Weedon Professor in Asian Architecture, Architecture + Architectural History; DIRECTOR OF THE UNDERGRADUATE ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY PROGRAM

Education: Birkbeck College, University of London, PhD; AA School of Architecture, AA Grad Dip; Tsinghua University, Bachelor of Architecture

I research in the area of urban and architectural theory in writing and design. Published in Power and Virtue, Architecture and Modernization, Kowloon Cultural District (with Esther Lorenz), Understanding the Chinese City, journal articles, as well as delivered through keynote and guest lectures around the world, my contribution to urban and architectural theory makes evident the operations of culturally and intellectually constructed values instrumental to the production of cities and architecture. My research enlarges thinking spaces within which more sensible and effective actions in the constructed environment can be formulated. I seek pathways of intellectual understanding and response in architecture that aim to restore our pervasively technologized and ecologically strained world to its fertile functions.

My teaching integrates history and theory with design. Under studio instruction, my students won several first prizes in international student design competitions, the AIA Unbuilt Award, and were nominated and shortlisted for RIBA President’s Medal. Through courses in history and theory, I bring a critique of the world system and its more recent neoliberalization through the financialization of urban and architectural design. I seek insights in deep cultural frameworks through studies of Chinese cities, as well as how these cultural frameworks are fundamentally structured by distinctive features stemming from the linguistic constructs of Indo-European and Sinitic languages. All these come together to formulate new theoretical grounds for design.

Long standing collaborations have been established in the past decades with Southeast University in Nanjing and South China University of Technology in Guangzhou, among many other universities; in particular, the Center for Asian Architecture and Urbanism jointly established between Southeast University and University of Virginia promotes a global framework of exchange of ideas. Many of the research themes are also developed in association with the editorial team at the leading refereed journal Theory Culture & Society. Tentative research results have been discussed in international conferences in London, Beijing, Tokyo, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Nanjing, Guangzhou, Leiden, Charlottesville, among other places; this is further supported by numerous guest teaching and lecturing in cities across the world.


2014                Li Shiqiao, Understanding the Chinese City (London: Sage, 2014)

2014                Esther Lorenz and Li Shiqiao, eds., Kowloon Cultural District, An Investigation into the Spatial Capabilities in Hong Kong (Hong Kong: MCCM Creations, 2014)

2009                Li Shiqiao, Architecture and Modern Thought (Xiandai sixiang zhong de jianzhu) (Beijing: China WaterPower Press, 2009).

2007                Li Shiqiao, Power and Virtue: Architecture and Intellectual Change in England 1660-1730 (London and New York: Routledge, 2007).

Refereed Journals, Chapters, Exhibitions

Forthcoming     Li Shiqiao, “Human Agency in the Asian City”, in Greg Bracken ed., Future Challenges of Cities in Asia, Amsterdam University Press, estimated 2018

Forthcoming     Li Shiqiao, “Spaces of the Prudent Self”, in Greg Bracken ed., City and Society, the Care of the Self, Amsterdam University Press, estimated 2018

2017                Li Shiqiao, “The Influences of Chinese Architecture in the World”, Time and Architecture, Shanghai, Feb. 2018

2015                Li Shiqiao, “Architecture and Asian Thought”, Architectural Journal (Beijing, November 2015), pp.9-11.

2013                Li Shiqiao, “Terminating Architecture, Mega-development in Hong Kong”, Theory, Culture & Society 30: 7/8, pp.219-31.

2012                Li Shiqiao, “Concealment and Exposure, Imagining London after the Great Fire”, in Ryan Bishop, Greg Glancey and John Phillips eds., The City as Target (Abingdon: Routledge, 2012), pp.180-99.

2011                John Phillips, Andrew Benjamin, Ryan Bishop, Li Shiqiao, Esther Lorenz, Liu Xiaodu and Meng Yan, “The Twenty-kilometer University, Knowledge as Infrastructure”, Theory, Culture & Society 28 (7-8), 2011, pp.287-320.

2010                Li Shiqiao, “Memory without Location”, Fabrications: The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand 19:2 (2010), pp.124-38.

2010                Li Shiqiao, “Antisepsis”, Gretchen Wilkins ed., Distributed Urbanism: Cities After Google Earth (Routledge, 2010), pp.125-38.

