Dr. Shan Yang, born in 1976, is Associate Researcher for Urban Planning and Design at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at Nanjing University. He holds a Doctor in Architecture from the Technical University of Munich (Ph.d. thesis: "Investigation into Shanghai Spatial Publicness"), a Master of Architecture from Tongji University and a Bachelor from Wuhan Univeristy. From 1997 to 1999 he taught design studios and theory classes at Hubei University of Technology. He worked as a project architect for Pan-Pacific Design Group (Canada) in Shanghai and Institute of Architectural Design & Research of Country Garden in Guangzhou. His research combines urban and architectural design theory.