Dr. Peter Wong, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator in the School of Architecture, served as a visiting scholar at Tongji University in Shanghai, China for the fall semester of 2011. As a visiting scholar, Wong lectured and served as a review critic in five graduate and undergraduate courses in the College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) at Tongji University. “The experience afforded a critical understanding of the global and developmental pressures now facing China and other East Asia countries,” said Wong.
He also completed research on the history, recuperation, and potential modification of a traditional Shanghai 20th-century urban house type. This research included site surveys of various 1930's housing projects and has become the subject of a paper to be presented at the European Association of Architectural Education (EAAE) and Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) in Milano, Italy in June 2012.
“The research into housing provided a way to reflect and compare historical housing morphologies, changes taking place in post-WWI Shanghai, as a means to understand from a design perspective today's rapid reconstruction of 21st century Asian city after economic reforms,” says Wong.
In addition to his teaching and research, Wong contributed to two grant-funded research projects on "public places" as a collaborative effort sponsored by Tongji University and China National Nature Science Fund (CNSF). This research is expected to be completed this year.
The opportunity for this research originated when Wong and Dr. Zhongjie Lin, Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urbanism, conducted a faculty-led study abroad program for 30 undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Architecture in the summer of 2008. “Program themes and workshops during these teaching venues set the stage for my further study and research of early 20th century housing in Shanghai,” said Wong.
Wong is a registered architect and has taught architectural design, history, and theory in the School of Architecture since 1988. His research specialties include urban housing, American architecture of the 1950s and 60s, and the meaning and use of architectural representation techniques.