Professor Duanfang Lu

PhD, University of California, Berkley; Bachelor of Architecture, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.

China studies centre

G04 - Wilkinson Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9036 5383

Biographical details

Dr Duanfang Lu teaches in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney. She holds a BArch from Tsinghua University, Beijing and PhD in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. She has been awarded prestigious research grants from the US Social Science Research Council, UC Berkeley, the Getty Foundation and Australian Research Council (Discovery Project, 2007?9), and the Best Article Prize from Planning Perspectives and the International Planning History Society (2006?7).

Her book Remaking Chinese Urban Form (2006, 2011) provides a significant new perspective on the intertwined relationship between modernity, scarcity and the built environment by examining the development of the work unit (danwei) as a primary urban form under Maoist socialism. The book has been reviewed by 12 journals and is a set text for urban planning courses at universities around the world. Dr Lu has been a leading scholar in the study of the built environment in non-Western societies. Her book Third World Modernism (2010) opens up whole new perspectives on modern architecture in developing countries. Since 2009 Lu has been leading a research cluster on ?Making Migrant Spaces? at the University of Sydney (Click here to read the Sydney Morning Herald report).

Dr Lu has been the first Australia-based scholar elected to be Board Director of the Society of Architectural Historians, and has given conference keynote speeches and invited lectures at various universities and institutes in Europe, Asia, USA and Australia. She serves on editorial boards of Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review and Architectural Theory Review, and on the advisory board of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments. In 2011 she won the Australian Research Council Future Fellowship ($682,836), which will support her world-leading research in Chinese urban planning policy.

Lu is Principal of GZ Architects (co-founded with Gang Gang) and has extensive experience in architectural design and neighbourhood planning. She won the First Prize in Bao?an Central Area ?Green Axis? Complex Design Competition, Shenzhen, in 2000 (with Gang Gang). Her work was exhibited at the 2002 Bay Area Architectural Computer Graphic Exhibition in San Francisco. Most recent design projects include Zijinchanghe Residential Complex (270,000 square metres, Beijing) and Xindao Holiday Residential Complex (100,000 square metres, Beijing). She has been an invited columnist of the Italian design magazine Domus (China) since 2010.

Professional Experience

  • 2010 | Coordinator, Architectural History and Theory Year Coordinator, Design Studio (Years 1,2 & 3).
  • 2008 | Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney
  • 2008 | Visiting Scholar, Fairbank Centre for East Asian Research, Harvard University, USA.
  • 2004 | Lecturer, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney
  • 1999 | Research Fellow, Social Science Research Council, USA
  • 1997 | Graduate Student Researcher, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • 1997 | Graduate Student Instructor, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • Ongoing | Principle, GZ Architects.

Research interests

Modern Chinese architectural and planning history, contemporary architectural and urban theories, modern architecture and urban development in developing countries, housing design and neighbourhood planning

Teaching and supervision

  • Architecture and Urbanism in Asia (Graduate lecture course)
    Contemporary Architectural Theories (Graduate lecture and seminar course)
    Architecture, Globalisation and Urbanisation (Graduate lecture and seminar course)
    History and Theory 2: Modern Architecture (Undergraduate lecture course)
  • Architecture, Place and Society (Undergraduate lecture course)
  • Design Studies 1A – History and Theory Module (Undergraduate lecture course)
  • Design Practice 1A (Undergraduate design studio)
  • Design Practice 2A (Undergraduate design studio)
    Design Practice 2B (Undergraduate design studio)
    Studio 301 (Undergraduate design studio)
  • * As an ARC Future Fellow, Dr Lu will have full teaching relief in 2012–2015.

Current research students

Project title Research student
The Chongqing Model: Urbanisation and Land Ownership in contemporary China Weijie HU

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2012

  • Mapping Chinas Urban Crisis: The Politics of Land and Resettlement; Lu D; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Future Fellowships (FT).

2007

  • National Buildings, Global Visions: Exporting Chinese Architecture to the Third World; Lu D; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2006

  • Exporting Chinese Architecture to the Third World, 1956-1965; Lu D; University of Sydney/Early Career Researcher.
  • Improving the Induction and Integration of Research Students into the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning; Lu D, Pizarro R, Cabrera D, Gero J, Hill G; University of Sydney/Teaching Improvement Fund (TIF).

2005

  • Architecture and Global Imaginations in China, 1911 - 1965; Lu D; University of Sydney/Early Career Researcher.

