A/PROF Jianfei Zhu

A/PROF Jianfei Zhu


  • Architectural Criticisim (between China, Asia and the West)
  • Architecture of Modern China (History, Theory, Criticisim)
  • Dynastic/Imperial Beijing and Traditional Chinese Cities (Space, Form, Power and Society)
  • Modern Chinese/Asian Cities and Issues of the Metropolis (Space, Experience, Subjectivity, Politics)
  • Social & Formal History of Beijing



  • B Arch (Tianjin), Ph D (University College London)
    Associate Professor
    Faculty of Architecture Building & Planning, University of Melbourne

    Jianfei Zhu obtained BArch from Tianjin University China (1985) and PhD from University College London (1994). He had practiced in Tianjin and London, and had taught at the AA and the Bartlett School in the early 1990s. He joined the University of Melbourne in 1999 and has been teaching there since. He teaches a ‘China studio’ and a subject titled ‘Theorizing the Asian metropolis’, amongst other design and theory subjects. He supervises masters and PhD students, and runs a weekly conversation on ‘methodology across east and west’. Outside Melbourne, he gives guest-lectures on Beijing and modern Chinese architecture with a focus on formal and political history.

    His research focuses on political space, visuality, modernity, ideology, criticality, east-west interactions, Beijing, and modern Chinese architecture. He writes and publishes in English and Chinese (some of which have been translated into French, German and Spanish). He is the author of ‘Criticality in between China and the West’ (2005), Chinese Spatial Strategies: Imperial Beijing 1420-1911 (2004), and Architecture of Modern China: A Historical Critique (2009). He has edited Sixty Years of Chinese Architecture (1949-2009): History, Theory and Criticism (2009), an invited project for the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China.

    In the past sixteen years, Jianfei has been giving guest-lectures in the UK, China, Australia, Canada and recently the USA. He collaborates with Tongji University (Shanghai), Tianjin University (Tianjin), and University College London, on research, teaching or publications. He was a Guest Editor in 2005-6 for Time + Architecture a journal published by Tongji, and a Visiting Professor of Architectural History at Peking University (   


Member of

  • School of Architecture, Tianjin University, Tianjin. Guest Associate Professor 1998 -
  • City: analysis of urban trends, London. Associate Editor 1994 -
  • Editorial Committee, T+A: Time+Architecture, Tongji University, Shanghai. International Member 2006 - 2009
  • T+A: Time+Architecture, Tongji University, Shanghai. Guest Editor-in-Chief 2005 - 2006
  • Graduate Center of Architecture, Peking University, Beijing. Visiting Professor of Architecture 2002


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, University College London 1994
  • BE(Arch), University of Tianjin 1985

Awards and honors

  • Edward Clarence Dyason Universitas 21 Fellowship, 2002



Available for supervision

  • Y