Interview with Wang Shu / Amateur Architecture Studio

I was really honoured to meet and interview Wang Shu in advance of his lecture at the Royal Academy of Arts. The conversation will be published in full by the Design Museum in the Designers In Residence exhibition catalogue this November, but for now, here are some quotes:

“Our idea of education is that the basic struggle is between natural things and human/artificial things…To get your students to understand this, the whole education process should teach the love of materials, the love of working by hand. And gradually they become ideal students – half a philosopher and half a craftsman. If they put these two parts together, they will be very good architects.”

“Every day, we adjust the process; we watch the process, to see what happens. Sometimes I touch it, sometimes I don’t.”

“I think spontaneous things are the most beautiful in this world.”