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PROF Ross King


  • Architectural Design in Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur
  • Architectural conservation and tourism in Thailand
  • Urban Design in Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur
  • Urban Planning in Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur



  • Ross King is a Professorial Fellow in the Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning and, from 1995 to 2002, was Professor and Dean. Main area of empirical research has been historical urban property markets, specifically in Melbourne for the period from the 1930s. Market shifts have been observed in the context of economic and broader cultural changes and linked to changing ideas in architecture and the design of cities. This work has been complemented by an interest in the nexus between architectural and urban design theory on the one hand, and social theory and literary criticism on the other; it has been summarized in his 1996 book 'Emancipating Space: Geography, Architecture and Urban Design' (New York: Guilford). Subsequently, the focus of both research and teaching has shifted to these and related issues in the specific context of East and Southeast Asia.

    Current focus of research is the question of contested identities in the cities of Asia and the roles of urban planning, urban design and architecture in such contestations. The work is in large measure building on experiences as a frequent visitor to East and Southeast Asia. Relevant to this work are the recently published 'Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya: Negotiating Urban Space in Malaysia' (NUS Press and NIAS, 2008) and 'Reading Bangkok' (NUS Press, 2011). A current project is a text on 'Asia and Utopia: Dreams and Anti-dreams of Urban Asia'.   


Selected publications


Education and training

  • DipTCP, University of Sydney
  • MArch, University of Pennsylvania
  • MArch, University of Sydney

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, 2004



Available for supervision

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