History and background

Building Design and Building Economics training programmes started in 1976 and 1978 respectively. In 1996 Ardhi Institute was affiliated with the University of Dar es Salaam and became a Constituent College of the University of Dar es Salaam namely the University College of Lands and Architectural Studies (UCLAS).

The primary aim of architectural training is to educate people who will be capable of creating sound and meaningful built environments. Ardhi University is the oldest and prominent institution in Tanzania which offers architecture training programme.

The training of architecture was preceded by building design in Tanzania. The training of Building Design and Architecture in Tanzania was preceded by survey training at the Ardhi Survey Training School. This school majored on mapping and surveying plots for urban residences in Tanganyika (Tanzania before unification with Zanzibar) in 1964. It was instrumental in establishing early surveyed urban blocks such as Magomeni and Mwananyamala in Dar-esSalaam.

In 1981 a three years intermediate Professional Diploma Course in Architecture was established under the department of Building Design, Construction and Housing Management which was later renamed Department of Architecture and started to offer Advanced Diploma in Architecture programme. In 1988, a two year architecture graduate diploma programme was introduced to add up to the three years of undergraduate intermediate professional diploma programme to qualify to a full professional level in architecture of five years training. In 1996 UCLAS started to offer five years Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) degree programme. Two more architectural related programmes, namely Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Interior Design degree programmes were introduced.

In 1996, Ardhi Institute training system changed its Advanced Diploma in Architecture to Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) degree programme. Studio design projects are the backbone of the architecture training and its delivery methodology is through instructions and consultations. The degree of complexity of design studio projects increases gradually from year one to year five. The training programme is supported by theoretical subjects such as Building Surveying, Architectural graphics, Architectural Design methodology and Detailing. Design studio project is preceded by a project research work which include data collection, physical studies, site micro climatic studies, soil investigation, topographic survey, etc.
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