Kaiyi Zhu is a Ph.D. Dr. at TU Delft, Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment, Chair of History of Architecture & and Urban Planning. She is trained as an architect with interests in conservation and transformation of urban heritage. Kaiyi’s research project is titled as "In the Name of Conservation: Assessment of the Urban Transformation in Historic Neighbourhoods of Shanghai." Her research mainly focuses on three aspects: transnational exchanges of ideas, pedagogies, interpretation of heritage conservation discourse in China and related policy making, practices in urban transformation of historic neighbourhoods in cities.
Kaiyi Zhu has extensive research interests, the scope including water heritage, adaptive reuse of modern architecture in the Netherlands, temporalities of urban development and urban justice. She authored the paper Dynamic Heritage Strategies: Dutch Practices of Architectural Heritage Transformation in the Cultural, Economic and Historical Dimensions for the Chinese Journal of Architect and introduced Dutch experience to more audience. She also authored paper Temporalities and the conservation of cultural relic protection units: legislative, economic and citizen times of the Bugaoli community in globalising Shanghai for the Journal of Built Heritage. She is an editorial staff of the European Journal of Creative Practices in Cities and Landscapes, and a reviewer of the Journal of Architecture. She presented in both 2016 and 2018 IPHS conference and will chair the panel of “Urban Transnationalism and Cultural Exchange” for the 2020 (postponed to 2021) IPHS Moscow. She participated in the organization committee of the LDEHeritage International Conference on Heritage and the Sustainable Development Goals in 2019.
Kaiyi is a member of the Our Collections Matter network from ICCROM since January 2023.