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Dr. Yun Gao works as an academic and an architect. She is a Reader in Architecture and Director of Sustainable Living Research Centre at the Department of Architecture and 3D Design, the University of Huddersfield. Yun received her PhD in Architecture from the University of Edinburgh in the late 1990s. 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 2022.
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
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Visiting Professor, Yunnan Arts University
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Research Expertise and Interests
- Sustainable architectural development
- sustainable urban development
- Social changes
- cultural changes
- Development in developing countries
- Cross cultural design
- Cross cultural education
- Vernacular architecture
- Architectural culture heritage
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The Ancient Southern Silk Road and the Contemporary One Belt and One Road in Southwest China: Case study of Kunming City in Yunnan ProvinceGao, Y. & Pitts, A., 1 Jun 2022, The Twelfth International Convention of Asian Scholars (ICAS 12). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, Vol. 1. p. 177-182 6 p. 21
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Conference contribution › peer-reviewOpen Access
A Critical Discussion of Sustainable Assessment Methods as Applied to Communities with Dual Urban-Rural Characteristics: Case studies of two villages in Southwest ChinaGao, Y., Pitts, A., Zhou, Z., Chen, X. & Zhou, L., 10 Mar 2021, 35th PLEA Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture 2020: Planning Post Carbon Cities. Álvarez, J. R. & Soares Gonçalves, J. C. (eds.). Vol. 1. p. 648-653 6 p. 1726
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Conference contribution › peer-review
Relationships between religious narratives and spaces in Dali on the Southern Silk Road, China: Case study of ShaxiYang, M., Gao, Y. & Di Mascio, D., 16 Sep 2021, Envisioning Architectural Narratives: Monograph of the 15th Biennial International Conference of the European Architectural Envisioning Association. Di Mascio, D. (ed.). 1st ed. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield, p. 515-526 12 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Conference contribution › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile
Kien Thinh, N. & Gao, Y., 1 Dec 2021, In: Sustainability. 13, 23, 16 p., 13136.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen Access
Pitts, A., Gao, Y. & Le, V., 19 Apr 2020, Proceedings of 11th Windsor Conference on Thermal Comfort: Resilient Comfort. Roaf, S., Nicol, F. & Finlayson, W. (eds.). Oxford: Ecohouse Initiative Ltd, p. 693-709 17 p.Open AccessFile
Benedict Okundaye (Speaker), A. Moghayedi (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Patricia Tzortzopoulos (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Yun Gao (Contributor to Paper or Presentation) & K. Michell (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)20 Jun 2022
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Oral presentation
15th Biennial International Conference of the European Architectural Envisioning Association (Event)
Caterina Benincasa-Sharman (Programme Committee Member), Ioanni Delsante (Programme Committee Member), Claire Diggle (Programme Committee Member), Danilo Di Mascio (Programme Committee Member), Yun Gao (Programme Committee Member), Anna Gurrey (Programme Committee Member), Hyun Jun Park (Programme Committee Member) & Adrian Pitts (Programme Committee Member)1 Sep 2021 → 3 Sep 2021
Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work types › Conference Peer-review
Yun Gao (Examiner)11 Feb 2021
Activity: Examination types › PhD Examination
1 Feb 2021
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Organising a conference, workshop, ...