The history of School of Architecture and Design can trace back to the Department of Architecture in Tangshan Engineering Faculty in the National Jiaotong University, which was established in 1946. In 1951, the Department of Architecture in Tangshan Engineering Faculty moved to Beijing to become the Department of Architecture in the School of Beijing Railway Management in the North Jiaotong University. After the adjustment of national colleges and departments in September 1952, the Department of Architecture was incorporated into the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture in Tianjin University. In 1985, resumption of Architecture Diploma degree was carried out in the North Jiaotong University. In 1991, undergraduate study in Architecture transformed from four-year study into the five-year Bachelor degree. Based on the foundation of architecture research studios, resumption of department of architecture was therefore carried out in 1996, which was subordinated to the School of Civil Engineering and Architecture. In 2002, undergraduate study of Art Design four-year degree was included. In July 2007, the Department of Architecture and Design was independently founded, which consisted of Architecture and Art Design majors. In 2009, undergraduate study of Digital Media Art four-year degree was included. In May 2012, the Department of Architecture and Design transformed into the School of Architecture and Design with the approval of the University.
Currently, the School of Architecture and Design confers professional Bachelor degree in Architecture, and Art Bachelor Degrees in Art Design and Digital Media Design. It also confers three first-level of Master degrees in Architecture, in Urban and Rural Planning and in Design, as well as two professional degrees in Architecture and Civil Engineering and in Industry Design Engineering. The teaching and research areas of the School cover disciplines of engineering and art, among which Architecture, Urban and Rural Planning, Landscape Architecture and Design are first-level disciplines. There are 606 students currently study in the School, which includes 512 undergraduates (seven international students) and 97 full-time postgraduates. More than 700 students have graduated from the School of Architecture and Design. [See Full]