Architectural professionals are involved in shaping our built environment. Their efforts are evident everywhere you look, from the simple construction of a low-cost housing project to the most sophisticated technology employed in the erection of skyscrapers. Architectural professionals are employed in the design, technological resolution and management of construction projects. Architecture is part art and part science, and graduates can decide where they wish to position themselves.
As a profession, architecture offers a wide range of opportunities as it involves every aspect of the design and construction process. Work begins from the very outset of the design process through investigation and documentation of the requirements of the project. Work continues through the design process, contract administration and construction supervision, right through to when the project is handed over to the client.
In the undergraduate programme, students will develop proficiency in graphic skills, attain knowledge of good building practice, gain understanding of architectural professional practice, and develop an appreciation of aesthetic and design principles. Students will also acquire the necessary skills in order to be productive and contribute to industry in a meaningful manner.
The architectural profession offers a wide range of specializations from management to technology and design. Graduates will be able to register with the following professional bodies/institutes:
- South African Council for the Architectural Profession
- South African Institute for Architectural Technologists
Work Integrated Learning/Architectural Technology Practice
Students complete a period of hands-on learning under the mentorship of a practicing architect/architectural technologist and through the guidance of a full-time staff member. This component comprises the subject Architectural Technology Practice and involves in-service learning during the second year of study.
The Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA) building situated on the Bunting Road Campus of the University of Johannesburg has suitable and sufficient venues for the offering of the practical and theoretical components of all Faculty programmes. Well-equipped formal lecturing venues are placed centrally in the building and are shared among departments and programmes. The Faculty also has its own fully-equipped and dedicated art and design library.
Departments have individual designated studios and workshops which are designed according to programme-specific requirements with the Department of Architecture having state-of-the-art computer facilities equipped with the latest Architectural software.