Studying Architecture at Neapolis University: Our Philosophy
The School of Architecture, Engineering, Land and Environmental Sciences, is characterized by a multidisciplinary scientific structure. In particular, the Department of Architecture, Land and Environmental Sciences, contains the programs of Architecture, MA in Digital Video Production, Master in Landscape Architecture, as well the Msc. in Environmental Impact Assessment and Sustainability Management. The co-existence of these four scientific disciplines demonstrates the specific character of the Department, which is its multidisciplinary structure. Despite the fact that each one of these discrete disciplines keeps its scientific autonomy, certain synergies exist between them, for two basic reasons. Educationally for their cognitive cross enrichment, whereas technically for source saving.
The Program in Architecture offers a Bachelor’s Degree after four years of full-time studies and the Diploma in Architecture after five years of full-time studies.
The Program in Architecture acknowledges the significant social role and responsibility of architectural practice for the study and development of space, both public and private. In this respect, each student is considered as a distinct personality, freely open to a system of values and abilities, concerning their aesthetic development, imagination, intuition, ethos, and consistency. At the same time, it provokes and activates students’ involvement and continuous participation in a reflective process that transforms their thinking, and incorporates a critical approach in their creative evolution. Furthermore, it explores and utilizes the heterogeneity of its highly qualified teaching faculty, as an educational tool, in order to formulate and establish a wide field of multiple approaches to architecture. Through systematic research in all aspects of architecture, and within the overall framework of university education, it combines the broader humanistic values, with the development of the necessary theoretical and technical skills for the professional life of its students.
Methodologically, the Program explores architectural design by systematically promoting a teaching system, adaptable to the characteristics and interests of each individual student. This essentially experimental process equips students with both a unique comprehension of architecture, as well as the necessary means and skills of personal expression both during their studies and upon their graduation.
Furthermore, and far from being a static system, the Program in Architecture is a dynamic framework, open to the internationally developing architectural dialogue. By addressing both the local and global substance of architecture, it aspires to act as an intellectual and cultural hub for the city of Pafos, building on the one hand on its own organization and activities, as well as on developing strong synergies with the city, its people and its institutions. At the same time, it gradually, but systematically, establishes connections with its wider context in Cyprus, the Mediterranean, and globally, through student and teacher exchanges, research programs, exhibitions, workshops, and conferences, but also through the thematics of its courses.
The Bachelor and Diploma in Architecture fulfill the academic and professional requirements set by, a) The EU Directive 85/384/EC for architects and the new Directive 2005/36/EC about the recognition of the Professional Qualifications (which is a law of the EU and binds its members since 2007). b) The recommendations of UIA (Union International of Architects) about the skills architects must have to practice as architects. c) The local market of Cyprus and the conditions of accession to the profession as they are indicated by the Technical Chamber of Cyprus.
Based on the above described institutional regulations, the Programme offers a Bachelor of Architecture after four years of study, and a Diploma in Architecture, after an additional year of study. The Bachelor of Architecture degree does not lead to professional accreditation. Students also need to complete a Diploma in Architecture degree to become eligible for professional accreditation.
Upon completion of the 5-year program, graduates of Architecture must acquire a minimum one year of professional practice and fulfill the requirements set by the Cyprus Technical Chamber in order to become registered architects with full professional accreditation.
The Bachelor of Architecture is a full-time four-year course that comprises a total of 240 ECTS units. The units are distributed evenly to 8 semesters, 30 ECTS units each. The Diploma in Architecture is an additional full-time one-year course that consists of 60 ECTS units. The duration of each semester is 13 weeks.
Bachelor of Architecture
The Bachelor of Architecture is a four-year course that provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to practice in the architectural profession and to be successful in the design of the built environment. The main aim of the Bachelor of Architecture program is to provide students with a thorough foundation of the many aspects that make up the discipline of architecture and equip them with knowledge, critical thinking, and cognitive independence for successful careers. The course places a high priority on the integration of theory and practice and balances the aesthetic with the functional and the humanistic with technological aspects of the profession. The program is centered on a series of design studios for all four years, and it covers a wide spectrum of topics in history and theory of architecture, advanced architectural design, restoration and preservation, environmental design, technology, means of representation, humanities and cultural issues, environmental sciences, management, and professional studies.
