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Department of Architecture

Established in 1980, the Department of Architecture at Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture (BUCEA) was one of the earliest institutions in China to offer architectural education and to conduct related scientific research. Faculty at the Department include both scholars and practicing architects who graduated from leading universities and were committed to the integration of scholarship and design excellence. Now there are 40 full-time teachers, including 10 professors, 11 associate professors and 19 assistant professors and instructors. The Architecture Program at BUCEA has been officially recognized as the National Characteristic Major and the National First-class Major, and won the First Prize of National Teaching Achievement. Since 1996 the Architecture Program for 5-year undergraduate and 3-year postgraduate study had successfully passed the assessment by the National Architectural Education Evaluation Committee six times. Specially, in 2012 and 2019, it was accredited at the top level with a validity period of 6 years.

The Department provides a multidisciplinary curriculum emphasizing design methodology, architectural theory and criticism, traditional culture, model-making skills and digital tools of software. Undergraduate education is oriented to train students with professional skills of architecture and urban design, historical building conservation, green energy-saving technology, virtual simulation and digital technology, etc. Postgraduate programs (both Master of Architecture and PhD in Architecture) included five research fields: architectural history and theory, building heritage conservation, architectural design and its theory, urban design, and architectural technologies. The research programs provide necessary resources for students with an interest in focused areas of study on topics of growing importance to Beijing and the country.

The Department has closely collaborated, in teaching and research, with the Beijing Urban Design Innovation Center for Future Cities -- a leading design think tank established by the Beijing Municipal Government in 2016. The Department offers students a variety of opportunities for international and national study tours and workshops that take design studios to sites of Asian and European and American cities, and also hosts undergraduate and postgraduate academic exchange programs with Tsinghua University and other global leading universities and research institutions.

Department of Urban and Rural Planning

BUCEA, which is jointly built by Beijing Municipality and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Rural Development, is the only architectural university in Beijing. In 1984, we enrolled master's degree students. In 2001, we enrolled undergraduates and in 2007 we enrolled postgraduates. In 2017, the discipline evaluation was B-, the postgraduate education passed the evaluation twice, and the undergraduate education evaluation was approved as excellent in 2019.

The discipline is aimed at serving Beijing as well as the whole country. The strengths of the discipline are: rural heritage protection and development planning, urban and rural planning and urban design, urban and rural ecological environment and infrastructure planning.

The department has 12 provincial and ministerial level scientific research platforms, including Beijing Future Urban Design High-tech Innovation Center, one national-level experimental center and grade A planning and design institute. Ten off-campus training bases have been built with China Academy of Urban Planning and Design and Beijing Municipal Institute of City Planning and Design. A first-class discipline has also been built with Tsinghua University.

This discipline cultivates high-end talents with international vision and innovative thinking, who are competent for the complex and comprehensive work of urban and rural planning, construction and management, and have interdisciplinary research ability.

Landscape Architecture

The Department of Landscape Architecture of Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture (BUCEA) has a long history and tradition. Since Landscape Architecture was upgraded to a first-class discipline in 2011, BUCEA's MLA program was approved. In 2013, BUCEA’s BLA program began to recruit undergraduates. The BUCEA’s Landscape Architecture relies on the advantages on trinity human settlements disciplines, and takes ecological civilization construction of Beijing as the main goal to cultivate innovative talents with international vision, excellent professional quality, strong comprehensive ability and firm political belief in landscape architecture planning, design, construction, management, decision-making and other fields. Facing China's problems, China's road and China's practice, the Department of Landscape Architecture focuses on serving the construction of the Capital's human settlement environment, and forms our connotation within the characteristics of China's new era, the capital region and BUCEA. Focusing on cutting-edge innovation, professional-based research and teaching, integration of disciplines and global vision, BUCEA strive to build a well-known and unique landscape architecture discipline.

Historic Building Preservation Engineering

The Department of Historic Building Conservation was established in 2012. It is an emerging major that is based on architecture, involves the humanities, history and engineering technology disciplines, and studies the theories, methods and technologies of architectural heritage protection. It has a strong practical application and cross-integration nature. It aims to cultivate professional leaders and future pioneers who have not only the basic knowledge and skills of architecture, but also the systematic mastery of the theoretical system and application methods of heritage protection, as well as international vision and innovative thinking.

The Department of Historic Building Conservation has ten full-time teachers, among whom, seven have senior titles and nine hold doctoral degrees.

This major has a complete education and teaching system, including undergraduate, masters’ and doctoral degree programs. It will cultivate students' comprehensive literacy from the perspectives of culture and technology, theory and practice, history and future, and other diversified, comprehensive and innovative perspectives, broadening their vision. This will help students lay a solid foundation for employment, studying abroad, and further studies pursuing master's or doctoral degrees, equipping graduates with sound knowledge foundation and broad development prospects.