List of Publications


Chang, W. P. H., W.S. Mak, J.H. Tan, and S.Y. Kwong. Rediscovery of Cultural Landscapes in Southern China: Sustainable Heritage and Planning in Rural Settlements. Routledge (forthcoming 2021).

Chu, C.L. and S. He, eds., The Speculative City: Emergent Forms and Norms of the Built Environment. University of Toronto Press (forthcoming 2021).

Chu, C.L. “The Afterlives of Modern Housing.” In Routledge Companion to Contemporary Architectural History, edited by Lu, D. Routledge (forthcoming 2021).

Lu, Xiaoxuan. “My Love from the Mountain: Contingent Bordering Processes at Mount Changbai/Baekdu”. Area (forthcoming 2021).


Barber, L. and Chu, C.L. “Living Heritage Versus Dead Relics? Place Meanings and Boundary-Making in the Politics of Heritage in Postcolonial Hong Kong.” In Place Meaning and Attachment: Authenticity, Heritage, and Preservation, edited by D. Kopec and A. Bliss, 182-193. Routledge, 2020.

Lai, L.W.C. “Sustainable Development of Heritage Conservation and Tourism: A Hong Kong Case Study on Colonial Heritage”. Sustainable Development 28, no. 5 (2020): 1181–88.

Lai, L.W.C., P.L.K. Lau, and M.H. Chua. “An Empirical Coasian Study on the Socio-Economic Profiles of Two Politically Sensitive Informal Settlements: Kowloon Walled City and Rennie’s Mill”. Land Use Policy 97 (September 2020): 104750.

Lu, X, S. Trumpf and I. Valin. Interstitial Hong Kong: Exploring the Small and Marginal Landscapes of High-density Urbanism. Tongji University Press, 2020.

Lu, X. “China and Her Return to the Ocean.” In Terra-Sorta-Firma: Atlas of Urbanism on Reclaimed Land, edited by F. Masoud and B. Ryan. Actar, 2020.


Chu, C L and Z. Liang. “Tianyuan Dushi: Garden City, Urban Planning, and Visions of Modernization in Early Twentieth  Century China.” Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review 31, no. 1 (2019): 38-54.

Decaudin, M. “Geological Discrimination: Granite and the Early British Colonisation of Hong Kong”. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong 59 (2019): 76–107.

Decaudin, M. “Founding the Barren Rock: Landscape Transformations and Discourses in Nineteenth-Century Colonial Hong Kong”. Journal of the LUCAS Graduate Conference, no. 7 (April 2019): 38–75.

Lu, X. “Divergent Memories of Tumen Shan-shui.” European Journal of Korean Studies 19, no. 1 (2019): 229-274.

Mak, V. “The Spark of Contemporary Landscape Creativity – The Foundation Landscape Design Studio in the University of Hong Kong”. Landscape Architecture Frontiers 7, 5 (2019): 24-37.

Zhou, Ying. “Building a Discourse: Capturing a Moving Target of Shanghai’s Art Boom”. Art Journal 78, no. 3 (2019): 137–39.


Chu, C.L. “Envisioning Future Pasts: Heritage and Emergent Activism in Postcolonial Macau and Hong Kong.” In Urban Asias: Essays on Futurity Past and Present, edited by T. Bunnell and D.P.S. Goh, 64-76. Jovis Verlag, 2018.

Chu, C.L. “The Propensity of Things: The Portuguese Calcada and Its Historicity.” Current Anthropology 59, 4 (2018): 388-389.

Tang, D. and Chu, C.L. “Infrastructure Imagination: Charting Hong Kong’s Futures through Construction Photography.” HKIA Journal 74 (November 2018): 118-122.

Zhou, Y. “Herzog & de Meuron’s Latest Arts Venue, Tai Kwun, Opens in Hong Kong.” Frieze (Jun 07 2018).

Zhou, Y. “成長中的當代藝術生態: 香港.” 藝術領地 79 (2018).


Lu, X.,  I. Valin and S. Trumpf. “Interstitial Hong Kong.” Landscape Architecture Frontiers 5, 3 (2017): 121-131.​

Mak, V. “Site-Specific Art.” (Foreword in the ‘After the Deluge’ – Kingsley Ng’s art installation at the Tai Hang Tung stormwater storage tank) Exhibition Guidebook, 2-6. Jockey Club New Arts Power, Hong Kong Arts Development Council, 2017.

Zhou, Y. Urban Loopholes: Creative Alliances of Spatial Production in Shanghai’s City Center. Birkhäuser, 2017.


Zhou, Y. “自然之後: 新加坡建成環境研究”. 藝術界 = LEAP (Singapore Supplement). (2016): 22-28.


Chu, C. L. “Spectacular Macau: Visioning Futures in A World Heritage City.” Geoforum 65 (October 2015): 440-450.

