In 2016, Turenscape Academy was founded by Dr. Kongjian Yu, founder of
Turenscape, founding dean of the Peking University College of Architecture
and Landscape Architecture, Professor and Honorary Foreign Fellow of the
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and PhD from Harvard Graduate
School of Design.
Established in 1998, Turenscape is one of the first and largest private
architecture, landscape architecture, and urbanism practices in China.
Dr. Yu's pioneering research on Ecological Security Patterns and Sponge
Cities has been adopted by the Chinese government as the guiding theory
for national land use planning, eco-city campaigns, and urban ecological
restoration. Dr. Yu's clear vision of bringing harmony between Earth and
Mankind has been used to transform many heavily polluted wastelands into
aesthetics of sustainability.
Turenscape has planned and designed over 300 ecological cities and 1000
landscape projects in China and internationally. Turenscape's projects have
earned great international reputation for innovative and environmentally
sound designs and have consecutively won many international awards
including thirteen American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) awards
and five World's Best Landscape Awards at the World Architecture Festival
Turenscape Academy, the educational arm of Turenscape, is an international
institution focusing on sustainable design training in planning, ecology
architecture, landscape architecture, and art & design. Its core values include
the exploration of environmental, social, and cultural sustainability for the
design of better buildings, landscapes, and cities in a rapidly urbanizing world.
With the philosophy of Learning-by-Doing, Turenscape Academy creates an
immersive educational environment for continuous lifelong learning. Learning
-by-Doing encourages students and professionals to creatively and practically
engage in important urban challenges. To enable an open atmosphere of
mutual learning, TA strives to develop broad partnerships with exploratory
studios, research-based organizations and other professional and educational
institutions in China and worldwide.