Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu co-founded SO – IL during the financial crisis of 2008, striving for progressive architecture beyond the cultural and economic constraints facing the discipline. SO – IL is noted for its experimentation within a range of media from temporary installations to large-scale built works.
A native of China, Liu was educated in China, Japan, the U.K., and the U.S.; She received a master of architecture from the Tulane School of Architecture in New Orleans. Liu is a faculty member at The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, adviser for the master’s thesis at Parsons The New School of Design, and an active board member at Van Alen Institute. Her interest lies in building cultural projects as an indispensable part of urban infrastructure.
Projects include Frieze Art Fair in New York City, Kukje Gallery in Seoul, and the CTF Museum in Hong Kong. Jing Liu has led SO – IL’s exploration of new fabrication methods and confronted the socio-political issues of urban space through mediums outside the conventional architectural platform.