Vimalin Rujivacharakul
Vimalin Rujivacharakul
Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
Architecture and Critical Architectural Historiography
Office: 327 Old College
Telephone: (302) 831-1583
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley

Professor Vimalin Rujivacharakul received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley (2006), where she was trained in architectural history, intellectual history, and cultural anthropology. She has also published on Sino-European architectural and intellectual history, the production of knowledge, the history of collecting, and theories of things and material culture. Her current research examines the construction of world architectural discourse in visual and textual representations.

She is a recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), the Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles), the Needham Research Institute (Cambridge, UK), and the Social Science Research Council-Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, as well as grants from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

In 2011-2012, she was on leave at the Institute for Advanced Study. In 2013, she was on leave at Aoyama Gakuin University and the University of Tokyo, under the auspices of the SSRC-JSPS fellowship.



Liang Sicheng and the Temple of the Buddha’s Light (Beijing: Foreign Language Press; Farmington Hills, MI: Gale/Cengage Learning, 2015); co-edited and co-translated with Luo Deyin. Funded by the Ministry of Education, People's Republic of China, Chinese Classics Publication.

Architecturalized Asia: Mapping a Continent through History (Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press; Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2014); co-edited with Hazel Hahn, Ken Tadashi Oshima, and Peter Christensen.

Collecting China: The World, China, and a History of Collectingy, editor (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2010); contributors include Stanley Abe, Shana Brown, Paola Dematte, Ronald Fuchs II, Ellen Huang, Elizabeth Lillehoj, Lydia Liu, C. Griffith Mann, Lawrence Nees, Stacey Pierson, Marcie Reed, Vimalin Rujivacharakul, Eugene Wang, and Wen-Hsin Yeh.

Books in progress
At World's End: Global Intellectual History, Chinese Architecture, and the World Discourse (revision for publication).

East of the Orient, West of the Ocean: Ito Chuta and a Journey Around the World (a book project with support from the Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton, the Graham Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council).

“World Architecture and World Cartography,” in Architecturalized Asia: Mapping a Continent through History (Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press; Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2014).

"Mapping Ruins: Yuanming Yuan Archives and Chinese Architectural History," in The Getty Research Journal, No. 4 (2012).

“China and china: Materiality and Culture Disconnected,” in Collecting China: The World, China, and a History of Collecting (2010).

“國外對中國謍造學社的接受史—從費慰梅到李約瑟,” in World Architecture / 世界建築, Vol. 238 (April 2010). Chinese translation of “The Reception of the Society,” published in English in 2009.

“Ghosts of Asia: Fergusson’s Haunted Mansion and the World after Edward Said,” in JAE (Journal of Architecture), Vol. 63:2 (March 2010), a theme issue on “Changing Asia.” Solicited, state-of-the-field and review article.

“The Reception of the Society for Research in Chinese Architecture outside China,” in The Society for Research in Chinese Architecture: Eighty Years of Research and History (Beijing: Tsinghua University, 2009).

“On Wu and Things” in Architecture and Design Methods (Kassel University Press, Germany, 2009).

“Architects as Cultural Heroes: The Rise of Architectural Profession in China, 1840s-1949,” in Cities in Motion, Sherman Cochran and David Strand ed. (Berkeley: University of California, Monographs in East Asian Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies, 2007).

Entries in Encyclopedia of Twentieth-century Architecture (London: Fitzroy-Dearborn, 2004). Entries: “Twentieth Century Architecture in Bangkok” and “Baiyok Tower.”

Review of Chinese Houses: The Architectural Heritage of a Nation by Ronald Knapp, Singapore: Tuttle Publishing, 2005. Leading review article in Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review (Spring 2006).

Oral History Project in progress
“Between Death and Mockery: Ma Qingyun’s Dexterity and the City of Expiration” (a project in collaboration with Ma Qingyun).

Awards and Major Fellowships (extramural):

  • Social Science Research Council (SSRC)-Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
  • Membership, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, in residence 2011-2012
  • The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Research Grant
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Research Fellowship, 2007-2008
  • The Needham Research Institute, University of Cambridge, England, in residence 2008
  • Visiting Fellowship, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, England, in residence 2008 (elected life member May 2009)
  • The Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, Major Conference Grant, 2006
  • The Getty Pre-doctoral Residential Fellowship, Getty Research Institute, in residence 2004-2005
  • Scott Opler Emerging Scholar Fellowship, Society for Architectural Historians, 2005

Courses Taught:

  • "Collecting China: History of Collecting and Thing Theories" (grad/undergrad seminar)
  • "Contemporary Architecture" (grad/undergrad seminar)
  • "Column, Sky, and Cosmos: Palaces and Temples in East Asia" (undergrad seminar)
  • "Modern Architecture" (lecture)
  • "Architecture in Global Contexts" (lecture)
  • "A History of Architecture" (lecture)

Selected University of Delaware Service:

  • University Committee on Faculty and Student Honors and Awards, 2010-present
  • University Committee on Academic Calendar and Final Examination Schedule Revision, 2010-present
  • Faculty Senate (2-year term), 2009-2011
  • Search Committee, Historian of South Asia, Department of History, 2009-2010
  • Search Committee, American Architectural Historian, Department of Art History, 2008-2009
  • Faculty Coordinator, Graduate Students’ Research Symposium, Department of Art History, 2009
  • Faculty Co-advisor for the Art History Lecture Series Committee, Department of Art History, 2006-2008
  • Admission Committee Member, Department of Art History, 2006-2007
  • Main Organizer for Collecting China Conference, 2006
  • Faculty Member, Honors Thesis Board, Honors Program, 2007-2008
  • Main Coordinator for the Tsinghua-Delaware Collaborative Initiatives on Architectural History and Art Conservation, working in conjunction with the Institute for Global Studies, 2009-present