Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.)
SADA has been recognized by PCATP by receiving its first accreditation in 2014 and there two years accreditation was got.
Mission of the Department of Architecture:
Department of Architecture’s mission is ‘Understanding of Architecture as an iterative process for the production of spaces, and places that relate to individuals emotional and conscious existence in which a diverse range of human activities take place’.
The program’s focus is on developing cognitive, conceptual, technical and professional approach of students towards problem-solving. Architecture deals with inter-disciplinary knowledge and therefore the curriculum provides opportunity for students to not only have fundamental architectural knowledge but knowledge from practice, construction, structure and art.
Our curriculum integrates studio components for courses like Landscape architecture, interior design, urban design, parametricism, heritage and conservation. For fulfillment of above objective SADA faculty comprises of diverse group of individuals, ranging from academicians, practitioners, artists, designers and engineers.
Careers associated with architectural profession are of varying nature. Fresh graduates can apply in design offices both public and private. Students can also opt for specializing in Architectural design or its associative design fields. At present numerous students from our First Batch are pursuing or proceeding abroad to pursue post-graduate education in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, Heritage, Conservation etc. at International Universities of repute.
The B.Arch. Program at NUST-SADA endeavors to produce professionals with intuitive and practical understanding of the profession. To achieve this:
1. Courses are designed to demonstrate and promote analytic and critical thinking abilities.
2. Through workshops, lectures and regular visits from current architectural practitioners, student skills are developed in line with current practice.
3. Compulsory internships with architectural offices.
4. Co-curricular activities to promote team dynamics. Each semester comprises of courses that facilitates incremental learning.
Year One is the foundation building phase where students are encouraged to develop freehand and technical drawing skills; also cognitive learning is carried out within the initial two semesters of the program through basic design studio courses.
Year Two facilitates student learning in terms of conceptual and contextual analytical tools for architectural design. The goal is further strengthen through understanding of passive building systems, architectural history, understanding of materials and construction.
Year Three endeavors to bring in macro contextual relevance within architectural design and incorporating larger target audience. Design resolution at this stage includes construction techniques, environmental systems and structural resolution.
Year Four is the pen-ultimate year and students are expected to understand urban context. Expected outcome of this year is understanding of holistic design process defined as ability to integrate intra and inter-disciplinary subjects and to consider the importance of the various components to create efficient and functional structures. To develop a critical eye for detail through knowledge acquired by cross disciplinary interaction.
Year Five is not a learning year, it focuses upon the outcome of previous four years and students are encouraged to select a project of their choice, understand the underlying theoretical and practical concerns and produce a suitable design solution.