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School of Architecture and Planning
University of the Witwatersrand

In 2001, the former departments of Architecture and Town and Regional Planning amalgamated to form the School of Architecture and Planning. Its architecture programme 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.
The department has developed an architectural culture firmly rooted in architectural design, theory and history. This has been shaped by the people who have headed or taught in the school in the past including John Fassler, Pancho Guedes, Peter Rich and Jo Noero, who have also been responsible for the design of some of the finest buildings in Southern Africa.

It is currently in a process of transformation to meet the needs of its rapidly urbanising, developing context and a changing student demography.


Course Details
Two bachelors degrees in Architecture are offered - a three year Bachelor of Architectural Studies and a two year Bachelor of Architecture, which carry RIBA Part 1 and Part 2 equivalence respectively. The Bachelor of Architecture has a one-year Bachelor of Architectural Studies (Hons) exit level. In 2005, the second degree, the Bachelor of Architecture will be replaced by a two year Master of Architecture (Professional) degree.

At a postgraduate level, a Master of Architecture by research and in the field of Housing is offered. A Master of Urban Design course entitled "Urban Design for the Cities of the South" is currently under preparation. The school is equipped to supervise PhD research, its primary expertise lying 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'.


Wits University
Spread over more than 100 hectares, Wits University is an urban, comprehensive university which has a distinctive capacity to contribute to the reconstruction and development of South Africa through research and the production of skilled, critical and adaptable graduates. With its more than 100 000 graduates in its 82-year history, Wits has made and will continue to make its mark nationally and internationally.
The University's origins go back to the School of Mining Engineering over 100 years ago. It was formally inaugurated as a university in 1922. Wits acquired international fame very early in its history when the famous Taung skull was discovered in 1924.
Wits, as one of the largest English-medium universities in the region, has built up an enviable national and international reputation. It has a long tradition of academic excellence and is committed to meeting the challenges that lie ahead. It has programmes in place to serve the needs of the developing African continent and it welcomes the interest of able students and academics from the international community.
The University of the Witwatersrand has long been established in the industrial and commercial heart of South Africa as a centre for education and research of the highest quality. It is the University's mission to maintain and enhance its position as a leading university in South Africa, in the South African Development Community (SADC) region, in Africa and in the world, by sustaining globally competitive standards of excellence in learning, teaching and research. As a world-class university, Wits fosters international research collaboration, staff and student exchanges and has almost a thousand international students on its campus.
Studying at Wits in Johannesburg offers you the opportunity of becoming part of, and being enriched by, an urban campus in its interaction with a dynamic city, undergoing all the changes present in our society.
In 2001, the former departments of Architecture and Town and Regional Planning amalgamated to form the School of Architecture and Planning. Its architecture programme 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.
Architecture has a formal exchange relation with the School of Architecture, Urbanism and Design of the University of Cordoba, Argentina, as well as informal contact with a number of schools in Africa, Great Britain, Europe and the United States.
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School of Architecture and Planning
University of the Witwatersrand
Private Bag X3
P O Wits
2050
South Africa
Telephone: + 27 11 717 7638
Fax: + 27 11 717 7649
Email: mabuyad@archplan.wits.ac.za
bremnerl@archplan.wits.ac.za
Website: www.wits.ac.za/archdepartment
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CONTACT

School of Architecture and Planning
University of the Witwatersrand
Private Bag X3
P O Wits
2050
South Africa

Telephone: + 27 11 717 7638

Fax: + 27 11 717 7649

Email:mabuyad@archplan.wits.ac.za
bremnerl@archplan.wits.ac.za
Website: www.wits.ac.za/archdepartment

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