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Delin Lai, Ph.D.


  • 赖德霖
  • Associate Professor



  • Room 146, Lutz Hall
  • Belknap Campus

Phone Number

  • 502-852-0445

Email Address



Before joining the faculty of the Department of Fine Art in 2007, Professor Delin Lai taught at Oberlin College from 2006 to 2007. Dr. Lai specializes in modern Chinese architecture and has published two books: Jindai Zhejiang Lu (Who’s who in modern Chinese architecture, 2006), which was one of the ten books that received the First Architectural Book Award of China in 2008, and Zhongguo Jindai Jianzhushi Yanjiu (Studies in modern Chinese architecture, 2007). Professor Lai also published many articles in both Chinese and English, among them are “Searching for a Modern Chinese Monument: the design of the Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum in Nanjing, 1925-1929” in The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (March, 2005) and "Renewing, Remapping, and Redefining Guangzhou, 1910s - 1930s" in Looking Modern: East Asian Visual Culture from Treaty Ports to World War II (Jennifer Purtle and Hans Bjarne Thomsen, eds., 2009)



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Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Art History, The University of Chicago, 2007
  • Ph.D., Architectural History, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 1992
  • M.A., Architectural History, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 1988
  • B.A., Architecture, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 1985

Teaching Areas

  • Renaissance through Modern Art
  • Survey of Asian Art
  • Survey of Chinese Art
  • Survey of Japanese Art
  • Cities, Architecture, and Gardens of China and Japan
  • 20th Century Chinese Art and Architecture
  • Eastern Asia Landscape Art
  • Seminar: Nationalism and Modern Art and Architecture in China and Japan
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