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Institute of Architectural and Urban Studies, Tsinghua University Celebrated its 25th Anniversary at Tsinghua School of Architecture
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After the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, the Institute of Architectural and Urban Studies (IAUS) of Tsinghua University ushered in its 25th birthday. The commemorative festivities were held at the School of Architecture, Tsinghua University from Nov. 5 to 7, 2009, including a commemorative forum and exhibition on IAUS achievements, and the “2009 Beijing Symposium on City Region Perspective” jointly hosted by Tsinghua University, Cambridge University and University of Sao Paulo.

Many faculty, students, emeriti, and alumni of IAUS took part in the commemoration. ZHOU Ganzhi, former Vice Minister of Construction, member of China Academy of Sciences and China Academy of Engineering; SHAN Jixiang, Director of State Administration of Cultural Heritage; TANG Kai, Director of Urban & Rural Planning Department of Ministry of Housing & Urban-Rural Development; CHEN Gang, Vice Mayor of Beijing; NI Weidou, Vice President of Beijing Association for Science; and many other experts and scholars from Tsinghua University, Peking University, China Academy of Urban Planning and Design, China Architecture Design Institute, Beijing City Planning and Design Institute, Beijing Institute of Architectural Design, etc, attended the commemoration for celebration.

The IAUS was founded by Professor WU Liangyong at Tsinghua University in 1984. Being a well-known educator, thinker, and academic leader in the field of Architecture and Urban Planning in China, Professor WU assisted Professor LIANG Sicheng in founding the Department of Architecture of Tsinghua University in 1946, and had served several terms as the Head of the department since 1952 till 1984 when he established the Institute of Architectural and Urban Studies. He creatively put forward the General Theory of Architecture in the late 1980s and the Sciences of Human Settlements in the 1990s, from a broad view of architecture and based on his research and practice on human settlements. He also drafted the Beijing Charter, a significant document guiding the development of architecture in the 21st century, which was unanimously adopted by the 20th UIA World Congress of Architects held in Beijing in June, 1999.

During the past 25 years, IAUS has taken great strides in the fields of teaching, research and practice. It has cultivated a large number of important talents who are working on the frontline of the construction industry, and completed a series of far-reaching studies under the guidance of WU Liangyong’s Sciences of Human Settlements, such as the planning research on the urban development of the Yangtze River Delta Region, the Pearl River Delta Region, the Greater Beijing Region, etc., which have played an important role in promoting regional study on China’s mega-regions.

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