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James P. Warfield, 20.3.1942 - 14.1.2019.

It was with great sadness that the Editorial Team of Built Heritage learnt that their academic advisor and friend, James P. Warfield, passed away on January 14, 2019.

James P. Warfield was a senior professor at the School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He became attached to Tongji University in the summer of 1988, during a joint workshop that was followed by 30 years of fruitful, honest and rewarding collaboration. Warfield was an enthusiastic and generous supporter of Built Heritage, and we were honored to have him inaugurate the first issue of this Journal in a joint ceremony with Professor Ruan Yisan on April 7, 2017.

Through his ‘Warfield Time’ in the social media of Built Heritage, we had the opportunity to feature his outstanding and passionate work reflecting on a whole array of heritage issues, always with a special attention towards vernacular heritage in rural environments. We are grateful to Professor Warfield for sharing his thoughts and his experience as a tireless researcher and citizen of the World.

In deep sorrow and regrets, we would like to celebrate Warfield’s life dedicating this Special Issue on rural heritage conservation to his memory. Let us follow the steps of this strong and tender scholar, forever in our minds at Tongji University.

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