BAU is made up of diverse individuals united by their passion for good ideas.

James Brearley
Director

James Brearley
Director

James Brearley Adj. Prof., BArch, MPD (Urb.Des.) is the founding director of BAU, an architecture, planning and landscape architecture practice with offices in Melbourne and Shanghai. James is Adjunct Professor at RMIT University, Melbourne, and a member of the Planning Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Architects.

James has 25 years of experience in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and planning. He has designed and realized award winning projects in Australia and overseas. He has led the design of countless built projects many having a value in excess of US $100million. James has led the design of numerous competition winning urban design projects, most with a projected population of over 100,000 people.

James is the co-author of Networks Cities, an investigative design publication of research, theory and practice of contemporary Chinese urbanism. He regularly lectures on architecture and urbanism at RMIT University, and at various other universities in China and Australia. He is a key note speaker at urbanism conferences and has participated in a range of international exhibitions and forums including representing Australia at the Venice Biennale of Architecture. James’ areas of focus include the re-thinking of programing of architecture, the creation of inclusive public space in cities, and the design of eco-cities.

Fang Qun
Director

Fang Qun
Director

Fang Qun BLandArch, MPlan (Urb.Des.) is a partner at BAU. She is partner in charge of managing the China projects.

She has a Bachelor in Landscape Architecture, and a Masters of Planning (Urban Design) from Shanghai Tongji University. Fang Qun was PhD candidate at Melbourne University from 1996-2000. Her thesis topic was “High Density Housing in Shanghai”.

Fang Qun has 22 years of experience in large-scale urban design, planning, and landscape architecture, working in the Shanghai Urban Planning & Design Research Institute, Shanghai Tongji Design Institutes, and now BAU Melbourne and BAU Shanghai. Her role at BAU includes overseeing support functions of marketing, finance, human resources and administration, and ensuring quality of service and delivery of projects.

Fang Qun is the co-author of Networks Cities an investigative design publication into research, theory and practice of contemporary Chinese urbanism. She has also lectured in urban design theory at Shanghai Tongji University.

Fang Qun has extended her areas of interest into creating, developing, directing and managing the on-going operations of ecologically sustainable projects. Shanghai Jiashan Market project, a renowned socially and ecologically driven mixed-use development in abandoned factories in Xiu Hui district, Shanghai and Yang Ling Wu Eco Village, a socially and environmentally driven village rejuvenation resort in Zhejiang are just two projects now in operation.

Steve Whitford
Partner

Steve Whitford
Partner

Steve Whitford DipArch, MPD (Urb.Des.) is a registered architect and urban designer and a partner at BAU.

Steve has 36 years experience in Architecture and Urban Design and has designed and realized many Australian state and national award winning architectural and urban design projects. He has overseen the design of many of BAU’s Network City urban design projects, along with numerous landscape architecture and architecture projects.

Steve has taught Architecture Studio, Urban Design Studio and Architectural and Urban Design Theory at the University of Melbourne and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, and has been Visiting Professor of Architecture and Urban Design in China (Tsinghua and Shenyang Universities) and France (Bordeaux University).

Steve was a contributor to the “Networks Cities” publication, a book on design and research investigations into Chinese Urbanism and the testing of a “network city” approach to Urban Design. He has authored and delivered papers at international conferences on subjects on Identity and Globalization, Cultural and Ecological Sustainability, and Excessive Urban Production. In 2010, both Steve (UoM at the time) and James Brearley (BAU) represented Australia at the Venice Biennale.

Steve’s areas of interest includes applied theory – how contemporary philosophy, science, and art can contribute to a more equitable, egalitarian, and inclusive constructed environment.

Jens Eberhardt
Partner

Jens Eberhardt
Partner

Jens Eberhardt Dipl.-Ing. Architect, MPD (Urb.Des.) first joined BAU in 2001. Jens has overseen the design and realization of numerous architectural and urban planning proposals at BAU. Jens’ areas of interest are programmatic and typological aspects of architecture and the contribution and effects of architecture on cities.

Jens is a contributor to “Networks Cities” book publication, a design and research investigation into Chinese urbanism. He has taught design studios on architecture and urban design at the University of Melbourne and RMIT University.

Luo Huaili
Associate

Luo Huaili
Associate

Luo Huaili National 1st Grade Registered Architect (P.R.C), BArch, Associate

Luo Huaili joined BAU in 2007 and has been involved in numerous competitions since. She has more than 12 years experience in architecture, and has designed and realised a number of competition winning projects, such as Jiangyin Yushanwan Bilingual School, Nanjing Jiangning Dongshan International Business R&D Park, Shanghai Qingpu Zhaoxiang Hospital, Nanjing Gaochun Hospital and Shanghai Qingpu Zhaoxiang Town Commercial Block and Sports Park. She has also worked on a variety of commissioned projects, such as Nanjing Chengwang Residential and Suzhou Qingshan Hotel Phase Two. Her designs follow BAU’s commitment to Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) and most of her projects are registered under the China Three Green Star sustainability accreditation system.

