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.

The Prize is awarded for outstanding research in the planning history of East Asia (China, Hong Kong, Japan, the two Koreas, Macau, Mongolia and Taiwan) published in English in the form of a single-authored refereed article in an academic journal (not in the conference proceedings), in the previous two calendar years before an IPHS Conference (from January 2018 to December 2019—online or in print whichever comes first—), by a native, citizen, and resident of a nation in East Asia under 45 years old as of the deadline date. The Prize winner shall be an IPHS member at the time of awarding the Prize and should attend the 2020 IPHS Conference (to be held in Moscow, Russia), in order to receive the Prize and to present his/her work at the Conference. The Prize includes a cash award of 250 GBP.

The East Asia Planning History Prize Committee members are:

Professor Fukuo Akimoto, Kyushu University, Japan (Chair);

Professor Shulan Fu, Zhejiang University, China (2016 Prize Winner);

Professor Akihiro Kashima, Setsunan University, Japan;

Professor Renato Leão Rego, Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Brazil;

Professor Dirk Schubert, HafenCity Universität Hamburg, Germany.


The Application Form is available for download:

Application Form

Further information about the Prize may be obtained from the Prize Committee Chairman Prof. Fukuo Akimoto (fa@kyudai.jp).


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.