Chinese Preservationist Ruan Yisan to Receive 2014 Henry Hope Reed Award in Chicago

Renowned preservationist Ruan Yisan will receive the 2014 Henry Hope Reed Award in Chicago on Saturday, March 29. The Henry Hope Reed Award is given to an individual working outside the practice of architecture who has supported the cultivation of the traditional city, its architecture and art through writing, planning or promotion.

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Professor Ruan Yisan

Professor Ruan has provided a map for conservation and economic development not just in China but around the world.

South Bend, Ind. (PRWEB) March 24, 2014

The University of Notre Dame School of Architecture announced today that historic preservationist Ruan Yisan will receive the 2014 Henry Hope Reed Award in Chicago on Saturday, March 29. Ruan, professor of architecture at Tongji University, will receive the award in conjunction with the Richard H. Driehaus Prize ceremony, at which the Driehaus Prize will be presented to Italian architect Pier Carlo Bontempi.

A native of Suzhou, China, Professor Ruan has been a consultant for numerous conservation projects in historic cities in China including Yangzhou, Hangzhou, Shaoxing, Pingyao and Lijiang. He supervised the Yangtze River Water Towns project and the Pingjiang Historic District project of Suzhou, both of which received Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards from UNESCO. Professor Ruan also has been honored by France’s culture ministry as a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters for his contributions to the conservation of World Heritage sites.

“Professor Ruan has, through example, shown us the importance of saving not just individual buildings, but whole environments, along with their culture, so that they become part of modern life, rather than isolated artifacts,” said Michael Lykoudis, the Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean of the Notre Dame School of Architecture. “His work has included the trinity of scales of the architecture: the city, the building and the landscape. By master planning traditional urban environments, Professor Ruan has applied this approach in villages, towns and cities along and in the process provided a map for conservation and economic development not just in China but around the world.”

“Through large-scale local interventions, Professor Ruan’s work has become a model for preservation that addresses context in the broadest sense of the term,” said Richard H. Driehaus, founder, chairman and chief investment officer of Chicago-based Driehaus Capital Management LLC.

The Henry Hope Reed Award is given to an individual working outside the practice of architecture who has supported the cultivation of the traditional city, its architecture and art through writing, planning or promotion. The $50,000 award is presented annually through the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, a national leader in incorporating the ideals of traditional and classical architecture into the task of modern urban development. Previous recipients of the Reed Award include David Watkin (2013), Elizabeth Barlow Rogers (2012), Robert A. Peck (2011) and Vincent Scully (2010).

Recipients of this year’s Reed Award and Driehaus Prize were selected by a jury composed of Adele Chatfield-Taylor, president of the American Academy in Rome; Robert Davis, developer and founder of Seaside, Fla.; Paul Goldberger, contributing editor at Vanity Fair; Léon Krier, architect and urban planner; Demetri Porphyrios, principal of Porphyrios Associates; and Witold Rybczynski, Meyerson Professor Emeritus of Urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania.

The awards ceremony will begin at 11:00AM CT and is open to the public. For more details, please contact April Roberts at (212) 362-9532 or April(at)IWPRGroup(dot)com.


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