ELEVATION WORKSHOP is an international multi-disciplinary architecture and design firm. Originally founded in New York by Na WEI and Christopher Mahoney, ELEVATION WORKSHOP established its Beijing office, WEI architects, in 2009. Positioned at the crossroads of art and architecture, WEI architects values a culture blend and issues of urbanism, as well as innovative and traditional construction techniques and materials. WEI architects aspires to create a delicate, rich, and cultural humanistic architecture, carrying on the pursuit of quality and a personal experience to every detail of the built form, the spatial dynamics and the design process.
As one of the most innovative and dynamic young firms in China, WEI architects has projects ranging from a large-scale complex center (about 400,000sqm), and a deluxe five-star hotel (20,000sqm) to museum design and small, high-end fashion retail stores as well as children’s development center and playground. Along with many world-class architecture firms, WEI has been invited to participate in the design process for many important projects in Beijing, Tianjin and Inner Mongolia. WEI’s projects have been featured in over twenty publications in over ten countries around the globe, including Time Architecture (China), Domus, Archdaily (U.S.), Dezeen (UK), FRAME (Netherlands), Gestalten (Germany), and Rikuyosha (Japan). Several of WEI’s projects have been nominated for international design awards. The “SongMax” store and showroom design was presented at the AIANY interior design lecture series in 2014. WEI also received a competition award in 2009, and the “People’s Choice” and the “Most Sunning Design of 2010” award for the planning pavilion in Rizhao, Shandong Province. WEI has been profiled by international media, including CBS News, China Economic Observer News, China Construction News and others during which period WEI architects participated in many architectural lectures and discussion panels in the international design world.