Programmes / Under Graduate / Architecture
Department of Architecture

The Department of Architecture offers a five year course leading to the Bachelor of Architecture Degree (B. Arch). This course aims to train students for advance studies through knowledge and skill based creative environment. The design studio is a skill based laboratory to develop critical thinking among the students. The architecture program approaches design with an understanding of contemporary issues and debates in architecture.

In response to the changing trends of the 21st century, the undergraduate curriculum is designed to develop critical thinking, communication and analytical skills among students. Graduates of the College have been absorbed in the profession and in universities for higher education at the national and international level.

The College environment is conducive to learning and creativity. The department provides teaching and learning with the aid of a well-equipped computer lab. Most faculty members are practicing architects who enrich their academic discourse with their practical experience. Esteemed architects and planners lecture at the College on a weekly basis.

The course is divided into three levels: foundation course (first year), intermediate level (second and third year) and degree level (fourth and fifth year). The students are expected to take all the courses along with additional elective subjects every year from a wide variety of subjects related to art, architecture and design. The courses focus on architecture design, building construction, history & heritage, environment and technical aspects of architecture. Assessment of studio courses is done through a jury of work at the end of each project. Supporting theory courses are evaluated through assignments given during the term and an exam at the end of each term.

An integrated programme of study has been formulated that combines both theoretical and practical modules for the students of Fine Arts, Architecture and Design. The programme considers all creative disciplines in the visual arts as having similar perceptual, theoretical and historical underpinnings. Beginning a course of study in any creative field through an inter-disciplinary approach provides a strong base for a wider understanding of the subject. This is what we offer to our students in the foundation year, the ability to think, understand, connect and analyse in the context of personal and wider human experience.

History and theory courses are compulsory in the foundation year. Project based studio courses include Sculpture, Drawing, Drafting and Design. The aim is to develop technical and critical skills by the introduction to essential media, basic techniques, creative expression and the use of tools and equipment. Personal understanding and insight is developed through tutorials, seminars, and critiques. Musicology and Film & Television have their own foundation year courses that are specific to their disciplines.

The foundation year also serves as an introduction to the city of Lahore, where students are required to study past and present practices first hand and develop an understanding of the connection between culture, visual language and creative practice.

The foundation year is demanding, rigorous, and challenging. Aside from the compulsory theory and practice components, the course also includes extended visits to historical monuments, contemporary buildings of architectural value, galleries, museums, industrial and commercial units and various other sites where art and music are practiced as part of a living tradition. The foundation year faculty is drawn both from the College and prominent names as visiting faculty. Students are required to pass all the subjects to be promoted to the second year.

First Term



Studio Subjects:
Foundation Drawing-I
Foundation Design-I
Foundation Drafting-I
Foundation Sculpture-I

Theory Subjects:
Visual Arts-I
History & Heritage-I
Enhancing communication skills-I
Pakistan Studies

Second Term



Studio Subjects:
Foundation Drawing-II
Foundation Design-II
Foundation Drafting-II
Foundation Sculpture-I

Theory Subjects:
Visual Arts-II
History & Heritage-II
Enhancing Communication Skills-II
Islamic Studies

Intermediate Level of the Course (Second & Third Year)

The objectives of the intermediate level are to introduce and develop the architectural design methodology in the design studio using technical skills of drawing, drafting, model making and presentation. The theoretical base is strengthened through supporting courses in history of Art and Architecture, Communication and Culture studies.

The intermediate level focuses on the exploration of space through experiential and functional aspects of space design. Light, geometry, material studies including structural systems lead to a functional and experiential space design. The project program is of an incremental level of difficulty, from simple leading to complex.

Second Year Architecture

The objective is to introduce the students to design methodology ensuring a sense of inquiry. The aim is to inculcate the creative aspects of spatial design using the design studio as a laboratory. The students use architectural tools to express their design, incorporating technical and theoretical information and presentation skills taught in the supporting courses.

First Term + Second Term

Architecture Design Studio-I
Material & Building Construction-I
Structure-I
History of Art and Architecture-I
Engineering System-I
Communication & Culture Studies-I
Studio Elective: See list of Studio Electives

Third year architecture is a bridge between two phases of the studies from where a student is working within a narrower description of architecture to the stage where he/she is given the freedom to theoretically locate architecture. The aim is to complete the study of the basic and integral elements of architecture. These elements like site, climate, services and structure form the basis of architecture. The student is introduced to abstract concepts of architectural design through the design projects that begin with an introduction to the non-visual realm of space, culminating in design exercises that have complex circulation patterns and involve master planning.

First Term + Second Term

Architecture Design Studio-II
Material & Building Construction-II
Structure-II
History of Art and Architecture-II
Sustainable System
Engineering System-I
Urban Design
Specification & Quantity Surveying
Communication & Culture Studies-II
Studio Elective: See list of Studio Electives

Degree Level (Fourth and Fifth Years)

The objective of the degree level is to bring the contemporary issues and debates of architecture both nationally and internationally in architecture design studio. Project planning, management and professional practice are offered as supporting courses. In the final year students are expected to apply their skills in an independent design thesis project.

Fourth Year Architecture

Theoretical bases of architecture design are developed through exploring the current issues and debates of architecture in the design studio. This course connects the students with the national and international design concerns in the field of architecture.

