Established in 1927, The Department of Architecture at Southeast University is the origin of Chinese modern architectural education. Honoring SEU’s motto of “Strive for Perfection”, its development continuously guides architectural education in China, and enjoys profound international reputation. At present, the Architecture Discipline at Southeast University, as a first-level PhD degree granting discipline and a first-level national key discipline, is composed of second-level disciplines including architectural design and theory, architectural history and heritage conservation, building science and technology, urban design and theory, architectural algorithm and application and interior design and theory etc.. School of Architecture, Southeast University won A + in the discipline of architecture at the 4th round of China Discipline Ranking results in 2017. All previous and the incumbent directors of the National Supervision Board of Architecture Education (China) are from the School of Architecture, Southeast University, which has four Academicians, two Chang Jiang Scholars, a National Distinguished Young Scholar, a distinguished foreign expert of 1,000 Talent Plan, thirty-seven PhD supervisors, and one hundred and five master supervisors currently working in it. The School of Architecture consists of a national-level teaching group, two national high-quality courses, and a Key Laboratory of Urban and Architectural Heritage Conservation of Ministry of Education, a GIS center cooperatively established by UNESCO, a State Authorized Research Base of Traditional Wooden Architecture, and a Laboratory of Architectural Algorithm & Application. Inheriting history of Southeast University, the School of Architecture focuses on advanced science, interdisciplinary research, and persists in exploring and innovating in the field of architecture. The Academicians play a leading role in the research field of urban environment and architectural design. In addition, a batch of young and senior scholars who have proven remarkable achievements in research areas including urban design, architectural design, holistic design on urban architecture, architectural history and theory, architectural heritage conservation, sustainable urbanism and green architecture, architectural industrialization, and architectural algorithm & application, exert great impact on these professional areas both nationally and internationally. The graduates of Southeast University have been continuously playing a leading role in academic and professional fields both in China and overseas. The only Pritzker Architecture Prize winner from China is also our graduate.

Training Objectives Leading individuals who pay close attention to the leading edge of academic research, possess the abilities and professional skills to carry out the innovative research, have positive personalities and social responsibilities. Architectural specialists with a global academic perspective, have a good knowledge of international issues, develop and lead the research and design practice on the platform of global architectural employment.

Research Direction

(1)  Architectural Design and Theory (including four major directions: Architectural Design Theory and Method, Urban Design Theory and Method, Interior Design Theory and Method, Architectural Algorithm and Application)

(2)  Architectural History, Theory and Heritage Preservation

(3)  Building Science and Technology


Training PeriodThe program usually lasts 3 years and might be extended to 4 years at most.

Degree awardingStudents will be awarded Master Degree of Engineering.