Description: Architecture Keywords: New Building, Department of Architecture, Henry Pretorius, Typology Architects
Description: Architecture Keywords: New Building, Department of Architecture, Henry Pretorius, Typology Architects

The Department of Architecture is underpinned by a critical inquiry into meaningful place making. We believe that the purpose of architecture is to aid people in their quest to find their place in the world. In order to fulfill this purpose, the way in which people exist and dwell in the world is investigated. A person exists in relation to people, other beings, products of nature, and products of man. It is within these multiple relationships that networks are formed where individual but interdependent and inseparable beings dwell together.
Each project investigates a specific network called the human ecological landscape. The dialectic engagement between person-hood and the hybrid human ecological landscape is always unique and specific. Within this scholarly milieu, students are charged with care and respect for difference and the different interrelationships in the human ecological landscape, and explore the multidimensional character of architecture. These values are maintained and inculcated through an academic discourse which secures the development of a learning environment where students and faculty are brought together through:

  • TEACHING -  Formal lectures, inter-personal studio facilitation, vertical studio session, construction site visits, and annual design excursions and visits to architectural practices
  • COMMUNITY SERVICE -  The UNESCO-accredited Earth Unit and community service learning
  • PRACTICE - Unconditional validation as a South African Architectural Learning Site, locally by South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) and internationally by the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA).

The department’s approach to the human ecological landscape is critical rather than normative, investigative rather than prescriptive, process-oriented rather than result-motivated, ethical and inclusive. Through the integration of design, construction, theory, and history, we aim to sensitively, critically, and sustainably learn to provide meaningful places in the South African and international context.

Take a look at our YouTube channel for videos of previous Sophia Gray laureates and insightful architectural talks.
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The A Mag

Our students produce an annual publication called A Magazine. It is available at A MAG online. The publication features the work of students in each stage of the BArch, Hons and Master's courses and includes pieces by staff members. 


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