Dr Kai Gu

Member of the Future Cities Research Hub | Associate Professor


Kai’s research interests lie in urban morphology, urban landscape management and urban design theory and practice. Supported by the British Economic and Social Research Council, the Canadian International Development Agency and the Natural Science Foundation of China, his field-based research has been concerned with aspects of urban coding and planning, urban conservation, and planning and urban design in China. He is also interested in all aspects of contemporary urbanism and in comparative analysis of urban form, having completed such studies of cities in China, New Zealand, Italy and UK.

Research interests:


  • Urban morphology and urban design
  • Methods of characterising and managing the urban landscape
  • Urban planning and design of Chinese cities