The UET School of Architecture and Design (SoAAD) is an academic entity mandated to offer the full array of creative disciplines that help delineate our built environment. SoAAD strongly believes that the purpose of university education, above and beyond professional training, is to produce enlightened and progressive members of society. Therefore, the primary objectives of SoAAD learning environment are opening up of intellectual horizons and development of a balanced personality. SoAAD attempts to achieve these objectives through a widening of knowledge base 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:
- (A) Department of Architecture
- (B) Department of Product & Industrial Design
The academic disciplines in the Department of Architecture include programs in:
- Bachelor in Architecture (B. ARCH)
- Master in Architecture (M. ARCH)
- Ph.D in Architecture
A comprehensive introduction of the two departments of the School is as under:
DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE
The Department of Architecture established in 1962 has a history of more than 50 years. It has the distinction of offering the first 5 years B. Arch program, first M. Arch and first Ph. D. 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). More than fifty 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%).
Bachelor Degree Program in Architecture (B. ARCH)
At present the Department runs a 5-year program of studies leading to a professional degree in Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch). Graduates of this program will have to be fulfilled all licensing requirements of (PCATP), and subject to registration with it, shall be able to practice Architecture anywhere in Pakistan. The B. Arch program of study is highly demanding and only those students are recommended to apply who are willing to work long hours. Furthermore, a significant component of studies involve fieldwork, where students are required to visit construction sites, conduct field surveys, and join out of station study tours. B. Arch degree requirements also include 8 weeks of internship in a professional establishment, which usually takes place during summer vacations.
Objectives and Academic System
The Bachelor of Architecture degree program provides a liberal introduction to study architecture as a discipline and to produce all rounder individuals who can play a leading role in shaping up a healthy society. Students gain a critical and ethical awareness of architecture with much to offer in the face of many of today's most pressing societal challenges. It equips students to join other design fields or related disciplines, and it prepares students for the Master of Architecture degree. The course content includes Basic Design, Architectural Design, History of Architecture, Materials and Construction, Physical Environmental Studies, Structural Systems, Theory of Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture etc. Research Methodology etc. The first year begins by introducing the fundamentals before studies of the major subjects in which students are required to design projects of different typologies. The students can have a better sense of life and ability to produce well adjusted whole by blending different aspects: function, form, structure, techniques, context and culture.
The working environment within the Department of Architecture 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 faculty members and students. The spacious internal courtyard acts as a social space for different design and drawing activities and enhances interaction between students.
SoAAD strongly believes that the purpose of university education, above and beyond professional training is opening up of intellectual horizons and to produce enlightened and progressive members of society. SoAAD attempts to achieve these objectives through a winding of knowledge base in the formal curriculum, and exposure to a social and intellectual environment developed and maintained through informal and co-curricular activities. The students are encouraged to actively participate in different students’ societies: Dramatic Society, Literary Society, Debating Society and Environment & Horticulture Society (EHS). The students are also encouraged to participate in the national and provincial activities under the patronization of Pakistan Council of Architects and Planners (PCATP) and Institute of Architects of Pakistan.
The built environment to a great extent influence and facilitate in imparting quality education. Fortunately, the Department of Architecture has well furnished Faculty offices, design studios, lecture theatres, library and well equipped computer laboratories as under:
The department has a well stocked library with a large number of books and magazines on Basic Design, Architectural Design, History of Architecture, Building Construction, Physical Environmental Studies, Theory of Architecture, Urban Planning & Design, Research Methodology, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design etc. Other than books and Journals, a separate section exists containing B. Arch and M. Arch Thesis on variety of topics