ABOUT PENDA



Penda is a fresh and motivated team of international creatives based in Beijing and Vienna. In 2013, Chris Precht and Dayong Sun founded penda with the belief that architecture serves as a bridge to connect nature, culture and people to strive for a better quality of living.
By drawing different perspectives from western and eastern history, Penda seeks the fundamentals in architecture and to interpret and integrate them into one cross-cultural design-language. Therefore we are interested in the questions of how life evolved throughout history, what influenced its process up to the present and what architecture can add to increase the quality of life for the future.
Impelled by our love for nature and its materials, we try to connect people to our natural environment through our designs and seek opportunities to create spaces with the ability to nurture life.
Living in an age of economy with the credo of larger, higher & faster, we see architecture as a counter-movement of a steady and slow profession, which offers a long-lasting constant in a fast-changing era. Therefore architecture should reply in a responsible, technological and ecological way to climatic, demographic and geopolitical changes in our society and environment.
We love what we do, are truly passionate about architecture & design to develop every project with our uttermost dedication.


Penda is led by the Partners Dayong Sun / China & Chris Precht / Austria


DAYONG SUN, M.Arch.


In 2013, with partner Chris Precht, Dayong was the founder of Penda Architecture & Design. After graduating from university, he has worked as a Project Architect for Graft Beijing & Berlin.

In 2013, with partner Chris Precht, Dayong was the founder of Penda Architecture & Design. After graduating from university, he has worked as a Project Architect for Graft Beijing & Berlin.

In 2010, Dayong undertook a master study at CAFA university, His thesis was awarded with the "outstanding graduate design award" by the CAFA School of Architecture 2012 session. He has been invited afterwards to several workshops and lectures included a creative designer workshop in Italy.

After his graduation, Dayong worked at Tsinghua University Architecture Design and Research Institute, In 2013 together with Chris Precht, he stepped out on his own and founded the creative practice "Penda". In 2015 got China interior design awards "New star of the year".



Former working experience:

2013- Found Penda Architecture. founding partner,Chief Architect

2012 Work at Tsinghua University Architecture Design and Research Institute, architect

2008 Work at Graft (Berlin) Architects, architect

2005-2010 Work at Graft (Beijing) Architectural Design Consulting Co., Ltd., architect



CHRIS PRECHT, DIPL.ING.



Before he founded 'penda' together with his partner Sun Dayong in 2013, Chris was the founder and Director of "Prechteck", a collaboration of international creatives.
Chris has won numerous national and international awards in Architecture and Design, including the "Interior Design Award" in 2014, the "German Tile-Award 2013" & the 1st prize for the national Isover Syscraper award in 2013.
His work got published worldwide in leading Architecture and Design Magazines, like Frame, Mark, dezeen, wired or archdaily and he has been ranked top 10 of young architects to follow in 2013.

His education started in Innsbruck/Austria where he was teaching classes at the Institut for experimental Architecture under Patrik Schumacher (Zaha Hadid Architects) and Kjetil Thorsen (Snohetta). He graduated with honors from the Technical University of Vienna 2013. His work has recently been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, the Kuenstlerhaus in Salzburg 2011and at the “Best of 2009”  student exhibition at the .aut in Innsbruck.


Former working experience:

In his earlier years Chris has gained working experience in several international Architecture Offices, including:
Graft / Beijing, leading Architect 2008 to 2010
NOX Lars Spuybroek / Rotterdam, Designer 2007