Maxime Decaudin is Assistant Lecturer in the Division of Landscape Architecture at The University of Hong Kong. He teaches undergraduate design studios as well as foundational representation and history and theory courses.
Maxime is currently a PhD student in Art History at the University Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV) under the supervision of Hervé Brunon, research director at the CRNS and member of the Centre André Chastel (INHA). His dissertation, titled “Hong Kong’s nature: a cultural history of environmental transformations and landscape discourses from British colonization to the ecological crisis”, consists of writing an environmental history of Hong Kong. It aims, through focusing on the usage and discourses around three landscape elements, at contrasting historically and culturally different approaches to the landscape and the concept of nature.
For the year 2016-2017, he was a PhD fellow at the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC) based in Hong Kong where he conducted a research project titled “Hong Kong’s nature: environmental activism since the handover” which investigates the roles and issues of various stakeholders, mainly the government, in contemporary environmental discourses in Hong Kong.
Maxime was trained as an architect in Paris where he graduated from École Spéciale d’Architecture (ESA). After several years of professional practice, he registered as a French licensed architect (HMONP). He first joined the University of Hong Kong in 2012.