A graduate of the Environmental Architecture Programme at the RCA, Lu focuses on research about gender, migration, environmental justice and audio-visual media.
Prior to the RCA, Lu attained a first-class BA degree in Environmental Design from Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts (TAFA) in 2019. Lu was also awarded a first-class Scholarship from TAFA (2015–18) as well as a National Encouragement Scholarship (2016–19).
Lu’s research interests are to articulate the spatial narrative, practice, subjectivity, assemblage and spatial identity through the lens of gender and migration under the circumstance of close-proximity uneven development. Specifically, combining site-based sociological and anthropological bottom-up research methodologies with architectural and spatial mapping methods. Furthermore, she attempts to explore the potential of cross-media (film and photography) for environmental architectural research and to set up some socio-spatial models of assemblages to explore how to build and transform migrant women's new social interaction patterns, and how to fight for and defend more for them in the urban space.
At the RCA, Lu participated in the environmental architecture research in Indonesia driven by the Orang-orang & the Hutan Studio. Her responsibility was to research humanity and territorial issues, including territorial situation of colonialism, palm oil, deforestation, social media in Indonesia and edit the report book titled The Orang-orang and the Hutan: Lama, Kalimantan Barat, which is the collection of the studio’s term-one research outcomes. She also explored the data communication system of Indonesia and designed an open-source data online platform, Kitapeta.
Following her sustained interest in environmental architecture, urban study of urban villages and urban immigrants, spatial research, interdisciplinary study and gender space, Lu also completed the project "Female Fluid". This is a series of work about Chinese migrant women in urban villages, which was inspired by her studio work and field trip in Indonesia. She attempted to research urban close-proximity uneven development and migrant women’s urban issues, and also explored various research methods and cross-media. Her film One Day was selected by Art and Design Education: FutureLab 2020 and exhibited from in December 2020 in Shanghai, China.
Doctoral Fellowship, Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada (2009–11). This fellowship partially funded Lu's doctoral work on the Cities Programme at the London School of Economics.
● First Prize – Student Group of the 3rd National Youth Cup National College Art Design Competition (10/2019).
● Finalist Award – Urban Design Category of Chinese Habitat Environment Design Academic Year Award (10/2019).
● Zijin Award –Third Prize of China (Nanjing) College Students Design Exhibition (09/2019).
● Silver Award – 16th National Annual Conference of Architecture and Design Teaching (08/2019).
● Twilight Prize – “Aladdin Magic Lamp” Lamp Design Competition (04/2018).
● Excellence Award – Tianjin Keler Road Jinyue Lake Interior Design Competition (12/2017).
● Second Prize –Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition (07/2017).
● Third Prize – “Internet +” Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition in Hebei District, Tianjin (12/2016).
Publications, exhibitions, other outcomes
(12/2020) Art and Design Education: FutureLab 2020. Xi’an Gallery. Shanghai, China. (Architectural Film: One Day).