The program prepares students to enter the profession of architecture, a career that is characterized by change and diversity. Design is at the center of a professional and critical discourse reinforced by liberal studies. A body of artistic, theoretical, social and technical knowledge, understanding, and skill — a background that all architects share — will be offered as the basis for the development of individual interests and aptitudes.As part of the program’s goal of producing a socially and environmentally aware professional architect, the core philosophy of the teaching-learning process would focus on producing:
- Competent, creative, critically minded and ethical professional designers/builders; and
- Good citizens who are intellectually mature, ecologically sensitive and socially responsible.
The teaching methods to be adopted for the transfer and/or acquisition of knowledge and skill development include:
- Workshop practice and laboratory exercises,
- Field visits related to community development/intervention,
- Practical and development-oriented planning and design projects,
- Design and planning projects-backed tutorials and assignments,
- Intensive consultations and one-to-one discussions on proposed ideas and design solutions,
- Individual and group seminars, project work presentations, and
- Group tasks/discussions/case studies.
2. Complimentary Skills To Be Developed
Due emphasis would be given in the teaching process; not only to the building of technical and professional core competencies, but also to imparting and developing the following:
- Practical problem-solving skills,
- Analytical and modeling skills,
- Drafting skills,
- Reasoning skills,
- Computer-related skills,
- Reporting/Communication skills and interpersonal skills,
- Fault diagnosis, repair and maintenance skills,
- Innovative product design and development skills, and
- Managerial/Organizational skills.
The student shall work in various architecture offices to gain experience, improve skills, and engage himself/herself in an architectural practice. Internship in a large or small firm, public, private and non-profit agencies associated with the architectural practice shall be completed on the eighth semester for four months, whichever is longer, to finish the internship.
4. Thesis (Senior Paper)
The Thesis is a comprehensive Architectural Design project, which necessitates the coordination of other fields in the building design process. It comprises program preparation and design of buildings containing spatial, functional, scientific and social aspects. A research paper, which includes a complete project document, will be produced.
5. Urban Plan Preparation Projects
Final year students are expected to prepare a structural and local development plan of a selected town in collaboration with the authorities of the town to be planned.