After graduating from Tsinghua University in succession with a Bachelor Degree in Architecture and a Master Degree in Urban Planning & Design, LIU Jian has taught at School of Architecture Tsinghua University since 1994. She took an advanced study at l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-Belleville and got a Doctor Degree in Urban Planning & Design at Tsinghua University. Between 2007 and 2012 she served as Assistant Dean of the School and as Associate Dean since 2013.
In her professional career in urban planning, LIU Jian works as professor, researcher and city planner, with particular interests on town and rural planning, urban planning institution, urban regeneration, and international comparative studies on urban planning. As Associate Professor, she chairs the design studio of Town Master Planning and the seminars of Comparison of Architectural and Urban Culture between East and West (in English) and Urban Planning & Development of Paris Region in the 20th Century; she also participates in the design studio of Urban Design and the seminar of Contemporary Urban Planning and Design (in English), as well as a series of internationally joint studios. She is also the curriculum director for the Training Program on Sustainable Urbanization Development jointly held by China Mayors’ Association, Tsinghua University, Paulson Institute, and The University of Chicago. As Researcher, she either presided or participated in many research projects, including those sponsored by China Natural Sciences Foundation, such as Land Property Rights, Land Readjustment & Rural Planning: A Study on Implementation Mechanism of Integrated Utilization of Rural Collective-Owned Constructible Land, Evolution of Urban Planning System amid Transition Based on Comparisons among China, Japan and France, Rural & Urban Spatial Development in Greater Beijing Region, and Development & Construction of Built-up Environment Amid Rapid Urbanization in Economically Developed Regions; those commissioned by governments and governmental departments, such as Legislation of Urban Planning in Foreign Countries commissioned by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, Spatial Development Strategies of Beijing commissioned by Beijing Municipal Commission of Urban Planning, and Research on the Urban and Rural Planning System of Kunming commissioned by Kunming Planning Bureau; and those in collaboration with international partners, such as the European Horizon 2020 Work Program on Transition towards urban sustainability through socially integrative cities in the EU and in China, Urban Development in The Mega-City Region of Beijing in collaboration with Center for Human Settlements at the University of British Columbia, Towards A New Paradigm for Urban Development in The Northern Asian Region in collaboration with the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and the Han-A Urban Research Institute of Korea, and What Is It That Drives Public Action on Urban Mobility? The Making of Movement – The Case of Beijing in collaboration with the Institut pour la Ville en Movement of France. As Registered Urban Planner, she has been involved in the practical projects of urban planning and design of many Chinese cities, towns and villages including Beijing, Shaoxing, Changzhou, Nantong, Jining, Zhangjiagang, Qufu and so on.
In addition to her academic duties at Tsinghua University, LIU Jian was visiting scholar at the Center for Human Settlements at University of British Colombia, l’Observatoire d’Architecture de la Chine Contemporaine, Cité d’Architectue et du Patrimoine, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication de la France, School of Architecture, Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, and 2016 Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Graduate School of Design Harvard University. Being active in the domestic and international academic circles, she serves or served as President, Vice President and Executive Member of Asian Planning School of Association, Vice President and Executive Council Member of World Society for Ekistics, Executive Committee Member of International Forum of Urbanism, and Scientific Committee Member of Société des Amis de Qufu, Academic Committee Member of Rural Planning & Development and International Urban Planning of Urban Planning Society of China, Academic Committee Member of Urban Planning & Design of Beijing Society for Urban Studies and Urban Planning Society of Beijing, and Member of Female Planner Association of China Association of City Planning. She is on the editorial board of a number of academic journals, such as Urban Design and L'architettura delle città - The Journal of the Scientific Society Ludovico Quaroni and China City Planning Review and Urban Planning International, and a Peer Reviewer of Urban Planning Review. She has also served on a number of international conferences, as either chair, critic, or organization committee member.
Till now, LIU Jian has published several books either independently or in collaboration with others, including Suburban Development Based on Regional Integration: Inspirations of the regional practice of Paris to Beijing, OLYMPIed: A Study on After-Games Reutilization of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, A Comparative Study on Legislations of Rural Constructions of Some Foreign Countries, and Protection & Development of the Built-up Environment of Developed Regions Amid Urbanization. Her papers are also frequently seen in some well-known journals of urban planning both at home and abroad.