Li Hu studied architecture in Tsinghua University in Beijing and Rice University in Houston. He is the founding Partner of OPEN Architecture, an experimental design and research studio based in Beijing. From 2005 to 2010, he was the Partner of Steven Holl Architects and Director of their Beijing office. Together with Steven Holl, he has designed some of the firm's most ambitious buildings in China such as Linked Hybrid in Beijing and Vanke Center in Shenzhen. Li Hu is also the founder and editor of 32 magazine. He became the director of Studio-X Beijing in 2009.