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Dr Jiayi Jin


Department: Architecture and Built Environment

Dr. Jiayi Jin is a Lecturer in Architecture at Northumbria University. She graduated in BA Architecture from the University of Portsmouth, and then obtained the Master of Architecture (Distinction), and a PhD in Architecture with Dean's Excellence Scholarship, both from the University of Nottingham. She current teaches across the department, including Architectural Communications, Specialist lectures & seminars, BA Architecture & MArch design studios and PhD supervision. Her research and practice lie primarily in Architecture and Interaction Design, exploring adaptive and generative design approaches.

In her previous PhD research (2014-2017), she focuses on the emergent ways of designing the interactive space, and in particular, how the museum and educational environments are impacted through the interplay between the digital media space and the physical space, how this overall triggers an important shift in the way people experience, learn and reflect. Another line of inquiry explores the body or physical activities as design materials combining architectural space and body movement, how this relates to our affective experience, and how the design of mediated interactions relates to situated, embodied, and performative interactions. She has explored this through studio teaching activities, design projects and consultancy works.

Current research focuses on the role of new media and technologies in different aspects of knowledge production and socio-spatial linkage, with a focus on design and development of Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR) spatial experiences within the physical environment - both indoors (spatial experience design and whole-body interactions with objects/exhibits in heritage attractions, museums, galleries) and outdoors (like the urban interaction design and development in the city, which includes exploring participation and co-curation with the visitors/inhabitants). She is also an active researcher focus on urban studies and smart city development in China and the UK, as well as the role of UK-China collaboration in this area.

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Jiayi Jin

Key Publications

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  • Making a Megacity for Everyone, Jin, J., Chen, P. Jul 2019, Proceedings of the 12th Space Syntax Symposium, Beijing, Beijing JiaoTong University
  • Socio-Spatial Linkage Neighbourhood Design for Young Professionals, Zhang, L., Jin, J. Jul 2019, Proceedings of the 12th Space Syntax Symposium, Beijing, Beijing JiaoTong University
  • Stimulate Social Interaction in Urban Public Space through the Design and Implementation of HCI, Jin, J. 4 May 2019
  • Creating urban network for social interaction and migrant integration in China, Jin, J. 10 Jul 2018
  • Evaluating the Social-spatial Effect of Transit-oriented Development, Jin, J. 15 May 2018
  • Northumbria Projects 2018, Jin, J., Sturdy, O., Leggett, J. 15 Aug 2018
  • Reanimating Cultural Heritage and Building Virtual Experience based on ARCO-Augmented Representation of Cultural Objects, Jin, J. 29 Jun 2018
  • Redeeming the Meaning of Public in China, Jin, J. 17 Sep 2018, Chinese Urban Transformation, London, RIBA Publications
  • When Exhibitions Become Experiences, Jin, J. 15 Jul 2018


  • Architecture PhD July 13 2018
  • Architecture DipArch July 01 2014
  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy FHEA
  • Part I&II, Royal Institute of British Architects RIBA

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Architecture and Interaction Design 

Spatial Narrative Design with Digital Media 

Spatial Cognition and User Experience

Ubiquitous Computing and Digital Humanities 

UK-China Smart Cities and Urban Studies 


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