Christopher Yip

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Position Emeritus Professor


Christopher Yip was trained in architecture and architectural history. He has taught architectural design, history, theory and criticism at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Colorado, Boulder, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. He is concerned with conveying both an understanding and appreciation of the aesthetic and sensual qualities of the places that people have brought into existence, and making comprehensible the ways in which historical events, daily life, and cultural outlooks direct place making. Related to this is how diversity has enriched the human experience.

In recent years he has participated in international programs taking architecture students on study programs in Japan and Southeast Asia. His research interests include the history of American architecture (particularly Asian American architecture and settlement), and Asian architecture.


Educational Credentials:

Ph.D., Architectural History, University of California, Berkeley
M. Arch., Architecture, University of California, Berkeley 
B.A., Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley Teaching Experience

Teaching Experience:

Professor Emeritus, Polytechnic State University                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Professor, California Polytechnic State University                                                                                                                                                 
Associate Professor, University of Hawaii, Manoa 
Associate Professor, California Polytechnic State University 
Assistant Professor, University of Colorado 
Associate, University of California, Berkeley 

Professional Memberships:

Society of Architectural Historians
Vernacular Architecture Forum
Association for Asian American Studies


Selected Publications and Recent Research:

  • Asian and Asian American architecture and urbanism.
  • C. Yip,“Asian Americans in the Architectural History of the United States,”  Proceedings of the 2014 Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities (2014).
  • C. Yip, “Neo-Conservatism in Architecture,” Abstract,  Proceedings of the 11th Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities (2013).
  • C. Yip, “Traditional Chinese and Indian Architecture Compared: Black and White or Shades of Gray?”  Proceedings of the 2011 Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities (2011): 527-539.

Selected Activities:

  • Member, National Park Service, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Scholars Panel on the Representation of Asian and Pacific Islanders on the National Register of Historic Places, and on the National Register of National Landmarks, 2013-2016.
  • Visiting Professor, Duy Tan University, Danang, Vietnam, August 2014.
  • Participant, White House Forum on Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage, May 9-10, 2013, U. S. Department of the Interior, Washington, DC.


Updated 09.02.2020

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