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Associate Professor, Department of History, CUHK

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            Ian Morley is an Associate Professor in the Department of History, and Associate Professor (by Courtesy) on CUHK’s Urban Studies Programme.

            He has published widely oun the design of built environments, participated in TV documentaries for The Discovery Channel and Voom!, as well as been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal Asia, The Los Angeles Times, Southeast Asia Globe, La Stampa and the US’ National Public Radio. In addition, he has contributed to media outlets such as Hong Kong News, South China Morning Post, Al Jazeera, The Diplomat, and Agence France Presse. In 2020 his book American Colonisation and the City Beautiful was awarded the IPHS-Bosma Prize in Planning History Innovation.

            He currently is an editorial board member of the Brill book series Studies in Architecture and Urban History, an editorial board member of Planning Perspectives as well as a council member of the International Planning History Society (IPHS).

            He has been a Visiting Fellow at the University of Sydney (Australia), University College Dublin (Ireland), the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil), and Free University Berlin (Germany). In 2018 he was awarded the Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative Global Connections Fellowship, and attended CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India. In 2020 he was awarded a Senior Fellowship by Advance HE.

            He is the recipient of the 2010, 2011, 2014, and 2016 History Department Teaching Award. In 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 he was awarded the Faculty of Arts Outstanding Teaching Award. In 2014 and 2019 he was a successful applicant to CUHK’s International Partnership Development Programme. He has been awarded three General Research Fund grants from Hong Kong’s Research Grants Council, four CUHK Courseware Development Grants, plus one CUHK Micro-Module Courseware Development Grant, two UGC/CUHK Teaching Development and Language Enhancement Grants, one CUHK Special Funding Scheme for Online Learning, one CUHK Grant Scheme Funding for Internationalization of the Curriculum, and Special Funding Scheme to Enhance Student Engagement and Address Student Learning Needs. In late-2015/early-2016 he curated an exhibition at the CUHK University Library on ‘The History of the Philippines in Flags and Maps’, and 2017 he was convenor of the conference Southeast Asia in Evolution: Trans-Pacific Agency and the City, c. 1850-1941.

Research Interests
  • Planning History
  • Urban History (of the Philippines)
  • Urbanism
Selected Publications


  • American Colonisation and the City Beautiful: Filipinos and Planning in the Philippines, 1916-1935 (Routledge, 2019).
  • Cities and Nationhood: American Imperialism and Urban Design in the Philippines, 1898-1916 (University of Hawaii Press, 2018).
  • British Provincial Civic Design and the Building of Late-Victorian and Edwardian Cities, 1880-1914 (Mellen, 2008).
  • Edited volume with Mira Crouch, Knowledge as Value: Illumination through Critical Prisms (Rodopi, 2008).


Journal Articles

  • ‘Recovering the Urban Past for Equitable Present and Future Social Recovery’, paper accepted for the Journal of Public Space.
  • ‘Severe Social Disorder’, HERDSA-Connect 42.2 (2020).
  • Rethinking Teaching and Learning within the backdrop of Covid-19’s Disruption’, Campus Review (April 2020).
  • ‘Philippine Cities, Their History, Development, Culture, and Governance’, Journal of Urban History 17.4 (2018).
  • ‘Baguio: A Mismanaged Evolutionary Narrative of the City Beautiful to the City Problematic’, Asian Geographer: A Geographical Journal on Asia and the Pacific Rim 25.2 (2018).
  • ‘The First Filipino City Beautiful Plans’, Planning Perspectives 33.3 (2018).
  • ‘The Filipinization of the American City Beautiful, 1916-35’, Journal of Planning History 17.4 (2018).
  • ‘City Profile: Manila’, Cities 72 (2018).
  • ‘Modern Urban Designing in the Philippines, 1898-1916’, Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints 64.1 (2016).
  • ‘Owning the City: Civic Art’s Historical Practical and Contemporary Meaning in Yangon’, Art and the Public Sphere 2.1 (2014).
  • ‘Canberra’s Connections: Canberra’s Plan and Nationhood’, Fabrications 23.1 (2013).
  • ‘Rangoon’, Cities 31 (2013).
  • ‘Utilising Social Media to Know the Victorian World: A Blended Approach’, Journal of Victorian Culture 17.4 (2012).
  • ‘The Creation of the Modern Urban Form in the Philippines’, Urban Morphology 16.1 (2012).
  • ‘America and the Philippines: Modern Civilization and City Planning’, Education About Asia 16.2 (2011).
  • ‘Civic Design and National Identity: The Example of Edwardian Ireland’, Planning Perspectives 26.3 (2011).
  • ‘American Imperialism, Civic Design and the Philippines in the early-1900s’, European Journal of American Culture 29.3 (2010).
  • ‘Representing a City and Nation: Wales’s Matchless Civic Centre’, Welsh History Review 24.3 (2009).
  • ‘The Contemporary Chinese Metropolis: Modernity, Globalisation, and Conceptual Meanings’, Design Principles and Practice 3.1 (2009).
  • ‘The Making and Maintenance of Cenotaphs’, Fieldwork and Documents 52 (2008).
  • ‘Chaos, Contagion, Cholera & Chadwick’, Yale Journal of Biology & Medicine 80.2 (2007).
  • ‘Arquitectura, Oportunismo y la Planificación del Rostro de un Imperio’ (Architecture, Opportunism and the Planning of an Imperial Face), Revista de Arquitectura 9 (2007)
  • ‘Post-Industrial Urbanism and the Growth of Sustainability: Historical Trends, Present and Future Observations’, The Journal of Futures Studies 9.4 (2005).


