Professor André Brown brought his extensive experience in academic governance and leadership to the role of vice president for academic affairs at XJTLU from 2014 to 2017. Prior to joining XJTLU he was the head of the School of Architecture and associate dean in the Faculty of Social and Environmental Studies at the University of Liverpool. He was also head of Combined Honours for four years reflecting his enthusiasm and support for a wide range of disciplines and inter-disciplinary study. Professor Brown’s research and teaching has focussed on innovative technologies in architecture and related fields. He has published books on smart cities and key technological innovators, such as Peter Rice, plus more than 100 papers in the field. He has won international awards for his research-related work. He maintains a strong link to his professional industry - he was president of the European Organisation for Research and Education in the Field of Digital Architecture and is currently editor in chief of the International Journal of Architectural Computing, which has become a key journal in the field.