The School of Architecture of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
participated in the dedication of
The Warfield Archives of Vernacular Architecture
in a ceremony at
The College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Tongji University
in Shanghai, China on July 5, 2013
Director David Chasco, FAIA formally presented the Warfield Archives to
Tongji University Vice President Wu Jiang
Former Tongji Vice President and CAUP Dean Zheng Shiling, FAIA
Department of Architecture Head Chang Qing, FAIA, and
Tongji University Museum and Warfield Archives Curator Liu Yuting
Director David M. Chasco, FAIA and Professor James Warfield, on behalf of the Illinois School of Architecture in the College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign presented “The Warfield Archives of Vernacular Architecture” to the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Tongji University in Shanghai, China.
Professor Warfield’s vernacular archives collection, comprised of travel journals, field sketches, photographs, books and professional publications, represents over 50 years of “scholarly research and interpretative views through an artist’s eyes.” His worldwide vernacular research spans across the United States, south through Mexico, Central America and South America, and includes fieldwork throughout Europe, Africa, Turkey, India, Nepal, Thailand, Australia and the Pacific as well. Since beginning the UIUC/Tongji University Summer Program in China, he has travelled throughout China, recording China’s rich history of vernacular environments, with emphasis upon the folk architecture of China’s rural minority peoples.
The dedication of “The Warfield Archives of Vernacular Architecture” is, in part, the celebration of the 25 year partnership between two of the world’s great institutions of higher learning: the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Tongji University in Shanghai, China. The archives were presented to Tongji University Vice-President Wu Jiang. Former Tongji Vice President and CAUP Dean Zheng Shiling, FAIA, offered a special testimonial in recognition of Jim Warfield’s unique contributions to the study of vernacular architecture globally and in China, both as a scholar as well as a longtime friend who, jointly with Jim, initiated the collaboration between the two institutions 25 years ago.