XJTLU’s Department of Architecture accredited by RIBA
2018-03-20 17:40:00

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has confirmed the accreditation of the Masters of Architectural Design program of Suzhou-based Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU), validating its Department of Architecture as a full architectural school offering comprehensive training in the discipline.

“We can now take a high school graduate and train him or her completely as an architect,” said masters program director Christian G?nshirt. “We are very proud of our amazing faculty and students for helping us to reach this point with the first graduating cohort.”

Founded in 2011, the Department of Architecture at XJTLU received international RIBA Part 1 validation for its BEng Architecture program in 2015, a first for a university in Chinese mainland. Following a visit by a RIBA board in November 2017 and the final decision of the RIBA Education Committee in February 2018, the Masters of Architectural Design program has now been unconditionally validated for international RIBA Part 2.

Masters graduate Chen Xiaohan, now pursuing a PhD with the Department, gave a statement to the RIBA board in which she praised the Department’s strong teaching team, friendly and helpful staff and technicians, international student body, and working environment that is “like a second home”.

Chen Xiaohan

“The big difference about studying here is how approachable the staff are,” said Chen. “The professors are friendly and really help us a lot.”

The RIBA visiting board, comprised of several architectural luminaries from both home and abroad, commended in its official report the Department’s ‘extensive facilities’, ‘engaged staff and student body’, and ‘evident improvement in studio outputs over the three initial cohorts’ of students.

Masters student Stanislav Ten (left) with visiting architect Nuno Gon?alves Fontarra of Dutch firm Mecanoo.

It also recommended several action points or areas for improvement that program director Christian G?nshirt is seeking to address, “One key aim is to build on previous exchanges and workshops to forge more and deeper connections with other international schools of architecture,” he said. “We’re also planning to step up student exchanges with our partner institution, the University of Liverpool, UK,” he said.

“I want us to be the best architecture department in China offering a truly glocal experience,” said current Head of Department Professor Gisela L?hlein, “and with our diverse and highly-qualified academic staff and excellent facilities we are well-placed to become exactly that.”

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