Chapters in Edited Volumes

  • ‘Coketowns’, in Os Modelas das Companhias Industriais e sues Reflexos nas Cidades Brasileiras (eds. Maria Cristina Villefort Teixeira, Maria Manoela Gimmler Netto, Marieta Cardosa Maciel, Marina Salgado, and Stael de Alvarenga Pereira Costa), Editora EVA, 2019.
  • ‘Transitions: The Form and Meaning of the ‘New’ Philippine City After 1898’, Ideas of the City in Asia (eds. Henco Bekkering, Adele Esposito, and Charles Goldblum), University of Amsterdam Press, 2019.
  • ‘Place, Race, and Grand Architectural Statements: Civic Design in Early-1900s Dublin’, Visualizing Dublin: Visual Culture and the Making of Modern Dublin (ed. J. Carville), Peter Lang, 2013.
  • ‘Asian Culture and Urbanism: Meanings and Experiences of the Evolving Built Environment’, Writing Spaces: Travel, Global Cities and Landscapes (eds. I-Chun Wang, M. Theis, and C. Larkosh), National Sun Yat-Sen University, 2013.
  • ‘Modernizing the Urban Landscape: Architecture and the Internationalized Face of Asia’, Asian Popular Culture: Memory, City, and Celebrity (eds. L. Fitzsimmons and J. Hunt), Palgrave, 2013.
  • ‘Charles Darwin and Herbert Spencer’, Popular Controversies in World History Vol. 3 (ed. S. Danver). ABC-Clio, 2010.
  • ‘British Slavery Abolition Act (1833)’, Milestone Documents in World History (ed. P. Finkelman), Schlager Group, 2010.
  • ‘Abstracting the City: Urbanisation and the ‘Opening-up’ Process in China’, China in an Era of Transition: Understanding Contemporary State and Society Actors (eds. R. Hasmath and J. Hsu), Palgrave MacMillan, 2009.
  • ‘The Impact of the Internet upon the Commodity of Knowledge and the Craft of History’, Knowledge as Value: Illumination through Critical Prism (eds. I. Morley and M. Crouch), Rodopi, 2008.
  • ‘British History’, 21st Century History Highway: A Guide to Internet Resources (eds. D. Trinkle and S. Merriman), M.E. Sharpe Inc., 2006.
  • ‘Mid-Atlantic Region: Architecture’, American Regional Cultures (ed. R. Marzec), Greenwood Press, 2004.


Other Publications

  • Entries published in reference works such as The Oxford Encyclopaedia of the Modern World (ed. P.N. Stearns), published by Oxford University Press in 2008, The Encyclopedia of American Urban History (ed. D. Goldfield), Sage Publications, 2006, and The Encyclopedia of the City (ed. R. Caves), Routledge Press, 2005.
  • Articles composed on Burma, China, Hong Kong, India, and Taiwan for the online journal Architecture Week!
  • More than 35 book reviews have been published in scholarly journals such as Planning Perspectives, Urban History, The Journal of Architecture, Journal of British Studies, Urban Morphology: Journal of the International Seminar on Urban Form, Canadian Journal of History, American Historical Review and Australian Economic History Review.
Research Projects
Year Research Project
2021-2023 Building up the Philippines for Independence: The Commonwealth Era and the Bureau of Public Works
RGC General Research Fund
2020-2022 Digital Humanities in the World History Curriculum: Language Analysis of Colonial Impacts in Asia.
UGC, Teaching Development and Language Enhancement Grant
2021-2022 Nurturing the Internationalisation of Urban History Pedagogy in Hong Kong
Grant Scheme for Internationalization of Curriculum supported by the Teaching Development and Language Enhancement Grant (TDLEG)
2020-2021 Deepening Cognizance of Student Needs and Engagement with the Learning Process in the Arts: A Faculty-Wide Inquiry
Special Funding Scheme to Enhance Student Engagement and Address Student Learning Needs, supported by TDLEG
2020 Co-Ordinating Student Learning Perceptions via Expanding Online Teaching Activities
CUHK Special Funding Scheme for Online Learning
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