Scientific research in our school is closely linked to major issues in the construction of urban and rural areas (such as architectural heritage protection, eco-design, etc.) and teams are well-organized to carry out research and innovation. It has participated in Energy-saving Building Key Laboratory of Guangdong Province; in 2013, after joint declaration, Guangzhou Key Laboratory of Green Building Low-carbon Technologies was approved and the Enterprise-University-Research Institute Cooperation and Innovation Platform for Green Buildings of Bureau of Technology and Information of Guangzhou was approved. In the past five years, the discipline has undertaken 6 projects of National Natural Science Foundation, 2 projects of National Social Science Fund and more than 10 other provincial and ministerial research projects. The total longitudinal research funding is 5.992 million yuan. It takes the advantage of the discipline to actively serve the community and gets good social repercussions and high recognition in the industry. It has also presided over the design of a number of important practical projects, covering urban design, schools, residence, schools, stadiums and other building types involving people’s livelihood. In the past five years, it has undertaken 123 research projects with a total fund amount of 56.855 million yuan and won 1 award of Guangzhou Municipal Science and Technology Progress Second Prize.
By conducting research activities, in the past five years, the school has published a total of 337 scientific papers and citation rate of each teacher reaches 19.3. It has won one award of Guangzhou Municipal Science and Technology Progress Second Prize and 6 awards of national, provincial, municipal and university teaching achievement prizes. Research results in scientific research are directly applied to solve major problems in urban and rural construction. For example, the study of architectural heritage protection technology is directly applied in conservation practices of a large amount of cultural heritage in Pearl River Delta region. In the past five years, the school has undertaken mapping 300 traditional buildings in south of the Five Ridges, study of 20 ancient villages and more than 10 historic streets and more than 100 cultural relics protection projects. The areas cover the whole territory of Guangdong, Hong Kong, Macao and other places and the protected objects involve the world cultural heritage and cultural relics protection units at all levels. These research projects for social services have produced a high international influence and due to outstanding achievements in heritage protection, Professor Tang Guohua was awarded the "literature and art knight first level" medal by the French Ministry of Culture in 2012. The US Asian Cultural Association has also funded the discipline topics.