Pu Miao, PhD

Design must be taught as integration between form and function, which distinguishes design from sculpturing.

Research & Creative Work

Areas of Interest

Architectural and urban design, focusing on the localization of Modernist architecture in today’s China.

Architectural and urban design theory, topics include public space in modern Chinese cities, gated communities in Chinese cities, structure of Chinese traditional architectural form, garden theory, phenomenology, architectural education, and design criticism.

Professional Experience

Established Miao Design Studio since the early 1990s. Built designs have been published in international journals such as Architectural Review, Domus, Detail, A+, Urban Design (Quarterly), Architecture Asia, and Architectural Review Asia Pacific, as well as Chinese periodicals such as Architectural Journal, Time+Architecture, New Architecture, and Architect. Invited to exhibit his work at CIVA in Brussels (2008) and at Aedes in Berlin (2011). His designs received awards including the 2007 Far Eastern Architectural Awards (Taiwan) and 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’s Building A Revolution: Chinese Architecture Since 1980 (Hong Kong University Press, 2006). Miao was a member of the Expert Group Meeting on public space convened by the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat) and the Italian National Planning Institute (INU) in 2014. See www.pumiao.net for more information on Miao’s design and research works.


Licensed in the State of Hawaiʻi

Selected Publications

”Brave New City: Three Problems in Chinese Urban Public Space since the 1980s” in Journal of Urban Design, Vol. 16, No.2, May 2011, pp. 179-207. The Chinese version of the article was also included in Tong Ming, ed., 当代中国城市设计读本(Contemporary Chinese Urban Design Reader)(Beijing: China Architecture and Building Press, 2016.

“Deserted Streets in a Jammed Town: Gated Communities in Chinese Cities and Its Solution” in Journal of Urban Design, Vol. 8, No. 1, 2003, pp. 45-66. The Chinese version of the article was also included in Li Lin and Charlie Q. L. Xue, eds., 21世纪中国城市主义(Chinese Urbanism in the 21st Century)(Beijing: China Architecture and Building Press, 2017).

Pu Miao, ed., Public Places in Asia Pacific Cities: Current Issues and Strategies (Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2001).

“In the Absence of Authenticity: An Interpretation of Contemporary Chinese Architecture” in Nordisk Arkitekturforskning(Nordic Journal of Architectural Research), Vol. 8, No. 3, 1995, pp. 7-24.

“Worlds Apart: Common Meanings in Classical Gardens of East and West” in Landscape, Vol. 31, No. 3, 1992, pp. 40-7.

“The Two Themes: Settings in Fellini’s Films” in Places, Vol. 7, No. 3, 1991, pp. 4-5.

“用自己的声音说话–近作二则兼论‘本土化’ (Speaking in One’s Own Tone–Recent Work and ‘Localization’)”《建筑师(Architect)》106期(2003年12月),20-8页

“Beyond Image: Reusing Tradition in Modern Design” in Journal of the Indian Institute of Architects (India), Vol. 78, Issue 12, December 2013, pp. 13-18.

“传统的本质–中国传统建筑的十三个特点(The Essence of Tradition–Thirteen Characteristics of Chinese Traditional Architecture)“《建筑师(Architect)》36期(1989年12月),56-67页及40期(1991年3月),61-80页(北京:中国建筑工业出版社);及《国立台湾大学建筑与城乡研究学报 (Journal of Building and Planning National Taiwan University)》5卷,1期(1990年2月),57-72页

“什么是同济的精神? 论重新引进现代主义建筑教育(What is Tongji’s Spirit? Reintroducing Modernism into Chinese Architectural Education)” 《时代建筑(Time+Architecture)》6卷,2004年,38-43页.