Shanghai Museum Debuts Exhibition on U.S.-Educated Chinese Architects

Consular Officer Hiram Rios Hernandez and Public Affairs Assistant Xie Pianpian attended the opening ceremony of “The Rise of Modernity-The First Generation of Chinese Architects from the University of Pennsylvania.” This exhibition, held at the Power Station of Art, celebrates the first generation of Chinese architects who trained at Penn in the 1920s-1930s. The group included Liang Sicheng and Lin Huiyin, both architects, scholars, and writers who are credited with founding the field of Chinese historical architecture. In addition, Liang is considered the father of modern Chinese architecture, while Lin was China’s first female architect and a notable poet. The exhibit highlights the contributions these individuals made to the study of architecture in China, and focuses on how their training and experiences in the U.S. paved the way for the development of Shanghai as a modern metropolis. The show further underscores the enduring connection between American and Chinese peoples, particularly in the area of educational and academic exchange, and the continuing impact. Approximately 200 members of the local arts and architecture communities attended the event, including representatives from the Architectural Society of China and professors from the University of Pennsylvania.