Introduction

The discipline of architecture is primarily concerned with the planning and design of buildings and the subsequent implementation of these designs. As such Architects contribute towards the construction and improvement of our built environment. In order to develop the required design skills, students will undergo extensive training in the principles of design theory and building technology in relation to materials, construction services and structures.

The role of the Architect has changed over the years from an exclusive professional, which was mainly at the service of a privileged few to a professional cadre whose services are rendered to the community at large. This has meant that the range of design tasks has expanded considerably to include areas of low-cost housing, urban design, village planning, landscape design and environmental engineering.

Programme Details

First Year

The studio course is intended to equip students with the basic designing skills. The course takes a practical approach through engaging students in simple design concepts.

The course acts as a basis for the introduction of the philosophies and concepts in each of the four disciplines of the School.

This course looks at the physical environment, with particular reference to Southern and Central Africa

The course provides essential elements of the social system affecting urban and rural communities.

The course is aimed at developing students’ ability to convey a host of technical aspects of the future courses comprising their respective programmes. It also introduces students to the use of computers.

This foundational course provides a broad base for a number of subjects in the fileds of Structures, Surveying, Building Economics, Planning Statistics and Valuation.