First Term + Second Term

Architecture Design Studio-III
History of Architecture-III
Engineering System-II
Urban Planning
Landscaping-I
Arch Seminar
Project Management
Research Methods
Studio Elective: See list of Studio Electives

The individual preferences, strengths and aptitude of the student are explored in a design thesis. It produces a dynamic symbiosis of design and research. Supplementary courses cover aspects of Landscape architecture and professional practice. The first term guidance leads to the selection of a thesis project. The student is expected to conduct research in identified areas and apply the research aspects in design projects. The research data and analysis is to be presented in the form of a preliminary thesis report. The second term is devoted to the independent thesis design project as an outcome of the research initiated in the first term. This enables the students to work independently and bring about a coherence of ideas, concepts and materials in their design. The objective is to judge the student’s ability to work independently on a project of his /her choice. The thesis is evaluated by an independent panel of external jurors.

First Term + Second Term

Architectural Design-IV
Landscaping-II
Professional Practice

  • Syed Maqsood Pasha

Syed Maqsood Pasha
(Associate Professor)
Head, Department of Architecture
N.D. Arch. National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan
Master in Multimedia Arts,
National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan
M.PCATP, A.IAP

  • Syed Faisal Sajjad

Syed Faisal Sajjad
(Associate Professor)
B. Arch. National College of Arts, Lahore
M. Arch. UET Lahore
PhD Scholar UET,Lahore
M.PCATP, A.IAP

  • Attiq ud Din Ahmed

Attiq ud Din Ahmed
(Associate Professor)
B. Arch. National College of Arts, Lahore
Msc. Urban Design and Architecture,
Columbia University, New York
M.PCATP

  • Rabia Ezdi

Rabia Ezdi
(Associate Professor)
B.Arch NCA
Post Graduate Diploma "Urban Land Management & Informal Settlement" Regularization
M.Sc Urban Management and Development
MPCATP, AIAP

  • Muhammad Ali Tirmizi

Muhammad Ali Tirmizi
(Assistant Professor)
B. Arch. National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan
Post Graduate Diploma in Architecture, UET Lahore
Post Graduate Certificate (Housing) UET Lahore
Ketholieke University, Leuven, Belgium
M.PCATP, A.IAP

  • Syed Aqeel Anwar Kazmi

Syed Aqeel Anwar Kazmi
(Assistant Professor)
B. Arch. NCA Lahore
MPCATP, AIAP

  • Khalid Ibrahim

Khalid Ibrahim
(Assistant Professor)
B. Arch. NCA,Lahore
M. Arch. U.E.T., Lahore
Advance Course
"Architectural Material Conservation" BAC USA M.PCATP, AIAP

  • Kamran Mufti

Kamran Mufti
(Assistant Professor)
B. Arch. 1991 NCA Lahore
M. Arch UET Lahore
Life Member PCATP   A-1594
Member I.A.P      A-1230-10

  • Zunaira Batool

Zunaira Batool
(Lecturer)
B. Arch. Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture, Karachi, Pakistan
M.PCATP, AIAP

  • Syed Ali Pasha

Syed Ali Pasha
(Lecturer)
B. Arch. National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan
M. Arch. in Architecture Design
University of Nottingham, U.K
M.PCATP, AIAP

  • Muhammad Azib Bajwa

Muhammad Azib Bajwa
(Lecturer)
B. Arch UET
M. Arch UET
MPCATP, AIAP

  • Zahid Usman

Zahid Usman
(Assistant Professor)
B.Arch. National College of Arts, Lahore
M.Sc in Architectural Lighting Design,
KTH, Stockholm
M.Sc Urban & Regional Planning, University of Peshawar
PG Diploma Construction Management
PG Diploma Sustainable Design
MPCATP,AIAP

  • Syed Bilal Qutab

Syed Bilal Qutab
(Assistant Professor)
B. Arch. National College of Arts, Lahore
M. Arch, University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore
MBA, New Ports University of Communication and Economics,
Diploma in Project Management,Pakistan Institute of Management(PIMS),Lahore
Diploma in Self and Personality,Centre for Theology and Natural Sciences Berkley,USA

  • Nayab Kaleem

Nayab Kaleem
(Lecturer)
B. Arch National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan
Master in Interior Design,
Florence Design Academy,Italy
MPCATP,AIAP

         Visiting Faculty

  • Khurshid Ahmed
  • Kaleem A Siddiqui
  • Muhammad Tariq Khalidi
  • Azhar N Syed
  • Muhammad Tariq Saeed
  • Khawar Muhammad Hassan
  • Muhammad Mohsin Iqbal
  • Silwat Afzal
  • Khalid Yar Khan
  • Munnaza Rashid
  • Humayun Akhtar
  • Amna Majeed
  • Sameer Hassan Naqvi
  • Asif Ibharim
  • Arif Iqbal Yazdani
  • Saba Samee
  • Qasim Ibharim Ahmed
  • Raza Ahsan
  • Asad Ali
  • Mariam Ahmar Rehman
  • Umar Amin Qureshi
  • Rabiya Asim
  • Sulman Lateef
  • Muhammad Ali
  • Fariha Shahid
  • Uzma Ali Shah
  • Faran Faisal
  • Naseer ud Din
  • Naveed Hussain
  • Fauad Ali
  • Sabuhi Essa
  • Mahrukh Rehman Mirza



        Faculty Foundation Course

  • Mr.Fakhar Ullah Tahir(Coordinator)
    (Assistant Professor VCD)
  • Shehnaz Malhi
  • M.H. Jaffri
  • Mohsin Iqbal
  • Tariq Gill
  • Rifqa Ejaz
  • Khalid Chishti
  • Anees Ikram
  • Saad Rasool
  • Maryam Rehman
  • Faran Faisal
  • Isma Hussain
  • Kiran Saleem
  • Hina Afzal
  • Kareem Ahmad
  • Uzma Siddique



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