Professor Xing   Ruan
Honorary Professor

Professor Xing Ruan

PhD (VUW, NZ); MArch (SEU, Nanjing); BArch (SEU, Nanjing)

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Built Environment

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.

Phone
54957
Location
Red Centre, Room 4001

Publications

  • Books | 2019
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2019, Fosheng, Jianzhu [Floating Life, Architecture], The Commercial Press, Beijing
    Book Chapters | 2018
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2018, 'Architecture by hand and mind: Why the usefulness of an architectural education lies in its uselessness', in Hand and Mind Exchanges on Architecture and the Built World, NewSouth, Sydney, pp. 6 - 16
    Books | 2018
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Murray A; Ruan X, 2018, Hand and Mind Exchanges on Architecture and the Built World, NewSouth
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2017, 'Yizhong zhuwu wenhua de shigang 一种住屋文化的史纲 [A Cultural History of Housing in Outline]', in Ma X; Yang H (ed.), Guoji shiye zhong de dushi renwen yichan yanjiu yu baohu lunji 国际视野中的都市人文遗产研究与保护论集 [An Anthology of Global Studies of Urban Heritage and Conservation], edn. First, The Commercial Press, Shanghai, pp. 303 - 355
    Book Chapters | 2011
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2011, 'Grose, James', in Goad P; Willis J (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Australian Architecture, edn. First, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, pp. 300 - 3001
    Book Chapters | 2011
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2011, 'Bligh Voller Nield', in Goad P; Willis J (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Australian Architecture, edn. First, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, pp. 91 - 92
    Book Chapters | 2011
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2011, 'Discussions at the Symposium 3 April 2010', in Cousins M; Chen W (ed.), Architecture Studies 01 - Words, Buildings and Drawings, edn. First, China Architecture and Building Press, Beijing, pp. 131 - 159
    Book Chapters | 2011
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2011, 'Nield, Lawrence', in Goad P; Willis J (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Australian Architecture, edn. First, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, pp. 496 - 497
    Book Chapters | 2011
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2011, 'Discussions at the Symposium 4 April 2010', in Cousins M; Chen W (ed.), Architecture Studies 01 - Words, Buildings and Drawings, edn. First, China Architecture and Building Press, Beijing, pp. 279 - 297
    Book Chapters | 2011
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2011, 'Architectural Enclosure, Topophilia and Topophobia: What are the effective "words" in architecture?', in Cousins M; Chen W (ed.), Architecture Studies 01 - Words, Buildings and Drawings, edn. First, China Architecture and Building Press, Beijing, pp. 81 - 102
    Book Chapters | 2010
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2010, 'Yang Tingbao, China’s Modern Architect in the Twentieth Century', in Cody J (ed.), Chinese Architecture and the Beaux-Arts, edn. First, University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, pp. 153 - 168
    Books | 2009
    Professor Xing Ruan
    2009, Skyplane: What effect do towers have on urbanism, sustainability, the workplace and historic city centres?, Ruan X, (ed.), UNSW Press, Sydney
    Book Chapters | 2009
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2009, 'La villa e la bella vita: una a Sydney presso l'Opera House', in Giani E (ed.), Worhshop 2008 Facolta di Architettura di Venezia, edn. First, Marsilio, Venezia, pp. 170 - 175
    Book Chapters | 2009
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2009, 'The Dong Tower', in Skyplane: What effect do towers have on urbanism, sustainability, the workplace and historic city centres?, edn. First, UNSW Press, Sydney, pp. 74 - 83
    Edited Books | 2007
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X; Hogben PE, (ed.), 2007, Topophilia and Topophobia: Reflections of Twentieth-Century Human Habitat, Routledge Press, London
    Book Chapters | 2007
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X; Hogben PE, 2007, 'Architectural Enclosure: A Prologue to Topophilia', in Ruan X; Hogben P (ed.), Topophilia and Topophobia: Reflections of Twentieth-Century Human Habitat, edn. First, Routledge Press, London, pp. 1 - 11
    Book Chapters | 2007
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2007, 'The Character of a Building: Paul Cret`s Human Analogy, Louis Kahn and Yang Tingbao', in Ruan X; Hogben P (ed.), Topophilia and Topophobia: Reflections of Twentieth-Century Human Habitat, edn. First, Routledge Press, London, pp. 92 - 113
    Book Chapters | 2006
