Zhongjie Lin

Associate Professor and Director of Master of Urban Design, Architecture and Urban Design
UNC Charlotte Center City 708

Dr. Zhongjie Lin is an Associate Professor of Architecture and Urbanism and the Director of the Master of Urban Design program. He is also a co-founder of Futurepolis, an award-winning multi-disciplinary design practice. He received a Ph.D. in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Architecture from Tongji University in China. He is a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow and a 2012 Woodrow Wilson Fellow among other research positions he has been appointed.

Dr. Lin’s research focuses on modern architectural avant-garde movements, theory and practice of urban design, and contemporary architecture and urbanism in East Asia. He is the author of Kenzo Tange and the Metabolist Movement: Urban Utopias of Modern Japan, and a coauthor of Urban Design in the Global Perspective and The Making of a Chinese Model New Town, in addition to a few chapters in edited books. He has published dozens of articles in leading academic periodicals including Journal of Architectural EducationJournal of Urban DesignJournal of Architectural & Planning ResearchTime+Architecture,Architectural Journal, and Urban Flux among others. He was a guest editor of Urban Flux for a special issue on Japanese architecture in 2012. He is currently working on a manuscript on China’s massive urbanization and new town development, and conducting comparative research of Japanese and Chinese eco-city projects.

His research projects and publications won two grants from Graham Foundation for the Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and he received prestigious fellowships from John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Woodrow Wilson International Center of Scholars, Japan Foundation, Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences, Social Science Research Council, Asian Cultural Council, and Association for Asian Studies among other institutes. He is the recipient of the Architectural Researcher Centers Consortium’s 2011 New Researcher Award.

Dr. Lin teaches architectural design and urban design studios, as well as seminars in history/theory and urbanism. He directs UNC Charlotte School of Architecture’s China Programs, and spearheads the collaborations between UNC Charlotte and several Asian institutions. He has lectured or served as a studio critic at many universities in the U.S., Japan, China, and Hong Kong, and was a visiting associate professor at Tongji University in 2012. He also served in the planning expert committees of a few Chinese cities.