MEI Qing


Latest Degree: Doctor


  • Architectural History and Theory

Research Team



  • Born in June 1963, Shenyang, P.R. China.

  • Ms. Qing MEI is a doctor of philosophy in architecture, and now an associate professor of architecture and urban planning in Tongji University, China. Mei received architectural training and completed master study on architectural history in Southeast University, China. She taught and practiced in Xiamen University for 8 years as a lecturer and an architect prior commencing her research degree in Hong Kong. During her years overseas, she conducted research on overseas Chinese architecture, and gained rich educational exchange experiences through visiting scholar, attending conference, delivering lectures and on-site survey in the United States, Singapore, Malaysia, the Mediterranean countries (Egypt, Greece, Turkey), Indonesia, Philippines, with focus on “Chinese” building types: temple, huiguan and garden. Mei received her PhD degree (2004) by adding the focus on returned overseas Chinese houses and settlements in costal areas of southern China. She has received overseas and national awards several times, and has served voluntarily in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on consultation, museum design project, and historic architectural survey as well as conservation projects in Shanghai and Ningbo. She has been passionate about understanding the architecture of Asia and China, particularly as they concern southeast China and Southeast Asia. Her previous publication concentrated on the exploration of how the indigenous Chinese architecture was transplanted to other contexts in Southeast Asia where Chinese settled during the Ming and Qing dynasty. In recent years, she has been involved in teaching architectural history, historic conservation and design studio in Tongji University, China.


  1. 2003.12-2006.03 Postdoctor in College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University, 2006

  2. 1996.12-2004.12 M.Phil-PhD in Architecture, Chinese University of Hong Kong, PhD Dec.2004

  3. 1985.09-1988.03 Master of Architecture, Southeast University, MSc Mar.1988

  4. 1981.09-1985.07 Bachelor of Architecture, NIT (Southeast University), BSc Jul.1985

Position and Membership:

  1. Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, College of Architecture and Urban Planning,

  2. Tongji University, Shanghai, P.R. China.

  3. 2009- Expert Committee Member of ICOMOS ISC SBH;

  4. 2008- Member of ICOMOS China

  5. 2007- Academic, Chinese Society of Architectural History;

  6. 1997- Member, Asia-West Pacific Network (AWPN);

  7. 1996- Member, International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments(IASTE)

  8. Recent Academic Activities:

  9. 2011.05.06 Speaker at the US-ICOMOS Conference”Why Does the Past Matter” with a presentation “Living with Matter: At the Foot of Yellow Mountain”, Tongji University, P. R. China with ICOMOS ISC SBH

  10. 2010.11.15 Lecture, “Shared Built Heritage: Contemporary Architecture in the Historic City”

  11. with Siegfried RCT Enders, President, ICOMOS ISC SBH, Asia Pacific Heritage Training WHITR-AP, Shanghai, P.R. China

  12. 2010.03-03 Visiting Scholar in Inha University for “ Tongji_Inha Joint Studio”, Korea

  13. 2009.11-12 Lectures on Asia Pacific Heritage Training WHITR-AP, Beijing, P.R. China

  14. 2009.06-06 Preservation on Heritage Sites: 2009 Liangzhu Forum, Hangzhou, State Administration of Cultural Heritage

  15. 2009.04.18 China: Talks by Gabriele Horn and Qing Mei in Shanghai, State Administration of Cultural Heritage “Songs of Gulangyu: Dedication to the International Day for Monuments and Sites”Asia Pacific Heritage Training WHITR-AP, Shanghai, P.R. China

  16. 2008.12-12 Lecture:“Paint and Painting: Thinking on Scene Reconstruction of Water-towns” World Heritage Conservation Forum: Protection and Restoration on Traditional Architecture World Heritage Education, WHITR-AP, Suzhou, P.R. China

  17. 2008.11- Nomination for Fulbright Scholar by China Scholar Council

  18. 2008.10-11 Research Fellow in Hong Kong City University, “Overseas Design in China” granted by Hong Kong government

  19. 2008.09-10 16th General Assembly and International Scientific Symposium, Quebec ICOMOS 2008

  20. 2008.09-09 Lecture Series: “Asia Architecture and Culture: Chinese Contribution” Department of

