Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University was the first Chinese university to gain unconditional Part 1 accreditation from the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) for our BEng Architecture degree, officially marking the programme as on a par with other architecture schools around the world.
In their accreditation report, the RIBA board commended the Department of Architecture for "creating a distinctive environment in which students learn from an international and Chinese context with an ambition to produce a new type of graduate, with an emphasis on human-centred architecture, for the emerging global context." The RIBA also praised the programme as an "alternative model for Chinese architecture education," adding that the department's aim of "challenging both Western and Chinese educational paradigms for architecture was an ambitious goal."
Despite only being set up in 2011, the BEng Architecture programme has rapidly become one of China's most prestigious architecture courses, with students recruited from the top five percent in China's university entrance examinations.
"As the most international architecture department in China, we at XJTLU offer an exciting pioneering opportunity for the next generation. Our next target is for the RIBA to accredit our MArch postgraduate study programme."
Professor Pierre Alain Croset, Head of Department