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Yuan-Hsi Kuo 過元熙


  • On 17 May 1905: Born in Wuxi, Jiangsu;

  • Graduated from Tsinghua School (清華學校畢業);

  • In 1929:Graduated from the Department of Architecture of the Federal University (U. Penn), Bachelor;

  • In 1930: Graduated from the Department of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), Master.

  • In 1933: Supervised the China Pavilion of the Chicago Exposition in Chicago, the USA, imitating Rehe Jinting; Professor of Architecture, Beiyang Institute of Technology.

  • In 1934: February: Zhu Bin (朱彬) and Zhao Shen(趙深) introduced Guo to the Chinese Architects Association.

In 1935:

  • Kuo was introduced to the Chinese Institute of Architects by Dong Dayou (董大酉) and Tong Liao (童寯);

  • Invited to participate in the design competition of the Nanjing National Central Museum;

  • Professor of the Department of Architectural Engineering, Quanqin University, Guangdong Province (later merged into the National Sun Yat-sen University);

  • Licensed construction engineer in Guangzhou;

In 1937: Member of the Chinese Society of Engineers;

In 1939: Registered architect in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Institute of Architects member no. 592;

In 1945

  • The Guangzhou New First Army Cemetery was designed;

  • Guo established the "Guo Yuanxi Engineer Office" in Guangzhou. He is the Tsinghua alumnus of the New First Army Commander General Sun Liren (孫立人). Sun appointed Guo as the architect of the Guangzhou New First Army Cemetery;

    The New First Army Cemetery started construction in November 1945 and it recorded the combat history of the Chinese army stationed in India. The project lasted 16 months and was completed in March 1947. The design of Guangzhou New First Army Cemetery is simple, solemn, grand, and profound, which fully reflects the modernist architectural style actively advocated by Kuo;

In 1947: Yuan-Hsi Kuo Architect Company designed the Hong Kong Central Hospital;

In 1949:

  • Architect in Hong Kong Wang Kuancheng company (香港王寬誠公司);

  • One of the founders of Guangzhou "Arts Association Branch", The main members include Zheng Ke (鄭可), Zhang Zhengyu (張正宇), Liao Bingxiong (廖冰兄), Wan Laiming (萬籟鳴), Huang Yongyu (黃永玉), Xu Shangyan (徐上炎) etc;

In 1957, February: Kuo was a member of the council of the Architectural Society of China;

In 1958: Kuo applied to return to Hong Kong (living at 19 Tai Tam Road, Hong Kong, 1966).

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