The research strategy of the Department of Architecture is focused on three research areas:

Interrelated and not exclusive, these three areas of expertise cover a wide range of interests. More than rigid research groups, they support the formation of open research platforms; they link the Department of Architecture to other departments and research institutes at XJTLU, to other Chinese universities and to professional figures outside academia; and they foster international collaborations.

A particular concern of the Department is to explore the possibility to develop a form of research that is specific to the architectural discipline: Research by Design. This is an experimental form of applied research with other less conventional research outcomes (including prototypes, projects, buildings, components, and exhibitions). In this way, the Department differentiates itself from the research work produced in the big design institutes of the major Chinese state universities by developing an experimental design activity at a small scale, with a flexible staff structure.

Academic staff also actively contribute to XJTLU research institutes including:

China Commentary

We also contribute to China Commentary, a group formed by department members in association with other XJTLU academics to critique social, political and urban dynamics in relation to China and in comparison to the West, from creative thinking to pedagogy.

This cluster is enhanced by working with the University's Departments of China Studies and Public Health.