Mr. Bing Lin was born in Shanghai, China. At the age of 19, Mr. Lin journeyed to the U.S. to study at Washington State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in 1994, and Bachelor of Architecture, cum laude, in 1995. In 1997, he received a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University.
From 1995 to 1997, Mr. Lin worked at NBBJ’s Seattle head office. From 1998 to 2010, Mr. Lin worked at Pei Partnership Architects where he was the Director of Asian Development. He participated in the design of the Suzhou Museum and the Chinese Embassy in Washington D.C. for which he was also the site architect and the project manager, respectively. From 2010 to 2012, Mr. Lin was the Chief Architect for the Shanghai International Financial Centre representing the Shanghai Stock Exchange, the Chinese Financial Futures Exchange, and the China Clearing Corporation.
In 2012, Mr. Lin co-founded OLI Architecture PLLC, with offices in New York, Shanghai, and Paris. Since the founding of OLI, Mr. Lin lead and participated in the design of the MuXin Art Museum, Suzhou Embroidery Museum, Shanghai Stock Exchange Trading Hall, Suzhou Taohuawu Woodblock Museum, Tencent Shanghai Office and Anji Play Kindergarten and Early Childhood Education Center, Peking University Shiheng School, Fangsuo Commune Shanghai, Ascentage Pharma R&D Center, Siteman Washington University International Oncology Hospital and the Chengdu Pompidou Cosmopolis #1.5 Enlarged Intelligence Art Exhibition.
OLI has received numerous design awards including the AIA New York State Award of Merit for Institutional Architecture, Chinese National Design Award for Museum Architecture, China Interior Design Award, nomination as a finalist for the World Architectural Festival Culture/Completed Building category, the German Design Council Iconic Awards Best of Best Museum Architecture, and the Concrete Industry Board Award of Merit.
In addition to architectural practice, Mr. Lin has been a guest professor at the Universidad Iberoamericana. He has also been a guest critic at Columbia University, Hong Kong University, and Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. In 2004, he translated and wrote the Chinese Edition of Conversation with I. M. Pei., and received the non-fiction book of that year award in Taiwan. In 2011, he was the chief reviewer for the Chinese edition of I. M. Pei’s complete works and in 2017, Mr. Lin was the curator of the exhibition titled I. M. Pei Documents for Suzhou Art Museum.