There are several subdivisions under the Department, including Landscape Architecture Research Institute, Tianjin Research and Engineering Center for Ecological Landscape Technologies, Feng Jicai Cultural Heritage Conservation Center and Wang Xuezhong Art Research Institute. Altogether 24 professional and competent faculty members are working in the Department, including 11 full professors, 10 associate professors and 3 lecturers.
Since 1950s, School of Architecture of Tianjin University has begun to study traditional gardens, in which including many World Heritage Sites such as the Mountain Resort in Chengde, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, and other prestigious royal gardens and landscapes, like the current Beihai Park. As outputs of this long-term academic research tradition, a series of publications have secured the School’s national leading role in the research fields of traditional gardens, domestic gardens, as well as cultural heritage conservation. The long list of books includes Mountain Resort in Chengde (1980), Gardens in the Forbidden City (1986), Analysis of the Traditional Chinese Gardens (1986), The Best Garden-in-the-Gardens in the Imperial Gardens of the Qing Dynasty (1990), Analysis of Traditional Town and Village Settlement Landscapes (1992), Research of Fengshui Theories (1992), Learning Garden Design (2000), Gardens in South Guangdong series (2003), and Comparison on Chinese and Japanese Traditional Gardens (2003), and other influential monographs by our faculties.
In recent ten years, Department of Landscape Architecture cooperates with related disciplines like architecture, urban planning, environmental design, agriculture, hydraulic engineering, etc. in the multidisciplinary framework established within the University. The Department is developing her new research focus on ecological concerns on mountain surface restoration of North China (particularly around Bohai Sea), the comprehensive saline-alkali soil treatment in Binhai New Area of Tianjin, and water-efficiency landscape design for North China. In 2013, Tianjin Research and Engineering Center for Ecological Landscape Technologies was established under the approval of Tianjin Science and Technology Committee. Together with the Laboratory of Architectural Physics and Environmental Technology and the Digital Fabrication Laboratory, the Center serves as part of the integrated technical platform which creates key research strength in ecology and technology topics.
Integration of academic research with innovative design and planning practices is another important characteristic of the Department. It is also a tradition of the School of Architecture which considering design as the foundation of this discipline. Besides more than ten national and provincial pure research funding projects, the Department has also led or engaged in dozens of significant landscape architecture projects, such as ecological restoration of Tianjin Ancient Coast and Wetlands National Park, landscape architecture and engineering of the new campus Tianjin University, and so on. These projects have earned national and provincial design prizes. The Department also have excellent performance on instructing students in key local and international landscape architecture design and planning competitions, in which many awards have been granted to the School of Architecture.