As a registered architect, Pu Miao established Miao Design Studio in the early 1990s, exploring innovations in architectural, urban, landscape and interior designs. Its design experiments focus on the localization of Modernist architecture in today's China. His built designs have been published in international journals such as Architectural Review, Domus, Detail, A+, and Architecture Asia, as well as Chinese periodicals such as Architectural Journal,Time+ Architecture, and Architect. Miao was invited to exhibit his work at the International Center for Urbanism, Architecture and Landscape (CIVA)in Brussels (2008) and at the Aedes East-International Forum for Contemporary Architecture in Berlin (2011). His designs received several awards, including one from the 2007 Far Eastern Architectural Awards (Taiwan) and the Award of Excellence in the First Architectural Design Awards organized by the Architectural Society of China (ASC), Shanghai Chapter in 2006. His designs are reviewed by books on contemporary Chinese architecture, such as Charlie Q.L. Xue'sBuilding A Revolution: Chinese Architecture Since 1980(Hong Kong University Press, 2006).
Dr. Miao has also engaged in scholarly research. He edited and co-wrote the book Public Places in Asia Pacific Cities: Current Issues and Strategies, which was published by Kluwer Academic Publishers of the Netherlands in 2001. The book received good reviews internationally and was translated into Chinese. Miao also published numerous papers in international and Chinese journals on urban design, garden theory, phenomenology, architectural education, design criticism and other topics. His paper on gated communities in China has been cited widely by international scholars. His research on the structure of Chinese traditional architectural form has been adopted as reading material for graduate seminars in China.
Dr. Miao is a Professor of Architecture at the School of Architecture, University of Hawaii at Manoa, teaching architectural design studios and theoretical seminars (topics include design patterns of the garden and films and architecture). A native of Shanghai, he received his B.S. degree from Tongji University, Shanghai, a Master of Architecture and a Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley.