Introduction

SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN

 

The UET School of Architecture and Design (SoAAD) is an academic entity mandated to offer the full array of creative disciplines that help delineate our built environment. SoAAD strongly believes that the purpose of university education, above and beyond professional training, is to produce enlightened and progressive members of society. Therefore, the primary objectives of SoAAD learning environment are opening up of intellectual horizons and development of a balanced personality. SoAAD attempts to achieve these objectives through a widening of knowledge base in the formal curriculum, and exposure to a social and intellectual environment developed and maintained through informal and co-curricular activities. Presently under the School there are two degree awarding departments:

(A) Department of Architecture
(B) Department of Product & Industrial Design

The academic disciplines in the Department of Architecture include programs in:

        • Bachelor in Architecture (B. ARCH)
        • Master in Architecture (M. ARCH)
        • Ph.D in Architecture

A comprehensive introduction of the two departments of the School is as under:

DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE

The Department of Architecture established in 1962 has a history of more than 50 years. It has the distinction of offering the first 5 years B. Arch program, first M. Arch and first Ph. D. of Architecture in the Country. Thus, the Department has been a fundamental contributor towards the founding and establishment of the profession of Architecture in Pakistan. By now it has a large body of alumni, and through them, it has the honor and credit of shaping a significant part of the current built environment in urban Pakistan.
Over the decades, the Department has developed unmatched expertise in various facets of the profession of Architecture. At present, in terms of qualifications, as well as width and breadth of relevant knowledge base, its faculty far surpasses any other school/department of architecture in the country. The Department, thus has not only maintained its leading role in architectural education, it is set to expand its frontiers even further through its flowering in the form of School of Architecture and Design (SoAAD). More than fifty years old tradition of co-education within the Department, and a high proportion of female teaching staff ensure healthy gender relationships. At present, the gender balance within the department is strongly tilted towards female students (about 70 to 80%).



 




Bachelor Degree Program in Architecture (B. ARCH)
At present the Department runs a 5-year program of studies leading to a professional degree in Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch). Graduates of this program will have to be fulfilled all licensing requirements of (PCATP), and subject to registration with it, shall be able to practice Architecture anywhere in Pakistan. The B. Arch program of study is highly demanding and only those students are recommended to apply who are willing to work long hours. Furthermore, a significant component of studies involve fieldwork, where students are required to visit construction sites, conduct field surveys, and join out of station study tours. B. Arch degree requirements also include 8 weeks of internship in a professional establishment, which usually takes place during summer vacations.
Objectives and Academic System

The Bachelor of Architecture degree program provides a liberal introduction to study architecture as a discipline and to produce all rounder individuals who can play a leading role in shaping up a healthy society. Students gain a critical and ethical awareness of architecture with much to offer in the face of many of today's most pressing societal challenges. It equips students to join other design fields or related disciplines, and it prepares students for the Master of Architecture degree. The course content includes Basic Design, Architectural Design, History of Architecture, Materials and Construction, Physical Environmental Studies, Structural Systems, Theory of Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture etc. Research Methodology etc. The first year begins by introducing the fundamentals before studies of the major subjects in which students are required to design projects of different typologies. The students can have a better sense of life and ability to produce well adjusted whole by blending different aspects: function, form, structure, techniques, context and culture.
The working environment within the Department of Architecture is pleasant and intimate. The students spend a significant part of their working in Design Studios which, coupled with low student intake, ensures high degree of interaction between students, and between faculty members and students. The spacious internal courtyard acts as a social space for different design and drawing activities and enhances interaction between students.


SoAAD strongly believes that the purpose of university education, above and beyond professional training is opening up of intellectual horizons and to produce enlightened and progressive members of society. SoAAD attempts to achieve these objectives through a winding of knowledge base in the formal curriculum, and exposure to a social and intellectual environment developed and maintained through informal and co-curricular activities. The students are encouraged to actively participate in different students’ societies: Dramatic Society, Literary Society, Debating Society and Environment & Horticulture Society (EHS). The students are also encouraged to participate in the national and provincial activities under the patronization of Pakistan Council of Architects and Planners (PCATP) and Institute of Architects of Pakistan.

 



The built environment to a great extent influence and facilitate in imparting quality education. Fortunately, the Department of Architecture has well furnished Faculty offices, design studios, lecture theatres, library and well equipped computer laboratories as under:




 

Library

The department has a well stocked library with a large number of books and magazines on Basic Design, Architectural Design, History of Architecture, Building Construction, Physical Environmental Studies, Theory of Architecture, Urban Planning & Design, Research Methodology, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design etc. Other than books and Journals, a separate section exists containing B. Arch and M. Arch Thesis on variety of topics

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Students

 
Year Level No. of Enrolled Students
2011 Master / Mphil 33
2013 Undergraduate 50
2013 Undergraduate 50
2011 Undergraduate 109

Lab Facilities

 

Departmental Labs

            With expansion in academic programs, computer laboratories in the department have risen to nine spread over two buildings.  These laboratories are equipped with 350 P-IV computers fully networked with state of the art servers. Computer to student ratio is 1:1. The department is proud of its no-piracy policy. All the operating systems installed are either licensed or open-source operating systems. MicroSoft, USA, also has an academic alliance with the department.


            Department’s computing facilities are linked with Research Center, Main Library and other teaching departments through a fiber optic backbone. Multimedia projectors are fitted where required and Internet facility is available in all laboratories.
            In addition, the department has two Electronics Systems Laboratories, one Industrial Automation Laboratory and One Embedded Systems Laboratory.



