Chinese architecture has had a long history exceeding 3500 years if we acknowledge the palace ruins of the prehistoric Shang-Yin dynasty as its earliest surviving example. Architectural complexes described in ancient texts， such as the ""He Palace"" of Huangdi (Yellow Emperor)， suggest their existence at the very beginning of the Chinese civilization. Some fundamental principles developed by architects and builders centuries ago have perpetuated for thousands of years. One such notion is mentioned in the chapter titled Da-yu-mo (Counsels of the Great Yu) in Shang Shu (Book of History)："putting right the virtues， using tools that provide the conveniences of daily life， and securing the rich means of sustaining life are things that must be harmoniously attend to."
Wang Guixiang, professor and doctoral advisor of the School of Architecture,Tsinghua University, is an academic leader in the field of architectural theory and history. He has been all along engaged in the research and teaching of history and theory of architecture. In 1981, he gained a master's degree and in 1996 a PhD; he successively studied as a visiting scholar in Edinburgh University of the United Kingdom, University of Pennsylvania and Getty Center of the United States. At present,he is Director of Architectural History and Heritage Preservation Institute, School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, Member of the Academic Degree Committee of Tsinghua University and Chairman of the Academic Degree Sub-Committee of School of Architecture, Tsinghua University. Concurrently, he is an expert on National Publishing Fund Panel, Vice-Chairman of Ancient Garden Sub-Society of China Heritage Society, and Vice-Chairman of Forbidden City Society.
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