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Weedon Professorship in Asian Architecture-Saunders Match

The William Stone Weedon Professorship in Asian Architecture was made possible by a gift from the Ellen Bayard Weedon Foundation, with matching funds provided by the Saunders Family Challenge, created by the family of Thomas A. Saunders, III (Darden '67), to endow faculty professorships in architecture, education and nursing. The late William Stone Weedon (Col '29, Grad '36) was a faculty member in the School of Architecture with noted authority on Asian art and culture, exploring the relationships between Buddhism and Platonism. During his long tenure at the University, Professor Weedon advanced the understanding of East Asian architecture through highly popular courses that imparted both his knowledge and passion for the subject. For his service to the University, he received the Raven Award, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award and, in 1976, the Thomas Jefferson Award, the University's highest honor. He was a veteran of World War II and a recipient of the Bronze Star for his work in breaking enemy codes. The professorship supports a recognized leader in the field of architecture, landscape architecture, architectural history, or urban and environmental planning who has a demonstrated commitment to teaching.

In 2011, the School of Architecture named Dr. Shiquio Li as the Weedon Professor in Asian Architecture. Dr. Li received his BA from Tsinghua University in Beijing and his PhD from AA School of Architecture and Birkbeck College, University of London.

During the academic year 2012-2013, Professor Li has completed a book manuscript, The Chinese City, which has been submitted to the publisher (Sage Publications, London). This book will be a major scholarly work since the publication of “Power and Virtue (2007) and Architecture and Modern Thought” (2009); it integrates the scholarly trajectories of his career – English architectural development in the late seventeenth century and Chinese architectural development in the early twentieth century – into a different stage. Since 2007, and to develop the content of the book, he has presented and published conference papers and lectures delivered at Bartlett School of Architecture in London, University of Johannesburg, University of Sheffield, Nanjing University, Tianjin University, Asian Urban Lab in Singapore, as well as papers published in peer reviewed journals in “Architectural Theory Review, Theory Culture Society and Fabrications.”

Since January 2012, Professor Li has developed four new courses related to Asian Architecture: Architecture and Asia Trade (lecture course), The Chinese City (seminar course), World Contemporary Architecture (seminar course, will be offered again in 2014 as an undergraduate required course), Matteo Ricci’s Nanjing Library (China Program). These courses, together with Research Studio, enabled me to participate extensively in the teaching of two departments: Architectural and History. He has taken up the supervision of six Master of Architectural History students (three as chair of committee, three as member of committee) and one PhD student. Since January 2012, he has assumed the position as the co-director of UVa China Program, and has developed new course content and itinerary for this year’s UVa China Program.

While continuing to honor his service commitments prior to coming to UVa, he has taken up new service roles, as member of a search committee for three new faculty, member of search committee for David Dean Chair; he served on committees for the Woltz Symposium, PhD Program, Promotion and Tenure, Admissions for both History and Architecture, and as Advisor for 3rd Year Undergraduate Class. Outside the University, Professor Li has served, and continues to serve, as member of editorial boards of peer reviewed journals “Architecture and Culture” (London) and “Architectural Theory” (Sydney), and as Advisor to “Compendium of Architectural History and Theory” book series (Beijing), Design Research book series (RMIT Publishing, Melbourne); he served as reviewer for European Research Council Executive Agency, Research Grant Council, the Government of Hong Kong, Forum of Contemporary Architectural Theories (Southeast University, Nanjing), “Footprint” (TU Delft, The Netherlands), “Theory Culture Society” (London). He is an international consultant to a new Master of Urban Planning Programme, The RMIT University, External Examiner for PhD for RMIT University, Member, Reference Group for Learning and Teaching Standards (Architecture) of the Australian Learning & Teaching Council, and Member of Advisory Panel of Asian Urban Lab in Singapore.

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