Most Pritzker Prize winning architects are known as “starchitects”. These are the crème de la crème of the architecture world, the most famous architects building the biggest and most expensive buildings. However, a new trend that may surprise some is arising.

Wang Shu, a Chinese born architect and the winner of the 2012 Pritzker Prize, keeps a small firm and has completed few projects.  These projects, while small in number, are highly innovative and forward-thinking. Many architecture students are now joining small, lesser-known firms as opposed to big-league teams like SOM or Gensler in favor of a more hands on approach. Shu’s body of work shows us how this approach may lead to more interesting designs and ideas.

Read more: Amateur Architecture: A New Vernacular

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