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Xu, Ping Professor

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Research

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  • Dr. Xu's research interests focus on integrative and comparative studies of feng-shui, application of systems philosophy, cultural models and spatial design in built environments, integration of architecture and landscape, prehistoric landscape setting patterns in the US Southwest, climate challenges, fire and post-fire debris/mudflow events, and landform patterns of high impact areas from the 2013 historic Colorado floods. Her research articles have been published in the top refereed journals in her field, including 'Journal of Architectural and Planning Research' and 'Landscape Journal.' Her publications are mostly in English with some in Chinese, and others translated into German and Portuguese.

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  • integrative and comparative studies, feng-shui, cultural models, spatial design, integration of architecture and landscape, prehistoric landscape setting patterns, cultural landscape, landform patterns, debris, mudflow, fire events, postfire-debris-flow sequence, climate challenges

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Teaching

courses taught

  • ARCH 3100 - Studio 2: Intermediate Architecture
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Dealing with problems at an intermediate level of complexity this architecture studio emphasizes the interaction of form, programmatic use, human behavior and context in creating structure. Studio options may include a client-based community engaged project, real world applications, and/or result in a physical product. Students work across analog and digital platforms to produce high quality and portfolio-worthy work.
  • ARCH 4100 - Studio 3: Capstone in Architecture
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    The capstone of the studio sequence, this course investigates building technology, structural systems, user experience, and environmental sustainability. Studio options may include a client-based community engaged project, real world applications, and/or result in a physical product. Outcomes include well developed structures designed with a high level of craft, resulting in sophisticated and exhibit-worthy presentations.
  • ENVD 4100 - Advanced Design Lab 1
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Design lab exploring new and emerging themes in design. May be repeated up to 18 total credit hours.
  • ENVD 4112 - Architectural Graphics 1
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Spring 2020
    Illustrates techniques of graphics communication and presentation for architectural design. Includes advanced delineation and use of color.
  • ENVD 4300 - Advanced Design Lab 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Design lab exploring new and emerging themes in design. May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours.
  • ENVD 4764 - Special Topics: Theory and Criticism in Environmental Design
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Provides an advanced seminar on theory and criticism in environmental design, e.g., architecture now and introduction to design theory and criticism. May be repeated for credit by petition.

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