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Department of Architecture

Overview

The Department of Architecture at the University of Pretoria offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the disciplines of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Landscape Architecture. To obtain further information regarding minimum requirements, selection processes and outcomes of each degree offered please follow the link to the Departmental Brochures.

ARCHITECTURE (Validated by SACAP and recognised by the CAA, 2012)
Architects design spaces and buildings to satisfy daily needs and improve the environment in which we live. They need abilities and skills that range from the practical to the artistic and from the technical to the theoretical. As professionals they conceptualise, design and document building projects and oversee quality control during construction. Architects are ethically and legally bound through Institutes and government controlled Councils which protect the interests of the public. Architects can manage their own practices or work for other, often, multidisciplinary firms, or can make contributions to the government sector and education.

INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE (Recognised by the IID)
The Programme in Interior Architecture empowers students to design sustainable, meaningful and beautiful places within the context of architectural space. Graduates possess the theoretical and technical knowledge to engage critically with proposed or existing structures. Designers of interior environments shape the relationship between space, object and user. They follow a human-centred approach and perform spatial design and research services across various scales and typologies. Graduates work as designers in the built environment and related fields such as exhibition, lighting, product and stage design. The programme offers students the opportunity to become specialists in interior design within an interdisciplinary learning environment.

The programme in interior architecture is one of only four similar programmes in South Africa with educational membership at the International Federation of Interior Architects / Designers (IFI)..

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE (Validated by SACLAP, 2012)
Landscapes are the represented expressions of the dynamic interaction between the technological and cultural activities of human societies with the physical environment. Landscape architecture is a profession and academic discipline concerned with the design of rural and urban outside places on various scales informed by this interaction. It considers change over time and mediates art and science; artefact and nature; city and region; and private and public interests. Landscape architects therefore synthesise knowledge from the humanities and the sciences to sustainably design meaningful and beautiful places that are grounded in material and immaterial culture, and ecology of their local contexts.

The programme in landscape architecture is the only undergraduate course of its kind offered in South Africa. Locally there is a great demand for practitioners in both the public and private sector.