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Yang Yang

  • Visiting Assistant Professor



  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, expected July 2020
  • M.Eng. Urban Planning, Tongji University, 2009
  • M.S. Urban Design, Technischen Universität Berlin, 2009
  • B.Eng. Urban Planning, Tongji University, 2006


  • Urban Planning and Design
  • Architectural History
  • Asian Urbanism
  • Post-socialist urban and architectural history

Yang Yang is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Architectural History and Theory at UNM. she worked as a
planner in Tongji Urban Planning & Design Institute and an editor for Urban China Magazine. She also worked
as an assistant curator for the 2015 Shanghai West Bund Biennale and a senior researcher of cityLAB, UCLA.
She has been teaching architectural history and Asian urbanism at UCLA, UCSD, and Otis College of Art and
Design. Her research focuses on post-socialist urban and architectural history, with a special interest in the
intersection between architectural forms, media culture, and political economy in China. She is a doctoral
candidate in Architecture at UCLA, and her dissertation investigates the transformation of commodity
housing in Shanghai—conceptually, spatially, and socio-politically—to test both connective and contingent
powers that arrange the everyday experience.

World Architecture I

Comparative Asian Urbanism and Design

Architecture Theory

Edited Volumes

Yang, Y and Jonathan Crisman. “A Pacific Dialogue: Architecture and Urbanism from California to Asia.” In

Catalogue of The 2017 California Pacific Triennial. Orange County Museum of Art. May 2017.

Yang, Y. “Nationalism as the Price Tag? Chronic History of Chinese Architecture,” in Peggy Deamer, et al.

Asymmetric Labors: The Economy of Architecture in Theory and Practice. New York: The Architecture

Lobby, 2016. 240-245.

Yang, Y. “USA Pavilion in 2010 Shanghai EXPO: The Cultural Logic of Pavilions in the Post-political Condition,”

in Shanghai/America Architecture Communication. Edited by Xu Hao. China City Press. 2018.

Yang, Y, Jia Gu, and Kelly Mccormick. “Shinjuku Misguidance: How to Identify Specific Geographic Locations

for Examination within a 1.5km Radius of the Shinjuku Station.” In Shin-Shinjuku: New Tokyo, Again.

Edited by Jonathan Crisman. Los Angeles, CA: UCLA Urban Humanities Initiative, 2014. 150-169.

Reviewed Journal Articles

Yang, Y. “Asia as Method.” Urban China No.80 (Nov, 2017): 24-33.

Yang, Y. “Mall and More.” Urban China No.78 (April, 2017): 36-49.

Yang, Y. “The Project of Critical Snapshots in Shanghai: Meta-codes of Commodification in Housing.” Urban

China No.72 (October, 2015): 108-125.

Yang, Y. “Design Formation: ‘Critical Reconstruction’ of Pariser Platz in Berlin.” Ideal Space No.35 (October,

2009): 112-117.

Yang, Y, and Yunsheng Su. “The Eco-Reconstruction of Utopia by ‘Etopia.’” Time + Architecture No.105

(January, 2009): 86-88.

Yang, Y, et al. “Chinese Way of Habitation.” Urban China No.34 (January, 2009): 76-82.



2019, “The Watcher><The Watched,” Eyes of the City, 2019 Bi-City Shenzhen Biennale of

Urbanism\Architecture, Shenzhen (Project Leader)

2017, cityLAb, Times 10 at A+D museum, Los Angeles (Associate Curator)

2015, Shanghai Urban Space Art Season (SUSAS), Shanghai (Assistant Curator)

2015, Traveling Exhibition, Now Shanghai/闹海 (Nao Hai) , Perloff Gallery, UCLA; West Bund Museum,

Shanghai (Exhibition Designer and Coordinator)

2014, Shin-Shinjuku: New Tokyo, Again, Perloff Hall, UCLA (installation, with Jia Gu and Kelly Mccormick)

2012, 8x 4x 2x 1x, Mackey Penthouse, Los Angeles (team)

2002, My City, International Students’ Exhibition at Shanghai Biennale Urban Creation, Shanghai Art Museum




2019, “Rites in a Snail House,” Plan, Urban Humanities Symposium, UCLA

2019, “Architecture without the Land: Inside Post-Socialist Commodity Housing,” Shanghai International

Young Scholar Forum of Universities, Tongji University, Shanghai

2018, “Politics from the Inside Out: The Form of Housing Unit in Post-Socialist Shanghai,” SAH 71st Annual

International Conference

2017, “From Work Unit to Mini-Unit: The Social Construction of Jia in Post-Socialist Shanghai,” City and

Society: The Care of the Self, 9th Annual IIAS-TU Delft Conference

2014, “Shinjuku Misguidance,” Design Knowledge: Making Urban Humanities, UCLA



2016-17, Edna & Yu-Shan Award, School of the Arts and Architecture, UCLA


2014-15, Creative Media Award, UCLA Urban Humanities Initiative

2007-08, Tongji-TU Berlin Dual-Master CSC (Chinese Scholarship Council) Fellowship

2006, Design Excellence Award, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University




2013-2019, Senior Research Associate, cityLAB UCLA

2014-15, Research Coordinator, Urban Humanities Initiative, UCLA


Guest Editor, Urban China magazine, 2010-present

Yang, Y. (Ed). Catalog of cityLAb, times 10. Los Angeles, A+D museum. February 2017.

Yang, Y, and Jonathan Crisman. (Ed.) Urban China No.72, Urban Humanities: Producing Knowledge on the

Megacity. October 2015.

Yang, Y. (Ed). Made in EXPO. Shanghai: Sanlian Bookshop Press. 2010.

Urban Planning & Design

2010-11, Habitable Environment Research Center, Tongji Urban Planning & Design Institute

2009-10, Studio 2, Tongji Urban Planning & Design Institute

2008-09, Shanghai ETOPIA Building Development Co., Ltd


Society of Architectural Historians