The Architecture Programme at Wits University aims to become a centre for the study of architecture in the developing world. In addition to its historical status as a leading school in South Africa, it is transforming to foster the study of the architecture of the multi-cultural, multi-lingual African continent and to interrogate its rapidly urbanising post colonial, globalising context. Here the city of Johannesburg is its laboratory.
Currently this programme is being directed by Professor Paul Kotze.
The following degrees are offered:
- Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) is a three year undergraduate degree which carries RIBA Part 1 equivalence
- Bachelor of Architectural Studies with Honours, BAS (Hons) is a one year honours level exit degree and a prerequisite for admission to the M.Arch (Professional) degree.
- Master of Architecture (Professional) is a one year masters by coursework degree for professional registration which carries RIBA Part 2 equivalence.
- Master of Architecture (MArch) by reaserch. Is a full-time or part time Masters requiring in-depth research and written thesis. The School of Architecture and Planning is equipped to supervise Masters and PhD by research with expertise in the area of architectural, urban and planning theory and sustainable development. The School is currently leading a university wide research focus area on "Johannesburg as a Global City".
Validation of architecture degrees offered by Wits
The most recent inspection of the School in 2012, by a visiting board of the South African Council for the Architectural Professions (SACAP), the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) resulted in the continuing validation of the architecture degrees offered at Wits. This means that graduates holding the Wits degrees are fully recognized by the two professional organizations for purposes of registration and membership and for practice at the appropriate levels in the architectural professions.