Landscape Architecture at Tsinghua University

60 Years of Excellence

Department of Landscape Architecture School of Architecture Tsinghua University



7.3" x 10" (Portrait)
Hard bound
Publication date: 
Fall 2017
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Zhu Yufan, Wu Dongfan, Zhuang Youbo, Liu Haibo, Li Shuhua, Zhao Zhicong, Hu Jie, Chen Chongxian.


The very first landscape architecture program in China was initiated at Tsinghua University, one of the most distinguished universities in the Nation. Rapid population growth and environmental challenges over the past thirty years have driven an ever-increasing need for landscape design. Tsinghua University pioneered the expansion of landscape architecture education in China. With its international vision and broad insight into local practice, targeted research, excellent student work, and rich publications and papers, Landscape Architecture at Tsinghua University: Sixty Years of Excellence, provides a full and vivid picture of the landscape program at Tsinghua.

The book provides an overview of the department’s milestone achievements in retrospect as well as its influential contributions in current days, including the establishment and development of the program, a description of its educational philosophy integrating practice and research, a collection of award-winning projects by faculty members and a compilation of books, awards, published studies, and monographs. A thorough reflection on the accomplishments and great work done since the establishment of the Department of Landscape Architecture at Tsinghua University, it also provides a broad scope of hot topics related to environment and sustainability in regards to China’s current development.

About the author: 

YANG Rui, Ph.D. Professor and Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture, School of Architecture, Tsinghua University. President of China National Landscape Architecture Education Supervisory Committee. Prof. Yang has extensive influence in the field of landscape conservation and landscape architecture education. He received his Bachelor of Architecture, Master in Urban Planning, and Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture from Tsinghua University in 1989, 1991 and 1995 respectively. His doctoral dissertation “Improving the National Park and Protected Area System of China: Theories and Practice” was awarded the first prize of Tsinghua University Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award. He was a visiting scholar at Harvard University Graduate School of Design from 1997 to 1998. He acted as the team leader to draft out the “Eleventh Five-Year Plan for National Natural Heritage Conservation”, which was the first Natural and cultural Heritage Conservation plan in China. He has worked on many important projects as the leader, including the planning for Mount Tai, the Yellow Mountain, Jiuzhaigou Valley, Mount Wutai, Meili Snow Mountain, Jingpo Lake, Wudalianchi Lake, and Beijing scenic spot system etc. Among them, the Master Plan for Meili Snow Mountain Scenic Area was awarded the First Prize of 2012 Huaxia Construction Science and Technology Award, and the First Prize of the 2011 Chinese Society of Landscape Architecture Outstanding Landscape Planning and Design Award.

ZHENG Xiaodi, Ph.D., RLA, is an associate professor of the Department of Landscape Architecture, School of Architecture at Tsinghua University. She also serves as the Director of International Affairs at the Chinese Gardening and Landscaping Industry Association. She received her Ph.D. and B.Arch. from Tsinghua University and her MLA from the GSD, at Harvard University. Before returning to China in 2008, she worked with OLIN and SWA Group in the United States, participating in award-winning projects. Her current research focuses on brownfields regeneration and sustainable landscape, and campus landscape planning and design.