Dr Ally LuAlly Lu

University Teacher

Room number: D11a
Telephone: (+44) 114 222 6914
Email: ally.lu@sheffield.ac.uk


I have a multidisciplinary background in landscape architecture, architecture and planning. I completed my BA in Landscape Architecture and MA in Architecture with a focus on colonial urban history and heritage conservation. I received awards from the National Science Council and the Taiwan Institute of Urban Planning for my Master degree thesis on 'The Urban Development of the Maritime City of Keelung during the Japanese Governance Period'. I received my PhD in Planning and Landscape at the University of Manchester under the supervision of Prof. Michael Hebbert.

Between my academic studies, I had project management experience in the field of community-based planning and design, heritage conservation, water environment and sustainability. These were projects of varying scale and nature ranging from designing community parks, preserving listed heritage, revitalizing historic streets, sustainable planning for river basin and reservoir watersheds. I had the privilege to work with local residents as well as academics and professionals in an interdisciplinary and intercultural environment.

During my time as a post-doc researcher in Taiwan, I had contributed to the university’s internationalisation and enhancement of teaching and research quality by facilitating the collaboration between international academic institutions from the UK, Netherlands, USA, Japan, China and Singapore.

I am an Academic Member of the Landscape Institute, the chartered body for the landscape profession.

I am currently Level 1 Tutor and International Students Tutor in USP.


I am interested in urban landscape history, especially under the influence of colonialism. This has been my research interest since my postgraduate study. I was later involved in the identification of historic and ecological significance in urban landscapes and their conservation, especially where the contested values of collective memory, sense of place, and economic development constantly battle.

An additional area of interest is sustainable planning and design in the urban water environment. My most recent research project studied land use planning in reservoir watersheds, and pressing issues such as flood prevention and sustainable water supply were explored. How to create a resilient urban environment with water management and urban amenity in mind became another research focus.

Recent research includes:

  • Culturally Responsive Public Space – a Case Study of the Historic Quarters in Nanjing, China. Funded by the University’s Global Learning Opportunities in the Social Sciences programme. (2017)
  • Fostering Intercultural Competence and Promoting Integrated Learning Experience. Co-investigator, funded by the University’s Teaching Enhancement and Student Success programme. (2015)


I currently teach on the following modules:


Journal articles

  • Askew J and Lu YE (2013) Climate Change in Taiwan: Impact on the Planning for Reservoirs. Journal of the Department of Planning and Architecture, Vol. 5, University of the West England
  • Lu YE (2011) Waterfront Cultural Landscape Conservation in Taiwan. AESOP Congress 2012. Ankara, Turkey.
  • Lu YE, Huang, J.M. and Huang, Y.Y. (2008) Agricultural Experiment Campus as Cultural Landscape: the Example of Chiayi Branch. The 5th Symposium of Rural Planning. Taipei.
  • Huang YY and Lu YE (2007) Revitalization and Reuse of the Fu-Hsin Tea Factory and Industrial Facility in the Mountainous Region of Emei Village, Hsinchu County. From the Revitalization of Rural Old Architecture and Community Development to the Realization of Sustainable Rural Development. Pingtung, Taiwan
  • Lu YE (2004) The Development of the Port City of Keelung during the Japanese Governance of Taiwan. IN Ministry of Education (Ed.) Taiwan History and Marine Culture Seminar, Keelung.