Obayashi PrizeRecipient of the Sixth Obayashi Prize

Mr.ZHOU GanzhiMember of the Academy of Sciences and the Academy of Engineering of China / Special consultant, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the People's Republic of China (at the time of receiving the prize)

Mr.ZHOU Ganzhi
1930 Born in Suzhou
1951 Graduate of Department of Architecture, Tsinghua University
1951-52 Engineering designer and director of worksite of the Construction Committee of Tsinghua University, Peking University and Yenching University
1953-66 Engineer of Urban Design Institute of Ministry of Works, in charge of site selection and urban planning and design for the First Five-year Plan
1967-80 Engineer, section chief, division chief of Ministry of Urban Construction, National Construction Committee and State Planning Commission, in charge of researching on planned-economy-base urban planning and design
1980-82 Deputy Director, Director of Tianjin Planning Bureau, in charge of making Anti Earthquake Plan
1982 Vice President, President of China Academy of Urban Planning and Design
1985-93 Vice Minister of Ministry of Construction, Director of UIA, Director of Urban Planning Society of China
1991 Academician and Commissioner of Chinese Academy of Sciences
1993 Deputy Secretary General of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference
1994 Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering

Reason for receiving the prize

Prof. Zhou Ganzhi graduated from the Department of Architecture of Tsinghua University in 1951, just two years after the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC) in 1949. Prof. Zhou has devoted himself to urban planning projects for the almost sixty years since then. He was in charge of the selection of factory construction sites and urban planning and design for China's First Five-year Plan. He headed the planning of the Post-quake Reconstruction Plans for Tianjin and Tangshan Cities. He implemented the City Master Plan of Shenzhen for twenty years starting immediately after China's economic reforms came into force at the end of 1978. Prof. Zhou was involved in the City Master Plans and the Detailed Plans for such cities as Shanghai and Suzhou-the first such plans after the founding of the PRC. It is also noteworthy that Prof. Zhou was one of the key figures in the drafting of China's first Urban Planning Act, which is still in use today.
He continues to play important roles today as professor at Tsinghua University and as a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering and as special consultant to the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the People's Republic of China.