Kai Hu

Kai Hu

Adjunct Assistant Teaching Professor


Kai Hu holds a BArch degree from Tianjin University, China, earned in 1992, and a MADU from the University of Notre Dame, conferred in 2004. He has accumulated extensive professional experience in both China and the United States, notably with organizations like CADG (China Architecture Design Group), SK+I Architecture, Burt Hill, Stantec, and MV+A Architects in the Washington DC area. His project involvement spans across diverse sectors, including hospitality, industrial, residential, institutional, mixed-use, retail, and renovation projects. His architectural work has received recognition within the architectural community for its exceptional design and meticulous technical execution. He is deeply interested in context-based design and permaculture design.

At Notre Dame, his graduate thesis project, titled 'Reclaiming Guang He Lou Theater in the Qian Men historical district of Beijing,' was honored with a CNU chapter academic award in 2009. Additionally, his analytique, 'A New Court for the Tempietto in Rome,' received recognition from ASAI (American Society of Architectural Illustrators) in 2007. Furthermore, another of his analytique, 'The Temple of Castor and Pollux in Rome,' was selected for the cover of Professor John Stamper's book, 'The Architecture of Roman Temple,' which was published in 2005.

In addition to his numerous achievements, he undertook the translation of Leon Krier's book 'The Architecture of Community' for its Chinese edition, which was published in 2011. Furthermore, he boasts experience in plein-air painting and sketching, with his artwork regularly featured in exhibitions. Gardening is a personal passion of his as well, and he successfully completed the UDC (University of the District of Columbia) Master Gardener Program in spring of 2023. He remains actively involved in the local community garden, drawing inspiration for the practice of sustainable living.


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