2009                “Knowledge as Infrastructure: the 20 Kilometer University”. An invited exhibition and symposium at the Hong Kong Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture, Shenzhen, 2009. With Esther Lorenz, Ryan Bishop, John Phillips, Andrew Benjamin, Scott Lash, and Urbanus.

2009                “Cabinet of Curiosities”. An invited exhibition at the Hong Kong Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture, Hong Kong, 2009. With Esther Lorenz and Ho Puay-peng.

2009                Li Shiqiao, “Mimesis and Figuration”, William Lim ed., Asian Design Culture (Singapore: AA Asia, 2009), pp.16-25.

2008                Li Shiqiao, “Mediated Architecture in China”, Architectural Theory Review 13:2 (Sydney, 2008), pp.240-53.

2007                Li Shiqiao, Belinda Ho, “The Ten-kilometer University” (Shili Changxiao), Cultural Studies (Wenhua Yanjiu) 7 (Beijing: 2007), pp.94-106.

2006                Li Shiqiao, “The Body and Modernity in China”, Theory, Culture and Society 23 (2-3, 2006), “Problematizing Global Knowledge: Special Issue”, pp.472-74.

2006                Li Shiqiao, “Research – China”, Theory, Culture and Society 23 (2-3, 2006), “Problematizing Global Knowledge: Special Issue”, p.572.

2003                Li Shiqiao, “Reconstituting Chinese Building Tradition: the Yingzao fashi in the Early Twentieth Century”, Journal of Society of Architectural Historians 62:4 (2003), pp.470-89.

2002                Li Shiqiao, “Writing a Modern Chinese Architectural History: Liang Sicheng and Liang Qichao”, Journal of Architectural Education 56 (2002), pp.35-45.

2000                Li Shiqiao, “Christopher Wren as a Baconian”, The Journal of Architecture 5 (2000), pp.235-66.

Other Journals, Conference Papers and Book Chapters

2017                Li Shiqiao, “Postmodern Sublime”, K. Wee ed., The Social Imperative, Architecture and the City in China, Actar, 2017

2017                Li Shiqiao, “The Accidental City”, Verebes ed., Shanghai Ten Portfolio, Oscar Riera Ojeda 2017.

2014                Li Shiqiao, “Writing on the Wall”, South China Morning Post, July 12, 2014

2012                Li Shiqiao, “Second Colonization”, New Architecture, May 2012

2012                Li Shiqiao, “Architecture: A Global Redistribution”, Urban Environment Design, August 2012.

2010                Li Shiqiao, “The Challenge of Learning Architecture in the Contemporary Context”, Journal of Hong Kong Institute of Architects 58 (Hong Kong, 2007), pp.48-51.

2010                Li Shiqiao, “Formalism with Chinese Characteristics”, Urban Environment Design 41 (Beijing, 2010), pp.182-84.

2009                Li Shiqiao, “The Economy of Desire”, 306090 (New York, 2009), pp.201-07.

2008                Li Shiqiao, “Critical Architecture in the Frontier City”, ed. Esther Lorenz, Propositions (Hong Kong, Department of Architecture, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2008), pp.20-31.

2008                Li Shiqiao, “Chinese Cities as Megacities”, ed. Leora Farber, Representation and Spatial Practices in Urban South Africa (Johannesburg, 2008), pp.225-38.

2008                Li Shiqiao, “An Analyst’s Couch for Architects”, review of Camouflage by Neil Leach in Cultural Politics 4 (London, 2007), pp.249-252.

2007                Li Shiqiao, “City of Maximum Quantities”, William Lim ed., Asian Alterity (Singapore: World Scientific, 2007), pp.28-35.

2007                Li Shiqiao, “The Idea of History”, Journal of Hong Kong Institute of Architects 50 (Hong Kong, 2007), pp.22-25.

2007                Li Shiqiao, “The Cathartic City”, Stadt Bauwelt 175 (Berlin, 2007), pp.16-25; Bauwelt China (Beijing, 2007), pp.10-23.

2007                Li Shiqiao, “City of Maximum Quantities” (Shuliang zuidahua de chengshi), Domus China 012 (Beijing, 2007), 47-51.

2007                Li Shiqiao, Review of Inigo Jones by Christy Anderson for College Art Association (CAA), at

2007                Li Shiqiao, “A School of Humanism”, World Architecture 208 (Beijing, 2007), pp.132-33.

2004                Li Shiqiao, “Architecture and Theory”, Singapore Architect 223 (2004), pp.45-47.

2004                Li Shiqiao, “The Last Intellectual Frontier”, review of Architecture, Art, Identity – Is There Life in Singapore after Tabula Rasa? by William Lim, Singapore Architect 223 (2004), p.24, p.143.

