RHSA Introduction


  • To establish, through innovative experiments and testing, architectural curricula and pedagogy aimed at the preparation of a professionally competent, socially responsible, environmentally sensitive, and economically responsible architect of the future.
  • To create a university environment that encourages and rewards critical practice, and innovative design that contributes to the national quality of life through built environment, building economy and environmental sustainability.
  • To initiate and develop the culture of research, theoretical and applied, which is essential to university educational environment. While the current Architecture education, under the HEC-PCATP Curriculum is fairly focussed because of professional mandate, our goal is to look for opportunities to develop specializations that are relevant to our climatic, socio-cultural-historic technological and economic aspirations as well as realities.
  • To make the BNU School of Architecture an environment and platform for faculty development for Pakistan through innovative practice, academic research and critical writing.
  • To initiate directions towards a regionally relevant, ecologically harmonious and financially sustainable environmental design culture in Pakistan

Brief History of BNU School of Architecture (2004-2010)

  1. School of Architecture and Design (ScAD) was instituted in 2004. It had 3 degree programs B.Arch (5 Years); B.Design- Textile (4 Years); B.Design- Jewellery (4 Years). All these three programs, along with the three from the School of Visual Arts (SVA) shared a common foundation.
  2. 2004: The first groups of students intending to study Architecture were admitted in the Joint SVA-ScAD Foundation Class in September 2004.
  3. 2005: Dr. Gulzar Haider became the first Dean of ScAD in April 2005 and decided to start the B.Arch from Sept 2005. Twelve (12) students chose to continue in Bachelor of Architecture in semester III (Sept 2005) after common Foundation during 2004-2005.
  4. 2008: As the HEC-PCATP Curriculum for B.Arch was announced the BNU program was recast with immediate effect after the due process of going through the Academic Council of BNU.
  5. 2009: By the end of academic year 2008-09 Nine (9) students out of the original 12 finished all the requirements of the B.Arch Curriculum.
  6. 2006-09 During the period of Sept 2006 and 2009 B.Arch student enrolment pressure at BNU continue to increase. At the beginning of the academic year 2009-2010 the total number of Architecture students (not including the ones in common Foundation) were 112
  7. 2010:   By the end of academic year 2009-10 Fourteen (14) students out of the original 24 finished all the requirements of the B.Arch Curriculum.
  8. 2010-11: At the beginning of academic year 2010-2011 the common Foundation Year was transformed into a full first year of the 5 year B.Arch Program and a transformed programme (178 credits) was launched. At the beginning of academic year 2010-2011 the total number of Architecture students, including the new First Year is 195

Some Existing Strengths of the BNU School of Architecture

  1. BNU architecture program is starting to get associated with innovation, freshness, and experimentation. Our graduates of 2009 and 2010 are employed by respectable practices and we continue to get positive feedback about their maturity of ideas, inventiveness and industrious habits. We are tempted to believe that we are being told the truth.
  2. We have been and continue to remain active in the events of IAP and PCATP. Our contribution as academic paper presenters and invited speakers is recognized by our peers in the professional community.
  3. BNU School of Architecture has five permanent faculty who have excellent international education, experience and reputation among peers. Two of these faculty hold Ph.D.s, two have Masters from USA and France, one is a graduate of AA, London, RIBA Professional with experience in UK and USA with offices like Foster, Hadid, Moreno.
  4. Our faculty is regularly invited as jurors and external examiners by other schools.
  5. We have state of the art, custom-designed studio and educational facilities very closely linked with internationally reputed BNU School of Visual Arts and Design headed by Prof. Salima Hashmi. We are the “center of life” of the 36 acre new campus development in Lahore.
  6. We have links with international universities and institutions through the academic and professional work of the faculty.
  7. We have sent the 4th year level students to Directed Studies Abroad tours to Italy, Turkey and China.
  8. We have tried to make sure that there is designed correspondence among the faculty capabilities and interests and those of the students’ aspirations for the graduating theses. The following is an indicative list directions being explored.
    • design excellence within comprehensively formulated view of architecture
    • architecture as an instigator and an instrument of sustainable change
    • development of indigenous designs of building types like housing
    • building economics with initial versus lifecycle cost analyses
    • performance reliability and affordable durability in construction details
    • natural materials (woods/bamboo/stabilized mud) and their potential
    • urban studies with focus on urban design guidelines and urban planning policy
    • system integration towards the goal of optimization and sustainability
    • architecture and national/cultural identity
    • critical frames for historiography of at global, regional and national levels
    • conservation sciences and technologies: measurement approaches, materials and techniques
    • pre-disaster mitigation through planning and design and post disaster revival and reconstruction

Existing and Proposed M Phil/PhD Programs

Masters of Art and Design Studies (MADS) jointly with the SVAD: School of Art and Design

Masters of Architecture ( M.Arch): Specializations: Urban Design, Architecture Design, Architectural History and Theory, Architectural Technology, Disaster Mitigation Studies

Proposals for Establishment of Research Centres/Institutions in School

In 2007 ScAD proposed the BRDC: Beaconhouse Research and Design Center which was approved through all levels up to the Board of Governors.

In 2010 School of Architecture is proposing establishment of APC: Architectural Publication Centre with an aim to produce educational text and visual material for the primary use of architectural education in Pakistan. It will have 1-2 research assistants working under guidance and supervision of selected permanent faculty.

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