Three Musketeers: A Story about the firm Allied Architects and Its Founders

12:00 pm on Monday, April 22, 2019
1:30 pm on Monday, April 22, 2019
Contact Name:
Robert Murowchick
The BU Center for the Study of Asia is pleased to present Ms. ZHANG Qin 张琴 Three Musketeers: A Story about the firm Allied Architects and Its Founders 三個人的江湖:我們是華蓋 Monday, April 22, 2019 from 12-1:30 pm 121 Bay State Road, Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University Lunch will be provided! Summary: Allied Architects was one of the largest private architectural firms in China, founded in 1932 and enjoying a long history. From 1932-1952, Allied Architects undertook more than 200 building projects in Nanjing, Wuxi, Shanghai, Chongqing, Kunming, Guizhou, Hangzhou, Suzhou, and other cities. Its three founders, Zhao Shen, Chen Zhi, and Tong Jun, all graduated from Tsinghua University and later earned degrees at the University of Pennsylvania. As the most influential architects of their time, they developed a broad network of friends that included Long Yun 龍雲 (the warlord of Yunnan Province), Sun Mingjiu 孫明久 (the General of the Northeastern Army who defeated Chiang Kai-shek during the Xi’an Incident), Sun Liren孫立人 (the General of the Expeditionary Army), journalist and diplomat Dong Xianguang 董顯光, as well as Ye Zhupei 葉渚沛, the founder of China’s modern metallurgical industry. Their intertwined experience represents the complexity of that period, as well as the conflict of fates of this first generation of Western-trained Chinese intellectuals.