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 Associate Professor Ariane Janse van Rensburg for Undergraduate Studies and Adjunct Professor Hilton Judin for Postgraduate Studies.
The following degrees are offered:
- Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) is a three year undergraduate degree fulfilling the academic requirements for registration as an Architectural Ttechnologist with the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP).
- Bachelor of Architectural Studies with Honours, BAS (Hons) is a one year honours level exit degree and a prerequisite for admission to the MArch (Professional) degree.
- Master of Architecture (Professional) is a one year masters by coursework degree fulfilling the academic requirements for registration as a Professional Architect with the South African Council for the Architecture Profession.
- Master of Architecture (MArch) by research 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.
Validation of architecture degrees offered by Wits
The 2016 accreditation visit by the South African Council for the Architectural Professions (SACAP) and the Commonwealth Association of Architects resulted in full, continuing and unconditional validation of all architecture degrees offered at Wits.