GAU - Department of Architecture was established in 1994 in the Faculty of Architecture and Engineering and has been joined to the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Fine Arts since 2009. With a strong emphasis on human value and professional ethics, the department of Architecture has been offering an education based on critical and theoretical knowledge, creative design skills, the most...
Bachelors in Architecture in Kent in United Kingdom. Bachelor of Architecture (BArch)
GAU - Department of Architecture was established in 1994 in the Faculty of Architecture and Engineering and has been joined to the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Fine Arts since 2009. With a strong emphasis on human value and professional ethics, the department of Architecture has been offering an education based on critical and theoretical knowledge, creative design skills, the most recent techniques of presentation and architectural building technologies.
As a part of a global university with campuses based in Girne - Cyprus, Canterbury - UK and Singapore, and as a member of different international networks such as European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE), the department of Architecture is an international department with its academic staff and students from all over the world, embracing universal values and taking internationalization as a goal.
With its participative and interactive course environment, technological facilities, devoted academic staff and student-centred education approach, GAU -Department of Architecture has been offering a universal, intellectual, ethical and active education.
By the end of the course students will have:
1) Design Mind & Skills:
To understand: the spatial perception and the principles of design methodology in various scales.
To participate: in interdisciplinary design project teams as a member of a design team, up to the level of leadership.
To create: spatial and architectural design elements respecting natural and built environment characteristics.
To create: a comprehensive program for an architectural project and its environmental context, in respect to users and project stakeholders.
To demonstrate: clear image of stakeholders’ needs and requirements concerning the project’s feasibility issues.
To produce: a comprehensive architectural project; based on local, national and international codes.
2) Communication Mind &Skills:
To use: a coherent poetic and technological language as an expert in the field of architecture and related fields.
To understand: world visionary trends in the contemporary era of information & communication technology (ICT).
To transfer: ideas and concepts in a trans-disciplinary way.
To communicate: effectively with stakeholders on the various aspect of project from aesthetic to economic matters.
To use: various techniques and applications of multimedia communication.
To use: effective communication skills, instruments and tools denoted to context and content of projects.
3) Critical Thinking:
To use: abstract thinking to interpret a situation.
To demonstrate: analytical mind and skills.
To employ: various techniques of problem solving.
To create solutions:by using multiple methods relating to both direct and indirect reasoning.
4) Research Skills:
To create: a proper methodology of research for each project.
To be aware of: importance of research in analyzing initial conditions and final products of a given project.
To conduct: research studies independently and critically evaluating findings.
To employ: research-based design and evidence-based research methodologies in their projects.
5) Human Oriented Design:
To use: theories and methods of inquiry for clarifying the relationship between human behavior and built environment.
To understand: diverse needs, demands, values and behavioral norms in interior spaces.
To understand: characteristics of different cultures and individuals and integrate this diversity within the design process.
To employ: architectural design and relating fields for improving the quality of life.
6) Construction Technology Knowledge:
Tounderstands: the general philosophy of construction technology and engineering ideas.
To indentify and acknowledge: principles of structural behavior as living phenomena (in dynamic and static manners and various scales)
To indentify: principles, appropriate application and performance of building materials and assemblies.
To indentify: appropriate versions of technical, electrical and mechanical systems and elements.
To do: the cost and benefit study in domain of constructions and materials.
To employ: ideas and concepts of high-tech constructions.
7) Sustainable Design:
To understand: the general idea of sustainability.
To study: various charters, manifestoes, agendas and schedules on sustainability.
To study: the essence of main worldwide references on sustainability and their approaches to design process.
To understand: the principles of sustainability in relation to built and natural environment.
To employ: new technologies in sustainable design and construction.
8) Codes and Regulations:
To understand: the necessity and philosophy of codes and regulations.
To comprehend: the terminology of codes and regulations.
To compare: various resources about the standard identifications in codes and regulations.
To learn: details and applications of local, national and international codes in the design process.
To apply: local, national and international laws, codes and regulations in projects.
9) Project Management:
To understand: various theories of managements and methods of decision making/taking.
To understand: main themes of project managements from risk-analyses to passive defense.
To use: up-to-date management procedure from quality management to natural disaster management.
