Dr. Xiao is a researcher with a particular interest in the criticism of modern Chinese architecture and the organization of architectural practice. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Architecture and Civili Engineering, City University of Hong Kong.
His dissertation focuses on large architectural design institutes in China, including state-owned design institutes and private architecture firms, which have been the backbone of the urbanization movement in China. Dr Xiao's research fleshes out the connections between the modern Chinese experience before and after the economic reforms and investigates the relationships between Chinese, Soviet, and Western architectural styles. Another focus of his research is the establishment of an analytical framework to examine the interactive relations between mass production and monumental works, and between architectural events and professionals. By analyzing the evolution of building production ideas and organizational structure, his research reconstructs the origin and development of urban space production in contemporary China.
Dr Xiao's research has appeared in many international refereed journals such as Cities, Frontiers of Architectural Research, World Architecture, and Time + Architecture (Chinese).