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Dr. Yun Gao works as an academic and an architect. She is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Course Leader for BA programme at the University of Huddersfield. Yun received her PhD in Architecture from the University of Edinburgh in 1998. Her academic research explores design of socially responsible and environmentally sustainable built environment, traditional and cultural changes reflected in architectural and urban development in developing countries, and cross-cultural architectural design and education. After receiving her Ph.D, Yun worked with architectural practices in Bristol and became an RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Chartered Architect and ARB (Architects Registration Board) Registered Architect before subsequently joining the University of Huddersfield in 2005.
Yun’s book Architecture of Dai Nationality in Yunnan was published by Beijing University Press in 2003. She was funded by HEA (Higher Education Academy) in the UK to publish the book Being There on cross culture architectural design in 2010. Yun is currently completing another book, co-authored with Professor Nicholas Temple, entitled The Temporality of Building: European and Chinese Perspectives on Architecture and Heritage, which will be published by Routledge in 2018.
Research funding Yun has been awarded include those from Higher Education Academy, and British Council, University of Huddersfield Teaching and Learning Funding and School Research Funding. She was recently awarded a grant from China of 200,000RMB (about £23,500) over two-years (2017-2018) to support research activities related to sustainable rural development in China.
Yun worked as academic editor for a Special Issue for the journal Buildings in July 2016. She is member of the Editorial Board for the AAE (Association of Architectural Educators, UK) journal Charrette and a reviewer for journals Habitat International and Buildings, and reviewer for Research Development Fund in Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China. She was also one of the co-organisers of the architectural exhibition held in Huddersfield in 2016 entitled ‘Rural/Urban: The Changing Face of Globalisation’.
Yun has held a Visiting Professorship at the Yunnan Arts University in China since 2010 and recently have been awarded the title of Distinguished Professor in Chongqing Jiaotong University from 1st January 2017 to 30th December 2018.
2017 British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grant Award for a two year project, entitled The Temporality of Building: Chinese Perspectives on Architecture and Heritage, April 2017 – April 2019. £9580. (PI)
2017 Vernacular Architecture Group Grant for a one year project, entitled Dwellings of Disappearing Ethnic Minority Villages, Yunnan, August 2017 – August 2018, £1960. (CI).
2016 Chongqing Education Minister, China – Bayu overseas experts of the intellectuals plan research funding 2016 - Urban and rural sustainable developments in Chonging, China. 200.000RMB (about £23,500). (Sole grant holder)
2016, Design Project of Creative Kunming, funded by Yunnan Arts University and People’s Government of Kunming Municipality. March – June 2016. £4,000. (Sole funding holder)
2016 Arts Council England, funding to support exhibition at Huddersfield Art Gallery, funded by Arts Council England, entitled Alternative Forms of Urban/Rural Development Jan to March 2016. £5,000. (Joint PI with Nicholas Temple, Ioanni Delsante)
2010, Higher Education Academy, CEBE (Centre for Education in the Built Environment), Publishing a Book on the Innovative Design Project. £6,000. (Sole grant holder)
2010, British Council, £22,500 PMI2 (Prime Minister’s Initiative), International Mobility of UK Students. (PI Responsible for the students visits to China)
2009, British Council, £22,500 PMI2 (Prime Minister’s Initiative), International Mobility of UK Students. (PI Responsible for the students visits to China)
1993-1996, CVCP (The Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals of the Universities of the United Kingdom), Overseas Research Studentship and Edinburgh University Postgraduate Studentship. £70,000. (Sole grant holder)
1990-1993, Chinese Natural Science Research Funding (NSRF, No:58978331), £18,000. Houses of Ethnic Groups in Yunnan Province, China. (CI with PI Lianwen Zhu)
Gao, Y. and Gao, J. (2018) ‘Wa in Ximeng (Yunnan)’. In: Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World, 2nd edition. : Bloomsbury Publishing. .
Gao, Y. and Temple, N. (2018) ‘The Value and Meaning of Temporality and its Relationship to Identity in Kunming City, China’. In: Good Citizenship in Asia and Beyond. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Amsterdam University Press. .
