Juan Du

Juan Du is Dean and Professor at the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. She has previously taught architecture and urban design at the University of Hong Kong and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research and writings have been published in Asia, Europe, and the United States, including in The Architectural Review, Volume, Domus, Journal of Architectural Education, e-flux, Time+Architecture, Urban Flux, and Urban China. Her book The Shenzhen Experiment: The Story of China’s Instant City (Harvard University Press, 2020) received the 2020 Book of the Year Award for Interdisciplinary Research by ASU’s Institute for Humanities Research. Du is a recognized scholar on China’s rapid urbanization, and her works have been featured by international journals and media such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, CNN, Wired, and Nature. In addition to her teaching and research, Du has practiced in the U.S., Europe, and China, establishing her Hong Kong-based office IDU_architecture in 2006. Through research and design projects, she regularly collaborates with various community stakeholders to understand and improve the urban and architectural qualities of housing conditions and informal communities. Du holds a Doctorate from ETH Z├╝rich, an MArch from Princeton University, and a Bachelor of Design in Architecture from the University of Florida. She is the recipient of a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship for research on Chinese urbanization and architecture.