PhD, Master of Urban Planning, and Bachelor of Arts, Harvard University
Seng Kuan earned his PhD in architecture from Harvard University with a dissertation on the work of Kenzō Tange and the genesis of urban design in postwar Japan. He also has a graduate degree in urban planning from the same school. He is an editorial associate of the journal a+u and curator of the Kenzō Tange Archive in Tokyo.
Kuan is a curator of the exhibitions On the Thresholds of Space-Making: Shinohara Kazuo and His Legacy, held at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum in winter/spring 2014; Metabolism, the City of the Future: Dreams and Visions of Reconstruction in Post-War and Present-Day Japan, held at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo in fall/winter 2011; and Utopia Across Scales: Highlights from the Kenzō Tange Archive, held at Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2009. He edited an anthology of recent scholarship on Tange and postwar Japanese architectural culture (Lars Müller, spring 2012).
Prior to his work on modern architecture in Japan, his work on China resulted in two books: Architectural Encounters with Essence and Form in Modern China (MIT Press, 2002) and Shanghai: Architecture and Modernism for Modern China (Prestel, 2004).
Upcoming Public Lecture Series talks feature Martino Stierli (September 26), the Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, and artist Wangechi Mutu (September 28), whose work is concerned with questions of self-image, humanness, and representation.