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Department of Architecture

Date:2015-05-11

Chair: Jing Ziyang

Associate Chair: Bian Hongbin, Wang Jianghua, Yang Wei, Zhao Jianbo

Introduction

I.  Development History

  The history of Department of Architecture, Tianjin University, can be dated back to the Department of Architecture of Tianjin Business School, established in 1937, where the famous architects Sheng Liyuan and Zhang Bo, ever taught. In 1952, after the adjustments of departments of national colleges, Department of Architecture of Jingu University(originally Department of Architecture of Tianjin Business School), Department of Architecture of North Jiaotong University(originally Department of Architecture of Tangshan Institute of Technology ), Department of Civil Engineering of Tianjin University jointly established Department of Architecture of Tianjin University and Xu Zhongxian, famous educator of architecture, has long been the director. In 1990, architecture recovered to five-year-semester and the department participated in educational evaluation of architecture for the first time in 1991, and passed every evaluation with high grades hereafter. School of Architecture, Tianjin University, was established in 1997 on the basis of original Department of Architecture. In 2001, the second-class discipline of architectural design and its theory was rated as a nation-level key discipline. In 2006, this discipline was rated as the first-class key discipline in Tianjin. In 2007, science of building technology, a second class discipline, was rated as a nation-level key discipline and architecture became a national first-class key discipline and in the following two times of first-class discipline evaluation, it ranked the top three.

II. Faculties of the Department

  There are 49 teachers in the Department of Architecture, among which 16 professors, 22 associate professors and 11 lecturers. During the longtime development, this discipline has formed a high-level discipline echelon team of professor Peng Yigang, academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, professor Cui Kai(external doctoral tutor), academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, professor Zhou Kai, national master of survey and design, and other young and middle-aged backbone teachers including state-level teaching team. At present, this department has six key laboratories, research centers and scientific research centers at the level of province and department and two international research centers at university level, such as International Research Center of Chinese Historical and Cultural Heritages Protection, Protection and Research Center of Chinese Folk Art and Tianjin key Laboratory of Architectural Physics Environment and Ecological Technology. Moreover, it runs Urban Space Design and Urban Flux. Several key teachers have long been the editorial board members of over 20 core journals, such as Architectural Journal, Architect, World Architecture and New Architecture, executive director of Architectural Society of China, deputy director of Committee of National High Schools Architectural Education and so on. With strong teaching staff and high-level personnel training system of undergraduates, postgraduates and PhD students, the department of architecture ranks the domestic advanced level.

III. Research Directions

  Architecture Aesthetics, Architecture Design Methods and Theories, Architecture Morphology, Architecture Typology, Traditional Settlements, Human Settlements; Ecological Architecture, Green Building, Sustainable Architecture Theory; Environment Psychology, Architecture Education; Parametric Design, Space Algorithm; Educational Architecture, Exhibition Architecture, High-rise Architecture, Transportation Hub, and many other public architectures and residential planning and designing.

IV. Major Achievements

  While promoting the traditional advantages, the department of Architecture has paid close attention to the academic trend both at home and abroad, focused on national critical demands and international subject edging, and struck with the integrating construction of industry, learning and researching so as to achieve the subject’s comprehensive and balanced development. The recent five years have marked multiple teaching reforms which included national teaching reforms supported by World Bank, the obtaining Teaching Result Award and the designing of a National Key Lesson. The department of Architecture compiled 22 text books of national level and provincial level, and published more than a hundred of books, among which, some specific books exerted world-level influence, such as Architecture Aesthetics, Public Architecture Designing Principles, The Analysis of China’s Classic Gardens, The landscape Analysis of Rural and Township Settlements. At the same time, the department of Architecture also shoulders the compiling work of the training text books of National Registered Architect, as well as the compiling and editing work of national and local regulations and standards such as Tianjin Housing Designing Standards, and Tianjin Green Building Designing Standards. More than 500 academic papers have been published at the core journals. The department of Architecture was also rewarded 6 national awards and 40 provincial awards. It also took part in the review, deciding and consulting of National Center for Performing Arts, Beijing Olympic arenas, Shanghai World Expos, and the rebuilding of Wenchuan City and Mianyang city of Sichuan province. The department of Architecture has also joined the key researching scientific researching projects at nation, province and district levels, directly transformed hundred researching achievements into real practices, and received Architecture Creating Award by China Architecture Association, more than 20 national-level and 120 provincial-level reconnaissance and designing awards as well as more than 10 provincial Science Advance and Human Science Awards.