Dr. Shi Yonggao is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the School of Architecture, Southeast University. He is also a registered architect in the PRC. He received his bachelor degree in 1993 and PhD Arch in 2007, both from Southeast University, where he has served in faculty since 2007. At SEU he teaches design studios and theory courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels. He was a visiting scholar to University of Pennsylvania (2009-2011), and adjunct associate professor at Chinese University in Hong Kong (2012).
His research focuses on the fundamentals of architectural discipline, especially the problem of material, or the so-called tectonics, and its extended and related field into the modern architectural theory (1750 onwards) and the contemporary practice in China (1980 onwards). He is currently directing a NSFC (National Natural Science Foundation of China) funded research project, which investigates the problem of tectonics, especially when facing the environmental demand, in order to unveil the theory potentials and strategy possibilities. He has completed several other NSFC projects, as director or key member.
He published one book The Presence of Material: Research on Material’s Constructional and Spatial Properties in the 19th and 20th Century Western Architecture (2008, 2017), also the Chinese translation of Surface Architecture by David Leatherbarrow & Mohsen Mostafavi (2016). From 2009 on, he has guest-edited some special issues for distinguished Chinese architectural journals such as Architectural Journal, Architect, Time Architecture, New Architecture, the latest of which was four issues in Architectural Journal on lightweight architecture. He has been a regular contributor to these journals and has published some 50 papers. His design projects, and students’ works under his instruction, have won prizes at both national and international levels.
School of Architecture, Southeast University
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