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Chair Professor of Architecture, UNSW Sydney

Xing Ruan 阮昕, PhD, joined UNSW Sydney as Professor of Architecture in 2004. Currently he is Founding Dean and Chair Professor of Architecture at Shanghai Jiao Tong School of Design. He was Associate Dean International (2015-18), Director of Architecture (2014-16), Chair of Architecture Discipline and Director of Master of Architecture from (2005-09) at UNSW. Prior to his UNSW appointment, he was Head of School of Architecture at the University of Technology Sydney (2002-04).

Xing has published on a cultural history of housing, architecture and anthropology, vernacular architecture, architectural education, Louis Kahn and modern architecture, China’s pre-modern, modern and contemporary architecture, as well as Australian contemporary architecture. His books have received critical acclaim and enthusiastic appraisal both in academic journals and from some mainstream media outlets around the world.

Xing’s essays have appeared in leading academic and literary journals, such as JSAH (Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians), Jianzhu shi [The Architect 建筑师] and Wenhui Xueren of Wenhui Ribao [Wenhui Scholar of Wenhui Daily 文汇学人, 文汇日报]. Xing is co-editor, with Ronald Knapp, of the book series Spatial Habitus: Making and Meaning in Asia’s Architecture published by the University of Hawai’i Press, with published titles encompassing China, Japan, Korea, India and the Middle East. He has also contributed, as a critic, to professional architecture journals in Australia and China.


  • –present
    Professor of Architecture, Associate Dean International and Director of Architecture , UNSW Australia