Mediating production, teaching, and research : the role of university-run design institutes in Chinese architectural practice

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-86
Journal / PublicationArchitectural Research Quarterly
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019


The aim of this article is to investigate the role of architect-academics in China’s university-run design institutes. It then reveals the significance and predicaments of the integrative model of production, teaching, and research in China’s current historical circumstance. It argues that China’s university-run design institute is an organisation able to maximise the utilisation of design intelligence in the wilder society in such a way as to accelerate urbanisation and economic growth. Academic-architects employ material practice as an instrumental-pragmatic medium to integrate teaching and research, seeking the accumulation of cultural and economic capital both for themselves and for their institutions in the context of market economy.