Graduate Architecture

Posted April 30, 2019

PhD Candidate Earns DAAD Research Grant

Liyang Ding, PhD Candidate in the History and Theory of Architecture, was awarded a Research Grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

This grant will allow him to continue his doctoral research on German architect Hans Scharoun at the Architectural Archive of the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin during 2019-2020.

Liyang’s research aims to provide a critical account of the role of Chinese architecture and urban culture played in Scharoun’s work, his evolving conception of architectural space, and Asian-European exchange in general. By examining the archival evidence that suggests Scharoun’s debt to China, the project answers the following questions: what motivated Scharoun’s enduring interest in China, what is the relationship between his “organic” approach and the Chinese parallel, and how did Scharoun’s study of China affect the formation and development of his spatial conception and urban vision in his postwar practice.

Founded in 1925, the DAAD is a registered members association made up of German institutions of higher education and student bodies. Entirely financed from federal public funds, the Research Grants are awarded to highly qualified candidates who have already proven their academic competency and plan to gain international research experience in Germany as well as worldwide.