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Dr Jiayi Jin

Assistant Professor

Department: Architecture and Built Environment

Dr. Jiayi (Jennifer) Jin is based at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment. Her research is transdisciplinary spanning the fields of architectural theory, spatial morphology, digital technologies, social sciences and cultural studies.

Before joining Northumbria, she engaged in several research projects on emergent ways of designing the interactive space grounded in the field of Human-Computer Interaction at the Mixed Reality Laboratory (MRL), University of Nottingham. She also worked on various museum and exhibition projects from the expansion of the Hong Kong Space Museum to the digital artefect creation as a lead researcher to facilitate situated, embodied, and performative interactions in different museums or cultural venues. She founded an architecture and idea studio Inter-lab in 2014 for practice-based projects covering museums & exhibitions, architectural design, urban studies and planning.

Her research focuses on the role of new media and technologies in different aspects of knowledge production and socio-spatial linkage generation, designing and developing spatial experiences with physical environment - both indoors and outdoors. Jiayi is also an active researcher on strategic planning for the development of inclusive cities, in response to social, spatial and environmental inequalities.

She is currently the PI for Gender-inclusive Cities and Co-I for the British Academy Project: Shared Understandings of a Sustainable Future: CEoN - Developing a Grassroots Sustainable Futures Platform: Collective Participation in Community-Based Cultural Organisations (SSF\210084).

Jiayi welcomes applications for conventional & practice-as-research PhD proposals within the fields of museum architecture and digital humanities; Architectural space and body movement with heritage buildings, museums or galleries; Performance in an era of climate crisis; Urban interaction includes exploring co-participation and co-curation with inhabitants, urban performance and practice research.

In terms of university leadership and teaching, Jiayi is the Studio Lead of MArch Studio: Performing Architectures (2018-Now), Acting Programme Lead for Master of Architecture (2021-2022). She teaches widely across the department, including BA Architecture and MArch studios, BA Architecture communications, MArch theory modules, and Ph.D. supervision. 

Jiayi Jin

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Experimental aesthetics of digitally enhanced art spaces: three contemporary art installations, Jin, J. 30 Oct 2021, In: Journal of Curatorial Studies
  • Re-envisioning the Third Place: Reconnecting Spatial Networks in the Historic Urban Landscape, Jin, J. 20 Dec 2020
  • Making a Megacity for Everyone: Towards Inclusiveness and Vitality for Shenzhen's Urban Periphery, Jin, J., Chen, P. 8 Jul 2019, Proceedings of the 12th Space Syntax Symposium, Beijing, Space Syntax Network
  • Socio-Spatial Linkage Neighbourhood Design for Young Professionals: With References to Traditional Dwellings in the City of Beijing, Zhang, L., Jin, J. 8 Jul 2019, Proceedings of the 12th Space Syntax Symposium (12SSS), Beijing, Space Syntax Network
  • Stimulate Social Interaction in Urban Public Space through the Design and Implementation of HCI, Jin, J. 4 May 2019, ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2019
  • Creating urban network for social interaction and migrant integration in China, Jin, J. 10 Jul 2018, The 2018 International Conference on China Urban Development
  • Evaluating the Social-spatial Effect of Transit-oriented Development, Jin, J. 15 May 2018, INSIGHT - Integrated strategies for inclusive growth, resource-efficiency and urban resilience
  • Northumbria Projects 2018, Jin, J., Sturdy, O., Leggett, J. 15 Aug 2018

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Invited talk: Exploring an Effective Social Interaction in the Augmented Environment 2018
  • Invited talk: Reanimating Cultural Heritage and Building Virtual Experience Based on ARCO-Augmented Representation of Cultural Objects 2018
  • Invited talk: Mobile Family Learning inside Modern Science Museums 2016
  • Invited talk: Creating Interactive Tools for Learning: Insights from the Hong Kong Space Museum Project 2016

Abhinav Mishra Mixed Reality (MR) in Performing Museums:  Interaction design grounded in spatial and experiential realities for immersive and engaging visitor experiences Start Date: 01/10/2020

  • Architecture PhD July 13 2018
  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy FHEA 2019


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