2004                Li Shiqiao and Zhang Tianjie, “Sports Facilities in Hankou Zhongshan Park”, in Safeguarding and Revitalizing Local Heritage (Shanghai: mAAN 4th International Conference 2004, Tongji University), pp.293-99.

2004                Li Shiqiao and Zhang Tianjie, “Parks and Urban Reform: Hankou Zhongshan Park in the Early 20th Century”, Proceedings of 3rd International Conference on East Asian Architectural Culture (Nanjing: Southeast University, 2004), pp.1145-60.

2004                Li Shiqiao and Zhang Tianjie, “Republican Ideals and Public Space: Hankou Zhongshan Park, 1928-1938”, 2004 Conference on Modern History of Chinese Architecture (Beijing: Tsinghua University, 2004), pp.409-22.

2003                Li Shiqiao, “Labour, Work and High Density Living”, Singapore Architect 220 (2003), pp.62-63.

2003                Li Shiqiao and Li Ao, “The Real Estate Business of the Lilong House in Early Twentieth-Century Shanghai”, Documenting Built Heritage: Revitalization of modern Architecture in Asia (Surabaya, Indonesia: mAAN 3rd International Conference, Petra Christian University and LSAI, 2003).

2003                Li Shiqiao, “Confucian Tradition and the Art of Building in China”, Singapore Architect 218 (2003), pp.58-59.

2003                Li Shiqiao, “Interior and Interiority”, Singapore Architect 217 (2003), pp.52-54.

2003                Li Shiqiao, “Modernity and History in Early Twentieth-century Chinese Architecture”, Research on China’s Modern Architectural Academia, eds. Zhao Chen and Wu Jiang (Beijing: China Building Press, 2003), pp.48-50.

2002                Li Shiqiao, “Architectural Design in the Age of Catalogues”, Singapore Architect 215 (2002), pp.126-29.

2002                Li Shiqiao, “Modernity and the Lived Body”, Singapore Architect 214 (2002), pp.121-23.

2002                Li Ao and Li Shiqiao, “The Pavilion Room and Urban Culture in Early 20th-century Shanghai”, Towards modern Asian Architecture (Singapore: mAAN 2nd International Conference, 2002).

2001                Li Shiqiao, “In Conversation with Shigeru Ban”, Design and Architecture 3 (2001), pp.24-31.

2001                Li Shiqiao, “Pearl Bank Apartments”, Singapore Architect 210 (2001), pp.102-07.

2000                16 biographical entries of 20th-century Chinese, Hong Kong and Taiwanese architects, Dizionario dell’architettura del XX secolo (Dictionary of Architecture of the Twentieth Century), ed. Carlo Olmo (Turin and London: Umberto Allemandi, 2000).

2000                Li Shiqiao, “Styling Modern Homes”, Singapore Architect 208 (2000), pp.80-91.

2000                Li Shiqiao, “Liang Sicheng’s A Pictorial History of Chinese Architecture and Liang Qichao’s “New Learning”“, in Maryam Gusheh, ed., Double Frames (Sydney: Centre for Asian Environment, University of New South Wales, 2000), pp.1-13.

Keynote Speeches:

2017 September         Keynote, “Designing with History and Theory”, SCUT, Guangzhou

2017 June                    Beiyang Lecture, “Critique of Utopia”, Tianjin University, Tianjin

2017 June                    Keynote, “Rethinking the Indo-European Tradition”, Southeast University, Nanjing

2016 May                     Keynote, “Spaces of the Prudent Self”, TU Delft, The Netherlands

2016 January                Keynote, “Architecture and Asian Thought”, Southeast University, Nanjing

2015 June                    Keynote, “Asian Perspective in Architecture”, Southeast University, Nanjing

2011 May                     Keynote, “The Figure as Home”, Southeast University, Nanjing

2009 May                     Keynote, “Body in Danger, Body in Safety”, Peking University

2008 April                    Keynote, “Chinese Cities as Megacities”, University of Johannesburg

2007 October               Keynote, “The Modern Project”, University of Melbourne

2005 October               Keynote, “The Ten-kilometer University”, RMIT University, Melbourne