Kongjian Yu is professor of urban and
regional planning, and founder and dean of the Graduate School of Landscape
Architecture, at PekingUniversity. He received
his Doctor of Design degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1995.
Professor Yu is the founder and president of Turenscape, one of the first and
largest private architecture and landscape architecture firms in China.
His practice includes planning and design of landscapes and urban
development, such as the national Ecological Infrastructure Planning and new
urban development design projects in major cities including Beijing,
Shanghai and Tianjin. Professor Yu’s projects have
received numerous awards, including five American Society of Landscape
Architects (ASLA) Honor, Design and Planning awards, as well as many
international design competition prizes. His projects have been featured in
leading journals such as Landscape Architecture, Architecture Review and Topos.
Professor Yu has been keynote speaker for three International Federation of
Landscape Architects world congresses and two ASLA annual conferences, and has
been invited to lecture and design critique at more than 30 universities
worldwide, and is visiting professor of landscape architecture and urban
planning and design at Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has published
widely: recent titles include Back to Land (2009); The Art of
Survival – Recovering Landscape Architecture (2006); and Negative Planning
(2005). He is the chief editor of Landscape Architecture China (published in Chinese and
English), and member of the editorial board for the Journal of Landscape
Architecture. He serves as member of several expert committees for the
ministries of Housing, Rural and Urban Construction, Culture and Land Resources
of China, and for the City of Beijing.