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AW+close up_b+wAustin Williams is associate professor of architecture at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou, China and director of the Future Cities Project. He is also the China correspondent for The Architectural Review, founder of mantownhuman [Manifesto: Towards a New Humanism] and managing editor of Masterplanning the Future the first independent architectural magazine in China.

He has been the Technical Editor of the Architects’ Journal, architecture critic with BBC London, and transport commentator on The Daily Telegraph. He is director at FCP Ltd, an independent film-making production unit and has written for a wide range of magazines; from ‘Wired‘ to  ‘The Economist‘ to the ‘London Review of Books‘.


David GoodmanProf David S G Goodman is Professor of Chinese Politics in the Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney. He is also Professor in the School of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Nanjing University, where he is a Distinguished Overseas Academic of the PRC Ministry of Education for 2012-26; and Professor of China Studies at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou, which he will head from July 2015.

A graduate of the University of Manchester, Peking University, and the London School of Oriental and African Studies, he works on social and political change in China, especially at the local level. His latest book is Class in Contemporary China (Polity)


2b175b6Dr Han Jiawen is a lecturer at the Department of Architecture at the Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou. She has studied architecture in China, Japan and Australia and holds a PhD in architecture from the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Her research interests range from architecture in China and Japan to women in architecture.

Her current research focuses on the tensions between contemporary architecture and ideology in China. Jiawen’s latest publications deal with the imagining modernity through architecture in contemporary China and urban enclaves within the growing enthusiasm for privatization in China.


Agota-ReveszDr Agota Revesz is the Hungarian tourism attaché in Beijing having previously been attaché for culture and education in Shanghai (2009-2014).

She studied Chinese Language and Literature at Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest and has acted as a guide and translator in Hungarian, Chinese, English, German (she also speaks French and Russian). Agota has been active in the arts and culture scene in several countries for many years – she translated & adapted Jung Chang’s “Wild Swans” for radio – and has organised many cultural and educational programmes. She received her Doctorate in Liberal Arts from the Academy of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest on Traditional Chinese Theatre.