Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is the first university in the Chinese mainland to gain unconditional Part 1 and Part 2 international validation from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for our undergraduate and masters architecture programmes, officially recognising the programmes as on par with other top architecture schools around the world. Established in 2011, the BEng Architecture programme has rapidly become one of China's most prestigious architecture courses, with students recruited from the top 5 percent of Chinese high school graduates.

In their last accreditation report in 2020, the RIBA board commended the ambitious vision of the department and the university, the dedication of the staff and the provision of “exceptional workshop facilities, studios and resources”, as well as the diversity and richness of the design briefs. The department was also praised 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", and for promoting an "alternative model for Chinese architecture education", praising the “ambitious goal [of] challenging both Western and Chinese educational paradigms for architecture and design.”

Head of Department Professor Gisela Löhlein expresses confidence that the programme will be “the best architecture and design department in China, offering a truly glocal experience. With our diverse and highly qualified academic staff and excellent facilities, we are well-placed to become exactly that.”