As the top research and teaching institution belongs to Tianjin offering undergraduate and postgraduate education in building industry, TCU School of Architecture was founded in 1982, including three departments, which are Architecture, Urban & Rural Planning and Landscape Architecture.
Beside focusing on undergraduate education, we are vigorously developing postgraduate education and gradually engaging in international education. We offer students numerous study options to best purse their individual interests and goals：
· Architecture (BArch)
· Urban & Rural Planning (BEng)
· Landscape Architecture (BEng)
· Architecture (March / MEng)
· Urban & Rural Planning (MEng)
· Landscape Architecture (MA in Landscape Architecture / MEng)
Our courses take a comprehensive artistic and social approach that also integrates much related branches of study. With the core of design studio, our study programmes are designed in close cooperation with relevant courses and taught by rich educational heritage and highly-qualified teachers with experience in relevant fields. In addition, we invite a great many experts who have strong influence in the field of teaching or design as part-time teachers or master tutors.
Near 5000 students have graduated from our school so far, who are welcomed by various employers for their solid specialized knowledge, all round comprehensive qualities, strong working capacities and practical style of work, providing intelligent support and talent maintenance for urbanization and urban modernization in global professional market.
Key Disciplines and Research
Tianjin is an influential, dynamic, constantly developing site for the study of ancient and contemporary urbanism, as it a model of cultural activity and an impressive locus for new architecture, landscape architecture and urbanism.
In the past long time, by putting great stress on disciplinary construction, 3 first-level disciplines are authorized to confer Master’s Degree, 2 of them have been approved as Tianjin Key Disciplines, which are Architecture, Urban & Rural Planning.
Right now, we have been immersed in several innovative research fields: architecture history, architecture design, heritage conservation, green building, ecological city, urban design, landscape design and art design, etc. At the meanwhile, we established three research institutions, namely, Tianjin Green Building Collaborative Innovation Center, Tianjin Green Building Technology Innovation Alliance, and Tianjin Urbanization & Rural Construction Research Center.
By focusing on the great needs of regional economic and social development and engaging in the cutting-edge technological research in the field of urbanization and urban development, we have been funded nearly 30 million RMB and hosted more than 30 national or provincial research projects, which have been widely applied to several projects, such as Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city, Tianjin Old City Conservation and Preservation, and Tianjin small-town constructions, etc.
Department of Architecture
From 1982, over 2500 students have graduated from the programme of Architecture. The programme, consisting of BArch, March and MESc, is unique in the universities belong to Tianjin and passed the National Specialty Evaluation authorized by Canberra Accord, and recognized by the signatories, which means the quality of the programme is in the first rank in China. We offer academic programmes and professional preparation within a context of rigorous scholarship, environmental stewardship, and creative endeavor. Our degree programmes address important professional concerns—creativity, intellectual advancement, professional and ethical responsibility, technical innovation, and civic engagement—while developing students’ imaginative and intellectual abilities to provide the information and strategies needed to address contemporary design practice.
The 5-year Bachelor of Architecture degree in Architecture Undergraduate Programme always focuses on providing basic training, professional knowledge system and capacity of practice to our students. Through the whole programme, project courses (design studio) are always integrated with professional practice in several stages, combining lecture courses consisting historical, theoretical, cultural, environmental, and technical courses.
With rapid developing of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region and high level construction and industry recourse of Tianjin, the 3-year postgraduate programme focuses on three fields: Ecological Living Environment Design and Evaluation, Regional Architecture Heritage Conservation and Sustainable Utilization, Regional Culture and Public Space Design and Innovation.
Department of Urban & Rural Planning
The department was run from 2004 and over 1500 students have graduated from the programme, with 5 years undergraduate programme or 3 years postgraduate programme. The undergraduate programme which has passed the National Specilty Evaluation, offering Bachelor of Engineering degree, is a broad-based course of study that provides the skills necessary for professional practice. In addition to the required planning and design courses, we not only enable a student’s development as a planner, but also further the discourse in or discipline by engaging the culture around us and expanding the traditions of planning thought and practice. The postgraduate programme, offering Master of Engineering degree, focuses on the fields of Rural Planning Method and Policy Research, Historical Culture Heritage Planning and Protection Technics, Urban Art Design & Theory and Urban Transportation Planning & Intelligent Controlling. Students will be immersed in the issues of design that have shaped the city and will develop critical thinking and methodologies of analysis by designing in the urban context. The course of study will examine a culture committed to design and to architectural practices that engage and challenge traditional and modernist orthodoxies.
Department of Landscape Architecture
Since 2002, the department has produced more than 700 graduates who are working on designing, enhancing, conserving, constructing and managing our great natural and built environments. Students from the Landscape Architecture programme will be involved into undergraduate programme for Bachelor of Enginerring degree and postgraduate programme for Master of Landscape Architecture or Master of Enginerring degree.
The department views the art of landscape design as an expression of cultural values reinforced by many related disciplines. The core Landscape Architecture undergraduate programme is centered on a sequence of design studio courses, challenging students to be responsible, creative designers and to develop innovative, site-appropriate solution that enhance aesthetics and value. It is designed to ensure the graduates are capable for the projects ranging from public to private open space, while also having capacity of landscape project management.
At the meanwhile, the postgraduate programme introduce students to various research field including landscape planning & design, planting technology & application and landscape art, with the aim of bringing specific knowledge respond to the dynamic and challenging urbanization development.