Liang Sicheng Architecture Prize aims to stimulate the architects’ and architectural scholars’creative spirit, prosper architectural creation, and to improve the levels of architectural design, theoretical studies and architectural education. In 2000, the Ministry of Construction (MOC) of the People's Republic of Chinaand the Architectural Society of China (ASC) established Liang Sicheng Architecture Prize, to honor and reward architects, architectural theorists and architectural educators who have made significant achievements and outstanding contributions in the architectural field.In 2014, the Architectural Society of China became the sole sponsor of Liang Sicheng Architecture Prize.
LiangSicheng was a distinguished Chinese architect, architectural historian and educator, a pioneer in historical research in Chinese architecture, and the founder of China’smodern system of architectural education.As a key figure in introducing Western modern discipline of architecture and city planning system to China, he tried to create China’s own system of architectural education against localeconomic, cultural and technologicalbackgrounds. He was also a Chinese scholar who systematically presented the achievements of Chinese architecture and art to the Western world. Liang Sicheng took part in the formation of the Architectural Society of China and served as Vice President of its first council. He devoted to the promotion ofacademic exchange between Chinese and international architects. As the representative appointed by the Chinese government, he participated in important projects of international cooperation such as the design for the United Nations headquarters. Since the mid-20th century, Liang Sicheng’s works and research results have become the main channel through which the West learnsabout Chinese architecture and art.
Liang Sicheng Architecture Prize was highly recognized and praised by the architectural field in China. It has greatly enhanced the influence of the architecture industry and the visibility of practicing architects. Since 2016, Liang Sicheng Architecture Prize opens to the entire world, to be given bienniallyto two winners. The winners will receive a certificate and a medal from the Architectural Society of China, together witha prize of RMB 100,000.
The candidates for Liang Sicheng Architecture Prizeshould be committed to promoting the inheritance and innovation of architectural culture, and have important impacton thedevelopment of architectural culture. Theirworks of architectural design are widely accepted by international architectural professionals, havegoodsocial, economic and environmental benefits; their academic achievements have made outstanding contributions to architectural studies and architectural education.
Nominations for Liang Sicheng Architecture Prize combine individual nominations and those from the Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee votes to determine the shortlisted candidates. The Jury then selects the winners. The selection result is announcedon the official website of the Architectural Society of China and related domestic and international mediawithin one month after the selection.