To estimate: cost & benefits in their projects.
To employ: international standards of management qualification.
10) Professional Ethics:
To understand: the theoretical and practical features of acting professionally and ethically.
To learn about: the ethical issues involved in the formation of professional judgment.·
To engage: social, ethical and professional responsibility in the process of project viability, design, construction and maintenance ·
To demonstrate: knowledge of professional codes of ethics in the practice of architecture
11) Historical Knowledge and Vision:
To understand: intellectual and critical view points of various approaches to historical events.
To study: various historical events, from history of art to history of science & technology, and their interrelationship.
To employ: their historical knowledge and vision in their academic studies on theory and experiment.
To explore: the built environment and generate new visions of the current world.
12) Urban Knowledge and Vision:
To understand: the phenomenon of urban space from various aspects and disciplines.
To study: various theories in urban design, planning and landscape.
To analyze: components of urban design projects
To use: various methods on exploring and perceiving the elements of built environment.
To demonstrate: a systematic understanding of the urban physical environment.
To recognize: the role of urban design in shaping the built environment, and human relation therein.
13) Informal Learning Mind & Skills:
To integrate: their personal experience and extracurricular activities into their academic studies.
To develop: their sense of humor, common sense and their intuitions as an effective part of their critical thinking.
To utilize: independent learning skills developed in formal studies for life-long-learning.
To keep: open mind for new visions in broader socio-cultural and technological engagements.
The course will help students to develop their own skills and confidence in order to be handle situations in a considered and strategic way.
Educational ObjectivesJob & Career Opportunities
The graduates will have knowledge and ability to:
1. To define, evaluate and conclude design projects in a creative process and with a propper decisions
2. To identify and criticize challenges of human being and their socio-spatial representations
3. To employ and develope technical and professional knowledge and skills
4. To conduct and justify interdisciplinary interactions in macro & micro scales
You have the added advantage of the a truly global perspective offered by the international campuses and tutors at Girne American University.
Job & Career Opportunities
Architects work in design, planning and construction of various types of buildings and structures, ranging from residential buildings to commercial ones or public facilities. They are responsible for designing buildings that meet the needs of people who are going to use them, and in harmony with the environment in the most comfortable, healthy, safe, and economic ways. They have the chance to work in public sector such as ministries or municipalities, or architecture departments of public institutions. They also can work in private sector architecture and construction firms or become self-employed by establishing their own businesses. During design and construction of a building, architects need to be in contact with the clients and users, and many different professionals including civil, electric and mechanical engineers, urban designers, landscape designers, interior designers, contractors and technical staff.
Graduates of Architecture also have the chance to continue their career in academic institutions, by attaining Master and PhD degree.
GAUC’s policy is to adopt, as far as possible, the entry rules of the applicant’s home country. This is to try and ensure that when the student returns home his/her degree qualification is not rejected because the basic university entry requirements of his/her native country were not fulfilled. The general academic entry requirement is the possession of Higher Secondary School (year 12 or 13) certificate recognised by the home country.
English Language Qualifications Requirement
For those applicants whose mother tongue is not English, we require a recent pass in the any of the following qualifications:
IELTS - minimum of 5.5 in all areas. Listening, Speaking, Reading & Writing
TOEFL iBT TEST - minimum of Listening - 17, Reading - 18, Speaking - 20 & Writing - 17
TOEIC - Minimum of Listening - 400, Reading - 385, Speaking - 160 & Writing - 150
Cambridge First English Certificate - minimum of Borderline in all areas. Listening, Speaking, Reading & Writing
Cambridge Advanced English Certificate - minimum of Weak in all areas. Listening, Speaking, Reading & Writing
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - minimum of: Listening - 51, Reading - 51, Writing - 51 & Speaking - 51
For international students, wishing to study for an undergraduate degree, the above English qualifications define the specified minimum demanded by the immigration authorities. The English test must be taken at a recognised centre.
For other students, if you have an English language qualification that is not listed above please contact the GAU Canterbury Admission office to determine whether it meets the necessary requirement.
If you do not possess a formal English language qualification you will need to take an English test with us and, if necessary, enrol for an English Language course here at GAU Canterbury, to bring you up to the required degree entry level.