Diploma in Architecture
The Diploma in the Architecture program, an additional one-year course, is a focused, professional degree which qualifies graduates to pursue licensure with the Cyprus Technical Chamber as registered architects. The programme allows students to select a particular area of specialization such as Advanced Architectural Design, Landscape Urbanism, Bioclimatic Architecture and Sustainable Development, Conservation-Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings and sites. Students get training in research by completing a studio-based design thesis. The goal of a program, structured such as this, is the education and not the instruction of the architect. Learning methods include lectures, seminars, studio, tutorials, project work, and independent study. Each semester is structured around the main component of the program, namely the design studio, and complemented by courses on history and theory, technology, management, and professional studies.
The Course Structure of the Bachelor and Diploma in Architecture is as following:
Semester 1 Total
- ARCH AS101 Architecture Studio 1: The fundamentals of architecture
- ARCH HI101 History 1: History of Architecture and Art (antiquity)
- ARCH BT101 Building Technology 1: Structural Systems I
- ARCH BT104 Building Technology: Materials and Methods of Construction
- ARCH SV101 Spatial Visualization 1: Architectural Drawing
- ARCH SV102 Spatial Visualization 2: Free-hand Drawing
- ARCH SV103 Spatial Visualization 3: (Materials & Forms)
Semester 2 Total
- ARCH AS102 Architecture StudioO 2: The fundamentals of architecture
- ARCH HI102 History 2: History of Architecture and Art (2nd-18th c.)
- ARCH BT102 Building Technology 2: Construction Components
- ARCH BT103 Building Technology 3: Structural Systems II
- ARCH SV104 Spatial Visualization 4: Spatial Transformations
- ARCH SV105 Spatial Visualization 5: Digital Means
- ARCH SV106 Spatial Visualization 6: (Photography, Cinema, Set Design)
Semester 3 Total
- ARCH AS203 Architecture Studio 3
- ARCH BT205 Building TechnologyY 5: Structural Mechanics
- ARCH TS201 TechnologyStudio 1: Construction Systems
- ARCH BT204 Building Technology 4: Building Services
- ARCH SV207 Spatial Visualization 7: Digital Design
- ARCH HI203 History 3: History of Architecture and Art in 19th and 20th c.
Semester 4 Total
- ARCH AS204 Architecture Studio 4: Urban Design
- ARCH AS205 Architecture Studio 5
- ARCH TH201 Theory 1: Theories of Architecture – Architecture and Place
- ARCH BT206 Building Technology 6: Building Physics
- ARCH SR201 Seminar 1: Object and Space
Semester 5 Total
- ARCH AS306 Architecture Studio 6: Restoration and Reuse of Historic Buildings
- ARCH TH302 Theory 2: Theory of Conservation
- ARCH HI304 History 4: Landscape Architecture
- ARCH TS302 TechnologyStudio 2: Lightweight Structures (metal and wood)
- ARCH SV308 Spatial Visualization 8: Computational Design
Semester 6 Total
- ARCH AS307 Architecture Studio 7: Sustainable Architecture
- ARCH SR302 Seminar 2: Bioclimatic Principles
- ARCH AS308 Architecture Studio 8: Landscape Architecture
- ARCH TS303 TechnologyStudio 3: Structural Design
Semester 7 Total
- ARCH AS409 Architecture Studio 9
- ARCH AS410 Architecture Studio 10: Urban Planning
- ARCH SR403 Seminar 3: Urban Planning and Sustainable Development
- ARCH EE401/ ARCH EE402 Elective 1: The Morphology of Theatrical Space/ Elective 2: Open Urban Spaces
- ARCH TH403 Theory 3: Theory of Architecture
Semester 8 Total
- ARCH AS411 Architecture Studio 11
- ARCH DIs Dissertation
- ARCH SR404 Seminar 4: Research Methods for Architecture
- ARCH SR405 Seminar 5: Principles of Real Estate and Theory of Property Valuation
- ARCH EE403/ ARCH EE404 Elective 3: Issues on Architectural Design/ Elective 4: Aspects of Spatial Language
Semester 9 Total
- ARCH AS512 Architecture Studio 12: Introduction to Design Thesis Studio
- ARCH AS513 Architecture StudioO 13:Thematic Architecture Studio
- ARCH EE505/ ARCH EE506 Elective 5: Urban Sociology/ Elective 6: Space and the Architecture of Time
- ARCH EE507/ ARCH EE508 Elective 7: Open Elective Any choice from other Schools/ Elective 8: Structure & Form
- ARCH SR506 Seminar 6: Professional Practice
Semester 10 Total
- ARCH DTh Diploma Design Thesis
- ARCH SR507 Seminar 7: Architectural Design Seminar
- ARCH EE510/ ARCH EE509 Elective 10: Architecture and the Moving Image Elective 9: Space and the Architecture of the Void