Inheritance and Development of Architectural Heritage: A Case Study of China's First Architectural History and Theory Ph.D

  • Xubo He Universiti Putra Malaysia
  • Nor Atiah Ismail
  • Sumarni Ismail
  • Noor Fazamimah Mohd Ariffin
  • Shanyu Chen


Every field of study needs an academic flag and benchmark that enables future academics to build upon and progress in the field. This paper is a case study of Dr. Wu Qingzhou, a Chinese scholar who obtained the first Ph.D. in architectural history and theory field in his home country rather than in the Western world. The study aims to investigate the contribution, significance, and legacy of Wu's Ph.D. in the field of architectural history and theory, elucidate the influence of his formative years in architectural education, the evolution of mentorship between Wu and his supervisors, and his development and advancement of mentor's ideals. The research follows a qualitative method and utilizes approaches including literature review, case study, interview, content analysis, and historical approach. The conclusion reveals the significance of cross-disciplinary disciplines as a crucial source of scientific innovation. It enlightens the necessity for each academic period to be interconnected in order to maintain coherence in scientific research and integrate the extensive hands-on actions and past generations.


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How to Cite
HE, Xubo et al. Inheritance and Development of Architectural Heritage: A Case Study of China's First Architectural History and Theory Ph.D. Asian Journal of Arts, Culture and Tourism, [S.l.], v. 6, n. 2, p. 24-39, june 2024. ISSN 2710-5830. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 17 july 2024.