Department of Art History and the College
Wei-Cheng Lin specializes in the history of Chinese art and architecture, with a focus on medieval periods. His primary interests in research are visual and material cultural issues in Buddhist art and architecture and China’s funerary practice through history. His current book project, “Performative Architecture of China,” investigates the ways in which Chinese architecture can be considered as actively engaging its users by structuring, affecting, evoking, or shaping their spatial senses and imagination. It explores architecture’s performative potential through history and the meanings enacted through such architectural performance.
He is the author of Building a Sacred Mountain: The Buddhist Architecture of China’s Mount Wutai (University of Washington Press, 2014), as well as numerous articles appearing in scholarly publications. He was the recipient of the Carter Manny Award from the Graham Foundation and the Millard Meiss Publication Award from the College Art Association. He has held fellowships from the Academia Sinica in Taipei and the International Academy of China Studies at Peking University. Lin currently serves on the editorial board of the Archives of Asian Art.
He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 2006. Prior to returning to the University, he taught at Iowa State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.