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The School of Architecture and Urban Planning is committed to educating innovative designers capable of designing ideal places for people to enjoy life. The school welcomes students who are interested in designing to improve the quality of the human living environment, provide them with systematic knowledge, guidance, and opportunities to meet well-known scholars and elite designers. The school also enables students to be proficient in knowledge about regional humanities, full of empathy and responsibility, good at understanding life and adept in creation. With these efforts, students can take the responsibility of designing and constructing quality and livable space.

General Description

The School of Architecture and Urban Planning, formerly known as the Department of Architecture and Department of Environmental Art of Western School of South China Construction University, was established in 1991. In July 2000, the Western School of South China Construction University was merged into the new Guangzhou University and the School of Architecture and Urban Planning was established.

The school has three level-one disciplines to include Architecture, Urban and Rural Planning, and Landscape Architecture which support and complement one another and form the urban and rural construction disciplinary group. Furthermore, they form a discipline cluster of human settlements with Civil Engineering, Geography, Environmental Engineering, and other disciplines of the university. For these three disciplines, the school offers three Bachelor's Programs and three Master's Programs which include Architecture, Urban and Rural Planning, and Landscape Architecture.

Based upon changing conditions, new concept and new technology, the school serves local development needs and studies hot-spot topics. Research on historical connections and future demands adheres to the interdisciplinary and disciplinary development while actively exploring regional characteristics, future demands and the design language of nature, history, culture and space in architecture design as well as urban and rural planning and landscape design. The school has now become one of the main research and development bases for the planning and design of urban and rural development in South China. The school is playing an important role in student's training, technological innovation, and the development of local urban and rural construction.

 

Academic Programs

Undergraduate Programs with Curriculum

The three undergraduate majors of the school share two-year platform courses with the characteristics of focusing on human settlements environment design and training talents with comprehensive ability and innovative practice ability. The programs enjoys a high reputation in South China.

The school continues to promote open education in the recent years. At present, the school has carried out the "2 + 2 + 1" undergraduate double degree program with Curtin University of Australia and the "3 + 2" undergraduate and master's joint reading program with the University of Western Australia.

 

Professional Courses:

Architecture

○Architectural Design (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

○Design Principles of Public Buildings

○History of Chinese Architecture

○Foreign Architectural History

○Building Physics

○Building Mechanics

○Building Structure

○Generality of City Design Henerality

○Architectural Review

 

Urban and Rural Planning

○Urban Planning Principles (1, 2, 3)

○Urban Master Plan (to include County Planning)

○Regulatory Detailed Planning

○Urban Design 1

○Residential Area Planning

○Urban Roads and Traffic (1, 2)

○The History of Urban Development and Architecture in China

○Development History and Architecture History of Foreign Cities

○Spatial Analysis and Planning Application of GIS

 

Landscape Architecture

○Principles of Landscape Planning and Design

○History of Chinese Landscape Architecture

○Western Garden History

○Garden Plants

○Plant Landscape Planning and Design (1, 2)

○Landscape Planning and Design (1, 2, 3, 4)

○Fundamentals of Ecology

○Principles of Landscape Heritage Protection

○Landscape Engineering (1, 2)

 

Graduate Programs with Curriculum

 

The school has two first-level academic master degree programs in architecture and urban and rural planning and one professional master degree program in landscape architecture. The school's regional design, sustainability technology, cultural heritage conservation and activation, nature conservation and ecological planning are influential in research and teaching.

 

The postgraduate program of architecture includes four research areas: architectural design and urban design which focuses on regional architecture and urban design theories and methods; architectural history and theory which focuses on the conservation and activation of modern history and cultural heritage; building technology science which focuses on interdisciplinary research based on regional climatic characteristics.

Architecture (academic postgraduate program)

*MSe in Architectural Design and its Theory

* MSe in Urban Design and its Theory

* MSe in Architectural History and Theory

* MSe in Building Technology and Science

 

The postgraduate program of urban and rural planning includes four research areas which include urban and rural planning and design which focuses on urban planning and residential planning at the urban scale; urban and rural spatial development and regional planning which focuses on regional integration and urban system of metropolitan space from the perspective of new economy; urban and rural development history and heritage conservation which focuses on the study of local urban history and urban and rural historical and cultural heritage conservation planning; spatial information technology of urban and rural planning which promotes the application of information technology of urban and rural planning by means of interdisciplinary integration.

Urban and rural planning (academic postgraduate program)

*MSe in urban and rural planning and design

*MSe in urban and rural space development and regional planning

*MSe in urban and rural development history and heritage protection

*MSe in urban and rural planning spatial information technology

 

 

The postgraduate program of landscape architecture includes four research areas which include landscape planning and design which focuses on regional landscape planning and design at medium and micro scales; the protection of landscape architecture heritage which focuses on the protection and utilization of natural and cultural heritage of landscape architecture; national park planning and design which focuses on the natural reserve system theory and design research; urban green space and garden plants which focuses on the subtropical urban green space system and plant research.

Landscape Architecture (professional master program)

* MSLA in Landscape Planning and Design

* MSLA in Heritage Conservation in Landscape Architecture

* MSLA in National Park Planning and Design

* MSLA in Urban Green Space and Garden Plants

 

International Joint Postgraduate Program

The school has carried out a joint postgraduate program with the University of Strathclyde and the Glasgow School of Art.

 

Collaborative Master Programme 1+(1)+1 with Strathclyde University

*MArch in Advanced Architectural Design

*MSc in Sustainable Engineering: Architecture & Ecology

*MSc in Architectural Design for the Conservation of Built Heritage

*MSc in Urban Design

 

Collaborative Master Programme 1+(1)+1 with the Glasgow School of Art

*MArch in Advanced Architectural Design

*MSc in Environmental Architecture