Divisions 2021-06-06T21:01:33+06:00


There are six divisions in the department. Each of the courses offered at undergraduate and postgraduate levels is a part of any of the six divisions of the department. The six divisions are Environment and Energy; History, Theory, Culture and Criticism; Housing and Settlements; Urban Design and Landscape; Construction and Technologies, and Synergies.

    • EE
      Environment and Energy Division
      Vision of Environment and Energy Division (EED) is to mobilize environment responsive, energy conservation and sustainability and resiliency-aware world class architects. In keeping with national interests and the SDG goals, environmental integrity is a key contemplation in building design, both in the urban and rural context. In recent days,issues pertaining to environment and energy have drawn a heightened global attention, due to the facts and effects of global warming and climate change. Environmental issues are significantly considered in architecture, to ensure quality living, performance and overall well-being and comfort of users of any space. The use of energy is also of great concern, since a building may exert a significant negative footprint on the surrounding environment, by (mis)using a large share of non-renewable energy. Energy efficiency benefits environmentally responsible buildings through future-proofing, reduced operating costs, and comfort and health benefits.
    • HTC
      History, Theory and Criticism Division
      History Theory and Criticism division focuses on the history of Architectural built forms and discourses in relation to the wider field of epistemology with emphasis on critical historiography and relevant analytic methodologies. It offers students’ scopes to examine the diachronic and synchronic relationships between architecture and its social, political, economic, cultural, and technological contexts. As an inherently interdisciplinary stream, it encourages students to explore theoretical approaches outside the discipline of Architecture to explore both concrete and abstract resources from history in order to establish its link with contemporary issues. It also offers a platform for a holistic inquiry into the disciplinary debates and emerging local and global issues from an analytic point of view to understand the shifts of the architectural discourse itself.
    • HS
      Housing and Settlement Division
      Vision of Housing and Settlement Division (HSD) is to prepare socially-responsive, spatially-sensitive, and sustainability- and resiliency-aware critical practitioners. Housing fulfills one of the basic human needs of shelter and access to which constitute human rights. Housing is both a product of and process for creating an environment for living, livelihoods, and socialization. Housing and Settlement Division (HSD) deals with the planning and design aspects of the production, consumption, and management of housing in relation to settlement as its broader contextual framework. HSD organizes undergraduate and postgraduate programs, coordinates (design) research through Cell for Resilient Dwelling, and guides interaction with other divisions and stakeholders.
    • UDL
      Urban Design and landscape Division
      Urban Design and Landscape Division of the Department of Architecture deals with the designing of human activity spaces outside the buildings. Boundaries and Domains of Urban Design (UD) and Landscape Design (LSD) are blurred and depend more on emphasis put on the design. UD focuses more on the physical built-environment, hard-scape, urban enclosed spaces, and the relationship between complexes of buildings. The scale ranges from neighborhood to the whole city. LSD, on the other hand, focuses more on the biological environment, soft-scape, natural elements, ecosystems, and its relationship with the built environment.
    • CT
      Construction and Technologies Division
      Construction & Technology division offers the opportunity to explore various construction techniques and materiality. Students entering into the discourse will evaluate and research the potential of a new applications in construction methods. This Division offers applied research and design of buildings and building components. Through focusing on structural, facade, and climate design, students will learn how to contribute to buildings that are sustainable and environmentally intelligent. Exploring design strategies to minimize the gap between the expert groups in the construction industry through digital collaboration. The Division addresses the contemporary and advanced issues in the field of the computational design and building information modeling, collaborative work, and project management through 4D, 5D, and 6D BIM, building energy modeling, construction strategy and material experimentation, virtual and augmented reality in the design process and construction.
    • SYN
      Synergies Division
      The synergies division goes beyond architecture to use the wealth of cutting-edge knowledge of other related subjects. One of the objectives of this division is to understand the effects of the environment on the user and then use this knowledge to inform the design process for a better environment. This division engages with a diverse range of subject areas in reference to architectural studies, combining but not limited to humanistic, technological, and social science perspectives to develop and explore the boundaries of architecture and enrich the architectural discourse. The courses under this division at the graduate level share interdisciplinary perspectives on the emerging field of architectural design research to enable a design that is robust by appreciating the realities and dynamic complexities of its context.