SEU ARCH Held the 2019 International Review of Discipline Construction
In order to accelerate the construction speed of both the SEU double first-class initiative and the Architecture Internationalization Demonstration School (I.D.S.) of SEU, as well as improve the discipline connotation, comprehensive strength and international influence of the three disciplines of architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture, SEU ARCH invited seven world-renowned experts in related fields to comprehensively review the whole school from various perspectives of overall structure, faculty construction, talent training, teaching and education, research and practice, international cooperation, facility and infrastructure, main features and relations of the three disciplines, etc. during the period from November 20th to November 22nd, 2019. The international review committee drafted an general report in the end which objectively analyzes and evaluates the construction status and development prospects of SEU ARCH, and in the meantime, puts forwards many valuable suggestions.
The SEU ARCH international review committee consists of seven experts, including Professor Adele Santos, Former Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT; Professor Sacha Menz, Former Dean of the School of Architecture at ETH Zurich; Professor Marc Treib, Emeritus Professor of College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley; Professor Grahame Shane from the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University; Professor Quintus Miller form Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio at USI; and Professor Eric Mumford from Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.
On the morning of November 20th, the international review meeting of school and discipline construction was held in the lecture hall, 2nd floor of Lidong Building at SEU Sipailou Campus. Professor Wang Baoping, SEU Executive Vice President, delivered a welcome speech on behalf of SEU, and briefly introduced the development history of both the university and the school. Dean Zhang Tong of SEU ARCH made a general report on the overview, educational mechanism, faculty construction, talent training, teaching, scientific research and practice, international cooperation, prospects and challenges of the school. Then Professor Han Dongqing, Professor Dong Wei and Professor Cheng Yuning made self-evaluation reports on behalf of the three disciplines of architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture respectively, which mainly explains the features of discipline construction. Finally, Professor David Leatherbarrow, Foreign Dean of I.D.S., reported on the construction process and achievements of I.D.S. during the past two years from the aspects of its overview, international cooperation, teaching, research results and prospects.
Professor Wang Baoping, SEU Executive Vice President, Delivers the Welcome Speech
Professor Zhang Tong, Dean of SEU ARCH, Makes the General Report on SEU ARCH
Professor Han Dongqing Makes Self-evaluation Report on Behalf of Architecture Discipline
Professor Dong Wei Makes Self-evaluation Report on Behalf of Urban Planning Discipline
Professor Cheng Yuning Makes Self-evaluation Report on Behalf of Landscape Architecture Discipline
Professor David Leatherbarrow, Foreign Dean of I.D.S., Reports on the Construction Process and Achievements of I.D.S. During the Past Two Years
Group Photo of the International Review Committee Experts, University Leaders and the School Faculty
In the following two days, the seven international review committee members listened to reports by professors of the three disciplines respectively and had in-depth communication on their representative studies. The committee conducted field investigations on the basic facilities, teaching and research results of SEU ARCH, and visited places consisting of classrooms, building model rooms, laboratories, libraries, exhibition halls, teachers' offices, and the home of foreign scholars. They specially attended courses of SEU ARCH undergraduates and postgraduates, which includes basic courses jointly organized by the three disciplines. They also participated in the Southeast Jiamu Scholars 2019 Exhibition and Forum, visited the design works of the outstanding SEU ARCH young alumni and listened to some of their representative presentations, which resulted in a high praise for the talent training mode of SEU ARCH. Besides, the review committee also held various forms of discussions with teachers (represented by Academician Wang Jianguo) and students to have full communications.
