An Infinity of Stupas: Types of Chinese Buddhist Pagodas


Friday, July 26, 2019, 1:00pm to 3:00pm


Sackler Building 427

Nan Wang, Assistant Professor at Tsinghua University, School of Architecture
Harvard CAMLab Visiting Scholar

The third installment of the three-part lecture will focus on bottle-shaped and Vajra-based pagodas. 

Nan Wang received his Bachelor of Architecture at the School of Architecture, Tsinghua University in 2001 and his PhD in the School of Architecture, Tsinghua University in 2008, studying under Professor Wu Liangyong. Since 2009, he has been a lecturer at Tsinghua University, teaching architectural and urban design courses. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Institute of The Forbidden City in Beijing since 2019. His main research interests are the history and proportions of traditional Chinese architecture. His most important academic books are Rules of Square and Circle, Harmony of Heaven and Earth: A Research on the Proportions of Chinese Traditional Capital Cities and Architectures (2018), The Traditional Architecture of Beijing (2016), and  Ancient Capital City Beijing (2012).  Since 2013, Nan Wang has published nine volumes of the series of“Epic of Architecture" in Duku, a famous Chinese magazine on arts and humanities, including “The Pantheon,"  "Tombs of Han Dynasty,"  “Pagodas and Grottoes Coming to the East, “Stone Remains of the Six Dynasties, “Golden Heaven, “Dreams back to Tang Dynasty," “Sacred Monasteries," ”Mysterious Book of Ying Zao," and “Structure of Wood and Spirit of Zen.”