Wang Jinhui is the recipient of the SOM Foundation 2015 China Prize for Travel/ Research. Jinhui was born and grew up in Handan, an ancient city which is approximately 290 miles southwest of Tianjin, northeastern China. He received his Bachelor of Architecture Degree in June 2015 from Tianjin University.
The Fellowship realized Jinhui's first travel abroad which was planned long before. He traveled to Japan and India for 27days, carrying out his proposed research topic “the Classical Spirit and Contemporary Architecture of Cities”. In Jinhui’s view, there is a continuation of classical spirit between the ancient and modern architecture in Japan and India. During his travel, Jinhui was particularly interested in the cities, and to observe how the local architects deal with the collisions between new buildings and classical aesthetics.
Since September 2015, Jinhui has been studying for a Master of Architecture degree at Tianjin University, where his tutor is Professor Cuikai, a well-known Chinese native architect. Concurrent with his study, Jinhui has begun his internship in Professor Cuikai’s studio, Land-based Rationalism Design and Research Center, which is a department of the China Architecture Design and Research Group in Beijing and famous for its social responsibility to nature and regional culture.
Following completion of his architectural studies, Jinhui aspires to continue his work in Professor Cuikai’s studio for several years, and eventually set up his own practice