Dong Hao – crossboundaries (Beijing)


What factors to be considered for an educational space?

Regarding integrated design, Dong Hao and his firm Crossboundaries have always worked to integrate all stakeholders in their projects, in view of adding a greater value across all the elements. Start from capturing the strengths of the team and the client, to the mechanics, engineering and other technical requirements, to the needs and experience of the end user.

Dong Hao is co-founder and managing director of Crossboundaries, an architecture and design company based in Beijing. He holds architecture degrees from the Beijing Institute of Civil Engineering and Architecture and the Pratt Institute, New York USA. After living and studying in the United States for almost 5 years, in 2002, returned to China and started practising and teaching.

During the GENIUS Integrated Design Workshop, we asked our experts on their perspectives of integrated design and their experiences of sustainable design for schools.

The network GENIUS promotes the creation of sustainable buildings, such as smart school buildings, in China. It offers Chinese building owners, decision-makers and public administration representatives support to upgrade the architectural and engineering design of buildings by introducing cutting-edge sustainable project management approaches from Europe. The GENIUS project is part of the BMBF campaign “Building the City of Tomorrow” and is funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).


This Video is presented to you by the “Competence Centre for Sustainable Building in China“ (CCSBC).

Our approach is to contribute to the acceptance and implementation of energy efficient and sustainable construction in China. To reach this goal, a practice-oriented competence centre for sustainable building will impart knowledge about sustainable building standards and answer demands from building owners, planners, manufacturers of building materials, local authorities and political decision-makers.

CCSBC is one of the projects under develoPPP program, which was set up by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

The project has the objective to establish a “Competence Centre for Sustainable Building in China” within the public-private partnership (PPP) framework for energy-efficient and sustainable building between GIZ and the consulting firms LUWOGE (represented in China by SoftGrid) and energydesign. The goal is to advance planning and construction practices in China to achieve more sustainable and liveable working and living spaces.