Shannon Bassett is an architectural and urban designer. Her research, teaching, writing and practice operate at the intersection of architecture, urban design and ecological systems.
Her writing on both China’s explosive urbanization and its changing landscape, as well as shrinking cities and the post-industrial landscape in North America, has been published in Topos, Urban Flux (Beijing), Canadian Architect and Garten + Landschaft. Her design research has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, including at the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture (2012) and was featured in the ensuing book publication, “Learning from Tri-ciprocal Cities: The time, the place, the people.” She was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant for (re)stitch TAMPA. Her book, " (Re)stitch Tampa Riverfront-Designing the Post-War Coastal American City through Ecologies" published by ACTAR is forthcoming. Her design practice has included designing an urban design master plan and study for an urban artist colony on 42 acre site, the Village of the Arts in Bradenton, Florida as well as a series of speculative design studies for the City of Tampa Riverwalk.
She has lectured internationally, as well as run design research studios in China collaborating both with the Tongji College of Architecture and Urban Planning and the Tianjin School of Architecture. She is an elected board member of the International Association for China Planning (IACP) and has served two consecutive terms since 2011. She holds a Masters of Architecture in Urban Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelors of Architecture with Distinction from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. While at Harvard she was a Research and Teaching Assistant for the Center for Urban Development Studies, later the Institute for International Urban Development, assisting with the research for the publication "Financing Urban Shelter : Global Report on Human Settlement" for the United Nations.