Jim Spear, PEK, The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu & The Brickyard
Hotelier, Designer, Traveler
Unleashing Passion and Harnessing Energy
Too often the merits of those around us are left at the wayside. Interns, for example, are often regarded as short term assistants and rarely strategic influencers. Instead of hiring interns to push papers, is there a way to embrace the fact that true innovation comes from diversity, and fresh minds?
American expats Jim and his wife Liang Tang have been working and living in China for well over two decades but it wasn’t until they acquired a peasant’s home in the Mutianyu Great Wall Village in 2005 and turned it into a year-round retreat that their greatest adventure in China began. Spear has designed and built over 30 homes for clients from around the world, some of which have been featured in Architectural Digest. In an effort to help his local community, the couple founded The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, an award-winning forprofit sustainable tourism enterprise which has grown to include three restaurants, an art glass studio, a gallery, a unique resort comprised of rental homes dispersed across two villages, and an ecoretreat created from a repurposed glazed tile factory.