Selected publications & creative works

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Books

  • Lu, D. (2011). Remaking Chinese Urban Form | Modernity, Scarcity and Space, 1949-2005. United kingdom: Routledge.
  • Lu, D. (2006). Remaking Chinese Urban Form: Modernity, Scarcity and Space 1949-2005. Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

Edited Books

  • Lu, D. (2010). Third World Modernism: Architecture, Development and Identity. Abingdon: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

Book Chapters

  • Lu, D., Dang, A. (2016). New Villages on the Urban Fringe: Spatial Planning, Lifestyle Changes and Health Implications. In Mu Li, Yang Feng Wu (Eds.), Urbanization and Public Health in China, (pp. 197-211). London: Imperial College Press.
  • Lu, D. (2015). The Work Unit and the Foxconn Factory: A Comparative Perspective. In Michele Bonino, Filippo De Pieri (Eds.), Beijing Danwei: Industrial Heritage in the Contemporary City, (pp. 36-55). Berlin: jovis Verlag GmbH.
  • Shao, C., Lu, D. (2014). The Chinese Community in Japan: Past and Present. In Editorial Committee of the 9th International Symposium (Eds.), Japanese Language Education and Japanese Studies: Interactivity, Praxis, and Possibilities, (pp. 765-779). Tokyo: COCO Shuppan.
  • Lu, D., He, H. (2013). The Transcultural Production of Space: Making 'Little Shanghai' in Sydney. In Jeff Hou (Eds.), Transcultural Cities: Border-Crossing and Placemaking, (pp. 91-103). New York: Routledge.
  • Lu, D., Linortner, C. (2013). Walking on Many Legs: Spatial Productions between State Socialism and Third World Modernism in Maoist China. In Moira Hille, Christian Kravagna, Marion von Osten (Eds.), Transcultural Modernisms, (pp. 144-155). Berlin: Sternberg Press.
  • Lu, D. (2013). Ziyou yu duoyangxing: zuowei zhishi de wenhua yichang (Freedom and Diverse: Cultural Heritage as Knowledge). In Xinjian Xu (Eds.), Wenhua yichan yanjiu (Cultural Heritage Studies), (pp. 3-27). Chengdu: Bashu Press.
  • Lu, D. (2012). Entangled Histories of Modern Architecture. In William S W Lim and Jiat-Hwee Chang (Eds.), Non West Modernist Past | on Architecture & Modernities, (pp. 59-68). Singapore: World Scientific Publishing.
  • Lu, D. (2012). Entangled Modernities in Architecture. In G Crysler, S Cairns, H Heynen (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory, (pp. 231-246). London: Sage Publications.
  • Lu, D. (2010). Introduction: Architecture, Modernity and Identify in the Third World. In Duanfang Lu (Eds.), Third World Modernism: Architecture, Development and Identity, (pp. 1-28). Abingdon: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Lu, D. (2004). The Latency Of Tradition: On Vicissitudes Of Walls In Contemporary China. In N. AlSayyad (Eds.), End of Tradition, (pp. 210-230). New York: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

Journals

  • Lu, D. (2014). Assemblage, Flow, Knowledge and Practice: The Tao of Cultural Heritage Regeneration. New Architecture, 3, 8-12.
  • Lu, D. (2014). Enacting Asian Urbanism. Journal of Urban History, 40(6), 1181-1187. [More Information]
  • Lu, D. (2011). Modernity in Architecture: Review and Reconstruction. The Architect (Jianzhushi), 149(February 2011), 28-38.
  • Lu, D. (2010). Architecture, Modernity, and Knowledge. Fabrications, 19(2), 144-161.
  • Lu, D. (2010). Book review: 'Architecture of Modern China: A Historical Critique' by Jianfei Zhu. Journal of Architectural Education, 63(2), 174-175.
  • Lu, D. (2010). Book review: 'House, Home, Family: Living and Being Chinese' Eds. Ronald G. Knapp and Kai-Yin Lo. Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, 21(11), 93-94.
  • Wu, F., Lu, D. (2008). The Transition of Chinese Cities. Built Environment, 34(4), 385-391. [More Information]
  • Lu, D. (2008). Unthinking Spectacle. Architectural Theory Review, 13(2), 125-129.
  • Lu, D. (2007). Architecture and global imaginations in China. The Journal of Architecture, 12(2), 123-145.
  • Lu, D. (2007). The Education of Desire: Commune Design, Utopia and Third World Modernism. Shidai Jianzhu (Time and Architecture), 4, 22-27.
  • Lu, D. (2007). Third world modernism - Utopia, modernity, and the people's commune in China. Journal of Architectural Education, 60(3), 40-48.
  • Lu, D. (2006). Travelling urban form: the neighbourhood unit in China. Planning Perspectives, 21(4), 369-392.