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2006, 'Kongjian Yinshi De Maodun [Paradox of the hidden Figure]', in Chang YH (ed.), Jianzhu Dongci [Architectural Verb], edn. 1st, Garden City Publishing, Taipei, pp. 17 - 23
    Book Chapters | 2006
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2006, 'Jianzhu Lishi Yu Renxue [Architectural History and the Constitution of a Human Person]', in Rykwert J (ed.), Yadang Zhijia [Chinese Versions of Adam`s House in Paradise], edn. 1st, China Architecture and Building Press, Beijing, pp. 7 - 15
    Books | 2006
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2006, New China Architecture, Original, Periplus Editions, Singapore
    Books | 2006
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2006, Allegorical Architecture: Living Myth and Architectonics in Southern China, Original, University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu
    Book Chapters | 2005
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2005, 'Sustained awareness', in Architectural Review Australia, edn. Original, Niche Media, Melbourne, pp. 96 - 101
    Book Chapters | 2005
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2005, 'Flower Architecture', in Bligh Voller Nield (ed.), Bligh Voller Nield, edn. 1st, China Architecture and Building Press, Beijing, China, pp. 14 - 21
    Book Chapters | 2003
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2003, 'Paradox of the Hidden Figure', in Gutierrez L; Portefaix V (ed.), Yung Ho Chang: Atelier Feichang Jianzhu - A Chinese Practice, edn. First, MAP Book Publishers, Hong Kong, pp. 25 - 36
    Book Chapters | 2003
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2003, 'Pile-built Dwellings in Ethnic Southern China: Type, Myth and Heterogeneity', in Knapp R (ed.), Asia’s Old Dwellings: Tradition, Resilience and Change, edn. Original, Oxford University Press, New York, pp. 347 - 371
    Book Chapters | 2003
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2003, 'Wenhua Renleixue Shiye Zhong De Chuangtong Mingju Ji Yiyi [Anthropology and Vernacular Architecture]', in Jianzhu Shi [The Architect], China Architecture and Building Press, pp. 57 - 61
  • Journal articles | 2019
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2019, 'Wu Zhong Zhenxiang Xiandai Ma? [Would Utzon Really Want to be Modern? ]', Jianzhu Xuebao, vol. 614, pp. 70 - 76, http://dx.doi.org/10.3969/j.issn.0529-1399.2019.11.010
    Journal articles | 2016
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2016, 'Platform and receptacle: Musings of modernity arising from Utzon׳s own houses', Frontiers of Architectural Research, vol. 5, pp. 332 - 340, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foar.2016.06.003
    Journal articles | 2016
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2016, 'Cong tingwu dao shengshi zhi wu zhige yitiao “zoulang” – cong yingguo jüzu shi tan “sixiang zhi neibu fengjing” 从厅屋到绅士之屋只隔一条“走廊”- 从英国居住史探“思想之内部风景” [The evolution from hall to gentleman’s house via “corridor” – “the interior landscape of mind” in English housing history ]', Wenhui xueren – wenhui bao文汇学人 – 文汇报 [Wenhui Scholar of Wenhui Daily], pp. 12 - 14
    Journal articles | 2015
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2015, 'Heyuan shenchu de zhongxi juzhu wenhua 合院深处的中西居住文化 [The Inner Meanings of Chinese and Roman Courtyard]', Wenhui xueren – wenhui bao文汇学人 – 文汇报 [Wenhui Scholar of Wenhui Daily], pp. 10 - 13, http://wenhui.news365.com.cn/html/2015-10/09/node_80.html
    Journal articles | 2015
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2015, '"Fusheng·Jianzhu - Youguan shuiping yu chuizhi de caixiang (Xiapian) 浮生·建筑 - 有关水平与垂直的猜想 (下篇) [Floating Life·Architecture: On Horizontality and Verticality (III) ]"', Jianzhushi, vol. 175, pp. 6 - 17
    Journal articles | 2015
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2015, 'Fusheng.Jianzhu (Zhongpian) [Floating Life . Architecture: On Horizontality and Verticality (II)', Jianzhushi, vol. 173, pp. 56 - 63
    Journal articles | 2014
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2014, 'Fusheng.Jianzhu (Shangpian) [Floating Life . Architecture: On Horizontality and Verticality (I)', Jianzhushi, vol. 172, pp. 6 - 13, http://www.oriprobe.com/journals/caod_4095/2014_6.html
    Journal articles | 2013
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2013, 'The Temperament of a City: A Postcript to Post-Olympic Beijing', Footprint: Delft Architecture Theory Journal, vol. 7, pp. 55 - 65, http://www.footprintjournal.org/articles/download/the-temperament-of-a-city-a-postscript-to-post-olympic-beijing
    Journal articles | 2013
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2013, 'Huojiang . Jianzhu [Award-winning . Architecture]', Jianzhushi, vol. 161, pp. 35 - 40, http://www.oriprobe.com/journals/caod_4095.html
    Journal articles | 2012
