Joshua Bolchover is an architect and Professor at The University of Hong Kong. The focus of his research is to innovate design strategies in developing regions undergoing urban transformation. Research and design inform each other. Built projects address urgent social and environmental issues and aim to play a decisive role in the future evolution of their locations. Books elucidate conceptual methods and provide detailed investigations of the contexts in which he works. Exhibitions synthesize research and design, impacting and shaping the discourse on contemporary architecture and urbanisation.
Joshua set up Rural Urban Framework with John Lin in 2009 with the remit to create a not-for-profit agency as a platform for design and research. Their projects have been awarded the RIBA International Emerging Architect Award 2016 for the Angdong Hospital, The Curry Stone Design Prize 2015, The Ralph Erskine Prize 2014 and have received third place commendations for both the Architectural Review’s Healthcare and Schools Award.
RUF’s work has been internationally exhibited at the Canadian Centre of Architecture 2020, Venice Biennale 2021, 2018, 2016, the Design Museum London 2016, and The Chicago Biennale 2015. In recognition of Rural Urban Framework’s contribution to architectural discourse, their work has been acquired by MOMA, New York (2020) and the CCA Archive (2020).
Joshua’s publications include Border Ecologies: Hong Kong’s Mainland Frontier, (Birkhauser, 2017), Designing the Rural: A Global Countryside in Flux, Architectural Design (Wiley 2016), and Rural Urban Framework: Transforming the Chinese Countryside, (Birkhauser 2014).
Joshua’s scholarship conceptualises architecture and territory not as an issue of scale, but instead, as a dynamic and complex set of relationships, both urban and ecological. The objective is to position a role for the architect to design and implement innovative strategies, delivering social and sustainable impact in areas undergoing urban transformation.