Cole Roskam is associate professor of architectural history in the Department of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. His research and teaching engage topics in 19th and 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 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.
His books include An Improvised City: Architecture and Governance in Shanghai, 1843-1937 (University of Washington Press, 2019) and Designing Reform: Architecture in the People’s Republic of China, 1970-1992 (Yale University Press, forthcoming), which considers China’s engagement with international architectural methods of design, discourse, and pedagogy following the Cultural Revolution and through the early reform era.
Current projects include studies of architectural relations between China and the African continent, architectural production in the socialist and post-socialist world, and an architectural history of Hong Kong.
His research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the American Council for Learned Societies (ACLS), the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Study in the Fine Arts, the Lord Wilson Heritage Trust, the Mellon Foundation, and the University Grants Committee in Hong Kong, among others.