Gao, Y., Temple, N. and Li, Y. (2017) ‘Festivals in Old Streets in Two Chinese Cities’ Architecture and Culture . ISSN 2050-7828
Gao, Y., Pitts, A., Dong, L. and Chen, G. (2017) ‘Building environment assessment methods and social studies of rural villages in Yunnan and urban development in Chongqing City, Southwest China’. In: Passive Low Energy Architecture - Design to Thrive, 3rd - 5th July 2017, Edinburgh , pp. 5022-5029
Pitts, A. and Gao, Y. (2017) ‘Sustainable and Green Design in Villages of Rural Southwest China’. In: PLEA 2017, 3rd-5th July, 2017, Edinburgh, UK , pp. 4509-4516
Gao, Y (2016) ‘Top-Down and Bottom-Up Processes for Rural Development and the Role of Architects in Yunnan, China’ Buildings , 6 (4). ISSN 2075-5309
Gao, Y (2016) ‘Habits, beliefs and tacit knowledge in Qingkou village in Chinas Rural Development’. In: Habits, Beliefs, and Tacit Knowledge: Everyday Ritual in East Asian Villages, 30th June 2016, University of Sheffield
Gao, Y. and Temple, N. (2016) ‘The Value and Meaning of Temporality and its Relationship to Identity in Kunming City, China’. In: City and Society: The Care of the Self, 18th - 19th May 2016, Leiden, Netherlands
Delsante, I., Gao, Y. and Temple, N.(2016) East-West China. The alternative faces of globalization in urban and rural transformations [Show/Exhibition]
Jiang, W., Pitts, A. and Gao, Y. (2015) ‘Planning and Design Strategies for Sustainable Urban Development’. In: The 1st international Conference on Sustainable Buildings and Structures & The 2nd Low Carbon Construction Industrialization Forum, 30th - 31st October 2015, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, China , pp. 239-246
Gao, Y. and Orr, K. (2015) ‘Architectural students year-out training experience in architectural of?ces in the UK’ arq: Architectural Research Quarterly , 19 (2), pp. 175-182. ISSN 1359-1355
Orr, K. and Gao, Y. (2015) ‘The enduring influence of the studio: how architects and architectural organizations in England are learning’. In: European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), 7 to 11 September 2015, Budapest, Hungary
Gao, Y. and Orr, K. (2015) ‘Architectural students' year-out training experience in architectal offices in the UK’ arq: Architectural Research Quarterly , 19 (02), pp. 175-182. ISSN 1359-1355
Gao, Y. and Orr, K. (2015) ‘Architectural students' year-out training experience in architectural offices in the UK’ arq: Architectural Research Quarterly , 19 (2), pp. 175-182. ISSN 1359-1355
Gao, Y (2015) ‘Book Review: Design Research in Architecture: An Overview’ Design journal , 18 (2), pp. 291-294. ISSN 1460-6925
Gao, Y., Pitts, A. and Gao, J. (2014) ‘The Role of Ecotourism in the Sustainable Development of Qinkou village, Yunnan, China, 2001 to 2013’ Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Working Paper Series , 268, pp. 1-25.
Mehibel, M., Pitts, A. and Gao, Y. (2014) ‘Sustainability and the Urban Planning Context: Housing Development in Algeria’. In: PLEA (Passive and Low Energy Architecture) Conference 2014, 16th-18th December 2014, Ahmedabad, India , pp. 350-357
Chen, Y. and Gao, Y. (2014) ‘The Coexistence and Combination of Chinese and Western Design Elements in Everyday LifeA case study of contemporary wedding ceremony in China’ Art and Design , 290 (117), pp. 32-34. ISSN 1008-2832
Pitts, A. and Gao, Y. (2014) ‘Design of Dwellings and Interior Family Space in China: Understanding the History of Change and Opportunities for Improved Sustainability Practices’ Buildings , 4 (4), pp. 823-848. ISSN 2075-5309
Gao, Y. and Pitts, A. (2014) ‘Design in Different Cultures as a Participant Rather Than an Observer’. In: Innovation in Built Environment Education 2014: Collaborative Futures: Practice, Place and Professionals, 15-16 May 2014, Nottingham Trent Univesity
Gao, Y (2013) ‘Design of Family Space in the Reform-era Chinese Cities’. In: 10th annual conference of the Architectural Humanities Research Association, 21st-23st November 2013, University of the West of England, Bristol , p. 48
Gao, Y (2013) ‘Architectural Students Year-out Experience in Practice’. In: Royal Institute of British Architects: Research Matters, 15th November 2013, Royal Institute of British Architects, London
Orr, K. and Gao, Y. (2013) ‘Becoming an architect: the role of work-based learning in architect training.’ Vocations and Learning , 6 (2), pp. 221-235. ISSN 1874-785X
Gao, Y (2013) ‘Designing within a Different Culture The case for incorporating overseas design projects and field studies in the curriculum of a school of architecture’. In: Inaugural Association of Architectural Educators: Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, 4th - 5th April 2013, Nottingham Trent University , pp. 25-30
