Kongjian Yu

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Kongjian Yu (1963) is a Chinese landscape architect, professor for landscape architecture at Peking University (PKU) and the founder of the planning office Turenscape in Beijing.


Kongjian Yu received his Doctor of Design Degree at The Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1995, with the dissertation, "Security Patterns in Landscape Planning: With a Case in South China".[1] He has been a professor of urban and regional planning at Peking University since 1997, is the founder and Dean of the School of Landscape Architecture at PKU,[2] and is now the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. He founded Turenscape[3] in 1998, an internationally awarded firm with about 600 professionals. Yu and Turenscape's practice covers architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design, across scales. He is currently a Visiting Professor of Landscape Architecture, Department of Landscape Architecture, at the Harvard GSD, where he received his Doctor of Design. Through his works, Yu tries to reconstruct ecological infrastructure across scales and to define a new aesthetics based on environmental ethic.[4]


  • Yanweizhou Park in Jinhua/ China (2014)
  • Qunli Stormwater Park in Haerbin/ China (2011)
  • Red Ribbon Park in Qinhuangdao/ China (2009)
  • Shipyard Park in Zhongshan/ China (2009)


Yu's projects received both 2009 and 2010 World Architectural Festival Awards of Landscape, the 2009 ULI Global Award for Excellence, the 2010 ASLA award of Excellence, and 7 ASLA Honor Awards (American Society of Landscape Architects), 4 Excellence on the Waterfront Awards, the 2004 National Gold Medal of Fine Arts of China[5] and he was a juror for the 2010 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.[6]


  • Yu, Kongjian; Gary Austin (2016). Constructed Wetlands and Sustainable Development. London: Routledge. ISBN 978-1138908994.
  • Saunders, William S. (2012). Designed Ecologies: The Landscape Architecture of Kongjian Yu. Berlin: Birkhaeuser. ISBN 978-3034607384.
  • Yu, Kongjian; Mary Padua (2007). Art of Survival: Recovering Landscape Architecture. Mulgrave, Victoria, 3170 Australia: Images Publishing Group Pty Ltd. ISBN 978-1864702514.
  • Experiencing landscape is the root of landscape design. Udo Weilacher interviews Kongjian Yu in: nodium, Magazine of the Alumni-Club Landscape at the Technical University of Munich 2017 (PDF)


  1. ^ Johnson, Bart; Kristina Hill (2002). Ecology and design: frameworks for learning. Island Press. p. 239. ISBN 978-1-55963-813-5.
  2. ^ Price, Monroe Edwin (2008). Owning the Olympics: narratives of the new China. University of Michigan Press. p. 246. ISBN 978-0-472-05032-1.
  3. ^ 60: innovators shaping our creative future. Thames & Hudson. 2009. p. 106. ISBN 978-0-500-51492-4.
  4. ^ "Behind the red velvet curtain lies a culture destroyed". The Sydney Morning Herald. 7 June 2006. Retrieved 27 March 2011.
  5. ^ "Discussion: Urban landscape design: people-land affinity". People's Daily. 23 August 2007. Retrieved 27 March 2011.
  6. ^ "Prix Aga Khan d'Architecture 2010 : 5 lauréats récompensés". Batiactu. 26 November 2010. Retrieved 27 March 2011.