Faculty of Architecture
Faculty of Architecture
Faculty of Engineering
N 35° 9' 44.79'', E 35° 9' 44.79''
Dean of the Faculty
Master of Science
The Department of Architecture of the University of Cyprus (UCY) is one of the four Departments of the Faculty of Engineering of UCY. UCY is a public corporate body and the first recognized operating academic institution of highest academic education in Architecture in Cyprus. It is well understood that the field of Architecture is inherently related to a wide spectrum of areas of humanistic, technological and technical nature that define and influence the human environment. In particular, the aim of the Department of Architecture is to become an outstanding academic centre of studies in the wider European region, and to educate architects, who can perform successfully worldwide, while they also have a particular knowledge and sensitivity to the built environment of the European and Mediterranean region.
The Department of Architecture is situated at the centre of the City of Nicosia within the old city core, in Ledra street. The setup acts positively for the working spirit of both, faculty and students, enhancing in particular the students’ interactions with the built-up infrastructure, the urban environment and the profession, while aiding the revitalization of the core of the old city within the walls.
Workshops, lectures and competitions are organized year-round, also in cooperation with the professional bodies of Architecture, ETEK, CAA, CCEAA
Student halls at the University Campus
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EU students, undergraduates: tuition-free
Non EU students: undergraduates: 1.709 Eu per semester;
All graduate students: Master Programmes: Euro 5,125 per programme; Ph.D. degree: taught stage: 427 Eu per course, research stage: 854 Eu per semester, dissertation stage: 170 Eu per semester
Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree, guarantees admission to all Master programmes and the final Diploma year’s programme. Title: B.Sc. in Architecture
Master of Science, Master programme, 1-year programme, Master,
Diploma of Architect-Engineer in Architecture, 5th year programme:
Diploma of Architect-Engineer in Architecture degree. Upon completion: Register of Architects at the Scientific Technical Chamber of Cyprus. Title: Dipl. Arch.-Eng. in Architecture.
PhD programme, Ph.D. in Architecture, 3- to 7-year programme, PhD,
Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture degree. Title: Ph.D. in Architecture
Structure of the Curriculum
The first undergraduate students for the programme of studies in Architecture were accepted in September of 2005. The developed curricula for undergraduate studies in Architecture aim at securing a firm infrastructure in education and research, based on the regulations for the programmes of studies of the University of Cyprus. The educational objectives, based on the Bologna Agreement and the relevant EU directives, concentrate on the development of undergraduate studies (Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Architecture and Diploma of Architect Engineer) with a concrete structure of courses and a duration of in total five years of study (4+1), that ensures a solid education in all areas of study, necessary for preparing the student for the practice of the profession.
The undergraduate programme leads to the acquisition of the academic degree, Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Architecture, after a minimum duration of 4 years and 240 ECTS units. The Department’s philosophy, which is also reflected in the programme of studies, follows the necessity of a balanced focus on all the different domains of architecture in theory, technology and design. The first four semesters introduce the subject through design studios of increasing architectural complexity, which develop the students` analytical and compositional skills, while the studios in the fifth and sixth semester focus on the urban and the technological respectively. Series of satellite courses from the basic areas of concentration – architectural theory and history, architectural communication media, architectural technology and urban design – aim at contributing to the student’s knowledge. The following semesters, in the fourth year, are more flexible as regards the definition of the subject and selection of courses but are still in the framework of a clear structure of studies. A successful completion of the Bachelors degree grants admission to the Masters degrees and the 5th year Diploma in Architecture degree of the Faculty.
The required academic qualifications for applying for the license to practice Architecture in Cyprus and the European Union may be earned after having completed a subsequent year of studies, thus having acquired the Diploma of Architect-Engineer in Architecture. The course of study leading to the Diploma of Architect-Engineer degree requires the completion of at least 60 ECTS units in graduate courses and a design diploma thesis of a minimum duration of two semesters, beyond the ECTS units acquired from a four years Bachelor degree (B.Sc.) in Architecture. In this frame the students are required to select from at least two different areas of studies, i.e. architectural theory and history, architectural communication media, architectural technology and urban design, one graduate course respectively. The diploma thesis consists of a theoretical investigation and a holistic architectural design. The project is approached through intellectual and historical foundations, aesthetic and visual qualities, selection and integration of structural and environmental systems, and urban and rural contexts. The student selects the area of design emphasis depending on his/her interests.
The postgraduate programme of studies, Ph.D. in Architecture, aims at interdisciplinary research activities that transfer new knowledge and innovation in the field of Architecture according to international standards of excellence. On this line, prerequisite for applying to the programme is a Masters degree, not necessarily in Architecture, but in any area mostly related to the intended research theme within Architecture. The course of study leading to the Ph.D. degree in Architecture requires the completion of at least 56 ECTS units in graduate courses related to the Ph.D. thesis (while holders of a Masters degree are credited with 24 ECTS units out of the required 56 ECTS units) and the completion of 184 ECTS units from graduate research (while holders of a Masters degree are credited with 36 ECTS units out of the required 184 ECTS units). The Ph.D. degree is research oriented, as a way for identifying relevant international architectural issues while promoting opportunities for local architectural development. The thematic contents of individual courses offered each semester are based on the educational and research interests of the faculty, covering topics such as Space Syntax, Architectural Analysis and Practice, The Social Dimension of Architecture, Epistemology and Architecture, Environmental Theories in Architecture, Technology and Intelligent Architecture, Construction Systems and Materials, Advanced Structural Concepts, Steel Buildings, Earthquake Resistant Buildings, Traditional and Modern Architecture.
The research activities of the faculty and the graduate course of study, Ph.D. in Architecture, concentrate on the main areas of architectural theory, technology and design, aiming at interdisciplinary level, at the transfer of new knowledge and innovation in the wider area of Architecture. In all cases, design based research is of substantial importance within the Programme of Architecture. Such a research is further enhanced by contributions of the faculty and the provision of consultancies within the practice of the discipline.