Technical Societies

 

Technical Societies

ACM (Association of Computing Machinery) is one of the world’s most celebrated educational and scientific computing societies. It delivers resources for computer scientists and researchers. UET ACM Student chapter was started in December 2008 and to date the members are very actively participating in different events. Current event which is being held is BRAINIAC 2010 in collaboration with ICOSST (KICS). For more information please visit the website www.uetacm.org

Location: Software Engineering Center
University of Eng. & Tech.

Lahore, Pakistan

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 913224937472

Undergraduate Program

Offered Programs:

 

 

  1. A four years degree program leading towards a B.Sc. (Honours) Computer Science was introduced by the department in 1999 and another 4 years B.Sc. program in Computer Science and Engineering in 2001. For students enrolling from September 2003 onwards, B.Sc programs have been re-named and modified into four years B.Sc. Computer Science (CS) and four years B.Sc. Computer Engineering (CE) programs. Three students each from the graduating class of Computer Science and Computer Engineering may opt for a second degree in Computer Engineering and Computer science as the case may be, subject to fulfilment of prescribed conditions, from fall semester 2011. The B.Sc CS program is accredited by National Computing Education Accreditation Council (NCEAC) and B.Sc. (CE) program is accredited by Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC).
    PhD. program in Computer Science was launched in 2002 and twenty three students have completed their Ph.D. degree to date from this department. M.Sc. and PhD programs in Computer Engineering have been launched from 2007.

 

Graduate Program

Offered Programs:

 

Graduate program
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering, originally established as department of Computer Science is one of the most prominent and oldest centers of computer education in the country. The department offers the following postgraduate degrees:
  1. Ph.D. Computer Engineering
  2. Ph.D. Computer Science
  3. M.S Computer Science - with specialization in
    • Software Engineering
    • Database Systems
    • Systems Engineering
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Web Engineering
    • Speech and Language Processing
    • Bio-informatics
  4. M.S Computer Engineering
    • Signal Processing Area
    • Communication and Telecommunication Area
    • Control Systems Area
    • Machine Intelligence Area
    • VLSI Design Area
    • Speech and Language Processing
Established as department of Computer Science in 1991, its history dates back to the year 1968 when University of Engineering and Technology Lahore established a Computer Center. This center was equipped with a contemporary IBM 1130 third generation computer that batch processed submitted jobs. The computer was equipped with a disk and a monitor. The center was responsible for planning and teaching courses in Computer Science and Numerical Analysis, which formed an integral part of the curricula for all disciplines of B.Sc. Engineering degree in the university. The center also offered short term computer courses for other private and public sector organizations. In 1978, it started offering a Masters degree program in Computer Science, thus becoming the first center in the country to offer Computer Science degree. A 4 years degree program leading towards a B.Sc. (Hons) Computer Science was introduced by the department in 1999 and another 4 years B.Sc. program in Computer Science and Engineering in 2001. For students enrolling from September 2003 onwards, B.Sc programs have been re-named and modified into four years B.Sc. Computer Science and four years B.Sc. Computer Engineering programs. Ph.D. program in Computer Science was launched in 2002 and seven students have completed their Ph.D. degree in Computer Science to this date.
With expansion in academic programs, computer laboratories in the department have risen to nine spread over two buildings. These laboratories are equipped with 350 P-IV computers fully networked with state of the art servers. Computer to student ratio is 1:1. The department is proud of its no-piracy policy. All the operating systems installed are either licensed or open-source operating systems. Department’s computing facilities are linked with Research Center, Main Library and other teaching departments through a fiber optic backbone. Multimedia projectors are fitted where required and Internet facility is available. Portion of a third building is available with the department for holding lectures.
In addition, the department has two Electronics Systems Laboratories, one Industrial Automation Laboratory and One Embedded Systems Laboratory. The department holds an endowment chair given by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said-Al-Said, Sultan of Oman. Currently, two professors are sharing this chair.
 
Academic Policies Specific to Computer Science and Engineering Department

The following policies are in addition to M.Sc Semester System regulations of the University as given in the prospectus.

  1. A minimum of 30 credit hours are required for the completion of the program. Each course corresponds to three credit hours and the M.Sc. thesis corresponds to 6 credit hours. As such, a student is required to complete 8 courses and one thesis.
  2. A set of four core courses are compulsory for each student enrolled in the program. A newly admitted student is advised to register, preferably, in all the four courses during the first semester (starting September-October).
  3. The M.Sc CS students are required to study at least two courses in their area of specialization. The remaining two may be selected from other specializations. The students are advised to complete these specialization courses in two or more semesters after the completion of core courses in the first semester.
  4. A student may register for more than eight courses, if he (she) so desires, without any added advantage.
  1. M. Sc CS students opting for Systems Engineering specialization or M.Sc. Computer Engineering students may register, as electives, from the approved list (as given in M.Sc. prospectus) of M.Sc. courses being offered in Electrical Engineering department.
  2. The following scheme of study is only a partial list. Additional courses may be added as and when required subject to availability of teachers.
  3. A M.Sc CS student can register only with a supervisor from the faculty members of Computer Science and Engineering department. However a co-supervisor can be chosen from another department. Whereas, M.Sc Computer Engineering students can opt for supervisor from Electrical Engineering Department as well.
Scheme of Study