Luke Him Sau, architect : China's missing modern by Edward Denison, Guang Yu Ren

By Edward Denison, Guang Yu Ren

"Luke Him Sau/Lu Qianshou (1904-1991) is better recognized across the world and in China because the architect of the long-lasting financial institution of China Headquarters in Shanghai. one of many first chinese language scholars to gain knowledge of on the Architectural organization in London within the past due Twenties, Luke's lengthy, prolific and hugely profitable occupation in China and Hong Kong deals precise insights into a rare interval of chinese language political turbulence Read more...

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Engineering graduates greatly outnumbered architects in China and had started travelling overseas for education long before their architectural colleagues. China’s first engineering graduate was Zhan Tianyou (1861–1919) who received a PhD in Civil Engineering from Yale University and in so doing helped to elevate the standing of the relatively unknown 45 subject of engineering in Chinese society at the turn of the century. In 1912, as China became a Republic, Zhan helped establish the Chinese Society of Engineers (Zhong Hua (later Guo) Gong Chong Shi Xue Hui), an institution that promoted the cause of engineering and preceded its architectural equivalent (of which Luke would one day be president) by 15 years.

Luke Him Sau was born on 29 July 1904, only days after his father had moved to 1A Wong Nai Chung Village in Happy Valley. The home was only temporary while his father had a permanent house built nearby at 4 Hau Fung Lane, Ship Street, on the steep slopes of Wanchai. Completed in 1910, the Luke family home was a sprawling and multilayered house, in an eclectic Chinese style fused with Western features, that clung to the mountainside forming an Escher-like landscape – an architectural extension of the subtropical foliage that invades and blankets the rocky terrain in this sultry climate.

As a resident of colonial Hong Kong and the favoured son of a wealthy merchant, an alternative route was open to Luke. In February 1927, after four years at Denison, Ram & Gibbs and only weeks after marrying his fiancée, Ng Shukching (1898–1996),22 a teacher and headmistress of a local school, Luke boarded a boat for England to study at the Architectural Association, a private architectural school in central London and the heart of empire. Ng Shukching, Shanghai, 1930s. Luke’s wife is photographed in a traditional Chinese qipao sporting a fashionable modern hairstyle and make-up, the combination of Chinese and international styles being a characteristic of pre-war Shanghai.

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