Architecture, Urbanism, and Culture of China
30 May - 8 July, 2013
The UVA Architecture in China program is held this year in collaboration with School of Architecture of Nanjing University in Nanjing. China is an economic and intellectual powerhouse with increasing influence in the world. It is also the largest design market in the world as construction and infrastructure continues to expand at rapid rates, and it is increasingly internationally orientated. The program will take students to Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Suzhou, and Beijing.
There are three major objectives of the program:
1. Firsthand experience of vibrant and cutting edge contemporary architectural and urban designs, through visits to sites and leading local and international architects, as well as invited lectures. The volume and intensity of construction in China has led to many innovations in design, construction, material, management that are important for students to understand.
2. Collaborate with students and professors in Nanjing, in a design workshop on themes which are both local and international.
3. Understand, through a narrative journey book, different aspects of Chinese architecture and culture, documenting, commenting and reflecting on the visits to gardens in Suzhou, mountains and lakes around Hangzhou, the ancient city of Nanjing, and the imperial city of Beijing.
Participants will earn, in a period of six weeks, a total of six UVA credits for the following two courses:
ARH 5606: Chinese Architecture and Culture (3 credits)
ARCH 5500: Design Workshop (3 credits)
Professor Yunsheng Huang was educated both in China and US. Prof. Huang has practiced architectural design in China and is currently an Associate Professor of Architectural History at the University of Virginia's School of Architecture. He is one of the founders of the program.
Professor Shiqiao Li is Weedon Professor in Asian Architecture. He was educated in Beijing and London, practiced architecture in London and Hong Kong, and taught architectural design and theory in Singapore and Hong Kong. He has published widely on the topic of Chinese early modern and contemporary architecture, and his forthcoming book, The Chinese City, examines Chinese cities within their indigenous intellectual frameworks.
Weedon Professor in Asian Architecture
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School of Architecture
University of Virginia
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