We Design for People and the Environment
Design plus Hope (D+H) is an inter-disciplinary design practice committed to affecting positive change in society through design and planning. Working across cultures and at a wide range of scales, D+H approaches every project with deep commitments to craft, thoughtful solutions, and sustainability. From concept sketch to built object, a profound respect for beauty in the natural and built environment perpetually informs our design process. We believe that a successful design is culturally meaningful and feasible through all phases of a project. Mastery of construction combined with sustainable development practices imbue the landscapes of D+H with sophistication and resiliency. Given the fluency in which landscapes lends itself to the scale of infrastructure systems, our practice is invested in the philosophy that designers should instill into a site the capabilities and mechanisms that allow for landscapes to perform as infrastructure. We believe design should be responsible to the places where we practice and should enrich the lives of people who inhabit them.
We Collaborate to Amplify Synergies
Principal, Design Director
ASLA, LEED AP ND
As a Managing principal at Laboratory D+H, Huicheng is overseeing Lab’s current projects and ensuring that each project opens up new possibilites. Prior to found Laboratory D+H, he worked at swagroup where he led and managed numerous projects. Huicheng received his Master of Landscape Architecture with honors from the Cornell University, Ithaca and a M.E in Urban Planning from Beijing Forest University.
Principal, Design Director
RLA, ASLA, LEED AP ND
YoungJoon Choi, a co-founder and design principal, brings a creative, symbolic and thorough approach to wide range of projects. Prior to found Laboratory D+H, he worked at swagroup and led full scope design of diverse projects. He holds a Master of Landscape Architecture with honors from University of Pennsylvania School of Design, and BLA with honors from Seoul National University.
Principal, Design Director
Zhongwei brings exceptional attention to creativity and aesthetics of design. Prior to joining D+H, Zhongwei worked for SWA in Los Angeles and Sausalito, where he lead wide range of projects. Before SWA, he worked at JCFO and West 8. Zhongwei holds a MLA from Tianjin University and an Master of Landscape Architecture with honors from University of Pennsylvania.
Miao brings over 10 years of diverse design and planning experience to D+H group. He has been led numerous award-winning projects with his team in Guangzhou. His client includes CR Land, Vanke, Poly, Diangao, InterContinental hotels, Yagao Group.
Principal, Operations Director
Bingxing keeps studio running professionally with high performance everyday as a Operations Director. At the meantime, he brings passion and experience to realization of projects as captain of DD team. Bingxing is an senior designer with great experience with Senior Engineer Certificate in landscape architecture.
Principal, Project Director
Nan Lin, project director of D+H, embrace a persistent pursue toward design. He thinks a preeminent landscape based on reasonable analysis and successfully penetrates from conceptual design to all the constructive stages with an intelligent method. He holds a Master of Urban Planning from Nanjing Forestry University and has variety of constructive experience.
Liyang has great aesthetic pursuit on detail and scale in design. He is good at using observation, comparison and experiment to find appropriate design language for the site. Prior to joining Lab D+H, Liyang worked at Coen+Partners and Halvorson Design where he was involved in many high-end residential landscape and public projects. Liyang holds MLA from University of Washington.
Borned with nature, Feimin built up unique sense and expression to integration of nature and design. She believes landscape that respecting nature and culture create better living environment and social meaning. Feimin is responsible for project managing, schematic design and DD support.
Dee believe consistency of lifestyle and design quality. She is responsible for project managing, schematic design and DD support. Before Lab D+H, Dee worked in R&F real estate as a landscape designer. Dee holds Master of Landscape Architecture from University of Sheffield.
Wenzhe is a graduate of Chinese Academy of Forestry Sciences and got a master of landscape architecture. He is a experienced project leader. He thinks every place of a unique landscape originating from a subtle observation of the venue users’ behavior and the application of this observation to the combination of material, plants and space.
Senior DD Designer
Jian Zhou is a graduate of Landscape Architecture at Shanghai Jiaotong University, has constructive experience of 13 years. As constructive director of D+H, he connects designers and owners. With a strong point at figuring out details, he nearly perfectly explains every landscape plan on the basis of humanization and enablement.
Senior DD Designer
Lihui is responsible for DD, CD and field observation, ensuring projects are built in the right direction. Prior to joining Lab D+H, lihui was a project manager of SED studio in Shenzhen, Lihui graduated from Fujian Engineering College.
Hao Tai believes critical thinking is an essential part of design process. Good design comes out after rounds of testing. He is responsible for project managing, coordination and communication from conceptual design through construction. Hao Tai holds Master of Landscape Architecture from University of Melbourne.
Yufei is a graduate from Jiangnan University. She has the persistent pursuit toward the truest and simplest spirit of venue. She thinks the exploitation and application of venue spirit will solve every troublesome space. Before being a member of Lab D+H, she served as the landscape designer at Shanghai Aoya.
Jiaqian is a graduate of landscape architecture at Nanjing Forestry University. She has a unique view of the space, details and material changes of venues. She thinks the beauty of landscape design comes from accurate details and proper space.
Hao Lan engages himself in contemporary landscape practice with a young angle. He work with other designers in various project, with considerable capability of graphic expression.
Xiujuan Li is a graduate of landscape architecture at Nanjing Forestry University. She is good at plan design and teamwork. She has craftsmanship and the elaborate pursuit which nearly cannot be found in the contemporaries.
Xiaowen Pan is a graduate of landscape architecture at East China University of Science and Technology. She masters a unique knowledge of design concept and strategic planning of urban design. She supports the team a lot in the respect of concepts and methods through providing unique angle of view.
Shaozhong is passionate with design, he believe "simplicity is design while complexity is life" and design brings more possibility to life. Shaozhong graduated from the Northwest Forestry and Forestry University in landscape design.
As a business representative,Yaping engaged in the design firm for several years.Encouraged by D + H culture,she constantly improve the professional height for the operation of the lab and devoted a high degree of enthusiasm. Yaping firmly believes that good business order and integrity is a key part of the design firm .
We Inspire Hope through Design
Perhaps the most basic yet most pivotal philosophical tenet that guides our studio is the belief that through responsible landscape architectural design we can improve people’s lives. Our approach is human, place, and nature-oriented, with design as the link between these cultural and ecological relationships. Through rigorous inquiry, collaboration, and design experimentation, we aim to create spaces that allow for ecological improvement, education, reflection and recreation. Ultimately, our goal is to better the lives of those we touch through our work.