Research Staff
Jin Qiuye

Jin Qiuye is member of The Architectural Society of China, professor of Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture (BUCEA), architectural theorist and critic. Host of Architectural Criticism Research Institute of BUCEA. Primary Investigator of the “Theory and Method Section” of “Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Future Urban Design”, a research platform on Urban Design funded by Beijing Government. Research fields include the urban form of East Asia; the translation of the Chinese traditional design language into Modern Architecture and the contemporary architectural thoughts in China.

Jin Qiuye received his Ph.D. Degree from School of Architecture, Tsinghua University (Beijing, 2007) and M.Arch Degree in School of Architecture, Dalian University of Technology (Dalian, 2003). He is the Head of Architecture Department, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Bucea from 2013 and in charge of the Design Fundamentals class from 2012.

Jin Qiuye is also the author of 3 selected essay collection of architectural criticism: Utopia on the Drawing Board (2013) ; Architecture: A Shell of Life (2016) and Foreign Body Sensation (2017). His Editorial book Arcadia: Painting and Garden is a serial publication on the transformation of the Chinese traditional design language into Modern Architecture. It focuses on material cultures like architecture, gardening, ceramics, furniture and so on, with introductions and criticism on contemporary Chinese architectural design and environment design. Now the volume 1 on the relationship between traditional gardens and paintings and modern architecture (2014) and volume 2 on the imagination and practice of contemporary Chinese gardening and courtyard life (2016) have been published.

He is a major researcher on contemporary leading architects in China. Through the study on the design works of Wang Shu, Huang Shengyuan, Zhuang Shen and Liu Jiakun, he tries to discover a so called “Homeopathic Urban Design” and gives a detailed analysis on this new urban design method that conforms to the original urban form, spatial logic and life style of East Asia. He also reviews the relationship between this method and the thoughts of ancient Chinese, and argues that nature is still the basic power of space generation and is considered the loftiest aesthetic ideal of East Asia. His ongoing research subjects include “In Concert with Eyes and Skin: The Prosthetic Relationship in the Traditional Chinese Objectscape” and “Natural Geometry: A Source of Chinese Environmental Forms Analogous to Formation of Pictograph Characters”.