Rong Baisheng

Rong Baisheng
Native name
容柏生
Born(1930-08-27)27 August 1930
Guangzhou, China
Died11 May 2019(2019-05-11) (aged 88)
Guangzhou, China
Alma materSouth China Institute of Technology
OccupationArchitect, Civil Engineer
Works
Shenzhen Shangri-La Hotel (1981)
Guangdong International Building (1985)

Rong Baisheng (Chinese: 容柏生; 27 August 1930 – 11 May 2019) was a Chinese architect and civil engineer. A pioneer in skyscraper design and construction in China, he was elected an inaugural member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering in 1995. His works include the Guangdong International Building, which was China's tallest building when completed in 1990, and the Shenzhen Shangri-La Hotel (1981).

Early life and education

Rong was born on 27 August 1930[1] in Guangzhou, Guangdong, Republic of China, with his ancestral home in Nanping, Zhuhai.[2] His father was in the military, and the family became refugees during the Second Sino-Japanese War. He was frequently on the run with his mother and siblings to evade Japanese occupation.[2]

After the surrender of Japan in 1945, Rong returned to Guangzhou and resumed his education.[2] In September 1949, he entered the Civil Engineering Department of Lingnan University (Guangzhou).[3] In 1952, when the Communist government reorganized China's higher education according to the Soviet model, Lingnan's engineering departments became part of the newly established South China Institute of Technology (now South China University of Technology), and Rong was a member of the first class that graduated from the university in July 1953.[2][3]

Other Languages
中文: 容柏生