Portraits from Above
Rufina Wu was born in Hong Kong in 1980. She studied at the University of Waterloo in Canada where she completed degrees in Environmental Studies and Architecture. She was a CCSEP Visiting Scholar at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China from 2005 to 2006. She received AIA Medals for her Bachelor of Architecture thesis (Three Gorges Commune) in 2006 and Master of Architecture thesis (Beijing Underground) in 2008. From December 2007 to February 2008, she was artist-in-residence at Hong Kong's Art and Culture Outreach, collaborating with Stefan Canham on Portraits from Above. The project won the 5th International Bauhaus Award 2008 (3rd Prize). Her research interest focuses on informal housing tactics associated with rapid urban development and population mobility. She splits her time between Hong Kong, Vancouver, and Toronto.