Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is the first mainland Chinese university to gain unconditional Part 1 and Part 2 international validation from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for our undergraduate and masters degrees, officially recognising the programmes as on par with other top architecture schools around the world.

In their last accreditation report, 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.

In previous visits the RIBA board also praised the Department 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 the ambitious goal of challenging both Western and Chinese educational paradigms with an alternative model for Chinese architecture education.

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 5 percent in China’s university entrance examinations.

Current Head of Department Dr Davide Lombardi aims for the department “to be the best architecture 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.”