Program in Environmental Design

University of Colorado Boulder

Ping Xu

(303) 492-7701
Office: 148


Dr. Ping Xu has taught architecture and landscape design at the University of Colorado since 1990, in both the graduate and undergraduate programs of architecture and landscape architecture. She received the college’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching 2003 and the Faculty Award for Excellence in Research in 2006 and in 2012.  She also practiced as an architect in China for eight years and is a feng-shui consultant, practicing in the United States and China since 1988.  She has published thirty-two research articles; among these are eleven refereed journal publications, including Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, and Landscape Journal; eleven refereed conference proceedings; and nine non-refereed publications.  Her publications are mostly in English with some in Chinese, and others translated into German and Portuguese.  She has given fifty-eight presentations at conferences or seminars, including twenty-one refereed conference presentations and thirty-seven invited lectures at institutions in the United States and abroad.  Her presentations are mostly in English with a few lectures in Chinese.  She has received fourteen grants, including a $10,000 grant from the Graham Foundation, the most prestigious authority on scholarship in the design profession.

BFA Election Statement

As a professor of the program in Environmental Design, I would like to serve as the faculty representative.  To integrate isolated fields and break down the walls of departments is important, which is the direction of the future of education. I have researched on integration in the built environment for two decades and have some thought to discuss and share.  I also have a good sense of humor.


Architecture, Landscape Deign and Planning, Feng-shui


  • D.D.          Doctor of Design, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
  • M.L.A.        Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Pennsylvania
  • M.A.          Master of Architecture, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
  • B.A.           Bachelor of Architecture, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Research Interests

  • Integrative and comparative studies of feng-shui
  • Cultural models in built environments
  • Integration of architecture and landscape
  • Prehistoric landscape setting patterns
  • Petroglyph landscapes
  • Design with adaptation to climate colleges

Courses Taught

  • Architectural Design Studio (ENVD4100), Adapting Climate Challenges
  • Sustainability and Feng-shui (ENVD4101)
  • Architectural Design Studio (ENVD 4700)
  • Architectural Design Studio (ENVD 4410)
  • Architectural Design Studio (ENVD 4310, ENVD 4510)
  • Design of Traditional Chinese Architecture, Gardens and Feng-shui (ENVD 4764)
  • Advanced Architectural Graphics (ENVD 4112)

 Selected Publications

  • 2013. Xu, Ping. “Applying systems philosophy: general models integrating architecture with landscape design to create a sustainable built environment in light of Feng-shui.” The International Journal of Social Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp.159-174.

  • 2013. Xu, Ping “Adapting to climate challenges in architectural education in light of feng-shui.” The Future of education, Conference Proceedings 2013. Florence, Italy, June 13- 14, 2013.

  • 2012. Xu, Ping. “Architectural and landscape design: a new synthesis major proposed with interdisciplinary and general models.” International Journal of Arts & Sciences.” Volume 05: Number 06 (2012), pp. 369-388.

  • 2011. Xu, Ping.The Mandala model, infused with indigenous beliefs, systematically structures and sustains the Tibetan Buddhist landscape above 3000 meters.”  The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability, Volume 7, Number 2, 2011, pp.401-428.

  • 2010. Xu, Ping. “The Mandala as a cosmic model used to systematically structure the Tibetan Buddhist landscape. ” Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, Volume 27:3(Autumn, 2010), pp. 181-203.

  • 2004. Xu, Ping. “Celestial alignments in historic sites: Integrating nature, belief systems, and architecture; a cross-cultural study of ancient architectural settings in America, Italy, and China in the light of feng-shui.” Proceedings of the 2002 ACSA International Conference in Havana, Cuba, pp. 226-233.

  • 2002. Xu, Ping and Alessandra Veraldi. "Etruscan settlement: nature, beliefs and creation of space – comparative study with Native American settings and field investigations at Vasanello, Italy.” Proceedings of the 89th ACSA Annual Meeting, Baltimore, pp. 242-248. 

  • 1998. Xu, Ping. "Feng-shui models structure traditional Beijing courtyard houses." Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, Volume 15:4, pp. 271-282.

  • 1997. Xu, Ping. "Feng-shui as clue: Identifying prehistoric landscape setting patterns in the Southwest." Landscape Journal, Volume 16:2, pp. 174-190.

  • 1996. Xu, Ping. "Wind and water: Feng-shui and ancient Indian landscape settings in the Southwest USA."  Garten + Landschaft  (Germany) 12: 12-17, (translated in German).

  • 1994. Xu, Ping.  "The sustainability of beach resort development on the Chinese coast." The 6th International Federation of Landscape Architecture Eastern Regional Conference Proceedings, Taipei, pp. VII. 1-7.

  • 1991. Xu, Ping.  "Feng-shui: A model for landscape analysis."  Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA 90) Proceedings, Denver, Colorado, pp. 183-193.

  • 1982. Xu, Ping. "Illumination of tradition and integration of environment." Architect (China), 11: 125-139, in Chinese.

  • 1982. Xu, Ping. "Ambiguity of space." Architect (China), 12: 164-175, in Chinese.