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Years of Stay at HYI: 
Sep 2008 to Dec 2011

Trained as an architect, urban designer, historian and ethnographic filmmaker, Non Arkaraprasertkul is currently a PhD Candidate in Anthropology at Harvard University. He has published widely in the fields of urban studies, architectural history, and urban anthropology. His research interest lies in the crossroad of transdiscliplinary research between architecture and the social sciences. In the spring of 2013, he served as Distinguished (Visiting) Gibbons Professor of Architecture at the University of South Florida (USF). Previously, he was a visiting lecturer in Architecture and Urban Design at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2007–2008, and an adjunct professor in Modern Chinese History at Lesley University from 2012 to present.

He has master's degrees in history, theory, criticism of architecture, and architecture and urban design from MIT, and Modern Chinese Studies from the University of Oxford. From September 2013, he will be based at Fudan University as Harvard-China Council Exchange Scholar and at Harvard Shanghai Center as Harvard Asian Center Affiliate conducting his doctoral research "Locating Shanghai: Globalization, Heritage Industry, and the Political Economy of Urban Space." He can be reached at

Recent Publications: 

Arkaraprasertkul, Non. “Traditionalism as a Way of Life: The Sense of Home in Shanghai Alleyway” Harvard Asia Quarterly XV, no. 3/4 (2013): 15 – 25.

Arkaraprasertkul, Non. “Anthro/tecture: Re-Thinking Methodology for Urban Intervention.” In A New Settlement in Thailand, Tubma Reservoir Project, Tubma, Rayong, Thailand, edited by Jan Wampler & Rebecca Frye, 11-14. Tampa, Florida: University of South Florida School of Architecture + Community Design.

Arkaraprasertkul, Non. “Review Article: In Search of Paradise: Middle-Class Living in a Chinese Metropolis by Li Zhang.” Student Anthropologist 3, no.1 (2012): 101-04.

Arkaraprasertkul, Non. "Book Review: Third World Modernism: Architecture, Development and Identity." Urban Studies 49, no. 16 (December 1, 2012 ): 3705-07.

Arkaraprasertkul, Non. 2012. “Urbanization and Housing: Socio-Spatial Conflicts over Urban Space in Contemporary Shanghai.” In Aspects of Urbanization in China: Shanghai, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, edited by Gregory Bracken. IIAS Series, pp. 139-64, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press (distributed in North America by University of Chicago Press)

Arkaraprasertkul, Non. 2012. “Moral Global Storytelling: Reflections on Place and Space in Shanghai's Urban Neighborhoods.” Storytelling, Self, and Society 8, no. 3: 167-179.

Arkaraprasertkul, Non. 2012. Review of In Search of Paradise: Middle-Class Living in a Chinese Metropolis. Li Zhang. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.  2010. 248 pp. Student Anthropologist 3, no. 1: 101-104.

Arkaraprasertkul, Non & Jacob Dreyer. “Space of Inertia: Shanghai’s Deep Structure.” You Are Here: Journal of Creative Geography 14: 69-86

Arkaraprasertkul, Non. “Dynamic Soi: Neighborhoods and Urban Life in the City of Bangkok.” Rian Thai: International Journal of Thai Studies 3: 155-184 (2010)

Arkaraprasertkul, Non. “Leaping Beyond Nostalgia: Shanghai’s Urban Housing Ethnography.” The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) Newsletter. Leiden/Amsterdam, the Netherland 55 (Autumn/Winter): 27-28

Arkaraprasertkul, Non. “Power, Politics, and the Making of Shanghai.” Journal of Planning History 9(4) 232-259 (2010); also pre-published on September 14, 2010. SAGE OnlineFirst. DOI: 10.1177/1538513210382384

Arkaraprasertkul, Non. “Crypto-Urbanism: Retrofitting Tokyo.” Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability. 3(2): 129-130 (2010)

Arkaraprasertkul, Non. “Beyond Preservation: Rebuilding Old Shanghai” The Exposition Magazine of the University of Oxford. 3 (Hilary Issue): 10-18 (2010)

Arkaraprasertkul, Non. “Toward Shanghai’s Urban Housing: Re-Defining Shanghai’s Lilong.” Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability. 2(1): 11–29 (2009) **Selected as one of the Best 100 Papers on improving cities and the quality of urban life by Routledge for World Habitat Day 2010 (see details:

Arkaraprasertkul, Non. Shanghai Contemporary: The Politics of Built Form. Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Verlag. 2009

Arkaraprasertkul, Non. “On Frederic Jameson: Marxism, Postmodernism and Architecture.” Architectural Theory Review. 14(1): 79-94 (2009)

Arkaraprasertkul, Non. & Reilly Rabitaille. “Difference, Originality, Plagiarism: Building Nine and Panabhandhu School.” Thresholds: Journal of Architecture, Art and Media Culture. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 35: 8-15 (2009)

Arkaraprasertkul, Non. “Towards Modern Urban Design: Louis Kahn’s Central Philadelphia Plan.” Journal of Urban Design 13 (2): 177-195 (2008)

Arkaraprasertkul, Non. “Politicization and the Rhetoric of Shanghai Urban Form.” Footprints: Journal of Delft’s School of Design 2: 43-52 (2008)

Arkaraprasertkul, Non. “Visualizing Shanghai: The Ascendancy of the Skylines.” East Asian Studies Journal, Thammasat University’s Institute of East Asian Studies 12 (2): 1-39 (2008)

Arkaraprasertkul, Non. “A Critical Appearance of Modernism: Building Nine of Panabhandhu School,” Journal of South East Asian Architecture: JSEAA, The National University of Singapore 9 (1): 13-28 (2006)