Department of Architecture

Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria - Nigeria



The Bachelor of Science (Architecture) Degree Programme started in the Department in the 1970/71 Session, with the establishment of the Faculty of Environmental Studies. The programme, which commenced with two students in enrolment, graduated one student each during the 1972/73 and 1973/74 academic session. In subsequent years the number of graduating students increased gradually with 11 each for 1975 and 1976. From 1977 to 1982 the number of students who graduated, from the Department are 19, 22, 33, 32 and 50 respectively. The largest number of graduating students was recorded in the 1982/83 sessions when eighty three (83) students graduated. With the down turn of the nation’s economy and its effects on the activities within the construction industry, there has been a decline in the number of graduating students (29,12,10 8,8 and 23 for 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994 and 1996 respectively) It is however hoped that recent developments in the country, particularly the legal recognition of the Architecture profession and the establishment of the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON), may cause a reversal of this trend.

The objectives include: a to inculcate in the student an understanding of the context of design and construction in physical, cultural, social, economic, ecological and technological terms; b to equip the student with adequate knowledge, creativities, specialized skills and leadership capabilities that will enable the graduate to co–ordinate and control the design and construction processes and inputs from allied professionals and executors; c to train the graduate to be a consultant capable of performing the following functions: i. Brief development and feasibility studies; ii. Project initiation and development; iii. Site and development planning; iv. Design; v. Supervision; vi. Contract Administration; vii. Project Management; viii. Rehabilitation and Refurbishing; ix. Modification and material change in use; x. Restoration and preservation, and xi. Maintenance. d to acquaint the student with theory and contemporary principles of design, through the study of architectural theory and the works of Masters of Architecture. (c): Admission Requirements: 4 – Year BSc Architecture Programme For admission to BSc Architecture degree programme in the Department of Architecture, a student must satisfy the minimum University – Faculty of Environmental Design requirements including credits in Physics, Mathematics, English Language, and at least two other subjects. Preference will be given to candidates with Credits in Technical Drawing and Fine Arts at ‘O’ Level SSCE Final Examination.

The aim of the programme is to develop a creative approach to understanding and providing solutions to design problems with the motivation to seek new solutions to the issues and challenges facing a developing country with a rich cultural heritage such as Nigeria.