Texas Tech University

Ke Sun, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Florida
M.Arch, University of Florida
B.Arch, China University of Mining and Technology

Dr. Ke Sun is a researcher and educator whose research investigates the intersections of embodiment, perception, and social processes in the built environment. Sun is particularly interested in exploring how walking in the city can become a method, a psychological situation, and a political act that activates and engages the faculty of human consciousness in the process of urban design practice. Sun's research and pedagogical approach revolve around investigating the corporeal condition of the built environment to understand the role of architects in creating a just and sublime urban environment through human experience and urbanism in the convergence of phenomenology, health, and ethics. Sun has published on this topic in various high-impact academic journals, including the European Journal of Creative Practices in Cities and Landscapes, co-published by the University of Bologna and Delft University of Technology, and the Montreal Architectural Review by McGill University. Sun has also presented his research at various international and national conferences, such as the ACSA, the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, and the International Association for the Study of Environment, Space and Place. He is currently working on his first monograph which focuses on urban walking, spatial justice, and aesthetics.

Before his appointment as an Assistant Professor at the Huckabee College of Architecture at Texas Tech University, Sun taught architectural history, theory, and design studios at the University of Florida. He served as a history, theory, and design studio integration curriculum committee member at the University of Florida and helped the school reorient the narrative of history and theory to decolonize the curriculum. Sun received his professional architecture training in China. He was educated as an architectural historian and theorist at the University of Florida, where he earned his M.Arch and Ph.D. in Architecture History and Theory. Sun is also a prolific amateur poet and was invited as a judge for the “Words on Canvas,” a poetry and prose writing competition hosted by the Harn Museum of Art in 2023.

Research Interests:

  • Urbanism and Cultural Landscape
  • Walking in the City/Flâneur-ism
  • Phenomenology in Architecture
  • Human Perception/Experience in the Built Environment
  • Surrealism and Architecture
  • Urban Aesthetics, Health, and Ethics
  • Spatial Justice
  • Hermeneutics
  • Design Studio Pedagogy

If you're interested in research opportunities, I currently have openings for Ph.D. positions, as well as Research Assistant and other funded roles in similar capacities. Please don't hesitate to reach out with your CV.


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