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. He is a registered architect of the ARB, Victoria.

James has more than 29 years of post graduation experience. He has designed and realized numerous award-winning projects in Australia and China. He has led the design of several built projects with a value in excess of $A 300million. James has directed the BAU urban design team on numerous competition-winning designs for districts with projected population in excess of 100,000.

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 has been a keynote speaker at several urbanism conferences and has participated in a range of international exhibitions and forums including representing Australia at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2010. James’ areas of focus include the re-thinking of architectural programme, the creation of inclusive public space, 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.

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.

Luo Huaili
Associate, Architect, Project Manager

Luo Huaili
Associate, Architect, Project Manager

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 Architecture University) where she acquired her Bachelor of Architecture. She is also recognised as a National 1st Grade Registered Architect of P.R.C.

Jiang Han
Associate, Architect, Project Manager

Jiang Han
Associate, Architect, Project Manager

Jiang Han has 16 years of architectural design experience. He joined BAU in 2005 and participated in many bidding competitions. He led the team to win and practice many projects, such as Jiangyin Nine-Year Bilingual School (completed in 2013), Hangzhou Duolan Dong Dong Mixed Use Complex (completed in 2013), Hongqiao Art Center (completed in 2016), Nanjing Zijin Jiangning Science & Technology Special Community (Completed in 2014), Nanjing Gaochun Hospital of Health (2014). In addition, he has participated in many commissioned projects, such as Suzhou Science and Technology City Senior High School (completed in 2008), Qingpu Taian Apartment (completed in 2007). His designs follow BAU’s commitment to Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) and, so most of his projects are registered under the China Three Green Star sustainability accreditation system.
Jiang Han studied at Chongqing University (formerly Chongqing Architecture University) where he acquired his Bachelor of Architecture. He is also recognized as a National 1st Grade Registered Architect of P.R.C.

Francisco Garcia Sung
Associate, Architect, Project Manager

Francisco Garcia Sung
Associate, Architect, Project Manager

Francisco Garcia Sung studied architecture and urban design at Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (ETSAM) in Spain where he acquired his Master's Degree in Architecture.
Francisco is a registered architect and joined BAU in 2017. Having six year experience in architecture design, he has designed numerous competition winning projects such as Jiashan Happy Town Community Center, Hefei Happy Town Community Center, Suzhou Tech City 4th Kindergarten and 3rd Primary School. Francisco's interests are environmentally sustainable design and the transformation of places and cities through architecture at small and large scale.

Huang Fang
Associate Landscape Architect, Project Manager

Huang Fang
Associate Landscape Architect, Project Manager

Huangfang is an experienced Landscape architect with 17 years working experience in the industry. Since Huang fang joined BAU in 2004, she worked on the a wide range of landscape projects including Shanghai Hongqiao Park, Suzhou Creek Serpentine Park, Suzhou Creek Promenade, Shanghai Linkong Skate Park,Shanghai Qingpu Qin Yuan Lake Park,Jiangyin Docklands Park and others. She adapt NETWORK CITY design methodology in landscape design practise, which informs sustainable and poetic spaces. She has particular understanding of the quality and utility of materials which enriches her every working details.

Haung fang obtained bachelor degree in environmental art in 2000. She is currently undertaking part-time MLA at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning of Tongji University.

Guo Liexia
Associate Landscape Architect, Project Manager

Guo Liexia
Associate Landscape Architect, Project Manager

Guo Liexia is an intermediate engineer, head of BAU Landscape Department.

Guo Liexia graduated from Beijing Forestry University in 2005 and got a Bbachelor Degree in landscape architecture. She as well holds a Master’s degree from Zhejiang University where she graduated 2007. Guo Liexia has been engaged in the landscape industry for more than ten years, including the park greenbelts, business and industrial parks, and educational projects. Guo Liexia joined BAU in 2016, and has led and completed numerous landscape projects, including Suzhou Shishan Road Landscape and Urban Design, Qingpu Zhao Lane Sports Park, Jiangyin Greenway Gallery Bridge Design, Shanghai Qingpu West Country Park landscape, Jiangyin Xicheng Canal Park. Guo Liexia is leading the landscape department adhering to BAU’s concept of sustainable ecological environment, paying attention to the design and implementation of leisure and sports activity sites, caring for the users' needs, and embodies the humanistic care concept of landscape design.

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.

Xiong Juan
Senior Horticulturist

Xiong Juan
Senior Horticulturist

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.

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