The Architectural Profession of Modern China: Emerging from the Past

Wang, B. (2011). The Architectural Profession of Modern China: Emerging from the Past. Beijing: Foreign Language Press, 2011.

Posted: 4 May 2021

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Bing Wang

Harvard University - Harvard Graduate School of Design

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

What has become of China's architectural profession? How did the profession survive the fettered isolation and tumultuous political and ideological change in its episodic history? Did it develop lock-step with China's surging growth to provide the necessary architectural skills to support unprecedented building production? Is the profession well-prepared to experiment, take risks, and forge a practice model for the 21st century?

Wang's book presents a systematic perspective on the architectural profession's history and the ever-changing interplay between the state and the profession, from its established modern form in the 1920s to the present. Her detailed research illustrates how, when, and why the Chinese architectural profession assumed disparate forms at different historical stages, mirroring the country's convoluted embrace of modernity. The analytical framework of this book is foundational for the understanding of the profession's potential trajectory in future innovation and novelty in practice.

Keywords: Design Profession, Chinese Architects, Architectural Studies

Suggested Citation

Wang, Bing, The Architectural Profession of Modern China: Emerging from the Past (2011). Wang, B. (2011). The Architectural Profession of Modern China: Emerging from the Past. Beijing: Foreign Language Press, 2011., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3834545

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