East Asia Planning History Prize

The aim of this Prize is to encourage young scholars of East Asia to engage in planning history and to publish their work in English. It is also meant to expand IPHS membership in East Asia. East Asia here includes ‘Eastern Asia’ and ‘South-eastern Asia’ defined by the United Nations Statistic Division.

The Prize is awarded for outstanding research in the planning history of East Asia published in English in the form of a refereed article (preferably single-authored, but first-authored possible) in an academic journal (not in the conference proceedings), in the previous two calendar years before an IPHS Conference (from January 2020 to December 2021 – online or in print), by a native, citizen, and resident of a nation in East Asia 45 years old or under at the time of publication.

The Prize winner shall be an IPHS member at the time of awarding the Prize. The Prize includes a monetary award of 250 GBP and a certificate.

East Asia Planning History Prize Committee

  • Chair: Professor Emeritus Fukuo Akimoto, Kyushu University, Japan
  • Professor Shulan Fu, Zhejiang University, China
  • Professor Akihiro Kashima, Setsunan University, Japan
  • Professor Renato Leão Rego, Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Brazil
  • Professor Dirk Schubert, HafenCity Universität Hamburg, Germany

Further information about the Prize and an Application Form can be obtained from the committee chair Professor Fukuo Akimoto (e: fa@kyudai.jp).

Applications are to be submitted between 1 October and the deadline of 15 December 2021.

Awarded papers


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Kosuke Matsubara, “Gyoji Banshoya (1930-1998): A Japanese Planner Devoted to Historic  Cities in the Middle East and North Africa”. Planning Perspectives (Online: 14 Oct. 2015; DOI:10.1080/02665433.2015.1073610)

Shulan Fu, “Shan-shui Myth and History: The Locally Planned Process of Combining the Ancient City and West Lake in Hangzhou, 1896-1927”. Planning Perspectives (Online: 06 Oct 2015; DOI:10.1080/02665433.2015.1079795)

(Honorable Mention)Sanghoon Jung, “Oswald Nagler, HURPI, and the Formation of Urban Planning and Design in South Korea: The South-Seoul Plan by HURPI and the Mok-dong Plan”. Journal of Urban History, 40 (3), 585-605, 2014.


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Miao Xu (co-writer: Zhen Yang), “Design History of China’s Gated Cities and Neighbourhoods: Prototype and Evolution”. Urban Design International, 14 (2), 99-117, 2009.

(Honorable Mention) Chen Yu, “The Making of a Bund in China: The British Concession in Xiamen (1852-1930)”. Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering, 7 (1), 31-38, 2008.