Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is the first mainland Chinese university to gain unconditional Part 1 and Part 2 accreditation from The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for our BEng Architecture and Masters degrees, officially recognising the programmes 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 established 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.
“I want us to be the best architecture department in China offering a truly glocal experience,” said current Head of Department Professor Gisela Löhlein, “and with our diverse and highly-qualified academic staff and excellent facilities we are well-placed to become exactly that.”