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The Programme in Architecture offers a Bachelor’s Degree after four years of full-time studies and the 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 utilises 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 equipes 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.
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 organization and activities, as well as by 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.
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, is an additional one-year course, focused, to a professional degree which 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.
Research: Living Laboratory
NUP aims to develop research activities in the areas of architecture and environmental design, within the framework of the local and the wider Mediterranean cultures, in collaboration with local authorities, international organizations, European programmes and research institutes. Together with the other Schools of the University, the School of Architecture, Engineering, Land and Environmental Sciences is in a unique position to apply interdisciplinary research methods and practices. With this perspective in sight, the Department of Architecture targets the development of the students’ research skills, in order to involve them both as students and as graduates in the field of research. Students are encouraged to work with the faculty on research projects and in collaboration with research institutes.
State-of-the-art computer labs, well-equipped laboratories and lecture rooms provide students with the necessary tools to acquire in-depth and specialized knowledge about their various research projects. Throughout their architectural studies, students are immersed in a research-oriented milieu that uses the district of Pafos and the new University campus of NUP as a living laboratory, in which they may apply their skills in field observation and analysis, data collection and processing, live and laboratory experimentation, research and invention. The design studios use as their case studies local and regional issues, building interventions and the upgrading of living conditions, in the spirit of promoting the well-being of the community and its natural and man-made environment. Workshops
Additionally, NUP intends to establish several workshops with the local authorities, professional organizations and architectural companies, high schools and other local and international Universities. Students are encouraged to get involved in real projects and enter architectural student competitions. The main objectives of the living laboratory and the workshops are to provide architectural students with hands-on experience, allow them to formulate associations with the professional community and encourage them to actively contribute to research and further development of the architectural profession in Cyprus
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