PhD (VUW, NZ); MArch (SEU, Nanjing); BArch (SEU, Nanjing)
Xing Ruan 阮昕, PhD, joined UNSW Sydney as Professor of Architecture in 2004. He was Associate Dean International 2015-2018, Director of Architecture (2014-16), and Chair of Architecture Discipline and Director of Master of Architecture from (2005-09). Prior to his appointment to UNSW, he was Head of Department of Architecture at the University of Technology Sydney (2002-04). Since July 2018, Xing has been appointed the Founding Dean and Chair Professor of Architecture at School of Design, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Xing has published on a cultural history of housing, architecture and anthropology, vernacular architecture, architectural education, Louis Kahn and modern architecture, China’s pre-modern, modern and contemporary architecture, as well as Australian contemporary architecture. His books have received critical acclaim and enthusiastic appraisal both in academic journals and from some mainstream media outlets around the world.
Xing’s essays have appeared in leading academic and literary journals, such as JSAH (Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians), Jianzhu shi [The Architect 建筑师] and Wenhui Xueren of Wenhui Ribao [Wenhui Scholar of Wenhui Daily 文汇学人， 文汇日报]. Xing is co-editor, with Ronald Knapp, of the book series Spatial Habitus: Making and Meaning in Asia’s Architecture published by the University of Hawai’i Press, with published titles encompassing China, Japan, Korea, India and the Middle East. He has also contributed, as a critic, to professional architecture journals in Australia and China.
Third Prize, UIA (the Union of International Architects) International Competition: research papers in Architecture and Urban Design, 2011.
Curtin University Innovative Teaching Award 2001.
First Prize, Kunming City Planning Department Competition 1987: design of Hugou Mansion – a 24-storey building complex located in downtown Kunming (with Dongmin Zhao), built between 1988-91.
Australia-China Council Grant, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Government, 2010.
Australian Research Council Linkage Grant, Chief investigator 2007-2010.
The Graham Foundation and The Asian Cultural Council (USA) grants 2003.