China’s first Pritzker Prize Winner, Wang Shu, is an architect who has built a number of museums:
His first job was researching the old buildings at Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts in Hangzhou as it underwent a renovation. His first architectural project — a youth center for the small town of Haining, also in Zhejiang Province, near Hangzhou — was completed in 1990.
In 1997, after a decade of working with various craftsmen to gain building experience, Mr. Wang and his wife, Lu Wenyu, founded their own practice in Hangzhou, called Amateur Architecture Studio. […]
Mr. Wang’s major projects, all in China, include two in Ningbo, a coastal city south of Shanghai: the Ningbo Contemporary Art Museum, completed in 2005, and theNingbo Historic Museum, completed in 2008.
With the history museum, a commission Mr. Wang won in 2004 after an international competition, he sought to evoke what life used to be like in this harbor city. […]
In designing the Xingshan Campus of the China Academy of Art in his native Hangzhou, Mr. Wang also reused materials, covering the campus buildings with more than two million tiles from demolished traditional houses.
For First Time, Architect in China Wins Top Prize (New York Times)