宋李诫《营造法式》在很长时期内，是一部无人能懂的天书。中国营造学社为这部书的研究制定了计划， 梁思成等先生加盟学社后，先从清式营造法入手，撰写出版了《清式营造则例》，为研究中国古代建筑之初步。进而探索宋式建筑，从辽、宋及唐代建筑遗例开始，经十数年实例考察与探究，完成《中国建筑史》。后进一步展开 《营造法式》研究，在十分艰难的外部条件下，梁思成先生仍在辞世之前基本完成《营造法式注释》上下册基础文本。上卷初版于 1982 年，全书出版于 2001 年，为世人学习古代典籍《营造法式》，奠定了具有重大突破性的研究基础。
Li Jie’s Yingzao fashi (Building standards) had puzzled architectural historians for years. The Society for the Study of Chinese Architecture (Zhongguo Yingzao Xueshe) was eager to study the historical text since the time of its establishment. And yet, after joining the Society, Liang Sicheng and his colleagues turned their attention first to the six-centuries-younger Qing style; their preliminary understanding of traditional Chinese architecture was published as Qingshi yingzao zeli (Building regulations of the Qing style). Then, to explore the earlier Song style recorded in Yingzao fashi, Liang studied actual buildings dating from the Tang, Liao, and Song that had survived. After more than a decade of surveying and mapping, in which Liang also fifinished his survey titled Zhongguo jianzhushi (History of Chinese Architecture), he finally began writing an annotation of the Song text under very difficult conditions. Before his death, Liang completed the text of his Yingzao fashi zhushi (Annotation of Yingzao fashi): the first volume was published in 1982, and together with the second volume reprint in 2001. Liang’s groundbreaking research has laid the foundation for anyone interested in Chinese architecture to learn about the historical construction methods and features specifified in the Song text.