University of Nottingham Ningbo China
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Dr Jing Xie

Associate Professor in Architecture and urban design , Department of Architecture and Built Environment


PhD, architecture and urban design, University of New South Wales
M. Arch, history and theory, University of New South Wales
B. Eng. Zhejiang University


  • Room 328, Sir Peter Mansfield Building
    University of Nottingham Ningbo China
    199 Taikang East Road
    Ningbo 315100  
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Expertise summary

Jing has been practicing architectural and urban design since 1996. As a design-focused architect, he has been involved in a number of award-winning projects, locally, nationally and internationally.  

Prior to joining UNNC, Jing has been teaching (design studios) and researching in UNSW since 2008. Jing’s research interest lies in the history and theory of the built environment, particularly focusing on the architecture and urban fabric in the social context of imperial China. Jing is the author (with Prof. Tim Heath as co-author) of the book Heritage-led Urban Regeneration in China (Routledge, 2017). His new monograph Chinese Urbanism:  Urban Form and Life in the Tang-Song Dynasties is forthcoming. Currently Jing is working on Chinese architectural heritage focusing on the history of two important architectural elements: zaojing and dougong.

Most of Jing’s papers have appeared in the leading scholarly journals for architecture and urban design, such as Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, The Journal of Architecture, and Journal of Urban Design. As a reviewer, Jing has also contributed to the leading scholarly journals, such as The Journal of Architecture, arq: Architectural Research Quarterly, Journal of Urban History and Geoforum.

Jing has been serving as a Committeeman of City Strategic Development Committee for Ningbo since 2016, reviewing all the major municipal projects for urban planning, urban design, and architecture. Jing has also been appointed as the committeeman of Urban Design Committee of Zhejiang Province, leading the urban design practice and scholarly activities.


Research interests

  • Architectural history and heritage in China.
  • Urban history and heritage in China.
  • Social and cultural sustainability of the built environment. 



    • Architectural Humanities I: History of Architectural meaning from Antiquity to the Present Day 
    • Architecture Design Studio
    • Urban Design Theory


Peer-reviewed publications


Jing Xie, Chinese Urbanism: Urban Form and Life in the Tang-Song Dynasties, World Scientific, forthcoming.

Jing Xie and Tim Heath, Heritage-led Urban Regeneration in China, London and New York: Routledge, 2017.

Book Chapters

Jing Xie, 2016, “Urban Experiences of China: Past & Present,” in: Beyond the Market: Building Sino-Latin American Cultural Relations, eds. Tenorio, R., Tang, Y.T, Loo, Y.M, Pino-Ojeda, W. (Ningbo: University of Nottingham).

Jing Xie, 2012, “Diversity and Mixed Use: Lessons from Medieval China,” in: The Urban Wisdom of Jane Jacobs, ed. Sonia Hirt and Diane Zahm (London & New York: Routledge), chapter 11, pp.150-167. 

Refereed Journal Papers

Jing Xie, forthcoming, From earth to heaven: the origin and development of zaojing in early China, arq: Architectural Research Quarterly (accepted)

Wu Deng, Jing Xie and Zhen Peng, 2018, Material transitions and associated embodied energy impact of rural buildings, Sustainability; doi:10.3390/su10062016.

Jing Xie and Wu Deng, 2017, Socialist architecture in Mao’s model village: a case study of Qinyong Village in Ningbo, The Journal of Architecture, vol.22, no.2, pp.293-327.

Jing Xie and Tim Heath, 2017, Conservation and revitalization of historic streets in China: Pingjiang Street, Suzhou, Journal of Urban Design, vol.22, no.4, pp. 455-476.

Jing Xie and Wu Deng, 2016, Ningbo Qinyong Village: Architectural Heritage of a Dazhai-type Model Village 宁波勤勇村:一个大寨样板村的建筑遗产, Jianzhu shi [The Architect 建筑师], no.184, pp.36-44.

Jing Xie, 2016, Transcending the Limitations of Physical Form: a Case Study of Cang Lang Pavilion, The Journal of Architecture, vol. 21, no. 5, pp.691-718. (Being selected as “the journal’s most important articles of the last ten years” and republished in Special Issue: 20th Anniversary Anthology, Part 2)

Jing Xie, 2016, Disembodied Historicity: Southern Song Imperial Street in Hangzhou, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, vol. 75, no. 2, pp. 182-200.

Jing Xie and Tim Heath, 2016, Conservation and revitalization of historic streets in China: Pingjiang Street, Suzhou, Journal of Urban Design, DOI:10.1080/13574809.2016.1167587

Jing Xie, 2013, Social Meanings of Halls and Pavilions in Song dynasty 建筑的“亭”与“堂”在宋代的社会意义, China Studies 中国研究, no.16, pp.50-66.

Jing Xie, 2013, Transcending the Limitations of Physical Form: a Case Study of Cang Lang Pavilion, The Journal of Architecture, vol.18, no.2, pp.297-324.

Jing Xie, 2012, Human Dimensions of the Street: the Origin and Formation of Traditional Chinese Street in Tang-Song Period, Journal of Urban Design, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 443–469. 

Jing Xie, 2010, Space Control and Emancipation: A Brief Inquiry into Zoning and Mixed-use Spaces, The Global Studies Journal, vol.3, no.1, pp. 203-211. 

Selected Design Projects

2007-2008, Coca-Cola Place, 40 Mount street, North Sydney (withRice Daubney, built) 

-2011 PCA Best Sustainable Development in Australia-New buildings, Baulderstone Award.

-2011 PCA NSW Development of the Year Award, Rider Levett Buknall Innovation and excellence Award. 

-2011 AIA NSW Awards Commercial Building Commendation for Outstanding Architecture.

-2010 Development of the Year, Urban Taskforce Development Excellence Awards 2010 

-2010 The Australian property Institute NSW Excellence in Property Awards, Dexus Property Group Environmental Development Award. 

-2010 Master Builders Association NSW, Excellence in Energy Efficiency Award.

2007, Chatswood Transport Precinct, Sydney (withDesignInc, partially built)     

- National architecture competition First Prize  

2007, Orange Base Hospital, Bloomfield, NSW (withDesignInc, built)

- National architecture competition First Prize 

2006, North Sydney Bus shelter and Greenwood entrance, Sydney. 

- International design competition, in the shortlist and public exhibition. 

2006, Wuhan CBD masterplanning, China (withDesignInc).

- International competition First Prize 

2005, Ningbo Commercial Bank Headquarters Building in Yingzhou district, China(withHC Consultants, built).          

- International competition First Prize

2002, Hangzhou Commercial Bank Headquarters Building, China (withHC Consultants, built).
- International competition First Prize