Edited Journals

  • Akcan, E., Lu, D., Pirasri, P. (2011). Nakhara | Journal of Environmental Design and Planning. Nakhara | Journal of Environmental Design and Planning, 7(October 2011).
  • Lu, D. (2008). Rethinking Architectural Spectacle. Architectural Theory Review, 13(2).
  • Wu, F., Lu, D. (2008). The Transition of Chinese Cities. Built Environment, 34(4).

Conferences

  • Lu, D. (2014). Becoming Urban: Residential Planning on the Edge of Chinese Cities. 7th International Urban Design Conference: Designing Productive Cities 2014, Nerang: Deakin University.
  • Lu, D., Karim, F. (2012). Mapping Asian Modernism. Convergence In Divergence: Contemporary Challenges in East Asian Architectural Studies (EAAC 2012) International Conference on East Asian Architectural Culture, Hong Kong, China: Chinese University of Hong Kong.
  • Lu, D. (2005). Utopia and Third World Modernism. 22nd Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia & New Zealand - SAHANZ 2005, New Zealand: Society of Architectural Historians.
  • Lu, D. (2004). Imagining A New Chinese Architecture, 1911-1965. mAAN 4th International Conference "Safeguarding and Revitalizing Local Heritage", Shanghai: Tongji University.
  • Lu, D. (2004). Placing Modernism: Architecture And Global Imaginations In China. LIMITS: XXIst Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ), Melbourne: Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Lu, D. (2004). Spatial Disruptions: Rural Migrants In The Chinese Work Units. 6th International Symposium for Environment-Behaviour Studies, Tianjin, China: Baihua Literature and Art Publishing House.

Textual Creative Works

  • Lu, D. (2011). Designed in China. Domus China, 52, (pp. 179 - 179). Beijing, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan Province): Opus Productions.
  • Lu, D. (2011). Planning For Today. Domus China, 50, (pp. 173 - 173). Beijing, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan Province): Opus Productions.
  • Lu, D. (2010). Book Review: Architecture of Modern China: A Historical Critique. Journal of Architectural Education, Issue 63 Volume 2, (pp. 173 - 174). New Jersey, United States of America: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Lu, D. (2010). Capital and Space. Domus China, number 048, November 2010, (pp. 143 - 143). Beijing, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan Province): Opus Productions.
  • Lu, D. (2010). Elegy of Children. Domus China, number 043, 05/2010, (pp. 147 - 147). Beijing, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan Province): Opus Productions.
  • Lu, D. (2010). Ghostless Times. Domus China, number 044, Beijing, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan Province): Opus Productions.
  • Lu, D. (2010). House, Home, Family: Living and Being Chinese. Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, (pp. 93 - 94). Berkley, United States of America: International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments.
  • Lu, D. (2010). Place and Knowledge. Domus China, (pp. 149 - 149). Beijing, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan Province): Opus Productions.
  • Lu, D. (2010). Plain Cities. Domus China, number 045, 07/08-2010, (pp. 183 - 183). Beijing, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan Province): Opus Productions.
  • Lu, D. (2010). Rethinking Architectural Spectacle. Domus China, number 041, 03/10, (pp. 187 - 187). Beijing, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan Province): Opus Productions.
  • Lu, D. (2010). The New Green Utopia. Domus China, number 047, October 2010, (pp. 147 - 147). Beijing, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan Province): Opus Productions.
  • Lu, D. (2010). We have never been modern. Domus China, number 042, 04/10, (pp. 147 - 147). Beijing, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan Province): Opus Productions.
  • Lu, D. (2010). What has modernism done? Domus China, number 046, 09/2010, (pp. 142 - 142). Beijing, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan Province): Opus Productions.
  • Lu, D. (2009). Book Review: Olympic Architecture: Beijing 2008. Architectural Science Review, Volume 52 No.2, (pp. 163 - 164). Oxford, United Kingdom: Earthscan.
  • Lu, D. (2005). Social Space and Governance in Urban China: The Danwei System from Origins to Reform. The Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia, (pp. 189 - 191). Sydney, Australia: Oriental Society of Australia.

Design or Architectural Works

  • Lu, D., GZ Architects, G. (2005). Daheng Technology Building and Zujinchanghe Residential complex. Beijing, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan Province): Residential/Commercial.

