Shiran is a teaching focused academic at Victoria University. She is experienced in teaching and coordinating various subjects within the Built Environment discipline at First Year College.

She is passionate about infusing teaching pedagogy with frontier research knowledge in the Built Environment discipline. Her research focuses on architectural heritage, smart city and sustainable urban environments, involving mixed methods.

She has a range of publications, including journal articles, book chapters and conference papers. Her PhD thesis aims to establish an urban heritage assessment framework that focuses on the spatial aspects of urban identity while conserving the site with smart heritage strategies.

Areas of expertise

  • architectural history
  • heritage studies
  • Architectural design
  • Urban Design
  • Sustainable built environment
  • healthcare environmental design
  • Smart City

Contact details

+61 (3) 9919 5917


See more of Shiran's publications in the Victoria University Research Repository (VURR).

Refereed journal articles

Geng, S., Chau, H. W., Jamei, E., & Vrcelj, Z. (2023). Urban characteristics, identities, and conservation of Chinatown Melbourne. Journal of Architecture and Urbanism, 47(1), 20–34.

Geng, S., Chau, H. W., Jamei, E., & Vrcelj, Z. (2022). Understanding the Street Layout of Melbourne’s Chinatown as an Urban Heritage Precinct in a Grid System Using Space Syntax Methods and Field Observation. Sustainability, 14(12701), 12701.

Geng, S., Chau, H. W., Yan, S. (2021). Influences of Russian Culture on Harbin’s Urban Planning from 1898 to 1931 and Conservation Recommendations. Journal of Chinese Architecture and Urbanism, 3(1), 1030.

Geng, S., Chau, H. W., Yan, S., Zhang, W., & Zhang, C. (2021). Comparative analysis of hospital environments in Australia and China using the space syntax approach. International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, 39(3), 525–546.

Refereed book chapters

Chau, H., & Geng, S. (2021). Analysis of Economic Activities in Urban Villages: Case Studies in Guangzhou, China. In S. Azzali & K. Thirumaran (Eds.), Tropical Constrained Environments and Sustainable Adaptations (pp. 131–149). Springer Singapore.

Conference presentations

Geng, S., Chau, H.-W., & Yan, S. (2020). Identify and Elucidating Urban Village Essentials Through Remodeling and Visualising a Social Housing Prototype in Guangzhou for Sustainable Residential Development in China. 2020 24th International Conference Information Visualisation (IV), 609–613.