Architectural Design and Theory II
Dr. LIANG, Calvin
Calvin Liang is an architectural historian and designer based in Hong Kong. As a historian, his research focuses on contemporary Chinese architecture and urbanism, social housing, community design and heritage conservation. His research and writing have been published in Time+Architecture and New Architecture. His recently publications include articles on the history of the New Village housing in republican and socialist Shanghai. He has also been invited to give lectures by institutes such as Architectural Association School, Royal College of Art and The University of Nottingham Ningbo China.
As a designer, he has been involved in various architectural, conservation and community projects in Hong Kong and China. He has also participated in curatorial works that explore the critical questions of contemporary architecture and urbanism, including “Housing an Affordable City” at the 2011 Shenzhen Hong Kong Bi-City and “Infrastructure Imaginations” in 2018.
Dr. Liang holds a Master of Science in Conservation and a PhD in Architecture from the University of Hong Kong. His doctoral dissertation, titled “Housing Shanghai: The Evolution of the Workers’ New Village, 1920s-2000s,” investigates the historical development of the Workers’ New Village in Shanghai and presents a local variation of Chinese work-unit housing in the Maoist era. He was a postdoctoral fellow (2016-2018) at the Division of Landscape Architecture in HKU, where he also taught architectural and urban history and community communication.