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Mr Austin Williams

Senior Lecturer, course leader


Austin Rhys Williams is senior lecturer in Professional Practice at Kingston School of Art and honorary research fellow at XJTLU University in China.

He is the director of the Future Cities Project, China correspondent for the Architectural Review, contributing editor for AR Pacific Region, and writes occasionally for L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui. His latest books are "China's Urban Revolution: Understanding Chinese Eco-cities" (Bloomsbury, 2017) and "20 Chinese Architects" (Thames & Hudson, forthcoming, 2018).

Williams is the author of several books, including "The Enemies of Progress", and co-editor of "The Future of Community" and "The Lure of the City". He co-founded the mantownhuman manifesto (featured in Penguin Classics "100 Artists' Manifestos") and the New Narratives initiative.

Areas of specialism

  • China
  • urbanism
  • environment
  • practice


  • BSc
  • Dip Arch
  • RIBA Part III


editor, "Masterplanning the Future" (MPTF), Issue 1: 2017

chapter, 'Urban transformation and mobility in Chinese society' in Chen, Chia-Lin et al. Handbook on Transport and Urban Transformation in China. Handbooks of Research on Contemporary China Series. Edward Elgar Publishing. 2018 (forthcoming)

lead author, '20 Chinese Architects', Thames & Hudson, 2018 (forthcoming)

author, "China's Urban Revolution: Understanding Chinese Eco-Cities", Bloomsbury, 2017 (October, 2017)

chair/presenter, Soane Museum talks series on Style

series editor: "Style (in defence of...)", Machine Books 2015+ (author: Modernism)

chapter, 'Pedagogy of the Impressed' in Hayes D, 'Beyond MacDonaldization', Pearson, 2017

chapter, 'T. Issa, P. Isaías & T. Issa (Eds.), Sustainability, Green IT and Education Strategies in the 21st Century. Springer, 2016

author, 王昀: 百子湾小区中学, Machine Books, 2016 (tranlsated from 'Baiziwan Middle School by Wang Yun', Machine Books, 2014)

organiser: Critical Subjects Summer School, London. Privately funded by Hoare Lea, Webb Yates, Orms et al, Conference: (July 2014)

supervisor, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), funded by Education Development Fund and XJTLU, 'Understanding China: Urbanization' and 'Understanding China: Daqing', Project length: three months (from June 2013 to Sep 2013)

lead author: Williams, A., (2015). "Understanding 'Sustainability' and Attitudes of Students to the Concept of 'Sustainable Development' in China and the UK" in Kommers, P. et al (eds). Proceedings of the International Conferences on Internet Technologies & Society (ITS 2015), IADIS Press. pp 99-112. ISBN: 978-989-8533-46-3

lead author: "Arts in Sichuan Province", Creative Scotland, 2013


Number of items: 24.


Williams, Austin (2017) Back to earth : anti-seismic prototype in Guangming by Edward Ng, Li Wan, Ximan Chi. The Architectural Review, 241(1443), pp. 48-53. ISSN (print) 0003-861X

Williams, Austin (2017) Chapel in Suzhou by Neri & Hu. The Architectural Review, 241(1440), pp. 36-44. ISSN (print) 0003-861X

Williams, Austin (2017) Cultivating the garden : Museum of Intangible Cultural Heritage by Vector Architects. The Architectural Review, 241(1442), pp. 76-83. ISSN (print) 0003-861X

Williams, Austin (2017) Material rebirth. The emotionally charged work of Liu Jiakun celebrates the vitality of 'everydayness'. The Architectural Review, 241(438), pp. 50-56. ISSN (print) 0003-861X

Williams, Austin (2017) REFLEXIVE VERVE. Architectural Review, 241(1444), 46 - 52. ISSN (online) 0003-861X

Williams, Austin (2017) West can sneer all it wants, China is in the ecological driver's seat. South China Morning Post,

Williams, Austin (2016) Frozen music: Erik Satie house in Beijing by Atelier Fronti. The Architectural Review, 240(1433), pp. 82-86. ISSN (print) 0003-861X

Williams, Austin (2016) Humanizing the urban fabric. Nature, 537, pp. 614-615. ISSN (print) 0028-0836

Williams, Austin (2016) Outrage: 'if memorialisation is everywhere, it becomes mere virtue-signalling'. The Architectural Review, 240(1436), pp. 40-42. ISSN (print) 0003-861X

Williams, Austin (2016) Seashore Chapel by Vector Architects : 'Each elevation has been designed for aesthetic drama'. Architectural Review, ISSN (print) 0003-861X

Williams, Austin (2016) Shenzhen's Biennale regurgitates Central Party concerns in a festival of restraint. Architectrural Review, ISSN (print) 0003-861X

Williams, Austin (2015) Chemical Plant Offices in Huai'an City, China by Alvaro Siza. Architectural Review, ISSN (print) 0003-861X

Williams, Austin (2015) China. The Architectural Review, 238(1425), pp. 46-53. ISSN (print) 0003-861X

Williams, Austin (2015) Learning Hub in Singapore by Thomas Heatherwick. Architectural Review, ISSN (print) 0003-861X

Williams, Austin (2015) Micro Organism : Hutong infill in Beijing, China, by Standard Architecture. Architectural Review, 237(1417), pp. 36-45. ISSN (print) 0003-861X

Williams, Austin (2015) Reputations : Shigeru Ban (1957- ). Architectural Review, 237(1418), pp. 118-119. ISSN (print) 0003-861X

Williams, Austin (2015) Reputations: Wang Shu. The Architectural Review, 238(1425), pp. 104-105. ISSN (print) 0003-861X

Williams, Austin (2015) Steps ahead. The Architectural Review, 238(1424), pp. 70-75. ISSN (print) 0003-861X

Williams, Austin (2015) 'This is no Chinese copycat'. The Architectural Review, 238(1425), pp. 56-65. ISSN (print) 0003-861X

Williams, Austin (2015) Up the 632m Shanghai Tower by Gensler, second tallest in the world. Architectural Review, ISSN (print) 0003-861X

Williams, Austin (2014) Concrete umbrella. The Architectural Review, 236(1414), pp. 60-63. ISSN (print) 0003-861X


Williams, Austin and Dounas, Theodoros, eds. (2012) Masterplanning the future: modernism: East, West & across the world. Transport Research Publications. 268p. ISBN 9781903094013

Book Section

Williams, Austin (2017) Beyond pragmatism: the pedagogy of the impressed. In: Hayes, Dennis, (ed.) Beyond McDonaldization: visions of higher education. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 115-129. ISBN 9781138282582

Williams, Austin (2017) Understanding "sustainability" and attitudes of students to the concept of "sustainable development" in China and the UK. In: Issa, Tomayess , Isaias, Pedro and Issa, Theodora, (eds.) Sustainability, green IT and education strategies in the twenty-first century. Cham, Switzerland : Springer. pp. 77-102. (Green energy and technology) ISBN 9783319570686

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