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Dr Yat Shun Kei PhD MArch BA(AS) HKIA ARIBA

Lecturer in Architecture Architecture


Personal Statement

I am interested in urban and architectural culture of the 1970s in Britain, Hong Kong and China. My current research looks into how the environmental movement shaped discourses in architectural preservation. This study is an extension from my PhD which looks into the parallels in preservation movement and Postmodern architecture through the works of Theo Crosby (1925-1994), the founder of Pentagram design.

I am trained as an architect and have worked as a strategic planner and architectural designer in London, Hong Kong, Tokyo, New York, and Shenzhen. In 2011 to 2015, as a design fellow at Urbanus (Hong Kong/ Shenzhen), I led several large-scale design projects including Shum Yip Upperhills Loft. My experience in practice has informed my research interest in land rights andplanning issues in China and Hong Kong.

I combine my research interest with curatorial practices. As part of the Hong Kong Design History Network, I curate the Hong Kong pavilion in London Design Biennale 2020. I was an assistant curator of Hong Kong/Shenzhen Bi-city Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism (2011).

Before joining the LSA, I was a Lecturer in Architecture at Coventry University where I led the Cultural Context modules and second-year studies.

PhD in History of Design, Royal College of Art
M.Arch I, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University
BA (Architectural Studies), University of Hong Kong

Funded Fellowships

  • M+ Design Trust Research Fellowship (2016)