Cole Roskam

Designing Reform: Architecture in Post-Mao China

Cole Roskam has been an associate professor of architectural history and theory in the Department of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong since 2010.  His research and teaching include topics in 20th century and contemporary architectural and urban history as well as theory. He is particularly interested in understanding architecture’s role in mediating moments of transnational interaction and exchange between China and other parts of the world. His articles and essays have appeared in Architectural HistoryArtforum InternationalGrey Room, the Journal of Architectural Education, and the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, among others.

He is currently working on a book manuscript based upon his dissertation, Civic Architecture in a Liminal City: Shanghai, 1842-1937. A second book project, provisionally titled Designing Reform: Post-Revolutionary Architectural Culture in the People’s Republic of China, 1973-1989, considers China’s engagement with international architectural methods of design, discourse, and pedagogy following the Cultural Revolution. Other ongoing projects include topics of transnationalism, the problem of translation, architecture and dissent, and Hong Kong.

Cole Roskam

Associate Professor of Architectural History and Theory, University of Hong Kong