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