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Bachelor in Architecture (BAArch) - University of Nicosia
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Bachelor in Architecture (BAArch) - University of Nicosia

University of Nicosia
Nicosia, Cyprus
On campus
 1251 Points
4 Years, 6 Months

Program Description

The bachelor in Architecture (BAArch) provides students with a comprehensive set of skills, competencies, and knowledge with the aim of preparing them for a career in Architecture.

The objective is to create critical thinkers, who are intellectually acute, socially aware, and technically skilled architects that can meaningfully contribute to contemporary architectural discourse. A strong design-based education equips students with both a hands-on approach and advanced knowledge and understanding of cutting-edge digital tools and technologies. Global issues are addressed, along with local conditions of culture, climate, local industry, and social needs.

Ecological and sustainable thinking is highly valued, providing the necessary tools of context, comprehension, and application of social, environmental, and cultural aspects. The bachelor in Architecture (BAArch) caters to diversity, enabling students to prepare complex design projects of various scales and in diverse contexts.

The bachelor's at the University of Nicosia in Architecture (BAArch) acknowledges that design teaching is central to architectural education and is characterized by a strong emphasis on critical thinking, positive and constructive reasoning and rationality, and on creative and reflective thought.

Design is considered the core skill of the architect. The bachelor in Architecture (BAArch) develops around five thematic headings: design, technology, history and theory, communication, and management & practice. Design projects aim to integrate all thematic positions into the process of design thinking and to develop the student's skill of combining and assimilating complex and multiple components of information and knowledge into the project proposal.

First and second-year courses are also offered in Greek.

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Learning Outcomes

On completion of the bachelor in Architecture (BAArch) the student will be able to:

  • Create architectural designs that satisfy both aesthetic aspects of buildings as well as technical requirements.
  • Extend relevant historical knowledge and theoretical concepts of architecture into the design thinking process.
  • Consider the fine arts as a resource of conceptualization and representation, and demonstrate their influence on architecture.
  • Apply knowledge of urban design, planning, and the skills involved in the planning process.
  • Assess the relationship between people and buildings, demonstrating knowledge of the contextualization and impact of buildings on the environment as well as the needs and aspirations of users.
  • Comprehend the profession of architecture and the role of the architect within the design team, construction industry, and wider society.
  • Formulate project briefs by defining and thoughtfully considering user requirements, site, function, appropriate scale, and technological strategy of building proposals.
  • Critically appraise structural, constructional, and materiality systems associated with architectural design.
  • Recognize the physical problems, technologies, and the function of buildings so as to provide them with internal conditions of comfort and protection against the climate, in the framework of sustainable development.
  • Consider building users’ requirements within the constraints imposed by cost factors and building regulations.
  • Translate design concepts into buildings and integrate plans into overall planning by utilizing an adequate knowledge of the industries, organizations, regulations, and procedures involved.
  • Demonstrate their ability to undertake research and evaluate evidence in order to make informed judgments related to architectural design strategies and their appropriate application at a variety of scales.
  • Apply a range of representation methods to present projects in a clear and effective way, supporting all stages of the design process.


Year 1

Semester 1

Introduction to Architectural Design

Introduction to Structures

History of Architecture I

Fundamentals of Drawing

Experiencing Architecture

English Composition

Semester 2

Architectural Design I

Construction Materials and Finishes

History of Architecture II

Architectural Communication Skills

Technical Writing and Research

Year 2

Semester 3

Architectural Design II

Structural Mechanics – Statics I

Structural Mechanics – Statics I

Landscape Architecture

Computer Aided Design

Photography I

Semester 4

Architectural Design III

Structural Mechanics – Statics II

Space and Light

Introduction to Architectural Theory

Cultural Heritage

Advanced Computer-Aided Design

Year 3

Semester 5

Architectural Design IV – Urban Design

Construction I – Masonry/Reinforced Concrete

Preservation and Restoration of Architectural Heritage

Construction Workshop

History and Theory of the City

Contemporary Architects

Semester 6

Architectural Design V – Building Technology

Construction II – Timber/Steel

Building Services

Advanced Spatial Theories

Advanced CAD and Mixed Media

Architecture Catalyst I

Year 4

Semester 7

Architectural Design VI

Sustainable Design

History and Theory of Sustainable Design

Rethinking Architecture

Architectural Practice and Project Management

Architecture Catalyst II

Semester 8

Advanced Architectural Studio

Perceptions of Architecture

Special Topics in Architecture

Work Placement

Emergency Architecture

Jobs - Careers

  • Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape, Urban Design and Planning practices
  • Built Environment Engineering practices
  • Architecture, Planning and Engineering Consultancies
  • Governmental and Municipal Public sectors such as Planning Authorities, Historic Preservation and Cultural Heritage departments
  • Governmental Ministry departments such as Environmental Preservation, Historic Urban Centres, Built Environment Heritage, Energy Classification of Buildings, National Monuments Departments
  • Retrofitting Building Industry, including both consultancy firms as well as Building Construction Industry
  • Non-Governmental-Organizations with relevant scope of work
  • Applied Arts and Design practices, such as product design, furniture design, theatre design, curating, visualization, industrial design, gaming industry etc.
  • In private and public secondary education
  • In higher education as professors or researchers in Cyprus and abroad

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