Cole Roskam is associate professor of architectural history and theory in the Department of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. His research and teaching include topics in 20th century and contemporary architectural and urban history as well as theory. He is particularly interested in understanding architecture’s role in mediating moments of transnational interaction and exchange between China and other parts of the world.
His book An Improvised City: Architecture and Extraterritoriality in Shanghai, 1843-1937, is currently under contract with the University of Washington Press. A second book project, provisionally titled Designing Reform: Post-Revolutionary Architectural Culture in the People’s Republic of China, 1973-1989, considers China’s engagement with international architectural methods of design, discourse, and pedagogy following the Cultural Revolution.
Other ongoing projects include architectural relations between China and the African continent, architectural production in the socialist and post-socialist world, and Hong Kong’s built environment.
His articles and essays have appeared in Architectural History, Architectural Design (AD), Artforum International, Grey Room, the Journal of Architectural Education, and the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, among others.