Xiangning Li is full professor in history, theory and criticism at Tongji University College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He is also Assistant Dean and Director of International Programs there. He has published widely on contemporary architecture and urbanism in China and he was a visiting scholar at MIT, teaching a course on the same topic in the year of 2006. In 2009, Li was the UFI fellow at MAK Center of Art and Architecture in Los Angeles, and Erasmus Mundus visiting professor at TU Darmstadt. He lectured in universities and institutes including Harvard University, Princeton University, University of Southern California, and Canadian Center for Architecture. His recent books include The Real and the Imagined: Study of Value System in Contemporary Urban Theory (2009), and Updating China: Projects for a Sustainable Future (2010).
LI Xiangning was curatorial committee member for 2007 Shenzhen Biennale and 2008 Shanghai Biennale. Li acts as the chief curator for the serial Sino-German forums and exhibitions sponsored by Goethe Institute, Germany. He was appointed as director for Shanghai Contemporary Architecture Culture Center (Museum) in 2010. He is chief curator of 2010 Sanya Design Biennale and co-curator of 2011 Chendu Biennale and 2011 Shenzhen Biennale. He recently curated an exhibition on contemporary Chinese architects “From Research to Design” in Milan Triennale.