Assistant Research Fellow

Wang Yan graduated as B.Arch from Tongji University in 2004, later, as Msc Urbanism from TU Delft in 2006, then started urban and architecture practice in multiple companies of Shanghai and Shenzhen Urbanus for a long term. He graduated in Ph.D in Architecture History and Theory in Tongji University in 2018 for his thesis “Shenzhen Model - A study of Urban Development Model based on Edge City Theory”. 

He worked deeply with lots of brilliant clients and partner such as OCT, Wallex, Vanke, UPDIS, TJUPDI etc., proposing architectural strategies, urban design schemes, exhibitions, service schemes for development. Also, he worked as curator, founded we-media, as well as writer for academic magazines.

Now, he works in Tongji D&I as teacher and researcher, focusing on urban spatial-social study. He tends to push urban redevelopment in terms of urban renovation and social innovation through perspective of industrial-spatial research. 


1999-2004  Bachelor of Architecture, Tongji University, Shanghai

2004-2006  Master of Science in Urbanism, Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands

2006-2007  Peddle Thorp Brisbane, Shanghai Office, Senior Architect

2007-2010  Urbanus Shenzhen Office, Senior Project Manager

2014-2015  Urbanspace Planning and Architectural Design Co. Ltd (Shanghai Office),Senior Project Manager

2011-2018  Ph.D in Architecture History and Theory, Tongji University, Shanghai

2019- now  Tongji University college of Design and innovation, Associate researcher


Urban renovation logic under the high price real estate situation, T+A magazine, 2016,(06):5+4.

Thinking of “Super City Competition”, T+A magazine, 2014,(04):9..

Publicity of structure, T+A magazine, 2013,(05):9+8.

From “Opposition” to “Alienation” : Social Process of Urbanization and 60s-born Chinese Architects’ Practice in Shenzhen, Essay, T+A magazine ,2013,(01):46-51.

London Olympics Aquatics Centre and its paradoxical architecture production. Essay, T+A magazine, 2012,(05):9.

"Shanzhai" Condition and its Study Position. Essay, Architecture World magazine, 2012,(04):20-21.

Theoretical retrospect of landscape urbanism, T+A magazine, 2011,(05):32-35.

"Shanzhai Building" in Extreme Condition and Its Two Cases Studies. Essay, T+A Magazine, 2011,(03):40-43.

Strategic Digital Complex and Chinese Architecture, Urbanism and Architecture magazine, 2006,(04):51-53.


2019  Tongji international “Future community” workshop union, “future urban entertainment” group tutor.

2016-now  City Reading course English version of Tongji CAUP, tutor

2011  Hsieh Ying-chun Architecture Practice Forum. Forum workshop, held by China Academy of Art.

2011  SAME-SAME Mumbai-Shanghai urban study summer school. Urban and social research workshop held by West Heavens project and Tongji University.

2010  Design commenter, Guest tutor for Hong Kong University Shanghai Center

2008  Solo: Affordable housing for China. Exhibition designer and curator for Urbanus. The exhibition was held in Cooper Hewwit NYC in Oct 2008.

2008  B10 Design center spatial plan research. Research and exhibition for OCT ReDo 2008

2007  Luohu Re-search. Research and exhibition for Shenzhen Hong Kong Bicity Biennale 2007

2006  Live in Zhangjiang. Urban research project, Editor and translator, Exhibited in 3 on the bund.

Main Practice

2018Shenshan Special Cooperation Zone conceptual master urban design, Masterplan

2017NICE2035 Siping future community prototype, designer, coordinator, built

2017Xitang Dongmen Parking commercial complex, Urban design

2016Chengdu Zhonghe town master urban renovation design, Urban design

2016Hongkou 17,18 (Gong Yi Fang) implementation design, Research and Pre-planning

2014BuJi Chinese Businessman Mall, Architecture

2014A Hotel in LinGang new city core area, Architecture, under construction

2013Ningbo Long Guan village outdoor sports resort, Architecture, under construction

2011Taizhou JiuLong hi-tech industrial zone master planning, Masterplan

2011Xiamen Gulangyu urban renovation strategic planning. Research and Pre-planning

2010Shenzhen Huaqiang Industry headquarter, Architecture

2010Shenzhen Seg industrial center renovation, Architecture

2009Shenzhen Gongming town center renovation, Research and Pre-planning

2009Shenzhen Guangming new city central park, Urban design

2009Shenzhen Huaqiangbei 3D street urban renovation design, Urban design

2008Shenzhen Hedou village renovation strategy, Research and Pre-planning

2008Shenzhen Oct Loft North industrial zone renovation, Research and Architecture, Built

2007Shanghai Hundun investment headquarter, Architecture, Built

2007Shanghai Metro7 Houtan station Mall, Architecture, Built

*Those marked as gray are the most important research works, including publications, exhibitions and research practical projects. 


Email : uwangyan@foxmail.com


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