Dean's Message

The UMT Program of Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) was launched in 2012 at the then Department of Architecture and Planning for quality education in the city of Lahore. It was considered that the faculty plays Key role in the quality of education. Therefore it was considered appropriate to hire faculty with higher qualification, diversified field experience and a greater degree of world exposure with regard to architectural practice. 

The Faculty plays the most fundamental role in education and training of students. Therefore the UMT always focuses on hiring the best faculty. Thus the Faculty of Architecture is fully competent, highly qualified and had a diversity of field experience. We have also seriously considered a unique high quality identity for our graduates, while following HEC and PCATP guidelines UMT curriculum of architecture and courses of reading also include a variety of Elective Subjects considering future needs and current trends.  These include “Understanding Current World”, “Green Architecture”, “Anthropology”, “Historical Geography”, Contemporary Architecture” and such others. 

 

Thus Studies in Architecture cover every aspect of human life comprehensively.  These include social, cultural and technological aspects. It analyses the major contribution made by ancient civilizations and architecture produced during earlier times. It thoroughly considers on-going trends in the present world and possible directions leading towards developments in future. 

Architecture is a process and product of planning, design and construction of buildings and other structures and the relevant ambiance. It demands creativity and clarity of thought based on sustainable considerations for future. The students are taught and trained to meet the current challenges. The courses of reading deal with architectural skills, both manual and through use of relevant computer softwares/ programs. It emphasizes on an innovative and deeper understanding of various materials used in construction of unique structures. The studies highly focus on theory, philosophy and history of architecture and built environment. All kinds of environmental issues are studied and analyzed which include social, psychological, physical and cultural.

 

The students are required to have more and more knowledge for innovative ideas. They are taught that Knowledge is power and that power is gained through discussion, debate and expression of one’s own original observations. Architecture is different. It cannot be taught through dictation. It is learnt with dedication and commitment. The teachers are resource persons and play a role of motivation and inspiration. This is the field where students are required to be creative, innovative and logical to produce masterpieces of architecture so they are recognized, loved and honored by the whole world. 

The UMT School of Architecture and Planning is currently offering six programs. All programs are fully accredited by the Pakistan Council of Architects and Town Planners (PCATP) and in full accordance with rules and requirements of Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan and the Punjab HEC. The programs being offered are:

  1. Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch) of five years duration since 2012. This program has been granted an accreditation of three years to its five batches in first and one go by the PCATP. 
  2. BS City and Regional Planning (BS CRP) of four years duration since 2014. This program has also been granted accreditation of two years in first and one go. 
  3. Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA)  of four years duration since 2018.
  4. Master of Architecture (M. Arch) of two years duration since 2013.
  5. MS Housing Studies (MS HS) of two years duration since 2017.
  6. PhD Architecture (PhD Arch) of 3-8 years duration since 2013.

 

  • The School of Architecture and Planning (SAP) has successfully organized various International and National Conferences, Symposiums, and National Design, Poster and Model Competitions. 
  • The SAP has always participated in Annual Invention Summits held at Lahore (Punjab University), Peshawar, Quetta and Karachi. In these summits the SAP participants have earned shields, certificates and cash prizes as well. 
  • The SAP has also launched a research journal under the HEC rules. The name of the Journal is “Journal of Art, Architecture and  Built Environment (JAABE)”. By now two issues are published and third is in final stage. 
  • Weekly Research Colloquium has been regularly functioning since 2015. Currently it is conducted on every Thursday from 2.00 PM to 4.00 PM. This is for teacher training, knowledge and research sharing and also sharing the life long academic and professional experiences by the faculty, renowned architects, renowned Town Planners, Social Scientists, PhD and Master Students. The regular weekly conduct of Research Colloquium has played a vital role in development and enhancement of research and quality of education through continuously increased level of maturity and confidence of the faculty. 

 

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Yusuf Awan

Dean, SAP

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