YU Kongjian

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Doctor of Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Dean and Professor, the Graduate School of Landscape Architecture, Peking University

Born in 1963, Dr. Yu got his Doctor of Design Degree at The Harvard Graduate School of Design, in 1995. Then he was employed for two years at the SWA Group in the USA, as landscape architect and urban designer. Dr. Yu is the founder and dean of the Graduate School of Landscape Architecture at Peking University and is the founder and president of Turenscape, which is an internationally awarded firm with more than 170 professionals and is one of the largest private firm in China that focuses on landscape architecture, urban design and architecture.

Dr. Yu publishes widely, including more than 150 papers and 11 books. His major research fields include: Landscape security patterns and ecological infrastructure, the theory and method of landscape and urban planning; the cultural aspect of landscape.
Dr. Yu practice actively, he had been awarded four ASLA Honor Awards in 2002 and 2005, 2006 respectively by the American Society of Landscape Architecture (The Zhongshan Shipyard Park, The Shenyang Architectural School Campus, and the Urban Development Pattern of Taizhou, and Yongning River Park). Dr. Yu was the winner of the National Gold Medal of Fine Arts (2004, the Cultural Ministry of Chinese Government), Winner of Human Habitat Model Award for his designed project (2002, the Construction Ministry of the Chinese government). In 2004, Dr. Yu was awarded as Oversea Chinese Pioneer Achievement Medal by the Chinese central government for his overall contribution to the nation

Dr. Yu is senior consulting expert and planning committee member in more than ten cities and provinces including the Capital Planning Expert Committee of Beijing, Hangzhou Municipal Planning Expert committee, etc. Dr. Yu also served as member of the Education Guiding Committee at the Chinese Ministry of Construction in both Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture.