The Department offers a five-year programme in Architecture. 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 improvement of our built environment. In order to develop the required design skills, students 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 profession, which was mainly at the service of the 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 and nowadays the field of architecture includes low-cost housing, urban design, village planning, landscape design and environmental engineering
The Bachelor of Architecture degree primarily aims to train students and develop skills in disciplines with distinct professional focus: building planning, designing and construction supervision. The main objective of the programme is to produce graduates with sound knowledge on:
- Architectural design process
- Professional Practice
- Traditional African design, and
- Impact of climate change on buildings