Personal profile


Dr. Yun Gao works as an academic and an architect. She is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Course Leader for BA programme at 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 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 2018.

Research funding Yun has been awarded include those from Higher Education Academy, and British Council, University of Huddersfield Teaching and Learning Funding and School Research Funding. She was recently awarded a grant from China of 200,000RMB (about £23,500) over two-years (2017-2018) to support research activities related to sustainable rural development in China.

Yun worked as academic editor for a Special Issue for the journal Buildings in July 2016. She is member of the Editorial Board for the AAE (Association of Architectural Educators, UK) journal Charrette and a reviewer for journals Habitat International and Buildings, and reviewer for Research Development Fund in Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China. She was also one of the co-organisers of the architectural exhibition held in Huddersfield in 2016 entitled ‘Rural/Urban: The Changing Face of Globalisation’.

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 December 2018.

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
  • Cross-cultural architectural design and education
  • Work place learning in architecture

Research Degree Supervision

Click Here to see all postgraduate research opportunities with Professor Yun Gao


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

Fingerprint Fingerprint is based on mining the text of the person's scientific documents to create an index of weighted terms, which defines the key subjects of each individual researcher.

  • 2 Similar Profiles
urban development Earth & Environmental Sciences
village Earth & Environmental Sciences
Vietnam Social Sciences
architectural design Earth & Environmental Sciences
sustainability Earth & Environmental Sciences
festival Earth & Environmental Sciences
China Social Sciences
cultural heritage Earth & Environmental Sciences

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Projects 2018 2020

Sustainable and Creative Village Research Network - South West China

Pitts, A. & Gao, Y.


Project: ResearchResearch Council

Research Output 2013 2018

Self-built housing in Hanoi: The study of socio-cultural values and its influence on housing design

Ngo, K., Gao, Y. & Pitts, A. 26 Mar 2018 AMPS Proceedings Series 10: Cities, Communities and Homes: Is the Urban Future Livable?. Tracada, E. & Cairns, G. (eds.). AMPS (Architecture, Media, Politics and Society), p. 366-377 12 p. 35. (AMPS Proceedings)

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

Open Access
regional identity

Transformation of urban villages in the city of Hanoi, Vietnam

Ngo, K. & Gao, Y. 25 Jan 2018 (Accepted/In press) Health: The Design, Planning and Politics of How and Where We Live : Architecture-media-politics-society Conference proceedings series. University of the West of England, 12 p.

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

social background

Building Environment Assessment Methods and Social Studies of Rural Villages in Yunnan and Urban Development in Chongqing City, Southwest China

Gao, Y., Pitts, A., Dong, L. & Chen, G. 1 Sep 2017 Proceedings of the 33rd PLEA International Conference: Design to Thrive. Brotas, L., Roaf, S. & Nicol, F. (eds.). NCEUB - Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings, Vol. 3, p. 5022-5029 8 p.

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

Open Access
assessment method
urban development
sustainable development
architectural design

Festivals in Old Streets in Two Chinese Cities

Gao, Y., Temple, N. & Li, Y. 26 Sep 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : Architecture and Culture. 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

material form

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

Gao, Y. 25 Oct 2017 (Accepted/In press) Conservation and Functions of Historical and Cultural Villages and Towns in Chongqing from Different Perspectives. Huazhong University of Science and Technology Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

cultural heritage
World Heritage Site
architectural design

Activities 2015 2016

  • 3 Oral presentation