International Review Experts and the School Leaders Discuss and Exchange Opinions in the I.D.S. Conference Room
International Review Expert Makes Remarks, Professor Grahame Shane from the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University (Left) and Professor Eric Mumford from Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis (Right)
International Review Expert Makes Remarks, Professor Quintus Miller form Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio at USI (Left) and Professor Adele Santos, Former Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT (Right)
International Review Experts Visit Design Works of Undergraduates/Postgraduates and the Achievements of International Joint Studios
International Review Experts Communicate with Teachers and Students of the Design Courses
International Review Experts listen to the Introduction of Southeast Jiamu Scholars 2019 Work Exhibition
On the afternoon of November 22th, the international review feedback meeting was held in the lecture hall, 2nd floor of Lidong Building. The attendees were as follows: Professor Zhang Guangjun (SEU President, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering), Professor Wang Baoping (SEU Executive Vice President) , Professor Wang Jianguo (Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, Director of National Steering Committee of Architecture Education in China under the Ministry of Education), Professor Zhang Tong (SEU ARCH Dean), Professor David Leatherbarrow (Foreign Dean of I.D.S.), Professor Ye Zhirui (Director of SEU International Cooperation Department), Professor Gu Yonghong (Director of SEU Publicity Department) and leaders from other departments of SEU, Professor Leng Jiawei (SEU ARCH CPC Secretary), Professor Ge Ming (SEU ARCH Vice Dean), Professor Bao Li (SEU ARCH Vice Dean), Associate Professor Jiang Hong (SEU ARCH Vice Dean), Associate Professor Tang Peng (SEU ARCH Dean Assistant), Professor Shuichi Hokoi, Professor Gu Daqing, Professor Chu-Joe Hsia, Professor Marco Trisciuoglio (Professors of I.D.S.), Associate Professor Shi Yonggao (Dean Assistant of I.D.S.), leaders, directors and some teachers related to SEU ARCH departments and institutes. On behalf of the International Review Committee, Professor Sacha Menz from ETH Zurich presented the reviewing feedback report. Firstly, Professor Menz addressed an overall evaluation on the SEU ARCH education and discipline construction based on the comprehensive review, SEU ARCH history, structure, discipline achievements and establishment of I.D.S. and gave full recognition and high evaluation on the SEU ARCH curriculum structure and arrangement, faculty’s and alumni’s research and work achievements, establishing impact from I.D.S. and etc. At the same time, the review committee pointed out such existing problems as faculty establishment, schooling years, teaching and laboratory space and made an analysis on the opportunities and challenges which SEU ARCH are facing after that. Professor Zhang Tong, Professor Leatherbarrow and Professor Wang Jianguo conveyed their agreement and extended their thankfulness for the international committee’s professional guidance and suggestions respectively. Finally, Professor Zhang Guangjun, in his closing remarks, expressed warm welcome to all professors of international review committee and conveyed his gratitude and admiration for their great contributions to the evaluating work for the university, school and three disciplines. He said, SEU is one of cradles of modern higher education in China and the birthplace of modern architectural discipline in China with the profound educational and cultural characteristics. In face of the new era and mission, SEU searching for an international architectural development path will be an important start for the “double first-class” establishment. Professor Zhang Guangjun highly agreed with the committee and gave response to the existing problems and challenges. He expressed that the university would paid great attention to the evaluation and step up to promote the development of architectural discipline. He hoped that in great support of committee’s experts, SEU ARCH faculty and students consciously establish the overall pattern of serving national strategy and human destiny community, be striving together for leading development and dedicating to cultivating the top talents with national and international vision and leading to future and serving human beings for making demonstrative play in the establishment of national architectural discipline and world-class university with Chinese characteristics.
SEU-ARCH Dean Professor Zhang Tong Presides the International Review Feedback Meeting.
On Behalf of the International Review Committee, Professor Sacha Menz from ETH Zurich Makes Review Presentation
Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, Professor Wang Jianguo, Conveys His Agreement and Extends His Thankfulness for the International Committee’s Professional Guidance and Suggestions
SEU President Professor Zhang Guangjun Makes Concluding Remarks
Group Photo of the International Review Committee Experts and SEU Faculty
The international review is a more accurate and comprehensive international example for SEU-ARCH development. The faculty and students will have more clear recognition of the current strengths and the existing weaknesses in the course of self-development. In combination of the experts’ evaluation, SEU-ARCH will continue to improve the school-running mechanism and strive for more fruitful achievements in varied aspects of world-class discipline construction, talents cultivation, research and practice and etc.