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The Urbanization of Rural China

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Professor Karl Otto Ellefsen (Project leader)

Associate professor Halvor Weider Ellefsen, PhD

Assistant professor, PhD candidate, Espen Aukrust Hauglin

Professor Christian Hermansen (studio project 2018)

Associate Professor Solveig Sandnes (studio project 2018)

PhD candidate Bin Li

PhD candidate Jun Ma

PhD candidate Cao Qing

PhD candidate Wei Wang

PhD candidate Hannes Zander


CAFA, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing

Professor and Dean at the Department of Architecture, Lv Pinjing

Associate Professor, PhD, Shanfeng Zhong

Assistant professor, PhD, Shaojun Li

PhD candidate Hui Chen

PhD candidate Yiyang Chen

PhD candidate Ershuo Fan

PhD candidate Cheng Liao

PhD candidate Sixu Lv

PhD Candidate Wei Wu


Ellefsen, Karl Otto


Karl Otto is professor at the Institute of Urbanism and Landscape. He was dean of AHO from 2002 to 2014, and is currently President of the European Association of Architectural Education.

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Ma, Jun


Jun Ma received  both of his bachelor and master degree of architecture from Central Academy of Fine Art (China), and he worked as a architect in Beijing. His research is about the future strategy of the non-urban areas in Chinese urbanisation.

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Wang, Wei


Wei Wang is a urban researcher, who was educated at CAFA(Central Academy of Fine Arts China) in architecture and TU Delft in Urbanism(Holland). She also experiments on film making and writing, thereby devote herself to cross -discipline studies.

As a PhD  candidate of AHO from Autumn 2015, she employs her profession and interest to the topic of The Urbanisation of Rural China, and stresses to analyse the contemporary phenomenon and gain the knowledge of successful or unsuccessful strategies at virtual and physical manner.


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Li, Bin


Bin Li is an architect and landscape architect from Beijing. Her works bridge fields of architecture, landscape, and territory, scales of miniature and panorama, environments of rural and urban. Before moving to Oslo and joining AHO, she practiced in Boston, Berlin and Hong Kong including Vogt Landscape Architects and Rural Urban Framework. Bin holds a PhD from AHO, a Master of Architecture degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies from the University of Hong Kong.

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Ellefsen, Halvor


Halvor is an architect, and Associate Professor at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO). He graduated as an architect from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, 2005. His PhD from AHO focused on recent harbor front developments in Oslo (1980-2010).

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Hauglin, Espen


Espen  is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Urbanism and Landscape where he studies use of GIS (Geographical Information Systems) in strategic planning. The project is focusing on how geographical information can expose urban patterns and how such information, both spatial and nonspatial, can reveal new site relationships.
After finishing a two-year literature programme at NTNU, Espen started his architectural studies at Bergen School of Architecture where he received his bachelor degree in 1998. He graduated from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design in 2001 with his diploma work ‘Byutvikling i Øst; urban prosjektering langs havnefronten’.

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Zander, Hannes


Hannes is a Swiss landscape architect and researcher. In his work, he is interested in the transformation of land through forces of urbanisation, including its social, economic, and environmental implications. Before moving to Oslo, Hannes has been working for research initiatives dealing with urbanism and landscape at Peking University and at Harvard University, as well as a landscape architect for design firms in the U.S. and Europe. Hannes is holding a Master in Landscape Architecture degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

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