  21. Architectural Science, Ryerson University, Canada

  22. 2007.11-11 Speaker in The 10th Session of the Conference on the Conservation Science and Reuse

  23. Cultural Properties & The Theme Forum on the Principles for the 21st Century Cultural Properties Conservation, China University of Technology, Taiwan

  24. Lecture: “Investigation of the Current Situation and Sustainable Development of Shanghai Shikumen”

  25. 2001.06-07 Visiting Scholar in Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines

  26. 2000.10-11 Visiting Scholar of AWPN Indonesia, and Indonesia Univerisity

  27. 1999.04-12 Gender Research of United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia

  28. 1998.12-12 IASTE conference in Cairo, Egypt

  29. 1998.04-04 Collaboration with AWPN and Technische University Darmstadt, Germany

  30. 1997.06-08 Visiting Scholar in National University of Singapore, AWPN Malaysia

  31. 1996.12-12 Visiting Scholar, IASTE in Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania

  32. 1995.08-08 International Chinese Architecture History Conference, Chinese University, Hong Kong

  33. 1990.-1991 Modern Chinese Architecture Survey(Collaboration with Tsinghua & Tokyo University)

Recent Teaching:

  1. 2006.04-    Comparative Study on Chinese-Foreign Architectural History and Arts

  2. 2006.04-  Mediterranean Architectural History

  3. 2007.03-    Graduate Projects on Conservation: Design Studio+Thesis

  4. 2006.09- Design Studio of Year 2 Students

  5. 2004.07- Measured Drawings on Historic Buildings

Recent Publication:

  1. Mei Qing, Charlie QL Xue, Jia Wei (2010), “Pure Gestalt-Reading the New Suzhou Museum”, New Architecture, Wuhan: Huazhong University of Science &Technology. Oct: 106-111.

  2. Mei Qing, Yu Ying (2009), “Pouring new life into Shikumen: our approach to conservation of modern architecture in Shanghai”, Andrea Canziani edit. Conserving Architecture: Planned Conservation of XX Century Architectural Heritage, Electa. Milano, Italy:350-358.

  3. ISBN 978-88-370-7384-8.

  4. Mei Qing (trans.), Wu Siegfried Zhiqiang (2009).The Magic Square. Beijing: China Architecture Press.

  5. Mei Qing (2009). “Creative Reverie on Liangzhu Site Based on Archaeological Findings”, Preservation on Heritage Sites: 2009 Liangzhu Forum Proceedings, Hangzhou, China.,

  6. Mei Qing(2008). “Paint and Painting: Several Thoughts on Scene Reconstruction of Water-towns”, World Heritage Conservation Forum Proceedings, Suzhou, China.

  7. Mei Qing, Luo Man (2008). “Memories Bring in Spirits: Adaptive Reuse of a Villa in Shanghai”, 16th General Assembly of ICOMOS Conference Proceedings, CD Rom, Quebec, Canada.

  8. Mei Qing, Chen Huiqian (2008). “Investigation of the Current Situation and Sustainable Development of Shanghai Shikumen.” Architectural Journal, Beijing: The Architectural Society of China.

  9. April: 85-88.

  10. Mei Qing (2005). Chinese Architectural and Cultural Expansion to Southeast Asia. Beijing: China Architecture Press.

  11. Liu Xianjue, Mei Qing (2005). “Contextual Architecture” Liu Xianjue ed., Modern Architectural Theory (2nd edition), Beijing: China Architectural Press.

  12. Mei Qing (2005), “Interpretation on cosmic city pattern: Beijing in Yuan and Xiamen in Ming-Qing” 50th anniversary of China Association for Science and Technology conference proceedings.

  13. Mei Qing, (2004) “Ming-Qing Xiamen” Proceedings of International Conference on Chinese Architectural History III. The Chinese Society of Architectural History, Beijing. Aug. 2004.

  14. Mei Qing (2003). Houses and Settlements: Returned Overseas Chinese Architecture in Xiamen, 1890s-1930s. PhD thesis Chinese University of Hong Kong: Ann Arbor, Mich: UMI.

