Harvard CAMLab

Tradition and Innovation——From Henry Murphy to Modern Chinese Architecture

Date & Time:

May 28, 2022, 9:00AM EST
May 28, 2022, 9:00PM CST

Academic Convenor:

Jeffrey W. CODY

Former Senior Project Specialist, Building & Sites Department, Getty Conservation Institute
Author of Building in China: Henry K. Murphy's "Adaptive Architecture," 1914-1935

WU Jiang

Former Vice-President of Tongji University
Academician of the French Academy of Architecture


(Alphabetical Order)

HO Puay Peng

UNESCO Chair on Architectural Heritage Conservation and Management in Asia
Professor and Head, Department of Architecture, NUS

LAI Delin

Professor, Department of Fine Arts, University of Louisville

LU Wei

Director, Fuzhou Architectural Design Institute
Lecturer, Fuzhou University School of Architecture and Urban Planning
Translator of Building in China: Henry K. Murphy's "Adaptive Architecture," 1914-1935

LU Yongyi

Professor, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University


Professor, Southeast University School of Architecture
Principal Architect, TM Studio



Associate in Research, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University
Associate, Harvard CAMLab

MIN Jiajian

Project Manager, Harvard CAMLab


ZHU Ning

Researcher, Harvard CAMLab


The balance and compromise between tradition and innovation, modernity and locality, the West and the East, have always been topics in modern Chinese architectural practice and discourse. Henry Killam Murphy (1877-1954) is a significant figure in the history of modern Chinese architecture. However, he has been overlooked in the contemporary debates about "localization" and "globalization" by both Chinese and Western researchers. Since the publication of the Chinese translation of Building in China: Henry K. Murphy's "Adaptive Architecture," 1914-1935. by Jeffrey W. Cody in 2022, it has been an excellent opportunity to discuss Henry Murphy's influence on modern Chinese architecture and urban planning, and more importantly, the underlying social, cultural and economic context, as well as the meaning of "tradition and innovation" in a broader context of the modern Chinese architectural world.


Part I
Introduction 10minsIntroduction to the Panelists, China Builders Project and Harvard CAMLab.

Part II
Panel Talk 90minsEach Convenor/Panelist will have 10 -15 mins to address the topic with their related research.

Part III
Discussion 40minsModerator will summarize panel talks and have two to three planned questions to start the discussion and the group dialogue.

Part IV
Q&A 10minsQ&A with the Audience

(Seminar in both Chinese and English with Simultaneous Interpreting)

This event is free to public via Zoom but advance registration is required. 

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