Lawrence Chua
Associate Professor

Ph.D. History of Architecture and Urban Development, Cornell University

Lawrence Chua is a historian of the global modern built environment with an emphasis on the trans-regional histories of Asian architecture and urban culture. His current research project investigates the sometimes-competing and sometimes-complementary images of utopia that developed in the Thai capital, Bangkok from 1910 until 1973. His second research project examines the conjoined genealogies of modernism and fascism in the architecture of Thailand, a nation that was never colonized by an imperial power and which aligned itself politically and culturally with the Axis during World War II. An ongoing research project looks at the history of hip hop as a critique of the principles of architectural modernism. His writing has appeared in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, the Journal of Urban History, Fabrications, Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, and Senses and Society. He currently serves on the editorial board of Architectural Histories, the peer-reviewed journal of the European Architectural History Network.

Dr. Chua was most recently a Marie S. Curie Junior Fellow of the European Union at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität and a research fellow at the International Institute of Asian Studies at Universiteit Leiden. He has taught courses in the history and theory of architecture and urbanism as well as studio courses at Hamilton College, New York University, and Chulalongkorn University. He received his PhD in the History of Architecture and Urban Development from Cornell University in 2012. He has been the recipient of an International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council, a Mellon Graduate Fellowship at the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University, an Asian Cultural Council research grant, and a visiting scholar fellowship from the Central New York Humanities Corridor. He is currently a participant in Site and Space in Southeast Asia, a two-year collaborative research initiative funded by the Getty Foundation, the Power Institute, Nanyang Technical University, the National Gallery of Singapore, and Dumbarton Oaks.

In addition to his scholarship and teaching, his collaborations with visual artists such as Julie Mehretu, Paul Pfeiffer and Akram Zataari have resulted in public murals, digital sculptures and videos that have been widely exhibited.