Served as a Role Model and Developed Talent that Leaves an Impact on Taiwan.

/ Ran-Chi Wu / Founder of the Ran-Chi Wu Architecture and Education Foundation

NCKU is the first university that offers a master’s program in architecture in Taiwan. As the former director of NCKU Dept. of Architecture (along with a graduate school), Dr. Ran-Chi Wu has dedicated himself to imparting the knowledge he had learned at the University of Tokyo to the students at NCKU and has had remarkable influence on Taiwan’s education in architecture.

Imparts Knowledge Learned at the University of Tokyo; Builds a System for Dept. of Architecture

In 1953, Ran-Chi Wu was admitted by the then Taiwan Provincial College of Engineering Technology. After leaving college and completing the military service, he went to Japan to pursue advanced studies and got a PhD in architecture. As the first alumnus of NCKU who got a doctorate degree in architecture, he was eager to share what he had learned in Japan’s higher educational institutions with Taiwan’s professionals. “I was thinking that if Taiwan could catch up with Japan within five years (after my return), it is very likely that we’ll see an overall improvement 50 years from now.” To that end, he started to implement a research system in NCKU once he became a faculty member.

He vacated a warehouse of the department and demanded students to move five tables and chairs into the room. All students were asked to stay in the room doing research and writing their questions on the blackboard. He would provide answers to each question for them.
He made sure that every teacher has an individual research room and is responsible for mentoring students. He also established a research system and strengthened research capacity by drawing up protocols and with the help of a few students who also returned from the University of Tokyo, setting up architecture associations and journals so students have the opportunity to engage in exchange with organizations overseas.

Cultivated Talent Across Different Industries in Taiwan

During his 32-year teaching career, Dr. Ran-Chi Wu has developed many renowned experts in the fields of architecture, architectural education, and culture, including a master of green architecture, Hsien-Te Lin, an educator in architectural planni1ng and urban planning Shyh-Meng Huang, and Chao-Ching Fu, who received the 2019 Tainan Culture Award.According to Fu, Dr. Ran-Chi Wu is an open-minded educator who was a pioneer in establishing a research system and architecture associations under the tough circumstance several decades ago.

Dr. Ran-Chi Wu strongly recommended Dr. Hsien-Te Lin, also an alumnus, to be hired by NCKU as he knew pretty well that a number of issues such as environmental crisis, fire safety, use of energy, and architectural regulations had not been paid due attention in Taiwan. It turns out that Lin’s expertise in green architecture has been applied to establishment of green buildings across Taiwan under the umbrella of NCKU.

Taught Students to Contribute to Their Own Country

Born in Tokyo, Dr. Ran-Chi Wu moved with his father, a field surgeon, from Fuzhou, Shanghai, to Nantong. After graduating from the University of Tokyo, he decided to return to Taiwan. Asked about the reason, he simply said, “Taiwan needs me.”
“I always feel that life will prosper best in the place where it takes roots.” Dr. Ran-Chi Wu urges young people to stay motivated and be willing to contribute toward their own country where they grew up. He also stresses the importance of college education as a university is the platform that creates the vision for the whole nation. What do we want in the society? What kind of talent do we need most? Now is the time for us to cultivate young talent and create a better society.

Dr. Ran-Chi Wu remarked that “a young person must be like a razor that has destructive power. A middle-aged man is like a hatchet that is not so sharp and capable of construction. When one grows old, it would be better to serve as a lubricant that helps the young people grow.” He also encourages the youth to be a seed that bears fruit and creates breakthroughs to the world. (Photo credit: CommonWealth Magazine)

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Ran-Chi Wu

Department of Architecture Class 1957

・Served as Head of the Dept. of Architecture (and the graduate school) between 1972 and 1974; 1982 and 1984.

・Founded the Ran-Chi Wu Architecture and Education Foundation in 1995 with an aim of improving the quality of buildings and architectural education in Taiwan by inviting experts and insiders to give speeches from time to time.

・Awarded the 2000 Architecture Research Award by the Architecture Institute of Taiwan.

Ran-Chi Wu / Department of Architecture Class 1957

・Served as Head of the Dept. of Architecture (and the graduate school) between 1972 and 1974; 1982 and 1984.

・Founded the Ran-Chi Wu Architecture and Education Foundation in 1995 with an aim of improving the quality of buildings and architectural education in Taiwan by inviting experts and insiders to give speeches from time to time.

・Awarded the 2000 Architecture Research Award by the Architecture Institute of Taiwan.

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