  15. Mei Qing (2002). Gulangyu. Taiwan: Jinxiu Press; Beijing: China Architectural Press.

  16. Mei Qing (2000). A Historic Research on the Architecture of Fujianese in the Malacca Straits: Temple and Huiguan. M.Phil thesis Chinese University of Hong Kong: Ann Arbor, Mich: UMI.

  17. Mei Qing (2000). “Cheng Hoon Teng” Journal of Southeast Asian Architecture. Vol.4. No.1, Nov. 2000.pp.63-72.

  18. Mei Qing (2000) “Between Two Worlds: Chinese Huiguan Architecture in the Malacca Straits” Proceedings of the 7th IASTE Conference Trani, Italy. Vol.133/ IASTE. Oct.2000. pp.61-85.

  19. Mei Qing (2000). “Human Culture, Geography, Traditional Architecture in Southeast-Asian Countries” Treatises on History of Architecture Vol.13 Beijing: Tsinghua University Press.

  20. Mei Qing (1999) .“Chinese Architecture Spreading South” Twenty-First Century Bymonthly. No.52, April.1999.pp.90-100.

  21. Mei Qing (1998). “Reviving Historic Beauty: The Conservation of Jimei School Village” Proceedings of the 6th IASTE Conference Cairo. Egypt. Vol.119/ IASTE 119-98. Dec.1998.

  22. Mei Qing (1998). “Interpretation and Annotation” Architect no.84 Beijing: China Architectural Press.

  23. Mei Qing (1998). “The Expansion of Chinese Architecture to Nanyang” Proceedings of International Conference on Chinese Architectural History I. The Chinese Society of Architectural History, Beijing. Aug. 1998.

  24. Mei Qing (1997). “Tan Kah-kee Buildings and Tan Kah-kee Styles”Architectural Journal Beijing: The Architectural Society of China.

  25. Mei Qing (1997). “Remarks on the Architecture of Gulangyu” in Gulangyu Architectural Art, Chapter Two. Tianjin: Tianjin University Press, 1997.

  26. Mei Qing (1996). “Rebuilding Eden: Overseas Chinese Settlements in Southern Fujian” Proceedings of the 5th IASTE Conference Berkeley. USA. Vol. 89/ IASTE 89-96. Dec.1996.

  27. Mei Qing (1996), “A Typology of Traditional Chinese Residences of the Populace” Twenty-First Century Bymonthly. No.37, Oct.1996, pp.101-105.

  28. Mei Qing (1995), “A Simple Probe into Garden Culture of Southern Fujian” Huazhong Architecture No.3

  29. He Qing, Mei Qing (1993). “Modern Xiamen Architecture” Guo Husheng ed., Modern Chinese Architecture: Xiamen, Chapter One. Beijing: China Architectural Press.

  30. Recent Research and Project:

  31. 2008.08-2009.02 “A Study on Overseas Chinese Design in China, 1978-2008”

  32. (Collaboration with City University of Hong Kong)

  33. 2007.03-2008.06 “2010 World Expo-Adaptive Reuse of Industrial Heritage in Shanghai”

  34. 2006.10-2008.10   “A Historic Study on the Prototypes and their Evolutions of Modern Residences in Shanghai”(Shanghai Pujiang Program)

  35. 2006.10-2008.11  “Museum Design and Consultant Project” (Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region,Aksu,Kucha)

  36. 2004.03-2006.03    “Southeast Asia-China Vernacular Architecture”(China Post-Doctor Program)


  1. 2009 Excellent Teaching Award for Architectural Theory and History from Tongji University

  2. 2008 Shanghai Education Development Foundation, Caoguangbiao Award

  3. 2006 Shanghai Pujiang Talents Award from Shanghai Science Foundation and Personnel Bureau

  4. 2004 35th China Post-Doctor Award from China Postdoctoral Science Foundation

  5. 2001 CUHK Oversea Chinese Research Award

  6. 2000 AWPN (Indonesia) Award

  7. 1999 United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia to CUHK Award

  8. 1998 CUHK Oversea Chinese Research Award

  9. 1998 2nd Technological Progress Award from China Construction Ministry

  10. 1997 CUHK Oversea Chinese Research Award

  11. 1995 Excellent Teaching Award for Graduate Projects from Xiamen University

Community Service:

  1. Shanghai and Ningbo conservation and consultant project;

  2. Shanghai Yangpu Senior High School Education project;