AA Wuhan Visiting School 2017



26-27 August 2016


School of Architecture and Urban Planning

Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, P. R. China




Beatrice Leanza

Director Overseas Program at Beijing Design Week

An independent curator and art&design critic based in Beijing since 2002, she earned an MA in Asian studies from CA’Foscari University (Venice) specializing in the history of Asian art with a dissertation thesis on contemporary art in China. She acted as creative director of Beijing Design Week from 2013 to 2016, and is now head of its overseas program and intl communication.

She was managing director and curator of CAAW (China Art Archives and Warehouse, Beijing), the historical alternative art space founded by artist Ai Weiwei in the end of the 1990s, until 2005. Whereafter she founded the creative studio and research practice BAO Atelier, a unique China-based think-tank fostering encounters across the visual arts, design and architecture, active across Europe and Asia.

She has curated a variety of projects internationally featured at the Venice Art and Architecture Biennales, Shanghai Biennale, Shenzhen Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, Milan Design Week, to name a few. Over more than 10 years she has developed a wide professional network of visionary creators with whom she builds culturally driven programs and strategies of social and public impact.

Her critical writing and projects have appeared in international publications such as Artforum, Domus, Dezeen, Disegno magazine, IDEAT, Frieze, Abitare, Metropolis magazine, Frame, Flash Art Intl’, Wallpaper, Kaleidoscope, Art Asia Pacific, Surface Asia, Guardian.co.uk, Liberation/NEXT, The Good Life, Il Sole 24 ore, Il Corriere della Sera, L’Espresso, among many others.

She is chief curator of the research program ‘Across Chinese Cities’, presented since 2014 at International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia. She is chief curator of the urban regeneration program Baitasi Remade in the historic hutong district in Central Beijing and recently published the book ”Ideas in Action – Critical Design Practice in China”. 


Prof. Dongzhu CHU 褚冬竹教授

Vice Dean, Professor, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, Chongqing University



Prof. Hua LI  李华教授

Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Southeast University

PhD, Architectural Association School of Architecture



Prof. Xuefeng HE 贺雪峰教授

Head of the Huazhong National Research Center for Rural Planning of the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of P. R. China

Cheung Kong Scholar Chair Professor, School of Sociology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology



To be continued


Details of the symposium organised in 2016 as part of the AA Visiting School:



13-14 August 2016



School of Architecture and Urban Planning

Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, P. R. China


Dr. David Bray

Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney

David Bray’s research is focused on exploring the inter-relationships between the built environment, governance and social change in contemporary China. Utilising post-structuralist theorisations on power, ‘governmentality’ and spatiality he aims to understand both how the built environment is imagined and planned at a governmental and technocratic level, as well as how its reconstruction impacts on communities and subjectivities at the local level. In particular David is interested in the multifarious ways in which the built environment becomes both a strategic resource for governmental interventions and a site of local resistance to those interventions and to the discourses they embody. China’s rapid urban transformation in recent years is of global significance in its own right, but in a comparative context, it also raises many intriguing challenges to established understandings of modernisation, urbanisation and social change: in this broader context, David’s research seeks to address larger theoretical debates associated with fields such as urban sociology, human geography, social policy, city planning and globalisation.

David Bray is fluent in Chinese (Mandarin) and undertakes regular research trips to China where he is currently engaged in research collaborations with scholars at leading universities including Peking, Tsinghua and Nanjing.


Social Space and Governance in Urban China: The Danwei System from Origins to Reform (2005)

New Mentalities of Government in China (2016)



Juchuan LI  李巨川

Associate Professor, Hubei Institute of Fine Arts

Since 1990s, Li has devoted himself to architectural practices through performance, filmmaking, photography and installation, while involving in writing, lecturing, teaching and exhibitions. Currently He lives in Wuhan.


Prof. Dr. Andong LU  鲁安东

Professor In Urbanism and Architectural Theory, Nanjing University

B.Arch. (Tsinghua), M.Phil. (Cantab), Ph.D. (Cantab)

Lu’s research interests include narrative organization of space, cinematic aided research, garden studies, and contemporary Chinese urbanism. He has written widely on the subjects of city, cinema and garden in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Architecture (UK), Studies in the History of Gardens & Designed Landscapes (UK), arq: Architectural Research Quarterly (UK), The Architect (China) and World Architecture (China). He has guest-edited the Cinematic Architecture (special issue of The Architect (China), profile no.136) and co-edited with François Penz the Urban Cinematics (Intellect Books, 2011).

南京大学建筑与城市规划学院教授,南京大学-剑桥大学建筑与城市合作研究中心执行主任。清华大学建筑学院学士学位(B.Arch.),英国剑桥大学建筑系硕士学位(M.Phil.),英国剑桥大学建筑系博士学位(Ph.D.)。英国建筑史学会会员,国际艺术史学会会员,英国建筑人文科学研究协会会员,国际学术期刊Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering编委,国际学术期刊Urban Morphology, Landscape Research, Digital Creativity,International Development Planning Review审稿人。曾任英国剑桥大学沃夫森学院院士,德国安哈尔特应用技术大学客座教授,荷兰代尔夫特理工大学访问学者。

Jiahao WANG  王家浩

Architect, Architecture Critic, Curator