A cultural strategist, curator and critic based in Beijing since 2002, Beatrice is the former creative director of Beijing Design Week (2013-2016), China’s largest and internationally best reputed design & architecture event. She is chief curator of the ongoing research project Across Chinese Cities featured at the Venice Architecture Biennale (2014/2016/2018 editions) and is a member of the advisory board of Design Trust (HK). In 2015 and 2016 she acted as founding director of Baitasi Remade, the urban regeneration plan for Baitasi historic district in Beijing, shaping stakeholders’ relations across the governmental, private and public sectors.
In 2017 she co-founded B/Side Design an international organization behind the establishment of The Global School, China’s first independent institute dedicated to design and creative research, developing programs with Chinese and international institutions, companies, universities and foundations.
Having earned an MA in Asian Studies with a dissertation on Contemporary Art in China from Ca’Foscari University (Venice), she started her career in Beijing working with Ai Weiwei as a curator at CAAW (China Art Archives and Warehouse), the historical alternative art space the artist founded in the late 1990s. Between 2006 and 2012 she ran the research practice BAO Atelier, a unique China-based think-tank fostering encounters across the visual arts, design and architecture, active across Europe and Asia.
She lectures regularly at academic and cultural institutions and her writings and projects have appeared in publications such as Artforum, Abitare, CNN Style, Domus, Dezeen, Disegno, Frieze, Metropolis, T Magazine (The NYTimes), The Good Life, Liberation/NEXT, among many others.
In 2016 she published the book (115) Ideas in Action – Critical Design Practice in China.