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Why Don’t We Teach Chinese Architecture in the United States?

This article was originally published on Common Edge as "Why Don’t We Teach Chinese Architecture?"

How many U.S. architecture professors know that there is a Chinese treatise equivalent to Vitruvius’ Ten Books of Architecture? Very few, I suspect. I taught architectural history for more than 20 years before I discovered the marvelous Yingsao Fashi, a Song Dynasty book by a prominent court official who, as far as we know, was not an architect or builder. In fact, prior to the Ming Dynasty no prominent temple, palace, or shrine in China was designed by an architect because the concept of a single mastermind in charge of a building project was foreign to the East Asian way of designing environments of any kind.

Screen Pavilion / Ray&Emilio Studio

as public theater. Image © Yilong Zhaoscreen pavillion. Image © Yilong Zhaovertical symmetric relationship between people and space. Image © Yilong Zhaoscreen pavillion. Image © Yilong Zhao+ 29

Hangzhou, China
  • Architects: Ray&Emilio Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  66
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

Renovation of the 809 Arsenal Relics – Hotel / 3andwich Design / He Wei Studio

New-built lobby connected with old building. Image © Yilong Zhaolobby aerial view. Image © Jinge SongAfter the renovation, the old stone wall of the first floor of the Chinese restaurant is kept, in contrast to the new materials of the second and third floors. Image © Yilong ZhaoThe historic exterior walls of the original building well-preserved with new traffic construction added. Image © Yilong Zhao+ 43

Yichang, China

Winners of the ArchDaily China Building of the Year 2020 Awards

Another year, another successful ArchDaily China Building of the Year Awards! With more than 20,000 votes gathered over the past 20 days, the results of the 2020 edition are in! Once more, the award has proved to be the largest architecture prize centered around people’s opinion. Crowdsourced, the most relevant projects of the year were nominated and selected by our readers.

This year we celebrate three projects -- highlighting a wide range of interventions, typologies, scale, material and locations, the winners are a mere reflection of the vast outreach of the profession. With new names surfacing every year, this edition, as the previous ones did, honors well-established practices and the newcomers. High-profile figures include Atelier FCJZ with its bridge museum in the Chinese countryside, Neri&Hu Design and Research Office and its sculpture art center, and Atelier Lai's Bamboo Bridge.

True to its status, ArchDaily China, the most far-reaching Chinese architectural website, is and will always be a platform for all architecture enthusiasts. Curating the best in the world, thanks to the trust of architectural firms and the devotion of our readers, ArchDaily’s realm keeps expanding exponentially. For that, we are grateful! 

ArchDaily China Building of the Year 2020 Awards: The Finalists

Following an exciting week of nominations, ArchDaily’s readers have evaluated over 800 projects and selected 10 finalists of the Building of the Year Award. Over 20,000 architects and enthusiasts participated in the nomination process, choosing projects that exemplify what it means to push architecture forward. These finalists are the buildings that have inspired ArchDaily readers the most.

Qingxiao Residence / Shulin Architectural Design

Uneven roofs. Image © Yilong Zhaostairs. Image © Yilong ZhaoThe transition between the stairs and the corridor courtyard. Image Courtesy of Shulin Architectural Designmountain pavilion. Image © Yilong Zhao+ 55

Jinhua, China

Jiao Ling Cabin / ZAOZUO ARCHITECTURE STUDIO

The progressive transition of facade. Image © Yilong ZhaoConnection and conversation. Image © Yilong ZhaoThe courtyard. Image © Yilong ZhaoThe cabin,discussion on different craft. Image © Yilong Zhao+ 36

Liangyou Red Town Art Design Center(ADC) / UAO design

© Yilong Zhao© Yilong Zhao© Yilong Zhao© Yilong Zhao+ 33

  • Architects: UAO Design
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  4891
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019

UAO Power Office / UAO Design

© Yilong Zhao© Yilong Zhao© Yilong Zhao© Yilong Zhao+ 36

  • Architects: UAO Design
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  474
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019

Write Box Showroom / UAO Design

Exhibition courtyard. Image © Yilong ZhaoEntrance side courtyard. Image © Yilong ZhaoEntrance side courtyard. Image © Yilong ZhaoCentral courtyard. Image © Yilong Zhao+ 33

Wuhan, China
  • Architects: UAO Design
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019

Bambow Bridge / Atelier Lai

aerial view. Image © Xuguo Tangaerial view. Image © Xuguo Tangeast side. Image © Xuguo Tangbridge. Image © Xuguo Tang+ 37

  • Architects: Atelier Lai
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  20
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019

Chongqing Factory Hotel / Usual Studio

© Tim Wu© Tim Wu© Tim Wu© Yilong Zhao+ 31

Chongqing, China
  • Architects: Usual Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  4300
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019

The Cave Bar / Qing Studio

© Yilong Zhao© Yilong Zhao© Yilong Zhao© Yilong Zhao+ 22

  • Interior Designers: Qing Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  108
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: MASAR, 尖创金属, 深圳圣吉利

Innovation Hunan Conference Center / DXH Studio

aerial view. Image © Yilong Zhaoperspective. Image © Yilong Zhaoperspective. Image © Yilong Zhaoperspective. Image © Yilong Zhao+ 43

Changsha, China
  • Architects: DXH Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1700
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019

Jiangnan Mintage Museum and the Headquarter of Kingjee Group / FANAF Architects

© Xiaowen Jin© Xiaowen Jin© Yilong Zhao© Yilong Zhao+ 33

Da Wang Jing Mixed-use Development / Andrew Bromberg at Aedas

View from the North. Image © Terry WierThe Bottom of a Tower and its Annex Building. Image © Terry WierThe Bottom of a Tower and its Annex Building. Image © Terry WierInterior. Image © Terry Wier+ 26

  • Architects: Aedas
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  571878
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

Pu'er Shan Zhi Meng Custom-Designed Neighborhood / YIC Architectural Design

hotel. Image © Yilong Zhao© Yilong Zhao© Yilong Zhao© Yilong Zhao+ 29

The Renovation of Yule Mountain Boutique Hotel / Continuation Studio

looking back at the main building from the terrace on the opposite side of the hall. Image © Yilong Zhao
looking back at the main building from the terrace on the opposite side of the hall. Image © Yilong Zhao

the elevation of the entrance. Image © Yilong Zhaobarbecue zone in bamboo forests, at the foot of mountain . Image © Yilong Zhao© Yilong ZhaoMain view at the north side of lobby . Image © Yilong Zhao+ 59

Lin'an, China
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1100
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: 臻藏古木