chapter  5
20 Pages

The Arrival of Architects

The arrival of private architects in China ushered in a new era in mission building. According to Cody, by the end of the Qing there were at least a dozen foreign architectural firms operating from Shanghai.1 These early architects were mostly British and none appear to have been involved in designing hospitals. One of the earliest examples of an architect-designed hospital was Hsiangya, the hospital component of the Yale-in-China (Ya/i) campus at Changsha *rJ,' in Hunan, in 1913.2 The medical school was established by the Yale Mission in partnership with the gentry of Hunan and administered by a committee with both American and Chinese members.3