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PhD projects

Contemporary urban and rural development and heritage in developing countries (PhD full-time 2019-20 entry) Contemporary urban and rural development and heritage in developing countries (PhD part-time 2019-20 entry) Cross-cultural Architectural Design Education and Practice (PhD part-time 2019-20 entry) Cross-cultural Architectural Design Education and Practice (PhD full-time 2019-20 entry) Design of Socially Responsible and Environmentally Sustainable Urban and Rural Built Environment in Developing Countries (PhD part-time 2019-20 entry) Design of Socially Responsible and Environmentally Sustainable Urban and Rural Built Environment in Developing Countries (PhD full-time 2019-20 entry)

19952020

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Personal profile

Biography

Dr. Yun Gao works as an academic and an architect. She is a Reader in Architecture and Department Lead for Teaching and Learning at the Department of Architecture and 3D Design, the University of Huddersfield. Yun received her PhD in Architecture from the University of Edinburgh in 1998. Her academic research explores design of socially responsible and environmentally sustainable built environment, traditional and cultural changes reflected in architectural and urban development in developing countries, and cross-cultural architectural design and education. After receiving her Ph.D, Yun worked with architectural practices in Bristol and became an RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Chartered Architect and ARB (Architects Registration Board) Registered Architect before subsequently joining the University of Huddersfield in 2005.

Yun’s book Architecture of Dai Nationality in Yunnan, China was published by Beijing University Press in 2003. She was funded by HEA (Higher Education Academy) in the UK to publish the book Being There on cross culture architectural design in 2010. Yun is currently completing another book, co-authored with Professor Nicholas Temple, entitled The Temporality of Building: European and Chinese Perspectives on Architecture and Heritage, which will be published by Routledge in 2020.

Research funding Yun has been awarded include those from a British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grant 2016-2019, to examine The Temporality of Building: Chinese Perspectives on Architecture and Heritage; an AHRC Research Networking Highlight for International Development (2017-2019), on the subject of Sustainable and Creative Villages Research Network in SW China, a Chongqing Education Ministry grant (2016 -2019) from China, on the subject of urban and rural sustainable developments in Southwest China, and a Higher Education Academy to publish a book on cross culture architectural education. She was recently awarded a Chinese Natural Science Research funded project (2018-2021) as CI in the construction and culture of houses of the Shi and Qian ethnic groups in Southwest China.

Yun worked as academic editor for Special Issues for the Journal of Architecture, Sustainability, Buildings. She is member of the Editorial Board for the AAE (Association of Architectural Educators, UK) journal Charrette and a reviewer for journals such as Habitat International, Sustainability and Buildings etc., and reviewer for Research Development Fund in Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China. Yun is supervising about 10 PhD students.

Yun has held a Visiting Professorship at the Yunnan Arts University in China since 2010 and recently have been awarded the title of Distinguished Professor in Chongqing Jiaotong University from 1st January 2017 to 30th April 2019.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Design of socially responsible and environmentally sustainable built environment
  • Traditional and cultural changes reflected in architectural and urban development in developing countries
  • Relationships between European and Chinese perspectives of building practices
  • Cross-cultural architectural design and education
  • Work place learning in architecture

Research Degree Supervision

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External positions

Visiting Professor, Yunnan Arts University

2010 → …

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Sustainable architectural development
  • sustainable urban development
  • China
  • Social changes
  • cultural changes
  • Development in developing countries
  • Cross cultural design
  • cross cultural education

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Projects

Research Output

Sustaining China's Villages: Making a Difference to Rural Village Regeneration

Pitts, A., Gao, Y. & Chang, A. C-L., 13 Jan 2020

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

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  • Diversity in Dwelling Design to Provide Comfortable Environments

    Pitts, A. & Gao, Y., 1 Nov 2019, Diversity and Mutualism - Excellent Works: The 4th "CSCEC Cup" Western "5+2" Biennial Exhibition of Environmental Art and Design. Chen, J. (ed.). China Architecture & Building Press, p. 314-315 2 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Open Access
    File
  • Improving the Sustainability of Traditional Dwellings in Yunnan, China: Seismic Resistance Testing of Wood-frame and Earth-Built Wall Dwellings

    Bai, Y., Gao, J., Pitts, A., Gao, Y., Bai, W. & Tao, Z., 14 Feb 2019, In : Sustainability. 11, 4, 19 p., 977.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Opportunities to Improve Sustainable Environmental Design of Dwellings in Rural Southwest China

    Pitts, A., Gao, Y. & Le, V., 6 Oct 2019, In : Sustainability. 11, 19, p. 1-44 44 p., 5515.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Protection of Natural and Cultural Heritage and Encouragement of Development to Retain Local Character: A Case Study of Saltaire In Yorkshire, UK

    Gao, Y., Jun 2018, Protection and Development of Chongqing's Historical and Cultural Villages and Towns under the Multi-dimensional Perspective . Huazhong University of Science and Technology Press, p. 134-156

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Activities

    5th Symposium of Sustainable and Creative Villages Research Network - SW China

    Adrian Pitts (Organiser), Yun Gao (Organiser), Lili Dong (Organiser), Quan Wen (Organiser)
    22 Mar 201924 Mar 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Chinese and European Perspective on Architecture and Heritage

    Yun Gao (Speaker), Nicholas Temple (Speaker)
    13 Mar 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    The Temporality of Building

    Yun Gao (Speaker), Nicholas Temple (Speaker)
    20 Feb 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    4th Symposium of Sustainable and Creative Villages Research Network

    Adrian Pitts (Organiser), Yun Gao (Organiser), Edward Ng (Organiser), Wan Li (Organiser)
    7 Dec 20189 Dec 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Chinese and European Perspective on Architecture and Heritage

    Yun Gao (Speaker), Nicholas Temple (Speaker)
    21 Nov 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk