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Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch.)

Program Overview

Fields: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Environment and Ecology, Land Economics, Urban Development, Planning Authorities, Code Authorities, Public Art and Sculpture, Construction Industry, Material Industry, Film Production, Theatre Production, Industrial Design, Fashion Design, Education, Environmental Psychology, Public-Private Partnerships in Housing, Educational Facilities, Infrastructure and Heritage Conservation Planning.

Duration: 5 Years / 10 Semesters

Career Paths: Architect, Building Type Specialist (Housing, Schools, Hospitals, Airports, Public Institutions like museums, galleries, performance halls...), Interior Designer, Urban Designer, Landscape Designer, Environmentalist, Land Development Consultant and Building Economist, Stage Designer, Furniture Designer, Virtual Environments Designer for Films and Video-games, Restoration/Conservation Architect, Building Energy Consultant, Code Consultant, Materials Consultant, Construction Manager, Architectural Historian, Architectural Critic, Architectural Educator, Architectural Photographer.

  • Program Description

    Razia Hassan School of Architecture offers a 5-year professional B. Arch degree program spanning over 10 semesters. The aim is to educate and empower the future architect whose design skills can range across scale and scope, in service of an individual client as well as the society at large; who on one hand is taught in an environment of history, theory and artistic expression but on the other hand has enough understanding of allied scientific and technical subjects to work with engineering consultants and construction industry. RHSA lays special emphasis on inculcating socioeconomic responsibility as a value that can manifest itself as the economy of means towards a generosity of beneficial ends in the built environment.

  • Program Objectives

    • To prepare students as Professional Architects.
    • To prepare students for higher education in Architecture Studies and relevant disciplines.
    • To impart design skills and scientific knowledge.
    • To inculcate professional and ethical values in the students.
  • Program Outcomes

    • Provide students with sufficient academic and professional base from which to pursue a career in this discipline from which to advance to further study and a potential academic career in Architectural Studies
    • Comprehend an architectural design problem and then propose an architectural solution.
    • Provide students with the skills necessary to apply their knowledge in the organizations and businesses in which they are employed.
    • Meet the demands of the industry with up to date architectural knowledge
  • Admission Policy & Eligibility Criteria

    Admission Stages

    1. Call for admissions
    2. Submission of Application Form along with Statement of Intent
    3. Admission Exam
    4. Interviews
    5. List of admitted students

    Admission Criteria

    • Eligibility 20%
    • Statement of Intent 20%
    • Admission Test 40%
    • Interview 20%

    Students awaiting their FA/FSc/A-Level results may apply for admission. Selected candidates will be granted provisional admission only, which may be regularized after they have been declared successful and meet the admission requirements of the university.

    Entrance Exam

    The entrance exam will be a multiple-choice paper. Student will have to select the best or correct answer. The exam will assess the following with relevance to architecture.

    • Candidate’s General Knowledge: historical, regional, social, literary.
    • Candidate’s Cognitive ability: perception, memory, judgment, and reasoning.
    • Candidate’s understanding of moral/ social issues confronted by architecture today.
    • Interview by a panel of Faculty.


    To be eligible for admission to the undergraduate program, a candidate must satisfy any one of the following requirements:

    • FA/F.Sc with at least 1st division (45% marks)
    • A-Levels subjects with at least 2nd division (45% marks)
    • O-levels (in at least 6 subjects for international students and 8 subjects for local students) and 3 A-Levels. Advanced Subsidiary (AS) will not be taken into account. (Candidates scoring an average C Grade in each O and A-Level are eligible to apply).
    • High School Diploma and International Baccalaureate (ID) results with at least 2.30 CGPA
    • Equivalence certificate from IBCC for all international qualifications i.e. O-Levels/A-Levels, High School Diploma, International Baccalaureate, etc.

    Fulfillment of basic eligibility requirements or a high academic score in any single discipline or any other outstanding achievement alone is not sufficient for selection. Candidates and their parents or supporters who expect their candidature to be strong enough to warrant selection are advised that the outcome of the selection process cannot be anticipated at any stage. Experience over the years has shown that competition for admission is intense. Every effort is made to select students from diverse economic and educational backgrounds. This is done in the belief that diversity in the student body greatly enriches the educational experience.

    Under no circumstance, any student scoring a D grade or below in O or A-level will be eligible for the admission process even if the average is C or greater.

    Note for All Candidates

    Candidates are requested to ensure they meet applicable eligibility requirements before applying. These are listed on the Website in the Admission section. Moreover, candidates are responsible to complete the application and other requirements according to the published instructions and time schedule. Beaconhouse National University reserves the right to admission; to revoke admission and registration if an application is discovered to be inaccurate or incomplete, or if supporting documents are discovered to be fraudulent. Any candidate who presents a fraudulent document in support of an application for admission may be identified to other universities and colleges.

    There are TWO Admission Cycles for the Entrance Exam. Early Admissions and Regular Admissions. If a candidate does not clear the Admission process in the Early Admissions, they may apply for a re-interview in the Regular Admission. If the Candidate has failed to appear on the Entrance Exam in the first cycle, they can request to appear in the second cycle (The decision will be taken by the Admission Committee). The admission granted is valid for that year only and will not be carried forward next year if the candidate does not avail the admission. They will have to re-apply next year.

    Reading list

    Compulsory readings for Exam and Interview:
    In praise of shadows
    Experiencing architecture
    Beloved City by Bapsi Sidhwa

    List of Architects

    Research their body of work and study one building in detail for Exam and Interview:
    Frank Lloyd Wright
    Louis Kahn
    Le Corbusier
    Mies van der Rohe
    Hassan Fathy
    Kausar Bashir
    Mehdi Ali Mirza
    Habib Fida Ali
    Yasmin Lari
    Nayyar Ali Dada

    Statement of Intent (300-600 words)

    An essay is to be written by the candidate providing an introduction about themselves and their motivation for becoming an Architect. A full and specific description of the applicant’s motivation is required to be submitted with the Application. The letter must include statements of goals, their interests beyond the field of architecture, and their skills. Define key questions, issues that might be answered, and how they feel that this institute will provide opportunities to fulfill their missions.

    This will be submitted with the application form. This submission is weighted heavily during the application review process.

    Entrance Exam

    All candidates have to undertake the entrance exam.

    Part A – MCQs
    Section A – Mathematics (Intermediate/A-Levels)
    Section B – Geometry (Matriculations/O-Levels)
    Section C – Physics (Matriculation/O-Levels)
    Section D – General Knowledge (National and Global)
    Section E – Literature, Arts, Culture (National and Global)
    Section F – Architecture (National and Global)

    Part B – DRAWING
    Analytical Drawings
    Imaginative Drawings

    Part C – MODELING
    A small construction (model) to be made using the provided materials.

    Candidates will be asked to write about a given topic.


    All candidates are interviewed to keep the admission process thorough and to give equal opportunity to go through the entire process. Interviews are an integral part of the process as it allows the department to understand the Candidate, their capabilities, and their reasons to join the field in a candid conversation.

    Regular admission
    Deadline: September 6, 2022
    Admission test date: September 08, 2022
    Time: 09:30 am - 05:30 pm
    Venue: Room 001 RHSA New Building
    Interviews date: Sep 14 - Sep 15, 2022
    Time: 09:30 am - 05:30 pm
    Display of Merit List: Sep 17, 2022
    Last date for registration and fee payment: Sep 22, 2022
    Orientation/ Classes: Sep 26, 2022

  • Courses

    • Semester I | Year 1 | Term 1

      Sr. No.   Term 1 Course Title Course Code Credit Hrs.
       1.  1 Pakistan Studies SLA-102 2
       2.  1 Mathematics & Geometry AST-102  2
       3.  1 Structure & Form I AST-121 2
       4.  1 Architecture Design Studio I ADS-115 6
       5.  1 Drawing and Communicating Architecture I AVC-116 2
       6.  1 Architecture & Contemporary Issues ARA-105 2
    • Semester II | Year 1 | Term 2

      Sr. No.   Term 2 Course Title Course Code Credit Hrs.
       1.  2 Islamic Studies SLA-103 2
       2.  2 History, Theories & Criticism of Architecture I AHY-200 2
       3.  2 Structure & Form II AST-120 2
       4.  2 Architecture Design Studio II ADS-125 6
       5.  2 Drawing and Communicating Architecture II AVC-126 2
       6.  2 Energy, Environment & Form I AST-221 2
    • Semester III | Year 2 | Term 3

      Sr. No.   Term 3 Course Title Course Code Credit Hrs.
       1. 3 Elective XXX 2
       2.  3 Structure & Form III AHY-202 2
       3.  3 Building Materials & Construction Details I AST-203 4
       4.  3 Architecture Design Studio III ADS-235  8
       5.  3 Drawing and Communicating Architecture III AVC-236 2
    • Semester IV | Year 2 | Term 4

      Sr. No.   Term 4 Course Title Course Code Credit Hrs.
       1. 4 Elective XXX 2
       2.  4 Structure & Form IV AST-247 2
       3.  4 Building Material & Construction Details II AST-243 4
       4.  4 Architecture Design Studio IV ADS-245  8
       5.  4 Drawing and Communicating Architecture IV AVC-246 2
    • Semester V | Year 3 | Term 5

      Sr. No.   Term 5 Course Title Course Code Credit Hrs.
       1. 5 Elective XXX 2
       2.  5 Histories, Theories & Criticism of Architecture II AHY-302 2
       3.  5 Architectural Science and Technology IV-A/Systems Integration I
      AST-322 2
       4.  5 Energy, Environment & Form II
      AHY-303 2
       5.  5 Architecture Design Studio V ADS-355 8
       6.  5 Computer Applications I ACA-359 2
    • Semester VI | Year 3 | Term 6

      Sr. No.   Term 6 Course Title Course Code Credit Hrs.
       1. 6 Elective XXX 2
       2.  6 Histories, Theories & Criticism of Architecture III  AHY-240  2
       3.  6 Architectural Science and Technology IV-A/Systems Integration II
      AST-592 2
       4.  6 Energy, Environment & Form III 
      AHY-363 2
       5.  6 Architecture Design Studio VI ADS-365  8
       6.  6 Computer Applications II ACA-369 2
    • Semester VII | Year 4 | Term 7

      Sr. No.   Term 7 Course Title Course Code Credit Hrs.
       1.  7 Elective XXX 2
       2.  7 Histories, Theories & Criticism of Architecture IV AHY-402  2
       3.  7 Architecture Design Studio VII ADS-475 8
       4.  7 Urban Design and Planning I AUD-477 2
       5.  7 Architecture and Landscape AHY-404 2
    • Semester VIII | Year 4 | Term 8

      Sr. No.   Term 8 Course Title Course Code Credit Hrs.
       1. 8 Elective XXX 2
       2.  8 Histories, Theories & Criticism of Architecture V AHY-405  2
       3.  8 Architectural Design Studio VIII ADS-485 8
       4.  8 Urban Design and Planning II AUD-487 2
       5.  8 Professional Practice APP-598 3
    • Semester IX | Year 5 | Term 9

      Sr. No.   Term 9 Course Title Course Code Credit Hrs.
       1.   Thesis Research & Proposal Preparation ATP-591 2
       2.  9 Advanced Communicating  Architecture
      AHY-407 3
       3.  9 Architecture Design Studio IX ADS-595  10
    • Semester X | Year 5 | Term 10

      Sr. No.   Term 10 Course Title Course Code Credit Hrs.
       1.  10 Thesis Research Report ATR-512 3
       2.  10 Architecture Thesis AAT-505 12
       3.  10 Thesis Electronic and Print-media Dissemination ATR-512 3

    Total Credits 170

  • Degree Requirement

    Completion of 170 credit hours along with thesis.

    Note : As of the moment, Razia Hassan of Architecture is not offering electives for students of other BNU schools. Architecture students, however, can take electives offered at other schools.

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