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Chinese master architect-Liang Sicheng

Author: Guo Daiheng, Gao Yilian, Xia Lu

ISBN: 978-1-84464-528-2

Ebook ISBN: 978-1-84464-529-9

Hardback-520 Pages

August 2019


£65 €78 $98



Liang Sicheng is a renowned architectural historian, architectural educator and architect in China. He is the founder of the discipline of Chinese architecture history, and also the pioneer of Chinese cultural relics conservation. With life-long devotion to the research and protection of ancient architecture and to the architectural education, he has made brilliant devotion and achievements in the field of architectural history research, and has contributed considerably to the cause of architectural education in China. This book consists of twelve chapters, including the Teenage Years, Growing Course, Homecoming, Society for the Research in Chinese Architecture, Culture Salon in Beijing, the War of Resistance Against Japan, Victory of Anti-Japanese War, Early Post-liberation Period, Renewed Vigor, Tranquility for a Short Time, Final Sufferings, and Unforgettable Achievements. These chapters narrate at length the occupational pursuit of Liang Sicheng throughout his life. The three authors of this book are all scholars from Tsinghua University, and are especially familiar with Mr. Liang’s work and life. This book is written in biographical form, yet it still has academic element. Such a legible and academic book is approachable for both professionals and general readers.



Chapter I The Teenage Yearsa

I. His Father Liang Qichao and Hundred Days’ Reform

II. His Father Liang Qichao’s Family

III. His Teenage Years

Chapter II Growing Course

I. Liang Sicheng and Lin Huiyin

II. School Life in America

III. Romantic Homecoming

Chapter III Homecoming

I. Teaching at National Northeastern University

II. Death of Liang Qichao

Chapter IV Society for the Research in Chinese Architecture

I. Yingzao Fashi and Regulation of Ministry of Works

II. Early Field Research

III. Study on Preservation of Cultural Building Relics

Chapter V Culture Salon in Beijing

Chapter VI The War of Resistance Against Japan

I. The July 7 Incident of 1937

II. Homelessness

III. Kunming

IV. Chuan Kang Survey

V. Lizhuang

VI. Victory of the Anti-Japanese War

Chapter VII Victory of Anti-Japanese War

I. Establishing Architecture Department of Tsinghua University

II. Investigation and Teaching in the U.S.

III. A New Schooling Road

IV. Teaching and Educating

Chapter VIII Early Post-liberation Period

Ι. New Life

Ⅱ. National flag, national emblem, and the Monument to the People’s Heroes

Ш. Cloionne Enamel

IV. A Battle of Making the Urban Planning Scheme of Beijing

V. Fight for the Protection of Ancient City and Historical Sites

VI. Characteristics of Liang’s Urban Planning Ideology

VII. The Background for Liang’s Urban Planning Ideology

VIII. Assessment of Liang’s ideology for Ancient City Protection and Urban Planning

IX. About “the national form of architecture”

X. Design Works and Design Philosophy

XI. The Death of Lin Huiyin

Chapter IX Renewed Vigor

I. Submitting Party Membership Application

II. Rectification Movement

III. The ideal of “Neo-Chinese Architecture”

Chapter X Tranquility for a Short Time

I. Ancient Architecture Complex That Had Never Been Given Up

II. Back to the Frontline of Research

III. Jianzhen Memorial Hall: A Product of Sino-Japanese Cultural Exchange

IV. Memory of the Ancient Capital

V. Lin Zhu Coming into Liang Sicheng’s life

VI. Historic Preservation Always in Mind

VII. Heartfelt Wishes of a Daubery Craftsman

Chapter XI Final Sufferings

I. Impossible to Escape from His Fate

II. The Last Miles of His Life Journey

Chapter XII Unforgettable Achievements


I. A Brief Biography of Lin Huiyin

II. Afterword by Wilma Fairbank




About Author:

Guo Daiheng, graduated from Tsinghua University in 1960 and studied under Liang Sicheng. Currently, she is a professor and doctoral tutor at Tsinghua University, and a national first-class registered architect. She ever worked as head of the teaching and research section, school of architecture. In 1987, she won the first prize of the National Natural Science Award and the first prize of Science and Technology Progress Award. She has written more than 50 academic papers and a number of academic books, including A History of Chinese Ancient Architecture (The Third Volume): Song, Liao, Jin and Xixia Architecture, Hua Tang Yi Cai: Interior Decoration Art of Chinese Classical Architecture, Baoguo Temple, The Famous Works of Eastern Architecture in the 20th Century and of Chinese Ancient Architecture in both Chinese and English. Her New Leifeng Tower project in Hangzhou has granted the Silver Award of Excellent Architectural Design by the Ministry of Construction and the First Prize of Excellent Architectural Design by the Ministry of Education.

Gao Yilan was born in 1932 and a professor and doctoral tutor of the School of Architecture before 1999 when she retired. She used to be the head of the Department of Architecture at the School of Architecture of Tsinghua University, and ever served as the Director of Architectural Education Evaluation Committee of National Higher Education Institutions for two consecutive years. She has participated in or hosted a number of important design projects, such as Museum of Chinese Revolution, Main Building at Tsinghua University, Chairman Mao Zedong Memorial Hall, Beijing Yanxiang Hotel (awarded the Second Prize of Excellent Design by the Education Commission in 1989), library, gymnasium, teaching building and laboratory building of Shenyang Institute of Aeronautical Engineering and much more. In 1993, her teaching achievement won the First Prize of National Excellent Higher Education Teaching Achievement Award. She has presided over a number of research projects, translated one book, complied two books and published dozens of papers in domestic and foreign journals.

Xia Lu was born on May 3, 1960 in Lanzhou, Gansu Province, China. From 1978 to 1983, she studied at the Department of Architecture, Tsinghua University. From 1983 to 1985, she worked in Gansu Planning and Design Institute, with main works of Government Building of Baiyin City, Planning and Design for Maiji Mountain Grottoes Scenic Area. From 1985 to 1989, she worked in Beijing New Building Materials Architecture Design Institute, with main works of No.1 Building, Zhengyang Shopping Mall, the so-called eyebrow project located in the southern side of Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven Supermarket, Hotel Group at Nandaihe Scenic Area. From 1990 to 1994, she obtained her master degree at the School of Architecture and Engineering, University of Liverpool, with research topic being Chinese ancient architecture. Now she settles in Liverpool, England, and is a member of the Liverpool UK-China Cultural Promotion Association. Her works include Museum of Chinese Culture: Chinatown, Liverpool, Welsh Historic Monuments and so on.

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