Gao, Y (2012) ‘Chinese Student Learning Experience’. In: University of Huddersfield Teaching and Learning Conference 2012, 14 September 2012, University of Huddersfield , pp. 1-20
Chen, Y. and Gao, Y. (2012) ‘The Clash of Cultures in Product Design’. In: Research Festival 2012(Research Poster Competition) University of Huddersfield, 13 September 2012, University of Huddersfield
Zhu, C. and Gao, Y. (2012) ‘Communication with Chinese International Students: Understanding Chinese International Students learning difficulties and communication barriers’. In: British Educational Research Association Annual Conference 2012, 4 - 6 September, 2012, University of Manchester , pp. 1-16
Orr, K. and Gao, Y. (2011) ‘Becoming an Architect: the role of work-based learning in architect training’. In: 7th International Conference on Researching Work and Learning, December 4 - 7, 2011, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China
Gao, Y (2011) ‘Design in Familiar and Unfamiliar Cultures’ Radar , 1 (2), pp. 7-8. ISSN 2049-4327
Chen, Y. and Gao, Y. (2011) ‘ShanzhaiA Design Paradigm in China’. In: Research Festival 2011(Research Poster Competition) University of Huddersfield, 28 March - 2 April 2011, University of Huddersfield
Gao, Y (2010) Xishuangbanna in Southwest China - a fantasized place and the lived experience of the place Berkeley, CA, USA: University of California
Gao, Y (2010) ‘Xishuangbanna in Southwest China - a fantasized place and the lived experience of the place’. In: IASTE 2010 Working Paper Series. Beirut, Lebanon: International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments. pp. 23-36.
Gao, Y. and Gao, J. (2010) ‘Joint Architectural Projects with Students in Visiting Countries During Field Studies’. In: Being There - reflections of 20 years of International Architecture Course in Huddersfield School of Architecture. Huddersfield, UK: University of Huddersfield. pp. 25-35. ISBN 9781862180864
Gao, Y (2010) Being There - Reflections on 20 years of the International course at the Huddersfield Department of Architecture . Huddersfield, UK: University of Huddersfield. ISBN 9781682180864
Gao, Y (2010) ‘Architectural field study in an unfamiliar culture - case study in China trips’. In: Being There - Reflections on 20 years of the International course at the Huddersfield Department of Architecture. Huddersfield, UK: University of Huddersfield. pp. 15-24. ISBN 9781682180864
Gao, Y (2010) ‘Changes of Kunming City in Southwest China - Translation and transcription’. In: The Culture Role of Architecture, 23-25 June 2010, University of Lincoln
Gao, Y (2008) ‘Using a Wiki to create a virtual work space for cases about Architectural practice in UK and China’. In: University Teaching and Learning Conference 2008, September 2008, University of Huddersfield
Gao, Y (2008) ‘Lijiang's Tourism Development - how the designers design Lijiang’. In: 16th International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, 15 -23 July 2008, Kunming, China
Gao, Y (2008) A Changing Process of Traditional Built Environment in Yunnan, China University of California
Gao, Y., Gao, J. and Bai, Y. (2007) ‘The Role of Tourism in Sustainable Development: A case study in Yunnan, China’. In: 13th Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference, 9th-12th June, 2007, V?ster?s, Sweden
Gao, Y (2006) ‘Practice and Education: Housing Design and Energy Saving in Britain’. In: 12th Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference, 6th-8th April, 2006, Hong Kong
Gao, Y (2003) Houses of Dai Nationality in Yunnan, South China . Beijing, China: Beijing University Press. ISBN 7301065000
Gao, Y (1996) ‘On the Development of the Houses of the Dai Villagers and Aristocrats’ Edinburgh Architecture Research (EAR) , 23, pp. 50-64. ISSN 0140-5039
Gao, Y (1995) ‘Symbolism in the Construction of the Dai Traditional House’ Edinburgh Architecture Research , 22, pp. 121-131. ISSN 0140-5039
Gao, Y (1992) ‘Investigation and Analysis of the Indigenous Characters of Newly-built Houses in Small Towns and Villages’ Journal of Yunnan Institute of Technology , 8 (3), pp. 47-53. ISSN 1003-3718
Member of the Editor Board for AAE Journal Charrette (2013 – present)
Visiting Professor at the Yunnan Arts University, China (2010 – present)
Member of Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
Member of Architects Registration Board (ARB)
Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Awarded the HEA funding to publish the book “Being There” on cross-cultural architecture design and education in 2010.