Luo Huaili studied at Chongqing University (formerly Chongqing Jianzhu University) where she acquired her Bachelor of Architecture. She is also recognised as a National 1st Grade Registered Architect of P.R.C.

Li Shuyun
Associate (Landscape Architect)

Li Shuyun
Associate (Landscape Architect)

Li Shuyun Bachelor of Environmental Art, Associate (Landscape Architecture)

Li Shuyun holds a Bachelor of Environmental Art from the Guilin University of Technology. Since joining BAU in 2005, she has been involved in a wide range of landscape projects, from public parks to hotel, commercial, residential and school designs. The most outstanding built projects that Li Shuyun has worked on include Jiangyin Sports Park and Pedestrian Bridge, Shanghai Suzhou Creek Promenade, and Shanghai Hongqiao Park Renovation and Improvement. Li Shuyun’s designs focus on BAU’s commitment to Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) and the creation of eco-friendly environments for China’s cities and citizens. Li Shuyun is currently leading the BAU landscape team in the completion of the Suzhou New District Culture & Sports Center landscape design.

Xiong Juan
Senior Landscape Architect

Xiong Juan
Senior Landscape Architect

Xiong Juan BLarch, Senior landscape architect

Xiong Juan holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Huazhong Agriculture University and qualified as an Intermediate Engineer in 2009. She has over 10 years experience in landscape architecture and joined us in 2009. Xiong Juan has worked on a number of projects from design concept to construction, including Shanghai Zhangjiang Nobel Lake Park, Shanghai Suzhou Creek Renovation, Shanghai Qingpu Sports Park and Jiangyin Waterfront Park. As an experienced landscape architect, Xiong Juan not only helps her team to refine their designs, but also leads her team through various commissioned and competition projects, including winning entries for Shanghai Gubei Road Environment Renovation and Improvement.

Luo Li
Senior Landscape Architect

Luo Li
Senior Landscape Architect

Luo Li BLarch, Senior landscape architect

Luo Li joined BAU in 2013 and has 12 years experience in landscape architecture. Since joining us she has designed and completed numerous landscape projects, such as Shanghai Hongqiao Park Renovation and Improvement, Nanjing Jiangning Shangqinhuai U-park Incubator, and Nanjing Zijin Jiangning Sasseur Art & Commercial Plaza. She advocates Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) principles and creates healthy and friendly environments. Currently she is working on Suzhou New District Culture & Sports Center.

Luo Li graduated from Central South University of Forestry and Technology where she obtained her bachelor of landscape architecture. In addition to her work at BAU, she is also studying part-time for her Master of Urban Planning at Tongji University.

Wang Can
Senior Landscape Architect

Wang Can
Senior Landscape Architect

Wang Can BLarch, Senior landscape architect

Wang Can graduated from China Soochow University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and soon after began to work at BAU. Until now, Wang Can has completed several landscape design/planning projects including urban parks, streetscapes, waterfront open spaces, hotels, schools and commercial/office spaces. His notable projects include Shanghai Zhangjiang Nobel Lake park (completed 2014), Shanghai Gubei Road Environment Renovation and Improvement, Jiangyin Waterfront Park, Nanjing Gaochun Boutique Hotel, Nanjing Gaochun 9-year School and Shanghai Qingpu Zhaoxiang Town Commercial Block and Sports Park. He has also been involved in landscape tourism planning for Suzhou Dayang Mountain Tourism Urban Design.

Alexander Abke
Senior Landscape Architect

Alexander Abke
Senior Landscape Architect

Alexander Abke Dipl.-Ing. Landscape Architecture, Senior landscape architect

Alexander is from Passau, Germany and came to China in 2003 to compose his diploma thesis “Sustainable Urban Park Design in Changzhou/Jiangsu Province”. He graduated in 2004 with a Dipl. Ing. (Fh) Landscape Architecture from the University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan, Germany. In 2002 he spent one semester at the University of Soil Sciences in Vienna, Austria. After graduating, Alexander gained valuable work experience in all stages of design when he worked for international landscape design firms in Shanghai. He has successfully designed and realised several landscape projects in Germany, Beijing, Wuhan and Shanghai - especially large scale residential projects, urban and riverfront parks. Since joining us in 2012, Alexander has focused on sustainable, human scale design solutions and has successfully completed projects in China such as China's first Slow City in Gaochun and Nanjing Guoshui Forest Hotel. His recent projects include the landscape designs for Gaochun 9-year School & Kindergarten, Fuding Baisheng Hospital, Nanjing Cross-Strait Technology Industry Park Community Center, Yanlingwu Slow Village and Qingpu Zhaoxiang Commercial & Community Sports Park.

Yang Zhilei
Associate, Head of Finance & Administration

Yang Zhilei
Associate, Head of Finance & Administration

Yang Zhilei BAU associate & finance & administration director

Yang Zhilei joined BAU in 2003 and has more than 12 years experience in finance and administration management. Currently she is the director of finance and administration.

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