Davies, Stephen N. G, Lawrence W. C. Lai, Ken S.T. Ching, and K.Y Tan. “The Japanese Assault on Pillbox 3”. Surveying and Built Environment 24, no.1 (2015):  95–108.

Mak, V. “Town Planning: No Driver behind the Wheel”. Hong Kong Echo Magazine 77 (2015): 26-27.


Department of Architecture

Department of Real Estate and Construction

Division of Landscape Architecture

Faculty of Social Sciences

  • Winnie Law, Principal lecturer
  • Katie Chick, Senior Project Manager
  • Anna Yau, Project Manager

Faculty of Education 

Programmes & Courses

Master of Science in Conservation: BHRC will generate synergy with the teaching and research of the Master of Science in Conservation Programme (MSc Con), which is to be relaunched in Fall 2022 as a joint programme hosted by the Department of Architecture (DoA) and the Division of Landscape Architecture (DLA) and taught by relevant heritage experts across FoA. Most importantly, the lab will provide a platform for organizing research and training activities on built heritage, strengthening connections with other academic and professional programmes and institutions, and enriching the learning experience of MSc Cons students through greater interdisciplinarity and a stronger linkage with other world-class heritage research and training centres and key practitioner partners.

Professional Master Programmes in FoA: BHRC will offer a venue for FoA postgraduate students across Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning and Design, and Real Estate and Construction to share research findings, discuss new developments in the field and initiate cross-disciplinary collaborative projects. This is likely to lead to conservation specialisms within these degrees (under discussion).

MPhil and PhD Programmes under FoA: BHRC will contribute to the MPhil and PhD programmes of FoA by engaging with research postgraduate students across the three departments with an interest in built heritage and conservation.

Professional Training and Upskilling Courses & Workshops: BHRC will provide support for the organization of training, upskilling courses and workshops in conservation for local built environment professionals. FoA’s strategic model for Master’s programmes going forward, is to open up routes for CPD and more formal accredited executive education.

Built Heritage Research Collaborative

BHRC logoBuilt Heritage Research Collaborative (BHRC)

Built Heritage Research Collaborative (BHRC) aims to develop collaborative research projects and facilitate the exchange of knowledge between different built environment researchers and practitioners working on conservation and heritage related issues with a focus on Hong Kong and the Greater China and Asia-Pacific regions.


In recent years, heritage conservation has become a growing subject of concern across all built environment disciplines. Built heritage, including not only architectural monuments but also diverse types of buildings, former industrial sites, large-scale infrastructures and entire landscapes are being increasingly revitalized for new uses and inscribed with new values and significance. These developments highlight heritage conservation as a dynamic, future-oriented practice that will play a key role in guiding long-term planning of cities and regions and providing alternative models of sustainable development.

The growing emphasis on socio-cultural processes and value production in heritage conservation has been reflected in UNESCO’s incorporation of the concept of “cultural landscapes” in the World Heritage Convention, and more recently with the introduction of “historic urban landscape” as a framework to interpret, conserve and manage urban heritage. These emergent approaches to heritage acknowledge that all places are shaped by the complex interplay of culture and nature within larger social and ecological systems, thus bringing to the fore ideas of continuity and resilience as well as the agency of diverse communities.

A key objective of Built Heritage Research Collaborative (BHRC) is to promote interdisciplinary research on built heritage based on both holistic and specific understandings of the multiple and interrelated values of heritage assets. This understanding builds on recent scholarship that moves the focus away from evaluating individual heritage sites on the basis of their on-site and building properties, to the dynamic relationships between sites and their larger contexts, allowing a systematic identification of the layered histories and competing values inscribed to a place by different agents over time. By engaging with new challenges to heritage protection in the 21st century, BHRC members seek to generate theoretical and practical insights on conservation and develop policy initiatives on sustainable, long term conservation planning and heritage management.

Alignment with FoA’s Strategic Research Directions

The establishment of BHRC fits with the strategic directions of FoA in generating high quality, cross-departmental, interdisciplinary research on the built environment that addresses emergent environmental and societal challenges in the 21st century.

The goals of BHRC include:

  • To promote interdisciplinary research and create collaborative opportunities for the study of built heritage among faculty members of FoA and beyond, including those in architecture, landscape architecture, planning, urban design, real estate and construction, and other researchers and teachers across HKU’s faculties.
  • To facilitate knowledge exchange between researchers and practitioners in the public and private sectors, strongly engaging with heritage conservation practice in Hong Kong, Greater China and Asia-Pacific regions.
  • To facilitate the integration of teaching and research by enriching course materials with the research findings of BHRC members and those of its affiliated organizations.
  • To strengthen institutional connections with academic and professional organizations at the local, regional and international levels.

Research Clusters

  • Conservation planning and management
  • Design for future change
  • Heritage economics
  • Conservation science and technologies
  • Archaeological heritage
  • Critical heritage studies