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A Message from the Dean: New Horizons

Date:2018-12-30
 

The world of the 21st century is filled with uncertainty and unpredictability. There exist both opportunities and challenges for architectural education and discipline. In this complex discourse, the fundamental task and goal of university is to educate outstanding talents for the service of future societies, and to promote the transition of human civilization to a higher horizon. 

  

The School of Architecture of Tianjin University acts as one of the leading pioneers in China’s architectural education. It possesses a splendid legacy and has gained international recognition for its achievements in educational practice and extensive research of Chinese architectural history, as well as heritage conservation and sustainability of the built environment. Imbued with the spirit for innovation and teamwork, our faculty members have achieved excellence in teaching, research and design practice. The average number of scientific research projects and results brought forth by each faculty member distinguishes us among the institutions of higher education in the field of architecture. With a solid basis on professional knowledge and skills, as well as an adventurous creative ability, our students have won numerous awards in international and domestic design competitions, the total number of which ranks us as first in China. At the same time, our alumni are widely recognized and praised by our professional peers and society at large.  

  

In terms of international cooperative research and teaching, TJU School of Architecture has established extensive networks with academic institutions in the United States, Europe, Japan, Australia and other countries, thus expanding the professional horizon of our students and faculty members.  

  

TJU School of Architecture can therefore feel proud in many ways. However, when faced with the complexities of the contemporary context, we still need to adhere to the spirit of self-criticism. As it deals with the dilemma of ecological deterioration and the revolution of digital technology, architecture is required to deepen its disciplinary scope and contents while conducting interdisciplinary research. This chaotic state, in which various trends of thought quickly alternate and compete for primacy, reminds us to maintain a certain distance with a critical perspective. At the same time, the current global tendency urges us to reconstruct and transform Chinese classical culture so as to reflect on the contemporary architectural discourse. 

  

Within the ongoing discussions on the future of the built environment, a particularly promising solution may be to integrate ancient wisdom into the contemporary architectural education system, in order to promote the progress of all disciplines in the School of Architecture, and to cultivate outstanding talents for the future, capable of demonstrating both an international vision and national dedication.