At a glance

The School 
160 faculty members 
43 professors 
55 associate professor 
a member of the China Academy of Science 
a recipient of the National College Teachers Award 
4 international staff 
170 commencing undergraduate students annually 
150 commencing postgraduate students annually 
50 commencing doctoral candidates annually

Four Departments
Urban and Rural Planning 
Landscape Architecture 
Environmental Design

Two Research Centers
Institute of Architectural History & Theory 
Institute of Architectural Technology and Science



Tianjin University (TJU) is a national key university directly under the administration of the Ministry of Education (MOE) of the People's Republic of China. The university founded in 1895 and established by MOE and the Tianjin Municipal Government is the first modern university in China. It was formerly known as Peiyang University and was renamed Tianjin University in 1951.

The history of the School of Architecture can be traced to 1937 when the Department of Architecture at Tianjin Institute of Industry and Commerce was established well over 70 years ago. In 1952, the Chinese institutions of higher education were reorganized. The Department of Architectural Engineering of Private University of Jingu (used to be Tianjin Institute of Industry and Commerce), Department of Architectural Engineering of Northern Jiaotong University (used to be Tangshan Institute of Technology) and the Department of Civil Engineering at Tianjin University were merged to form the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering at Tianjin University. In 1958, the Department of Architectural of Tianjin University was established. In June, 1997, Tianjin University undertook a reform of the school system, the School of Architecture was then established.

The School of Architecture (SA) is composed of four departments, namely Architecture, Urban and Rural Planning, Landscape Architecture, and Environmental Design, and two research centres, Institute of Architectural History & Theory, and Institute of Architectural Technology and Science.

TJU’s SA has 160 staff members including 142 faculty members. There are 44 professors and researchers and 52 associate professors. Among them, one is a Academician of the China Academy of Science, and one Distinguished Teacher Award in Higher Education National Teachers Award, and four are international professors.

The school enrolls over 170 Bachelor students every year, 90 in Architecture, 40 in Urban Planning and 40 in Art Design. About 150 Master’s and 50 doctoral students are admitted to the school in programs including engineering, and landscape architecture. Other programs offered include professional masters, professional doctorate studies, and post-doctoral research.

After the assessment by the National Board of Architectural Accreditation of China (NBAA) in 1992 and 1995, the undergraduate and master programs of Architecture, the school obtained the first batch of National Excellent Teaching Qualification in Architecture. In 2012 the school has ranked number three in the National Architecture accreditation. The Urban and Rural Planning program was assessed by the National Board of Urban Planning Accreditation of China in 2000 and achieved an outstanding accreditation in 2004, and was ranked 6th in the national Urban and Rural Planning Level 1 discipline.

In 1998, architecture was approved to be offered as a Level 1 discipline of China, under which there are four Level 2 disciplines: architectural design and its theory, architectural history and theory, urban planning and design, and architectural science and technology, All 5 disciplines have the authority to confer doctoral degrees; including the doctoral award for architectural environmental design. The school’s Master’s degree can be conferred in the following eight disciplines 
architectural design and its theory 
urban planning and design 
architectural history and theory
architectural science and technology 
art design
architectural environment design 
fine arts

In 1999, the school gained the approval to set up post-doctoral studies in architecture. In 2001, the Level 2 discipline of architectural design and its theory was also awarded as the national key discipline. In 2007 the Level 1 Architecture was awarded as the national key discipline and Level 2 Architectural Science and Technology was awarded as a national key discipline. 
The school has established long-term international partnerships with many world renowned universities and research institutions, both at home and abroad. The school supports students and staff mobility and exchanges as well as joint research projects. The school also enrolls international students. The global partners include:

Kobe University, Japan 
Kyoto University, Japan 
Kyushu Sangyo University, Japan 
Kyushu University, Japan 
Tokai University in Japan, Japan 
Tokyo Institute of Technology , Japan 
University of Tokyo, Japan 
Pukyong University, Korea 
University of Singapore, Singapore 
Chulalongkorn University, Thailand 
Chung Yuan Christian University (CYCU),Taiwan, China 
National Cheng Kung University (NCKU),Taiwan, China 
Tamkang University, Taiwan ,China 
Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China 
City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China 
University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong ,China

La Villette School of Architecture, France 
Pantheon-Sorbonne University, France 
Berlin Institute of Technology, Germany 
Fachhochschule Aachen in Germany, Germany 
University of Karlsruhe , Germany 
Politecnico di Milano, Italy 
Politecnico di Torino, Italy 
University of Rome in Italy, Italy 
Cardiff University , UK 
The University of Nottingham in England, UK 
University College London, UK

North America 
Texas A&M University, USA 
University of California Los Angeles (UCLA),USA 
University of Michigan, USA 
University of Minnesota, USA 
University of Nebraska , USA

Australian National University, Australia 
RMIT University, Australia

The school provides a first-class teaching environment, excellent teaching staff, and diverse and international programs which prepare students for the global workforce. The school has won many national teaching awards such as the National Special Prize in Excellent Teaching Achievements Awards of Universities and Colleges. These were achieved through long-standing practical education Students have repeatedly achieved success in the major domestic and international design competitions such as First Prize of “D3 Housing Tomorrow 2015”. For decades, our school has trained thousands of undergraduates and hundreds of masters and doctoral students.