Management for one of Australia’s biggest construction companies, Grindley Construction. Hary returned to China in 2006 as an Associate for PTW Architects Australia, working both in Shanghai and leading the Hangzhou Office, collaborating with one of Zhejiang’s largest Local Design Institute’s, ZUADR.
During his time as Associate for PTW, Hary has completed several high profile projects in China, including the competition winning Xiasha Information Technology headquarters at the Hangzhou-Singapore Science and Technology Park. Hary has collaborated with several Local Design Institutes and currently leads HUGE Architecture Office in Hangzhou in collaboration with Local Design Institute EUD.
Bas Horsting - Design Principal (Amsterdam)
Bas (1976) is a Dutch architect and urbanist, living and working in Amsterdam. He graduated with a Master of Architecture degree from the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). Bas specializes in the field of urban design and urban strategy. He believes that successful cities are dynamic, and that new technologies, local culture and local people play a key role in its success over time.
After graduating in 2002 Bas moved to Australia and started working on new towns in Asia and the Middle East. In 2006 Bas returned to the Netherlands to work for renowned firm de Architekten Cie., researching different design approaches to urban planning. He developed a framework and community approach to urban planning, allowing new urban developments to answer today's demands, but to be flexible and open enough to adopt future changes of direction.
In 2010 Bas founded BASTA urbanism, focusing on bringing the framework and community approach to urban planning to a broad audience. BASTA urbanism believes in a collaborative approach, teaming up with small and large organizations from around the world to handle different design challenges. Recent projects include the redevelopment of new town Nagele, the masterplan for NDSM-werf in Amsterdam, Vlasikha new town near Moscow, the development strategy of former Philips campus Strijp-S in Eindhoven and eco-city TEDA in Tianjin.
Over time, Bas has been a guest critic and lecturer at Sydney University, UNSW, Delft University of Technology and the Berlage Institute.
Jay PAN - Design Principal (Shanghai)
Jay is the design principal of HUGE Architecture Office in Shanghai. He was born in Nanchang, Jiangxi province, China. Jay gained a Bachelor degree of Environmental Art Design from the Donghua University (DHU) in Shanghai, China.
After graduating from the Donghua University, Jay worked at JWDA from 2007 until 2012. During his tenure there he quickly evolved and got promoted from assistant architect to project manager and project architect. During this stage he participated in and accomplished a large number of projects while he cooperated with famous developers in China like Vanke, Greenland, Wharf Holdings, CIFI Group and Gemdale.
Between 2010 and 2011 Jay completed the Shanghai Gemdale Great Mansion and was honored the Most Innovative Model Building in the Chinese Real Estate Industry and the 2011 China Architectural Journal Award. Between 2010 and 2012 Jay completed the planning, construction and a large portion of the interior design work of the Shanghai CIFI Golf Resort, which won the 2012 Gold Nugget Award. After Joining HUGE in 2012 he joined the executive management team in 2015.