Liang Sicheng

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Liang Sicheng and his wife Lin Huiyin

Liang Sicheng (Chinese:梁思成) was a Chinese architect. He worked with the China Construction Society, the first academic organization devoted to the study of traditional architecture. In 1946, he set up the Department of Architecture of Tsinghua University, where he served as professor and dean of the department until his death.

After the founding of the People's Republic of China, Liang helped design the Monument to the Heroes of the Revolution and he and his wife, Lin Huiyin, co-designed the national emblem of China. The design they created includes the national flag, Tian'anmen Square, a mechanical gear and a wreath of wheat ears, signifying the revolutionary process from the May 4th Movement to the birth of a new country based on the unity of workers and peasants.

Liang was also known for his aggressive lobbying for protection of the old Beijing city walls, although his efforts were in vain. His works include A History of Chinese Architecture, A History of Chinese Sculpture, The Annotated Yingzao Fashi and A Pictorial History of Chinese Architecture.

Liang died on January 9, 1972, in Beijing.

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