Wilson Center Experts
Dr. Zhongjie Lin is an associate professor of architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a co-founder of the school’s Master of Urban Design program. He received a Ph.D. in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Architecture and a Master of Architecture from Tongji University in Shanghai, China. He was a visiting professor at Tongji University in 2012. He is a co-founder and principal of Futurepolis, a multi-disciplinary international design firm based in Charlotte NC and Suzhou China with numerous award-winning projects in architecture, urban planning, and landscape architecture.
Dr. Lin’s research focuses on contemporary architecture and urbanism in East Asia, eco-city, theory of urban design, and modern architectural avant-garde movements. He is the author of Kenzo Tange and the Metabolist Movement: Urban Utopias of Modern Japan (Routledge 2010, with a Chinese translation published by China Architectural and Building Press in 2011), and a coauthor of Urban Design in the Global Perspective (China Architectural & Building Press, 2006) and The Making of a Chinese Model New Town (China Architectural & Building Press, 2012). He is currently working on a book project on China’s Emerging New Town Movement. He has published many articles in academic periodicals including Journal of Architectural Education, Journal of Urban Design, Journal of Architectural & Planning Research, Time+Architecture, Architectural Journal, and Urban Flux, as well as a few book chapters. He was a guest editor of Urban Flux. His research projects and publications has won two grants from the Graham Foundation for the Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and received funding and fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson International Center of Scholars, the Japan Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences, and Asian Cultural Council among other institutes. He is the recipient of the Architectural Researcher Centers Consortium’s 2011 New Researcher Award.
Dr. Lin is director of UNC Charlotte School of Architecture’s China Program, and has spearheaded several collaborative programs of UNCC with Chinese Institutions, including a university-level partnership with Tongji University. He is involved in the inauguration of China Green Building Council’s American Chapter. He has lectured at many universities in the U.S., Japan, China, and Hong Kong. He practices architecture and urban design in China and the U.S., and has served in the city planning expert committees of several Chinese cities.