WU Jiang (2009 - Present)

Dean of IESD

WU Jiang, born in Nanjing in October 1960, is a professor from the College of Architecture and Urban Planning of Tongji University. He was graduated and obtained his bachelor`s (1983), master`s(1986) and doctorate(1998) Degrees from Tongji University. He has been a visiting scholar in the University of Hong Kong from 1993 to 1994, and a senior visiting scholar in the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University from 1996 to 1997.

During his years as a visiting scholar in French Ministry of Culture/The Cité internationale universitaire de Paris, he visited more than 10 universities including École nationale supérieure d'architecture de Paris-Belleville, École de Chaillot, École nationale supérieure d'architecture de Versailles, and served as a visiting researcher in Sorbonne Université. He is currently serving as dean of UNEP-Tongji Institute of Environment for sustainable Development, Director of Research Institute for Elaborated Urban Management, Head of Xiongan Research Institute for Future Cities, Director of Yangtze River Delta Research Institute, Joint International Research Laboratory of Eco-Urban Design (ILEUD) of Chinese Ministry of Education, and Shanghai Key Laboratory of Urban Renewal and Spatial Optimization Technology, Tongji University. He is a member of International Union of Architects (IUA)/UNESCO Committee for Education, member of the Expert Advisory Committee for the Construction of National Cultural Park, vice director of the Expert Committee on the Protection and Inheritance of History and Culture of Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, vice chairman of Urban Planning Society of China, chairman of Shanghai Urban Planning Society and chairperson of Institute of Architectural Education of Architecture Society of China (ASC),and vice chairman of Shanghai Architecture Society.

      He is a distinguished expert of Shanghai Municipal Government for decision-making advisory, deputy director of Shanghai Committee for the Conservation of Historical District and Outstanding Historical Buildings, Chief Expert of Shanghai Urban Development and Management Research Think Tank. He is a chief editor of the English Journal “Architecture Asia” and among the editorial committee member of s TIME + ARCHITCTURE (Tongji University). He was appointed the Executive Vice President of Tongji University and formerly served as the Deputy Director of Municipal Administration of Land Use and Urban Planning, Shanghai.

      He has long been engaged in studies on architectural history and historical preservation and urban renewal. During his tenure as the deputy director of the Shanghai Municipal Administration of Land Use and Urban Planning (2003-2009), he took the initiative to delineate the 12 historical and cultural areas in the central city of Shanghai and 32 more in the suburban areas, and took charge of the development of the conservation plans for all historical areas. He is a pioneer and leader of Shanghai`s efforts to protect and manage its historical and cultural districts and historic buildings of outstanding values, as well as among the first to propose the establishment of historical streets registry and the protection mechanism. During his years in charge of Shanghai Urban Sculpture Steering Committee from 2003 to 2009, he developed the Urban Sculpture Plan of Shanghai, built up Shanghai Sculpture Space and established the management policies on urban public arts and completed the construction of a large number of street sculptures and arts. In 2004, he curated the 2002 Shanghai Biennale, introducing architecture exhibition into a large-scale contemporary art exhibition in China for the first time. In 2017, he initiated and served as the chief curator of the Shanghai Urban Space Art Season. In 2015, Prof. WU Jiang was awarded as the Academician of the French Academy of Architecture and in 2019 elected as the vice president of ARCASIA, Architects Regional Council Asia.

      He is the author and co-author of more than 10 monographs such as “A History of Shanghai Architecture 1840-1949”, “Planning and Administration of Historic Preservation Areas”, “Elaborated Planning of Historical Streets: a New Perspective on Organic Urban Regeneration in Shanghai”, “Architecture of Modern China”, “Research on China’s Modern Architectural Academia”, etc.. He completed more than one hundred papers and articles. He is the winner of a great number of prizes, including the first Price of National Planning and Design Award, Chinese Government Award for Publishing, second Price of Shanghai Municipal Progressive Award of Science and Technology the first Price of Shanghai Municipal Advisory Award, grand prize of Shanghai Excellence Teaching Award, first prize of Shanghai Philosophy and Social Sciences Achievement Award, Second Prize of Science and Technology Progress Award of Ministry of Education, second prize of National Outstanding Teaching Achievements Award.