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 programmes 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 Programme in Architecture offers a Bachelor’s Degree after four years of full-time studies and a Diploma in Architecture after five years of full-time studies.
The Programme 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 Programme 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 Programme 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 organisation 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 programmes, exhibitions, workshops, and conferences, but also through the thematics of its courses.
The Bachelor and Diploma in Architecture fulfil the academic and professional requirements set by:
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).
The recommendations of UIA (Union International of Architects) about the skills architects must have to practice as architects.
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 programme, graduates of Architecture must acquire a minimum of one year of professional practice and fulfil 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 programme 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 programme is centred 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 programme, an additional one-year course, is a focused, professional degree that qualifies graduates to pursue licensure with the Cyprus Technical Chamber as registered architects. The programme allows students to select a particular area of specialisation 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 programme, 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 programme, namely the design studio, and complemented by courses on history and theory, technology, management, and professional studies.