Ms. Lelyveld does research on the Chinese house in its many permutations, ancient to modern, and directs the School’s undergraduate China program, a collaboration with Tsinghua University’s School of Architecture. She is principal of the New York-based firm Amy Lelyveld, Architect, which does residential and institutional work in the United States and China. She is the recipient of AIA NY and AIA Seattle design awards. Articles by Ms. Lelyveld have appeared in a variety of journals, including 2G and AD. In addition to teaching at Yale, she teaches at Tsinghua University and has taught at Peking and Columbia universities.
GREATS: China's Big Projects
This seminar focuses on the large-scale experiments in new Chinese “building” during the tenure of Mao Zedong. Over this time span many fundamental notions of daily life—language, expression, family, education, countryside, and city—were redefined and radically tested. These new representations of culture included a paradox for architecture: how to both reflect progress while remaining place-specific. The first four weeks of the seminar ground students in the targeted sites with introduction to Yale’s research collections. Over the balance of the term, primary resources from these collections and assigned readings are used to explore the particular “experiments” in modern China building and the qualities of “new” and other discourses that the campaigns of Mao’s China represented.