Thursday, March 14, 2013

Professor David Chasco, Director of the University of Illinois School of Architecture, has announced that UIUC Professor Emeritus James Warfield will be honored in Shanghai in July at the Tongji University opening ceremonies for the "Warfield Archives of Vernacular Architecture." The dedication of this remarkable research collection is a milestone in 25 years of collaboration between the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Tongji University and the School of Architecture University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The Warfield Archives represent 50 years of research in vernacular architecture: field notes, journal entries, photos, on-site sketches and drawings, and journal entries by James Warfield, ACSA Distinguished Professor in Architecture at the University of Illinois. The archives preserve Warfield's worldwide research conducted in over 60 countries with support from the Graham Foundation, the Fulbright-Hays Fellowship Program, the Carnegie Foundation and, most significantly, the University of Illinois Research Board.

The initial collection, which will be dedicated at the July 5, 2013 Shanghai ceremony, consists of over 20,000 photographic images and written documents. It is anticipated that the archives will grow by 5000 new entries per year with digital records housed and curated by the CAUP Architecture Museum. The complete permanent and updated collection will be available worldwide through links at Tongji University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as the Warfield website


In celebration this memorable achievement, Director Chasco invited a number of international scholars and colleagues to write in regard to Professor Warfield's work and research collection. The words of Zheng Shiling, Juhani Pallasmaa, A. Richard Williams, Wu Jiang, Chang Qing, Patricia McKenzie, Robert Riley, Robert Mooney, James Knight, and Liu Yuting will be included in the dedication day ceremonies.

Architect and educator A. Richard Williams wrote: "Reflecting on the magnificent breadth and depth of Professor Warfield's 'Archives of Vernacular Architecture,' one is inspired to acclaim its stature as a superbly unique work of scholarship and art. This inspiration leads us joyfully to search our memory for utility, beauty and grace in the most humble settings of human inhabitation around the world."

Liu Yuting, Editor of the distinguished Chinese Journal Heritage Architecture added: "Today, we are granted the good fortune to receive this precious gift from Professor James Warfield and we relish the visual and intellectual feasts it brings to us. A new gateway into the world heritage of vernacular architecture is opening to us. Thanks, indeed, for the friendship and kindness of Professor Warfield who is from the other side of the ocean. And thanks for his love and keen expectation for China, Shanghai, Tongji University, and the College of Architecture and Urban Planning."  


Last year Professor Warfield was named to the faculty of Tongji University, and, simultaneously, to the Board of Editors of China's new professional journal Heritage Architecture. By this appointment, Warfield joined a list of honorary and advisory professors at Tongji that includes: Chinese American architect I. M. Pei; British architect Richard Rogers; Indian architect Charles Correa; former UIUC Plym Distinguished Professor Ken Yeang; longtime Dean of MIT Stanford Anderson; chief conservation architect of the Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris Benjamin Mouton; and Japanese architect Tadao Ando.

Since 1988, Professor Warfield has led the University of Illinois/Tongji University Program in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning.  The College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) at Tongji University is widely considered the top program in urban planning in China, and ranks first or second among the leading architecture schools.  Throughout his 25 year association with Tongji University, Professor Warfield has fostered the careers of numerous Chinese students and faculty. His former teaching assistants in the Illinois program include professionals of considerable stature: the Vice President of Tongji University; the Head of International Programs at Tongji University; the CEO of the major Shanghai architectural firm UN+ Architects; the Head of the Interior Design Program in CAUP; and the former Vice Mayor of the City of Shanghai in charge of construction.

CAUP Director of the Department of Architecture, Professor Chang Qing, FAIA, stated that Warfield's faculty appointment was made on the basis of his leadership in this program, the oldest international program in the college, and based upon his 2009 book and major exhibit "Roads Less Traveled" at Kengo Kuma’s Z58 in Shanghai. These works are based upon Warfield's research, travel journals and photos of vernacular architecture in 32 culture areas around the world.

Warfield is also author of Dancing Lessons from God and The Architect’s Sketch, published respectively in English and Chinese in the USA and China. Warfield has taught for 40 years at the University of Illinois and continues to head a graduate studio in design and a Campus Honors capstone seminar "Architecture as Gateway to Culture.” He also leads a springtime sketch trip to the Greek islands of Mykonos and Santorini for architecture students in the School of Architecture's Versailles study abroad program. In China, he writes quarterly essays on vernacular architecture in the "Warfield Column" in Heritage Architecture. In 2002, Warfield was named and ACSA Distinguished Professor in Architecture by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.



The Warfield Archives of Vernacular Architecture - Catalog for the July 5, 2013 Dedication Ceremony in Shanghai -!i=2483787152&k=H5bTJmz