Shuishan Yu’s research focuses on Chinese architecture, modern architecture and its theoretical discourse, and Buddhist architecture in East Asia. His recent book Chang’an Avenue and the Modernization of Chinese Architecture is published by the University of Washington Press. He has also published articles, book chapters, and exhibition catalogs and presented conference papers on the city and architecture of Beijing, Tibetan Buddhist architecture, Chinese literati art, and modern architectural historiography. Yu’s research projects are mostly case studies aiming for the demystification of a specific historical site, issue, or phenomenon, and highlight the significance, nature, and problem of cross-cultural translation of architectural forms, practices, and theories.
Before joining Northeastern University, Yu has worked as an architect in the Ministry of Construction Architectural Design Institute in Beijing and taught in the Department of Art and Art History at the Oakland University in Michigan. He is also a qin musician and the current chair of the North America Mei’an Guqin Society.
Yu is currently teaching World Architecture II at Northeastern. He has taught Western Architectural History in Beijing, Chinese Architecture in the School of Architecture at the University of Washington, and Chinese Architecture, Buddhist Art, Chinese Art, Japanese Art, Asian Art Survey, and Applied Guqin Performance at Oakland.
Yu’s current research projects include case studies of historic streets in China other than the Chang’an Avenue and the problem of architectural images in early Buddhist caves.