Editor for Architectural Year Book 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Undertook the University Teaching and Learing Project 2011 to study Chinese Students Learning Experience in the UK. The result of the study informed the strategy to set up International Students Support Programme in 2013 which require international students to attend 2 hours training courses each week on English writing and research skills; It also provided the evidence for set up support funding for International Research Students for their English improvement on theses.
Invited to participate in the discussion panel at the BBC Radio 4’s programme “Woman’s Hour” on 8th February 2013 to talk about the differences between British and Chinese women’s Education.
In university news:
Invited to be key note speaker in YAU in June 2018 for international discussion forum for “Creative Yunnan”
Acted as the international coordinator for the Chinese market for the school from 2006 to 2011, and the international coordinator for the department at the same period. Developing academic relationships between universities was achieved at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Can speak fluently English and Chinese.
Organised 3 staff from universities in China have undertaken their Ph.D research at Huddersfield, and five groups of more than 200 architecture and textile students from Huddersfield went to China and teamed up with Chinese students for joint design projects in 2008 and 2009, 2010 and 2012.
Organised the students study trip to Yunnan in 2012 led to the works of 25 architectural students being invited to an International Exhibition “Beautiful Yunnan”. 18 student projects were also published in the book produced for the exhibition, and in the UK one student’s design won the RIBA Yorkshire White Rose Student Silver Award in 2013.
Gave talks on Dai Houses in South China at the Institut Parisien de Recherche Architecture Urbanistique Societe, Paris, in April 1997.
PhD supervisor for the research projects as follows:
Zhaoning Liu: The Influence of Tourism on the Sustainability of Vernacular Architectural Tradition Embodied in the Bai and Naxi Dwellings in Yunnan, China
Yan Li: Cultural and Social Changes Reflected on the Architecture and Spatial Arrangement in Water Street and the Residential Gardens in China
Yi Chen: The Development of the Concept and Practice of Design and Craft in China
Zhuo Wang: The Cultural and Commercial Value of Chinese Shopping Centre that are Designed in Traditional Forms and Environment
Mia Mehibel: Towards a Sustainable Architecture and Urban Design in Algeria – The case of the city of Jijel
Robert Yosef Gavriel Bechhofer: The Contemporary Eruv: Eruvin in Modern Metropolitan Areas
Advisor for Project in China
Athena Swan Champion for architecture at the University of Huddersfield (2013 – present).
Member of the interview panel for recruiting architectural new staff (2008 – present)
Managed two research assistances for project “Chinese Students Learning Experience in the UK” in 2011
Research Co-ordinator for Architecture and 3D Design (2009 – 2012)
Deputy Director for Research and Deputy Director for Graduation Edcation of School of Arts, Design and Architecture (2009 – 2010)
Member of Research Staff Association panel (2013- present) and WiTH - strategic Panel (2013- present)
Member of School International Committee
Supervisor for PhD students
Examiner for PhD and MRes students
Module leader for BA3rd year History and Theory - dissertation
Studio tutorial for BA 3rd year, BA 2nd year
Personal tutor for MArch II students
Personal tuto for Architectural Part III case studies
Give lecture to MSc course
Huddersfield Architecture representative of AAE (Association of Architectural Educators)
Editor for Architectural Year Book 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014
Organised the international field study trips for Architecture students (2007-2014) as follows: