LUO Deyin
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Vernacular Architecture

Traditional Village

Architectural History



Doctor of Engineering, School   of Architecture, Tsinghua University, 2003

Master of Architecture, School   of Architecture, Tsinghua University, 2000

Bachelor of Architecture,   School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, 1997



Lecturer (08/2003-12/2008),   School of Architecture, Tsinghua University

Associate Professor   (12/2008-present), School of Architecture, Tsinghua University

Vice-chairman   (09/2012-present), National Traditional Village, MOHURD



1.   Undergraduate

Vernacular Architecture (50-90 students in Spring)

2.   Undergraduate

Architectural Design (1-5 5th-year   students in Spring and Fall)

3.   Undergraduate

Architectural Design (9 1st-year students   in Spring)

4. Graduate   Joint-studio

Architectural Design (10 1st-year   students in Spring, with Professor Xu Maoyan) 



The 16th Chinese Academic Conference on Vernacular   Architecture, Guangzhou, China, November 2008

The 17h Chinese Academic Conference on Vernacular   Architecture, Kaifeng, China, December 2009

The 18h Chinese Academic Conference on Vernacular   Architecture, Jinan, China, November 2010

Hoian International Symposium on Heritage, Hoian,   Vietnam, October 2009

International Policy Forum on Urban Growth and   Conservation in Euro-Asian Corrdior, Istanbul, Turkey, May 2010




First-class Excellent   Works-Residential Renovation Project of Hani People in Zhongzhai,   Quanfuzhuang village, Xinjie town, Yuanyang County, Honghe prefecture, Yunnan   Province, Outstanding Works of Pastoral Architecture,


Second-class Outstanding   Example- Gaoyi Village Children's Library Project in Huitong County of  Huaihua in Hunan   Outstanding Example of Rural Architecture



For the long-term   cooperation with the Ministry of Housing and Urban-rural Development,  commissioning by the Ministry of Housing   and Urban-rural Development, a number of issues related to the protection and   utilization of traditional villages are completed; the publication of   Complete Works of Traditional Folk Dwellings in China, "Analysis and   Inheritance of Traditional Architecture in China", etc are participated

1.  Technical Guide for Landscape Improvement of Traditional Villages     2013

2.  Investigation and Technical Research on Traditional Residential Building   Technology    2014

3.  Research on Genealogy of Traditional Dwellings of Guangxi Autonomous Region,   Chongqing Municipality, Sichuan Province, Yunnan Province, Tibet Autonomous   Region and other regions   2014

4.  Technical Guide for Regional Protection of Traditional Villages (Southeast   Region)     2014

5.  Research on Classification Pedigree Framework, Definition Standard and   Classification Guide of Traditional Dwellings             2014

6.  Research on the Construction Technology of Traditional Chinese Lift Beam   Limber Structure Dwellings    2014

7.  Preliminary Study on traditional Architectural Styles and Elements in   Guangxi, Chongqing, Sichuan, Yunnan, Tibet and Guizhou         2014

8.  Technical Guide and Case Analysis on the Protection of Traditional Chinese   Villages (Renovation of Traditional Buildings)                 2015

9.  Analysis on Construction Technology of Traditional Chinese Beam Lifted   Dwellings   2016

10.  Research Organization, Site Selection, Defense and Other Aspects of the   Shooting Outline of Wisdom of Traditional Chinese Architecture in Early   Stage       2016

11.  Summary and Promotion of Traditional Village Protection Demonstration        2017

12.  Survey and Compilation of Traditional Beam and Timber Structure Building   Construction Technology                                                2017

13.  Overall Study on the Analysis and Inheritance of Traditional   Architecture          2017

14.  Research on the Cultural Value of   Traditional Chinese villages      2017

15.  Investigation and Research on   Construction Techniques of Traditional Folk Dwellings in Eastern Fujian                                2018



1. Chinese Vernacular   Architecture.
China is a   large agricultural country with a long history. The variety of its geography   and the communication between its different parts also gave great influence   to its vernacular architecture. So far the research on vernacular   architecture, especially the relation between architecture and social life,   is far from enough. Most scholars haven’t realized the value of vernacular   culture.

  As Professor Chen Zhihua   said, Chinese Vernacular Architecture is the best historic evidence to   eastern agricultural civilization. There are three cultural factors that have   made China different from the west: clanism, pantheism and Keju (national   exam for selecting officials). These three factors have responses in   architecture respectively, which are ancestral halls, temples and educational   buildings. Normally, the three types of buildings, which are combined with   houses and others, assemble in one village to form an organic cultural   system. A village should therefore be a basic unit to research or protect   vernacular architecture in China. To collect and study villages in different   places, different styles, different economic backgrounds, different ethnic   groups and so on, we are then able to establish an integrated spectrum of   Chinese Vernacular Architecture and Culture.

  However, the fact is   that we have no time to complete this important job, since China’s   modernization comes so fast. Vernacular buildings locate mostly in   countryside and with the large number of farmers entering cities as migrant   workers, they bring city architecture back to their hometowns then they   demolish the old houses to make rooms for the new. In 2006, the central   government issued the policy of Building New Countryside. This   policy has speeded up the demolishment of old buildings in villages throughout   the whole country. A lot of traditional villages had been leveled before they   were discovered by scholars.

  Now we are standing at a   critical point. During the next ten years, China will complete the change   from traditional to modern. The mission of the scholars of my generation is   to study and preserve Chinese vernacular buildings as many as possible.

2.  Recent Books: A   series of five on The Xianxia Trail.
  Xianxia Trail is an   overland connection of the Qiantang River to the Min River. These two rivers   were most important in history of China next to the Yangtse River and the   Yellow River. The trail is 120 kms long and it gave great commercial   influence to the towns, villages and temples alongside. These settlements and   buildings show us a perspective quite different from what we have known about   traditional (and agricultural) China. Xianxia trail is also an extended part   of the Ocean Silk Road. The five books were published by Shanghai Sanlian   Bookstore.

3. Doctoral dissertation: An   Architectural Study on Chinese Ancient Opera-buildings.
  The dissertation   discusses the architectural form of ancient theatres and its historic   transition. It also concerns relevant factors in society, economy and   religion. Watching drama was an important festival activity in history of   China, especially in the Northern Song dynasty (960-1127), when Li-Fang   System slacked and urban economy rose.

4.  Book: The   Castle-villages in Yu County.
  The castle-villages in   Yu County are evidences to the historic conflicts between the agricultural   and the nomadic. In the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), given the frequent   intrusion from northern nomadic troopers, the Chinese Central government   decided to rebuild the Great Wall and adopted the policy of station troops   (Tun Jun) so as to protect the capital. The people along the frontiers built   a large number of castle-villages for self-defense. In the Qing dynasty   (1644-1911), the military function of these castle-villages was weakened   while the living and commercial function was more in need. Public buildings   of different types and scales, such as temples and opera-buildings, emerged   inside and outside the castles. Yu County is the only place that has preserved   so many castle-villages and their affiliated buildings in China.

5.  Book: Two   Ceramic villages: Saningkou & Zhaoxian.
  Sanqingkou Village   is located in Southeast China while Zhaoxian Village is in North China. The   villagers lived on porcelain production from about 1700 until 1990s A.D. All   kinds of their buildings, including the ancestor hall, the temples, the   houses, the kilns, the factories and so on, are disposed according to   porcelain production. The comparison between them is interesting and instructive,   since they are different in architectural style, production and the social   structure.

6.  An ongoing case   study: A Hani Village called the Quanfu Middle Zhai.
Hani people   have a long history of living in the Ailao Mountains to the south of Hong River.   Since they had never invented text before 1950s, however, their settlements’   history relied only on wizards’ memory and villagers’ oral transferring. This   resulted in the difficulty for the scholars nowadays to know the construction   and development of a Hani village. In the Quanfu Middle Zhai, a young and   modern Hani village that emerged 47 years ago, it is possible for us to   interview the early residents who have been living here since the beginning   of the village. Based on this, we may analyze in detail its birth and   development.

7.  A Digital Library of   SRCA
  The Society for   Research in Chinese Architecture, established by Zhu Qiqian in 1930, was led   by Liang Sicheng and Liu Dunzhen form 1931-1945. This project was a   collaborative research processed from 2000-2003 by three departments: School   of Architecture, Library of the university and Department of Computer   Science. As one of the main members, I was in charge of resource collecting,   metadata standards constituting (with librarians) and mark-up regulating

   8.  Traditional architecture   investigation in Hong Kong (twice, 1998 & 2000). Led by Professor Guo Daiheng, I was a member of her   team.



Journal   Papers

1.    Wang   Zhiru, Luo Deyin. Study on Practice of Beautiful Village Residence in Shandong   Under the Backgroud of Rural Revitalization——Taking Sunlong Village in Yi'nan County,Shandong as an Example[J]. City &House, 2019, 26(03):25-30.

2.    Luo   Deyin. Art to Villages: Infinite Future, Long Time Ahead [J]. Art   observation, 2019(01):27-28.

3.   Wang   Heng, Luo Deyin. Analysis on Interactive Experience Landscape Construction of   Traditional Villages——A Case Study   of Landscape Construction Practice in Qiaoxiang Village[J]. City &House, 2018, 25(12):39-42.

4.    Wang   Zhiru, Luo Deyin. Research on Protection and Renewal of Traditional Villages Promoted   by Conference Events——A Case Study   of the Qiaoxiang Village in Meixian District, Guangdong[J]. City &House, 2018, 25(12):28-33.

5.   Wang   Zhiru, Luo Deyin. A Way of Rural Revitalization Based on Conference Events: A   Case Study of the Qiaoxiang Village in Meixian District, Guangdong Province [J].   Development Of Small Cities & Towns,2018,36(07):5-10+62

6.  Li   Junjie, Luo Deyin. Tradtional Villages Need “Weak Landscape”—— Exploration On The Practice Of   Traditional Village Landscape Construction[J]. Landscape Architecture, 2018, 25(05):26-31.

7.    Luo   Deyin. Can   Traditional Villages Become Characteristic Towns? [J]. Tourism Tribune, 2018, 33(05):4-6.

8.   Chen   Mengyuan, Luo Deyin. Discussing The Significance Of Conference Event To The Implementation   Of Rural Planning: A Case Study Of Taijiang County In Guizhou Province [J]. Urbanism   and Architecture, 2018(13):21-24.

9.   Luo   Deyin. The Role of Exploratory Rural Architectural Design in the Protection   of Rural Heritage -- Caprice by the Judges of the Second Rural Architecture   Award [J]. Development Of Small Cities & Towns, 2017(10):9-11.

10.   Luo Deyin, Li Junjie. Architectural Wisdom and Space   Order of Big Countries [J]. Survey and Design of China, 2017(05):30-35.

11.  Luo Deyin. Why is Creativity so Important in the   Countryside [J]. Development Of Small Cities & Towns, 2017(03):17-19.

12.   Yang   Yuliang, Luo Deyin, Sun Na. Study on Spatial Feature of Multi-ethnic Settlement   in Multiscale on the South Bank of the Yuanjiang River [J]. South   Architecture, 2017(01):34-39.

13.  Luo Deyin. Let Rural Heritage Return to People’s   Life[J]. New Architecture, 2016(04):18-22.

14.   Luo Deyin. Planning Practice of Traditional Villages   -- Take West Kawamura as an Example[J]. Development Of Small Cities &   Towns, 2016(07):19-22.

15.  Zhou Lina, Luo Deyin. The Hakka Settlements Beside   Upper Reach of Hanjiang River: The Research of Traditional Villages in   Meizhou [J]. South Architecture, 2016(01):24-27.

16.   Li Junjie, Luo Deyin. Return to the Way of Landscape   Construction in Traditional Villages without Landscape Architects——Landscape Construction Practice   of Xihe Village in Xin County [J]. Vernacular Landscape, 2015(12):80-88.

17.   Luo Deyin. Popularization and Industrialization of   Village Protection[J]. Development of Small Cities & Towns, 2015(11):22-24.

18.  Luo Deyin, Wang Lujuan, Zhou Liya. The Way Out for   Traditional Villages [J].Urban Environment Design, 2015(Z2):160-161.

19.   Luo Deyin. Xianxia Ancient Road: the Ancient   Commercial Road Connecting Zhejiang and Fujian Province[J].China Culture Heritage,   2015(02):94-102.

20.   Luo Deyin. Village Conservation: The Activation of   Architectural Minds as the Key [J]. New Architecture, 2015(01):23-27.

