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Arthur Chen, Ph.D.

CWHS Director & Associate Professor

E-mail: chenx121@umn.edu

Arthur Chen obtained his Ph.D. degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, M.Arch. from North Carolina State University, and B.Arch. from Tamkang University in Taiwan. He has taught courses and design studios in the field of representation and theory. Working on the issue of architectural representation has led him to investigate a cultural history of East meeting West: the Jesuit transportation of linear perspective to the East in the 18th century. He currently directs the Center for World Heritage Studies and conducts a study program on Port Cities and an annual Design Workshop in Venice to explore design strategies for Urban Heritage Conservation and Sustainable Development. He also works as an advisor to the World Heritage Centre of UNESCO to undertake the university partnership projects of heritage conservation in Baku, Azerbaijan and the feasibility studies of potential nominations, such as, Valparaiso and Iquique in Chile, Macau in China, and Cranbrook Academy. His ongoing aspirations include exploring design interventions in the industrial heritage of waterfronts, developing strategies for conserving historic urban landscape, and investigating building typology and urban morphology of port cities.