2016

  • Lu, D., Dang, A. (2016). New Villages on the Urban Fringe: Spatial Planning, Lifestyle Changes and Health Implications. In Mu Li, Yang Feng Wu (Eds.), Urbanization and Public Health in China, (pp. 197-211). London: Imperial College Press.

2015

  • Lu, D. (2015). The Work Unit and the Foxconn Factory: A Comparative Perspective. In Michele Bonino, Filippo De Pieri (Eds.), Beijing Danwei: Industrial Heritage in the Contemporary City, (pp. 36-55). Berlin: jovis Verlag GmbH.

2014

  • Lu, D. (2014). Assemblage, Flow, Knowledge and Practice: The Tao of Cultural Heritage Regeneration. New Architecture, 3, 8-12.
  • Lu, D. (2014). Becoming Urban: Residential Planning on the Edge of Chinese Cities. 7th International Urban Design Conference: Designing Productive Cities 2014, Nerang: Deakin University.
  • Lu, D. (2014). Enacting Asian Urbanism. Journal of Urban History, 40(6), 1181-1187. [More Information]
  • Shao, C., Lu, D. (2014). The Chinese Community in Japan: Past and Present. In Editorial Committee of the 9th International Symposium (Eds.), Japanese Language Education and Japanese Studies: Interactivity, Praxis, and Possibilities, (pp. 765-779). Tokyo: COCO Shuppan.

2013

  • Lu, D., He, H. (2013). The Transcultural Production of Space: Making 'Little Shanghai' in Sydney. In Jeff Hou (Eds.), Transcultural Cities: Border-Crossing and Placemaking, (pp. 91-103). New York: Routledge.
  • Lu, D., Linortner, C. (2013). Walking on Many Legs: Spatial Productions between State Socialism and Third World Modernism in Maoist China. In Moira Hille, Christian Kravagna, Marion von Osten (Eds.), Transcultural Modernisms, (pp. 144-155). Berlin: Sternberg Press.
  • Lu, D. (2013). Ziyou yu duoyangxing: zuowei zhishi de wenhua yichang (Freedom and Diverse: Cultural Heritage as Knowledge). In Xinjian Xu (Eds.), Wenhua yichan yanjiu (Cultural Heritage Studies), (pp. 3-27). Chengdu: Bashu Press.

2012

  • Lu, D. (2012). Entangled Histories of Modern Architecture. In William S W Lim and Jiat-Hwee Chang (Eds.), Non West Modernist Past | on Architecture & Modernities, (pp. 59-68). Singapore: World Scientific Publishing.
  • Lu, D. (2012). Entangled Modernities in Architecture. In G Crysler, S Cairns, H Heynen (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory, (pp. 231-246). London: Sage Publications.
  • Lu, D., Karim, F. (2012). Mapping Asian Modernism. Convergence In Divergence: Contemporary Challenges in East Asian Architectural Studies (EAAC 2012) International Conference on East Asian Architectural Culture, Hong Kong, China: Chinese University of Hong Kong.

2011

  • Lu, D. (2011). Designed in China. Domus China, 52, (pp. 179 - 179). Beijing, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan Province): Opus Productions.
  • Lu, D. (2011). Modernity in Architecture: Review and Reconstruction. The Architect (Jianzhushi), 149(February 2011), 28-38.
  • Akcan, E., Lu, D., Pirasri, P. (2011). Nakhara | Journal of Environmental Design and Planning. Nakhara | Journal of Environmental Design and Planning, 7(October 2011).
  • Lu, D. (2011). Planning For Today. Domus China, 50, (pp. 173 - 173). Beijing, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan Province): Opus Productions.
  • Lu, D. (2011). Remaking Chinese Urban Form | Modernity, Scarcity and Space, 1949-2005. United kingdom: Routledge.

