Kaiyi Zhu

Job title
PhD Candidate

TU Delft, Architecture Department, Chair History of Architecture and Urban Planning - Julianalaan 134 2628 BL Delft

Kaiyi Zhu was born in the city of Yangzhou that has the oldest watercourse of the Listed World Heritage Site Grand Canal. She is a Ph.D. candidate at TU Delft, Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment, and received Msc from Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering, University of Bath, UK. She is trained as an architect with interests in conservation and transformation of architectural and urban heritage. In her PhD research project entitled "In the Name of Conservation”, she takes the largest port city Shanghai as a context setting, to investigate aspects such as: transnational exchanges of ideas, post-colonialism, conceptual localisation, interpretation of conservation and heritage discourse in China, heritage-related policy making, and practices in urban transformation of historic neighbourhoods in cities.

Her extensive research interests also includes water heritage, adaptive reuse of modern architecture in the Netherlands, temporalities of urban development, and urban justice. She is an editorial staff of the European Journal of Creative Practices in Cities and Landscapes, and a reviewer of the Journal of Architecture. She was in the organization committee of the LDE Heritage International Conference on Heritage and the Sustainable Development Goals in 2019, and convoked the LDE Re-Scape Colloquium: Mobilizing Water Heritage in Sustainable Development in 2021. She presented in both IPHS 2016 and 2018 conference and will chair the panel of “Urban Globalization and Cultural Exchanges” in IPHS 2022.

Last publications
Sun, L., & Zhu, K. (2022). The Social Dimension of Urban Transformation in Shanghai: Population Mobility, Modernity, and Globalization. Journal of Urban History, 48(1), 213–221. https://doi.org/10.1177/0096144220971820

Zhu, K., Ting, C-S., Lin, S-L., Hein, C. M. & Mager, T. (2021). Roundtable I: Water and Heritage. In U., Fatoric, S., Hein, C., de Maaker, E. & Pereira Roders, A. (eds.), LDE Heritage Conference on Heritage and the Sustainable Development Goals: Proceedings. Pottgiesser (pp. 513 - 515), TU Delft Open.

Zhu, K., Hein, C.M. (2020). Temporalities and the conservation of cultural relic protection units: legislative, economic and citizen times of the Bugaoli community in globalising Shanghai. Built Heritage, 4 (11). https://doi.org/10.1186/s43238-020-00012-8

Zhu, K., Hein, C. M. & Sun, L. (2020). Dynamic Heritage Strategies: Dutch Practices of Architectural Heritage Transformation in the Cultural, Economic and Historical Dimensions (动态的遗产策略:文化、经济、历史维度下的荷兰建筑遗产改造实践), The Architect (建筑师), 2020, (1): 22-31.

Zhu, K. (2019). Water Heritage in Asian Cities Symposium, 29 November – 1 December 2018, Shanghai, China. European Journal of Creative Practices in Cities and Landscapes, 2(1), 195-206. https://doi.org/10.6092/issn.2612-0496/9160