This lecture was co-sponsored by the University of Kentucky Asia Center.Jianfei Zhu received his architectural education in both China and England. He received his PhD from the University College London. He has lectured at the AA and the Bartlett before joining the University of Melbourne in 1999.
Jianfei's research has evolved from the political space of imperial Beijing to contemporary architecture and urbanities in China and Asia. His work, 'a celestial battlefield,' the first in any language to analyze space-power operations of Beijing's palace, was translated into Chinese and attracted sustained attention in China. Published now as a book (Chinese Spatial Strategies, London, 2004), it offers an analytical study of the pre-1911 imperial capital.
Jianfei's current research concerns the change from traditional to contemporary construction technologies and urban forms in China, the difference between Renaissance and Chinese traditions, and the impact of the West upon China.