Founded in 1953, the Architectural Society of China (ASC)is an independent body approved and registered by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, also the member of China Association for Science and Technology (CAST).
AIMS AND TASKS
The fundamental objectives and tasks of the ASC are: to carry out the policy of “letting a hundred flowers blossom and a hundred schools of thought contend”, to popularize various academic activities, to edit and publish periodicals in the academic and technological fields, to make consultations for important scientific and technological issues and projects, to evaluate and appraise and to organize international academic exchanges, symposia and study trips in order to enhance the prosperity of architectural creation and scientific and technological progress.
Being the bridge and tie linking between members as well as professionals in the field of building construction and the government as well as other professional organizations, the ASC reflects their opinions and desires, protects their legal rights, by recommending talents and giving commendations to the advanced so as to initiate good professional morals and excellent style of study.
MEMBERSHIP AND ORGANIZATIONAL CHART
The membership of the ASC consists of members, fellow members, honarary members, student members and alien members as well as group members. Now the ASC has over 100,000 members, 9 working committees, 20 branches or professional committees and the general secretariat.
The local organizations of the ASC is the architectural societies or civil engineering & architectural societies at the provincial level in various provinces and autonomous regions and the municipalities directly under the Central Government. The ASC entrusts each local society to admit members and practises dependency administration.
The ASC awards include Architectural Creation Award, Young Architects Award, Excellent Building Structure Award and Excellent Treatise Awards. The ASC, entrusted by the Ministry of Construction, is in charge of selecting the national award, Liang Sicheng Architecture Award.
The periodicals edited and published by the ASC are: the Architectural Journal, Journal of Building Structure, Architectural Knowledge, Engineering Prospecting, Building Economy, Small Township Construction, Engineering Earthquake-Resistance, Building Electricity, Heating ventilation and Air-conditioning, Construction Technology.
The ASC is the national member of the international Union of Architects (UIA) and the Architects Regional Council Asia(ARCASIA). The ASC signed agreements of academic exchanges and professionalism cooperation with Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Architectural Institute of Japan (AIJ), Union of Architects of Russia (URA), the Korean Institute of Architects (KIA), Union of Mogolian Architects (UMA) and the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) etc, and has kept close contacts with the architectural institutions throughout the countries and regions all over the world.