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Our vision is to become the leading school of architecture on the sub-continent, via the pursuit of alternative, progressive and critical spatial practices.
We continually strive to be the embodiment of a design-led school of architecture by exploring the making of contextually responsive and appropriate built-environments.


Our mission is to broaden the scope of architecture through collaborative processes of innovative design, research and making. We define our identity as a school of architecture that encourages teaching philosophies and a design-studio culture closely related to the changing nature of contemporary cities, specifically Johannesburg, the city which gives our university its name. We achieve this mission by the integration of the physical and theoretical, the field and the design-studio.

Professional Bodies

The architectural profession offers a wide range of specialisations from design and technology, to management.

Graduates will be able to register with the following professional bodies and institutes:

  • The South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP)
  • The South African Institute for Architectural Technologists (SAIAT)
  • The Gauteng Institute for Architects (GIfA)
  • The South African Institute for Architects (SAIA)