TAO (TRACE ARCHITECTURE OFFICE) 迹·建筑事务所由华黎创立于北京，是一家从事建筑、城市、景观设计的设计事务所。TAO 对当代建筑在全球化的消费主义语境下成为风格化的形式主义持批判态度。TAO 的实践将建筑与其所在地域环境视为一个不可割裂的整体，通过深入理解和挖掘项目此时此地的条件，营造根植于当地社会土壤和自然环境的建筑和景观，并诠释其营造过程中涉及的丰富意义。场所意义营造、场地及气候回应、资源合理利用，以及适宜的材料与建造方式等命题的探讨，构成了TAO 每个项目工作的核心内容。TAO 的设计作品获得了时代建筑、世界建筑、建筑学报、domus，A+U，Abitare, AV, Casabella，Architectural Review, Architectural Record 等国内外建筑媒体的报道并赢得了多个奖项，其中包括2013亚洲建协奖，入围2013阿卡汗国际建筑奖，入选美国建筑实杂志评选的2012全球设计先锋，第三届中国建筑传媒奖最佳建筑入围奖以及WA建筑奖等。TAO 的作品曾多次在中国和国际建筑展中展出。
Founded by Mr. Hua Li in 2009, TAO (TRACE ARCHITECTURE OFFICE) is a Beijing based design studio committed to architecture, urban, and landscape design. Being critical at contemporary architecture as an obsession to fashionable forms in the context of media driven globalized consumerism, TAO visions architecture and its environment as an inseparable whole and architecture is always a part of its surroundings rather than an isolated object. With most projects positioned in particular cultural and natural settings in China, TAO aims to make architecture deeply rooted in its social and environmental context with respect of local condition. The sense of place, response to climate, efficient use of local resource, appropriate material and construction method, such essential issues are always explored in every TAO project responding to its specific situation. TAO has focused on institutional and cultural projects such as [page]]<span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif">museum, schools, hospital buildings etc. They have realized several award wining projects such as Museum of Handcraft Paper in Yunnan and XiaoQuan Elementary School in Sichuan. Their works have been recognized and published widely both in China and internationally. TAO has won several important architectural awards including shortlisted in Aga Kahn Award 2013, Architectural Record Good Design is Good Business Award, Chinese Architecture Media Award and WA Award. TAO has been chosen into Design Vanguard 2012 by Architectural Record Magazine in New York. Their works have been exhibited in China, Europe and MoMA New York.
Trace is surviving mark of things, and evidence of time fragments accumulation. The production of architecture is a process with confrontation of various will powers and values, full of contradiction and complexity. Architecture itself is a record of its time and nature.
Looking at \'trace and process\' suggests our approach to architecture. TAO is concerned with the social, cultural and ecological significance in making process of architecture from design to construction instead of just form as result; While architecture always face the conflict between past, present and future, between regional and global, between individual and collective, TAO rejects a simple and brutal attitude and explores how to achieve a subtle balance.
Contemporary architecture falls into an obsession to fancy forms and media based star-cult in the context of globalized consumerism, while architecture lost its ontological and essential meaning. TAO is critical at architecture becoming either fashions or dogmas. We pursue ontological origins of architecture as intellectual roots of our design thinking. The sense of place, response to climate, material and construction method, efficient use of resource, these archetypal subjects are explored with specific context of project in each TAO works.