Lu Wenyu co-founded Amateur Architecture Studio from Hangzhou, China with Wang Shu in 1997, having studied architecture at Nanjing Institute of Technology.
She is one of the founders and currently tutors at the architecture department at China Academy of Art and is a visiting Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design, MIT and University College London.
Amateur Architecture Studio is known for its contemporary use of natural materials and craftmanship and champion tradition Chinese construction techniques and heritage architecture. The practice has completed numerous projects, such as Ningbo Historic Museum, Xiangshan Campus of China Academy of Art, Preservation and Renovation of Southern Song Imperial Street, Fuyang Cultural Complex, Renovation of Wencun Village, and Lin An Historic Museum.
Lu received the 2019 Gold Medal of Tau Sigma Delta and is the juror of UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. She was awarded the Schelling Architecture Prize in Germany, the Honorary Award from the Venice Biennale in 2010 and listed among the RIBA 2015 Fellowships. Amateur Architecture received one of architecture’s highest accolade, being awarded the Pritzker Prize in 2012.