Prof Heng Chye Kiang is the Dean of the School of Design and Environment, at the National University of Singapore and a co-leader of the Asian Cities Cluster at the Asian Research Institute. He studied architecture at the Ecole Speciale d'Architecture, and urban design at the Ecole Nationale des Travaux Publics de L''Etat. He did his PhD at the University of California.
Prof Heng has been a visiting scholar at the Tsinghua University and the Kyoto University, and Huaying Visiting Professor at the Southeast University in Nanjing. He has served as a jury member in a number of international design competitions and on several editorial boards of international journals. He is a Board member of the Singapore's Urban Redevelopment Authority. Prof Heng's research covers areas of urban design, heritage and history of Chinese cities. He publishes widely in these areas and was awarded the NUS Outstanding Researcher Award in 1997. His book Cities of Aristocrats and Bureaucrats (University of Hawaii, 1999) is being used as the textbook in the leading universities in the US and UK. China's Architecture and Building Press has recently published his digital reconstruction of the Tang period Chang'an, as a book and as an interactive software package.