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2012, 'Building Globalization: Transnational Architecture Production in Urban China.', ASIAN STUDIES REVIEW, vol. 36, pp. 551 - 552, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10357823.2012.740909
    Journal articles | 2012
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2012, 'Wuyong zhiyong: jianzhu jiaoyu zhaji [On the Usefulness of Useless Architectural Education]', Jianzhushi, vol. 159, pp. 78 - 82
    Journal articles | 2012
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2012, 'Book Review: XUFEI REN. Building Globalization: Transnational Production in Urban China', Asian Studies Review, vol. 36, pp. 551 - 552
    Journal articles | 2012
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2012, 'The Great Form Has No Image', Architecture Australia, vol. 101, pp. 100 - 100
    Journal articles | 2011
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2011, 'What Happened Before Designed Ecology?', Landscape Architecture China, vol. 19, pp. 175 - 177
    Journal articles | 2011
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2011, 'Greed is the Enemy of Great, Ecological Life', Landscape Architecture China, vol. 18, pp. 57 - 59
    Journal articles | 2010
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2010, 'What Can be Taught in Architectural Design? – parti, poché and felt qualities', Frontiers of Architecture and Civil Engineering in China, vol. 4, pp. 450 - 455, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11709-010-0098-y
    Journal articles | 2010
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2010, 'Review of Architectus: Between Order and Opportunity', Architectural Review Australia, vol. 114, pp. 18 - 20
    Journal articles | 2008
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2008, 'Ephemeral China/Handmade China', Footprint-Delft School of Design Journal, vol. 2, pp. 5 - 13
    Journal articles | 2008
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2008, 'Beijing Olympic Tennis Centre', Architectural Review Australia, pp. 78 - 87
  • Creative Works (non-textual) | 2019
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Murray A; Sleight J, 2019, Unravelled Foreshore #1, Aqueous Landscapes: Sydney, Australia as part of Encounter, Shanghai Urban Space Art Season, Yangpu Riverfront, Shanghai, China, 28 September 2019 - 20 December 2019, medium: Digital print on polyester chiffon, at: http://www.susas.com.cn/en-phone/index.html
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2019
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Murray A, 2019, Intertidal Sections, Aqueous Landscapes: Sydney, Australia as part of Shanghai Urban Space Art Season: Encounter, Shanghai Urban Space Art Season, Yangpu Riverfront, Shanghai, China, 28 September 2019 - 20 December 2019, medium: HD video with sound, at: http://www.susas.com.cn/en-phone/index.html
    Curatorial Outputs | 2019
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Murray A; Lochhead H; Ruan X; Kitagawa F, 2019, Aqueous Landscapes: Sydney Harbour, exhibited at: Yangpu Riverfront, Shanghai, China, 28 September 2019 - 20 December 2019, http://www.susas.com.cn/en-phone/index.html
    Creative Written Works | 2016
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2016, Dear Mr Trump: here’s how you build a wall, The Conversation, The Conversation Media Group Ltd, The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/dear-mr-trump-heres-how-you-build-a-wall-65544
    Creative Written Works | 2016
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2016, Friday essay: why a building and its rooms should have a human character, Friday essay: why a building and its rooms should have a human character, The Conversation Media Group Ltd, The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-why-a-building-and-its-rooms-should-have-a-human-character-54952
    Creative Written Works | 2016
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2016, Shanghai, a modern metropolis born of a refugee crisis, Shanghai, a modern metropolis born of a refugee crisis, The Conversation Media Group Ltd, The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/shanghai-a-modern-metropolis-born-of-a-refugee-crisis-61849
    Creative Written Works | 2016
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X, 2016, Why the Million-dollar View is Bad for our Body and our Soul, Why the Million-dollar View is Bad for our Body and our Soul, The Conversation Media Group Ltd, https://theconversation.com/why-the-million-dollar-view-is-bad-for-our-body-and-our-soul-52983
    Designs / Architecture | 2007
    Professor Xing Ruan
    Ruan X; Zhao D, 2007, Lai-Funston House, Publication category: Designs / Architecture

Awards

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.

Grants

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.

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