Research Units

Research Units

Urban and Environmental Studies University Research Centre

Integrating the interdisciplinary and international research capacity and scientific platform at XJTLU, and studying China’s experience of urban development and changes, UES explores paradigms for more smart, sustainable and high-quality development.

The XJTLU Design Research Centre(DRC)

The DRC is an award-winning centre for practice excellence in architecture and design— an international collective of Architects, Urban Designers, Industrial Designers, and Architectural Conservation specialists, led by academic-based Architect and Director Teo Nacher.

The Sino-Italian Urban Regeneration HUB(SIURH)

The Sino-Italian Urban Regeneration HUB (SIURH) recognises a precise market need expressed by the Italian design industry and the potentiality offered by the Chinese architectural and urban construction sector context. The HUB explore the topic of urban regeneration in contemporary China. With the support of engineering, architecture, and economic consulting organisations, the HUB connects academia with the public and private sectors.

DES Intelligent Built Environment Research Centre

This research centre provides a unique identity in integrating advanced computer science and technology into traditional Architecture, Engineering and Construction domain, and bring ideas in developing multidisciplinary research directions in the Design School. We focus on designing, developing and implementing intelligent concept, knowledge and technologies in the domains including but not limited to Building energy performance, Smart buildings and cities, Autonomous construction equipment, Historical building protection, and Total sustainability. By applying advanced and innovative technology in planning, design, engineering, construction, and operation and maintenance for the built environment, we aim to turn emerging technologies and basic research efforts into real-world solutions that will be of value to the industry, as well as to improve inhabitant’s quality of life and to satisfy inhabitants by replacing routine work with smart devices and robots.