Studio Pararaum, an international partnership established by Meng Li and Linda Zhang, is an art and design studio based in Zürich and Toronto. We consider our practice to be a provocation of architecture’s capacity to communicate through felt experience. This capacity extends beyond the boundaries of scale, medium, and site. As such, both principals understand design research and teaching to be essential for the development of architectural ideas in practice.
Meng Li is an Assistant at the Chair of Emanuel Christ & Christoph Gantenbein at ETH Zurich. She was a Frank Knox Fellow at Harvard GSD where she received a M.Arch I AP with distinction, the James Templeton Kelley Thesis Prize and the AIA Henry Adams Medal. She has also completed the exchange program at ETH Zürich. She received her B.Sc.Arch with honors at McGill University Peter Fu SOA and received the Clifford C.F. Wong and the Favretto Scholarships. She was awarded the first prize in the Lyceum competition in 2011. Her work has been exhibited internationally in Switzerland, Germany, Canada, and the United States. Prior to founding Studio Pararaum with Linda Zhang, Meng Li has worked for Diener & Diener Architekten (Basel), Studio Olafur Eliasson (Berlin), Prof. Hans Kollhoff Architekten (Berlin) and Valerio Olgiati (Flims).
Linda Zhang is a registered architect and an Assistant Professor at Ryerson University RSID. She is the 2019 Multicultural Fellow at NCECA (National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts) as well as a 2020 Artist in Residence at the European Ceramic Workcentre. She was the 2017-2018 Boghosian Fellow at Syracuse University School of Architecture as well as a 2017 Fellow at the Berlin Center for Art and Urbanistics. Her work has been exhibited internationally in Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, and the United States. She was a Dean’s Merit Scholar at Harvard University GSD where she received a M.Arch I AP with distinction, the James Templeton Kelley Thesis Prize and the AIA Henry Adams Certificate. She completed her B.Sc.Arch with honors at McGill University Peter Guo-hua Fu SOA. Prior to founding Studio Pararaum with Meng Li, Linda Zhang has worked for Studio Olafur Eliasson (Berlin), Barkow Leibinger (Berlin), Christian Kerez (Zürich), and WOJR (Boston).
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