Associate Professor, Doctor of Engineering
301, Main Building
Teaching Area(s): Architectural design, Housing Architecture
Research Theme(s): Defense settlements, Heritage protection, the Ming Great Wall
Li Yan is an Associate Professor of Architecture at Tianjin University, where she studied architecture and obtained her PHD in 2007 with a dissertation On the research of military fortresses of nine defense areas along the Great Wall in Ming dynasty. In her academic career, she has also been a visiting scholar at the Fine Art Department of Louisville University in the USA from 2015-2016, an academic visitor at the Needham Research Institute funded by the Xing-Zhi scholarship in the UK from 2016-2017, and an academic visitor at the Max-Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany in 2017.
Yan’s current research focuses on the GIS database and spatial analysis of the military defense system of the Ming Great Wall. She has recently published a book Gazetteer of The Great Wall of China (Volume 4) Border Town-Fortress-Pass (2.7 million words). Another of her recently published books is the Military Defense System and the Military Settlements along the Ming Great Wall published in 2018.
In addition to her academic research, on architecture design, Yan was awarded the First Prize of the Second Batch of Outstanding Examples of Rural Architecture by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of PRC as collaborators in 2016. She has been a member of the Dwelling Architecture Committee of the National Architecture Institute of China since 2014 and a member of the Great Wall Institute of China since 2009.