21.  Luo Deyin. The Establishment of Chinese Traditional   Villages [J].World Architecture, 2014(06):104-107+118.

22.  Luo Deyin, Sun Na. Li-cha,the Eight Trigrams Village: Living   With Flood [J]. South Architecture, 2014(01):30-33.

23.  Sun Na, Luo Deyin. Notes of Remodeling for Hani Folk   House [J]. Architecture Journal, 2013(12):38-43.

24.  Luo Deyin, Huang Jing. Business History Investigation   of Shanxi Merchants and Qingxu County in Qingyuan City [J]. China Ancient City, 2013(09):48-54.

25.  Luo Deyin, Sun Na. Surveys and Analyses of Three   Hani Villages[J]. Community, 2013(01):88-97.

26.  Luo Deyin, Huo Xiao Wei & Zhang Jingjing, “A Research   on Songyuanxia Village”, Community, vol 53. January, 2013.

27.   Zhang Jingjing, Luo Deyin & Huo Xiao Wei, “The   Ancestral Hall and the Ancestral Activities of Songyuanxia Viillage”,   Community, vol 53. January, 2013.

28.   Zhang Jingjing, Luo Deyin & Huo Xiao Wei, “A   Research on Guihutang Village”,Community, vol 53. January, 2013.

29.   Luo Deyin & Sun Na (mistaken as Huo Xiaowei,   Zhang Jingjing & Qi Xiaojin), “Traditional Settlements of Hani, Yi, Dai   and Zhuang Nationalities in Yuanyang County, Yunnan Province”, Community, vol   53. January, 2013.

30.   Luo Deyin & Sun Na, “Surveys and Analyses of   Three Hani Villages”, Community, vol 53. January, 2013.

31.   Luo Deyin & Sun Na, “Quqi-A Zhuang People’s   Village”, Community, vol 53. January, 2013.

32.  Sun Na, Luo Deyin & Huo Xiao, “A Comparative   Study on Traditional Dwellings of Hani, Yi, Dai and Zhuang Nationalities in   Yuanyang County, Yunnan Province”, Community, vol 43. March, 2011.

33.   Luo Deyin, Sun Na & Huo Xiao, “The Construction   of a Hani Village: A Historical Study of Quanfu Middle Village, Yuanyang   County, Yunnan Province”, Community, vol 43. March, 2011.

34.  Luo Deyin, Sun Na & Li Ting, “An Analysis on   Multi Holy Woods vs Single Moqiu Field in Quanfu Hani Village, Yuanyang   County, Yunnan Province”, Community, vol 43. March, 2011.

35.  Luo Deyin & Yin Lu, “The Interaction between   Field Work and Library Work: In the case study of the Qinghu Wharf”, World   Architecture, vol 247. January, 2011.

36.   Yin Lu & Luo Deyin, “The Agricultral Elements in   the Evolvement Mechanism of Chinese Traditional Villages”, South   Architecture, vol 140. December, 2010.

37.   Mao Ge & Luo Deyin, “A Research on the Village   Emtrances of Longji”, Treatises on Architectural History. Vol 26. June, 2010.

38.  Luo Deyin, “The Sanqingkou Ceramic Viallge”,   Treatises on Architectural History. Vol 24. February, 2009.

39.   Sun Na & Luo Deyin, “The Terraces and Villages   of Longji”, Chinese Cultural Heritages, Vol 29. January, 2009.

40.   Luo Deyin, “A Review of Hatje Lexicon der   Architektur des 20. Jahrhunderts”,World Architecture. Vol 200. February,   2007.

41.  Luo Deyin, “A Research on The Castles in Yu County”,   Treatises on Architectural History. Vol 22. August, 2006.

42.   Luo Deyin, “Facist Cities: Latina & Sabaudia”,   World Architecture. Vol 193.July, 2006.

43.   Luo Deyin. “A Research on Shijia Temple, Yu County”,   Treatises on Architectural History. Vol 21. July, 2005.

44.   Luo Deyin, “An Art Without Innovation:A Review on   ‘Vernacular Architecture’”, World Architecture. Vol 177. March, 2005.

45.   Luo Deyin. “Cinese Opera-building: Its Characters,   Its Evolvement and Its Enlightenment”, Treatises on Architectural History.   Vol 20. April, 2004.

46.   Luo Deyin & Qin Youguo. “The Five Stages of the   Relationship between Chinese Drama and Chinese Ancient Theatre”. Treatises on   Architectural History. Vol 16.May, 2002.

47.   Luo Deyin, Wu Kaihua and Xing Chunxiao. “Metadata   and Knowledge Management in Architecture”. Journals of Chinese University   Libraries, Beijing, April, 2002.

