ProfileDr. Bing Chen （陈冰） is an architectural researcher and designer. His profile includes research and design work (e.g. architecture, urban planning and design, consultation on sustainable development strategies, etc.) in both China and abroad.
Bing holds a PhD in Architecture from the University of Sheffield, UK. His research interests focus on ‘sustainable planning/design strategies (from eco-cities to green architecture)’, ‘evidence-based design for healthcare environment’, ‘building environmental assessment methods’, 'ageing and community', and ‘education for sustainable development’ etc. His design thinking is developed through an iterative process of 'Research-Design-New Research-New (or Re-) Design', which reflects the mutually complementary and beneficial relationship between 'Research' and 'Design'.
He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU). He also serves as the Deputy Director of Research Institute on Ageing and Society (RIAS) and as the Research Fellow and Trainer of Institute of Leadership and Education Advanced Development (ILEAD) at XJTLU. Before joined XJTLU in 2011, Bing worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Sheffield and the University of Lincoln. He has contributed to several interdisciplinary studies such as:
- Carbon Reduction in Buildings (CaRB) funded by EPSRC and Carbon Trust (a socio-technical, longitudinal study of carbon emissions in buildings),
- Closing the Loop funded by Sustainable Construction iNET (using Immersive Virtual Reality Techniques (IVRT) to support the participatory design process for sustainable architecture),
- Nurturing an Evidence-Based Learning Environment which supports the Innovative Design of Healthcare Facilities or similar (Acronym EBLE) funded by EPSRC, etc.
The book he co-authored ‘Sustainability and Evidence-Based Design in the Healthcare Estate’, which is based on EBLE at Sheffield and further studies supported by XJTLU Research Development Fund, looks at design approaches/strategies (e.g. design for sustainability, evidence-based design and post-project evaluation) based on worldwide case studies and thereby identify policies, mechanisms and strategies that can nurture an integrated learning environment that supports innovation in health care.