2010

  • Lu, D. (2010). Architecture, Modernity, and Knowledge. Fabrications, 19(2), 144-161.
  • Lu, D. (2010). Book review: 'Architecture of Modern China: A Historical Critique' by Jianfei Zhu. Journal of Architectural Education, 63(2), 174-175.
  • Lu, D. (2010). Book review: 'House, Home, Family: Living and Being Chinese' Eds. Ronald G. Knapp and Kai-Yin Lo. Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, 21(11), 93-94.
  • Lu, D. (2010). Book Review: Architecture of Modern China: A Historical Critique. Journal of Architectural Education, Issue 63 Volume 2, (pp. 173 - 174). New Jersey, United States of America: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Lu, D. (2010). Capital and Space. Domus China, number 048, November 2010, (pp. 143 - 143). Beijing, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan Province): Opus Productions.
  • Lu, D. (2010). Elegy of Children. Domus China, number 043, 05/2010, (pp. 147 - 147). Beijing, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan Province): Opus Productions.
  • Lu, D. (2010). Ghostless Times. Domus China, number 044, Beijing, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan Province): Opus Productions.
  • Lu, D. (2010). House, Home, Family: Living and Being Chinese. Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, (pp. 93 - 94). Berkley, United States of America: International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments.
  • Lu, D. (2010). Introduction: Architecture, Modernity and Identify in the Third World. In Duanfang Lu (Eds.), Third World Modernism: Architecture, Development and Identity, (pp. 1-28). Abingdon: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Lu, D. (2010). Place and Knowledge. Domus China, (pp. 149 - 149). Beijing, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan Province): Opus Productions.
  • Lu, D. (2010). Plain Cities. Domus China, number 045, 07/08-2010, (pp. 183 - 183). Beijing, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan Province): Opus Productions.
  • Lu, D. (2010). Rethinking Architectural Spectacle. Domus China, number 041, 03/10, (pp. 187 - 187). Beijing, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan Province): Opus Productions.
  • Lu, D. (2010). The New Green Utopia. Domus China, number 047, October 2010, (pp. 147 - 147). Beijing, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan Province): Opus Productions.
  • Lu, D. (2010). Third World Modernism: Architecture, Development and Identity. Abingdon: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Lu, D. (2010). We have never been modern. Domus China, number 042, 04/10, (pp. 147 - 147). Beijing, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan Province): Opus Productions.
  • Lu, D. (2010). What has modernism done? Domus China, number 046, 09/2010, (pp. 142 - 142). Beijing, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan Province): Opus Productions.

2009

  • Lu, D. (2009). Book Review: Olympic Architecture: Beijing 2008. Architectural Science Review, Volume 52 No.2, (pp. 163 - 164). Oxford, United Kingdom: Earthscan.

2008

  • Lu, D. (2008). Rethinking Architectural Spectacle. Architectural Theory Review, 13(2).
  • Wu, F., Lu, D. (2008). The Transition of Chinese Cities. Built Environment, 34(4).
  • Wu, F., Lu, D. (2008). The Transition of Chinese Cities. Built Environment, 34(4), 385-391. [More Information]
  • Lu, D. (2008). Unthinking Spectacle. Architectural Theory Review, 13(2), 125-129.

2007

  • Lu, D. (2007). Architecture and global imaginations in China. The Journal of Architecture, 12(2), 123-145.
  • Lu, D. (2007). The Education of Desire: Commune Design, Utopia and Third World Modernism. Shidai Jianzhu (Time and Architecture), 4, 22-27.
  • Lu, D. (2007). Third world modernism - Utopia, modernity, and the people's commune in China. Journal of Architectural Education, 60(3), 40-48.

2006

  • Lu, D. (2006). Remaking Chinese Urban Form: Modernity, Scarcity and Space 1949-2005. Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Lu, D. (2006). Travelling urban form: the neighbourhood unit in China. Planning Perspectives, 21(4), 369-392.

2005

  • Lu, D., GZ Architects, G. (2005). Daheng Technology Building and Zujinchanghe Residential complex. Beijing, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan Province): Residential/Commercial.
  • Lu, D. (2005). Social Space and Governance in Urban China: The Danwei System from Origins to Reform. The Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia, (pp. 189 - 191). Sydney, Australia: Oriental Society of Australia.
  • Lu, D. (2005). Utopia and Third World Modernism. 22nd Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia & New Zealand - SAHANZ 2005, New Zealand: Society of Architectural Historians.

2004

  • Lu, D. (2004). Imagining A New Chinese Architecture, 1911-1965. mAAN 4th International Conference "Safeguarding and Revitalizing Local Heritage", Shanghai: Tongji University.
  • Lu, D. (2004). Placing Modernism: Architecture And Global Imaginations In China. LIMITS: XXIst Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ), Melbourne: Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Lu, D. (2004). Spatial Disruptions: Rural Migrants In The Chinese Work Units. 6th International Symposium for Environment-Behaviour Studies, Tianjin, China: Baihua Literature and Art Publishing House.
  • Lu, D. (2004). The Latency Of Tradition: On Vicissitudes Of Walls In Contemporary China. In N. AlSayyad (Eds.), End of Tradition, (pp. 210-230). New York: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

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