Su Dan serves as vice president and professor of the Academy of Art Design, Tsinghua University; executive deputy director of the Art and Science Centre, Tsinghua University; deputy president of the Chinese Institute of Interior Design,
Architectural Society of China; doctorial supervisor and visiting professor at Northeast Normal University; and visiting professor at Hainan Normal University, Fuzhou University, Shanxi University, and Yunnan University. He is the editor and lead teacher of “Life Space Design”, a course for OUC interior design majors.
He graduated from the School of Architecture, Harbin Architectural and Civil engineering Institute, in 1988 and was conferred a bachelor’s degree. From 1988 to 1991, he remained in the School of Architecture as a teacher. He graduated from the Department of Environmental Art Design, Central Academy of Craft Art in 1993, and was awarded a master’s degree. From 1994 to 2012, he worked as a teacher in the Department of Environmental Art Design, Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University. He has held the position of vice president of the Academy of Arts and Design since 2012. He teaches architectural design, architectural morphology, landscape design, studies on landscape style, and other undergraduate courses.
His important works include the following. Customs: Chinese Concepts in Contemporary Landscape Designs, published by China Fine Arts Publishing House, Beijing, 2003; Modern Residences, published by China Water Power Press, Beijing, 2008; Opinions and Suggestions, published by China Architecture and Building Press, Beijing, 2008.
His academic essays include the following: The Way Back, published in “China Interior”, Vol. 12, 2012; Small Figures and Big Events, published in “China Interior”, Vol. 10, 2012; Contemporary Presentations of Environmental Art, published in “Contemporary Art”, November monthly, 2012; Focus on Venice, published in “Nordic Environmental Art”, 2010; Future Spaces and the Limitations of Chinese Environment Art, published in “Essays about Designing for China”, 2010; The Visible and Invisible in Contemporary Landscape: On the Integration of Contemporary Art and Landscape Design, published in “LA CHINA Landscape Architecture”, Vol. 2, 2009; Thoughtless Design, published in Art Observation, Vol. 150, 2008; I See My House (Architecture), published in “ID+C”, Vol. 10, 2008; Kiss of the Dragon: A Design Show for T3 Terminal at Beijing Capital International Airport, published in “ID+C”, Vol. 4, 2008; Non-Main stream Art Museums in Main stream Universities, published in “ID+C”, Vol. 9, 2008.
In 2013, he planned the “Being and Doing” Exhibition of Works by Teachers and Students from Tsinghua University at Milan Design Week. In 2012, he organized and planned “From Lausanne to Beijing”: Seventh International Biennial Fiber Art Exhibition and Academic Symposium. In 2012, he was a specially invited expert at Beijing Design Week. In 2012, he acted as one of the judges for the Asian Interior Design Competition. In 2010, his work “Dating Buildings: Qianmen Dajie” was exhibited at La Biennale di Venezia (Venice). In 2010, he attended the Asian session of the Discussion on the Essence of Design by an expert global think-tank launched by the International Federation of Interior Designers in Hong Kong on behalf of China, and delivered the speech on the sociality of design (at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre). In 2010, he planned and organized an exhibition on the works of Tenon and Mortise Work at Salone Satellite in Milan, Italy. In 2008, he attended the Symposium on “China-EU Environmental Art Exchanges” in Helsinki.
He has taken charge of or participated in nearly 100 engineering projects and scientific research topics, including the following: Studies on the Developmental History of Chinese Environmental Art (2013); China’s Contemporary Design Sets its Sights on the World Stage (2013); Studies on the Evolution of Beijing Axis Landscape and the Beijing Spirit (2012); Studies on the Construction of National Images Based on the Visual Order of Cities (2012); Planning of the Reconstruction of Tangzha’s 1895 Industrial Remains, Nantong (2009).
In 2012, he instructed the environmental design project, Green Filter, which won the IDEA-KING gold award at the International Landscape Design Competition. In 2012, the landscape design for the rejuvenation of the Tangzha’s 1895 Industrial area of Nantong won the IDEA-KING gold award at the Second International Landscape Design Competition. In 2012, the engineering design for the Protection of the Tangzha’s 1895 Industrial Remains and the Renaissance Garden of Contemporary Crafts was nominated for the highest award at the Fifth China Design Competition. In 2011, he was honored with the 1989-2009 Twenty Years of Outstanding Designer Award for Interior Design in China by the Architectural Society of China. He won the Excellent Instructor Award for two consecutive years in 2010 and 2011; In 2011, his landscape design for Qianmen Dajie in Beijing won bronze at the Eleventh National Art Exhibition. In 2010, his series of courses on basic environmental art design won the first prize for Tsinghua University’s Teaching Achievements. In 2008, he was chosen as one of the 2008 design celebrities by the US magazine “Interior Design”.