Growing up in Beijing, Xuanru moved to the UK in 2012 and completed his BSc at Cardiff University with First Class Honours in 2019. At the Welsh School of Architecture, he developed a sensitivity and interest in form and spatial composition as well as an appreciation for the beneficial social impact that architecture can have on people and the places they inhabit. His final year project developed these interests by addressing civic disparity in the ‘English Riviera’ context of Torquay.
He completed his one-year placement at the Penarth based studio Loyn + Co Architects after graduating, where he worked very closely with the design team, on a variety of projects, ranging from residential to public sectors.
Last year at ADS 6, Xuanru worked with honeybees and beeswax after volunteering at Bees Urban, a bee’s farm in Kennington Park. Exploring and challenging the current relationship between nature and man as well as using the construction material of beehives to inform our own built environment. This year, based on personal experience, Xuanru is diving into the world of hikikomori and proposing a new way of contemporary living as well as suggesting a new society formed by the less powerful individuals in Tokyo, inspired by the hikikomori lifestyles.