The UET School of Architecture and Design (SoAAD) is an academic entity of the UET, set up in 2006 under the patronage of the then Chancellor, Governor of Punjab, Lt. Gen. (Retd). Khalid Maqbool. The school has been given the mandate for offering the full arrays of creative disciplines that help delineate our built environment.
Objectives and Academic System
SoAAD strongly believes that the purpose of university education, above and beyond professional training, is to produce enlightened and progressive members of society. It is for these purposes that opening up of intellectual horizons and development of a balanced personality are primary objectives of SoAAD learning environment. SoAAD attempts to achieve these objectives through a winding of knowledgebase in the formal curriculum, and exposure to a social and intellectual environment developed and maintained through informal and co-curricular activities.
Presently under the School there are two degree awarding departments:
- Department of Architecture
- Department of Design
The Department of Architecture has a history approaching half a century. Established in 1962, it has the distinction of offering the first-degree program of Architecture in the Country. Thus, the Department has been a fundamental contributor towards the founding and establishment of the profession of Architecture in Pakistan By now it has a large body of alumni, and through them, it has the honor and credit of shaping a significant part of the current built environment in urban Pakistan.
Over the decades, the Department has developed unmatched expertise in various facets of the profession of Architecture. At present, in terms of qualifications, as well as width and breadth of relevant knowledge base, its faculty far surpasses any other school/department of architecture in the country. The Department, thus has not only maintained its leading role in architectural education, it is set to expand its frontiers even further through its flowering in the form of School of Architecture and Design (SoAAD).
The working environment within the Department is pleasant and intimate. The students spend a significant part of their working in Design Studios which, coupled with low student intake, ensures high degree of interaction between students, and between students and staff. More than Forty years old tradition of co-education within the Department, and a high proportion of female teaching staff ensure healthy gender relationships. At present, the gender balance within the Department is strongly tilted towards female students (about 70 to 80%).