48.   Luo Deyin & Qin Youguo. “The Acoustics   Measurement and Analysis of De Heyuan Theatre in Summer Palace”. Treatises on   Architectural History. Vol 13, October, 2000.

49.   Luo Deyin & Qin Youguo. “Reverberation and   Analysis of Two Ancient Theatres”. Central Chinese Architecture, Wuhan,   April, 2001.

50.   Luo Deyin. “Resource Collecting of Digital Library”.   Treatises on Architectural History. Vol 15, October, 2001.

51.    Luo Deyin. “An Analysis on the Weilongwu Buildings   of Qiaoxiang Village, Meixian County, Guangdong Province”. International   Conference on Architecture and Local Culture & ASC2001 Annual Convention,   Beijing, December, 2001.

52.    Luo Deyin & Qin Youguo. “The Development of   Chinese Ancient Theatre-Stage”. Treatises on Architectural History. Vol 14,   April, 2001.



1.     Luo   Deyin,“Research and   Exploration of Rural Settlements”,China Building   Materials Industry Press,September 2019.

2.     Luo   Deyin,“Reading   Chinese Villages”,China Building Materials Industry   Press,August 2019.

3.   Luo   Deyin,“On the Road   -- BBS Annual Documentary of Rural Renaissance in China (iii)”,China Building Materials Industry Press,May   2019.

4.   Luo   Deyin,“On the Road   -- BBS Annual Documentary of Rural Renaissance in China (ii)”,China Building Materials Industry Press,April   2018.

5.    Luo   Deyin,“On the Road   -- BBS Annual Documentary of Rural Renaissance in China (i)”,China Building Materials Industry Press,June   2017.

6.    Luo   Deyin, Sun Na, Huo XIaowei & Gao Xiang,“The Villages in Honghe Hani Terraces” ,   Beijing: China Architecture & Building Press, June 2013.

7.    Luo   Deyin & Huang Jing,“Qingyuan   Town” , Beijing:Tsinghua University Press, June 2013.

8.     Sun   Na & Luo Deyin,“Longji   Thirteen Villages” , Beijing:Tsinghua University   Press, June 2013.

9.     Luo   Deyin & Wan Junzhe [edit],“Zhai Ji: China House 1990-2010 ” ,   Shanghai: The Tongji University Press, June 2010.

10.    Luo Deyin,“Chinese Theatre-stage” , Nanjing: The   Southeast University Press, September 2009.

11.    Luo Deyin,“The Xianxia Trail” , Shanghai: Sanlian   Bookstore, March 2009.

12.    Luo Deyin,“The Qinghu Wharf” , Shanghai: Sanlian   Bookstore, March 2009.

13.    Luo Deyin,“The Xiakou Town” , Shanghai: Sanlian   Bookstore, April 2009.

14.    Luo Deyin,“The Nianbadu Town” , Shanghai: Sanlian   Bookstore, April 2009.

15.    Luo Deyin,“The Guanqian Wharf” , Shanghai: Sanlian   Bookstore, October 2009.

16.    Luo Deyin. “Two Ceramic Villages: Sanqingkou & Zhaoxian”, Beijing: Tsinghua University Press, January 2008.

17.    Luo Deyin. “The Castle-villages in Yu County”,   Beijing: Tsinghua University Press, November 2007.

18.    Li Qiuxiang, Luo Deyin & Jia Jun, “Chinese Vernacular House: North”, Beijing: Tsinghua University Press, May 2010;

19.    Li Qiuxiang, Luo Deyin, Chen Zhihua & Lou   Qingxi, “Chinese   Vernacular House: Zhejiang”, Beijing: Tsinghua   University Press, May 2010;

20.    Li Qiuxiang, Luo Deyin, He Congrong & Chen   Zhihua, “Chinese   Vernacular House: Fujian”, Beijing: Tsinghua   University Press, May 2010;

21.    Luo Deyin & Zhang Lan. Translation of “The Story of Architecture” (Written by Jonathan Glancey and published by D.K. Company),   Beijing: Sanlian Bookstore, 2003.

22.    Luo Deyin, Zhao Wenwen & Bao Zhiyu, Translation   of “The Four   Elements of Architecture and Other Writings” (Wrriten   by Gottfried Semper and published by Cambridge University Press), Beijing:   China Architecture & Building Press, January 2010.

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