An architect is someone who loves to design, and is specifically trained and licensed to work on the planning and design of buildings. The facets of an architect’s role are as varied and fascinating as their work; these are professionals who lead the process of creating functional spaces, from concept and design to a full realization of those designs. Architecture is an art that works hand in hand with science to design places where people can live, eat, work and play. As a leader of various projects, from something as small as an addition to someone’s home, to something as large as a hospital, college campus, or an entire neighbourhood, the role of an architect is to bring together the creative ideas and visions of the client and keep in mind the needs of those that will be using the new space.
How to qualify
Studying in University
The course at University is structured in two parts: the first is a three year course leading to a B Architectural Studies or BSc (Architecture) degree, and the second is an additional two-year professional degree in Architecture which qualifies you to become an architect.
Studying in an University of Technology
To study architecture at a University of Technology, a senior certificate or equivalent is required. The courses in architecture are a three year National Diploma in Architecture and after an additional year of study a B Tech degree in Architecture can be obtained. This will enable a student to become an architectural technologist or senior technologist.
Where to Study
- University of Cape Town
- University of Witwatersrand
- University of Free State
- Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
- University of Pretoria
- University of Johannesburg
For N.Dip Architectural Technology
- Cape Peninsula University of Technology
- Tshwane University of Technology
- Durban university of Technology
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