OVERALL PHILOSOPHY OF ARCHITECTURE
The curriculum of the Department of Architecture is based on the philosophy that architectural works are primarily solutions to problems within resource envelopes rather than objects to be fashioned. The Architect, in this context, is seen as an “organisation man” rather than an individualist and heroic designer. Accordingly he has to think and act comprehensively, more so than any other member of the environmental design team to create a total work which can be defined as an amalgam of intent, skill, technology, material, personal insight and special moment in time; in doing this, his basic tools are a set of clearly defined ends and an effective command of means plus the skill to achieve determine ends, in specific cases, aptly and economically in the design context agreed. While an architectural curriculum within the frame work of a formal educational system affords scope for the introduction and articulation of these ends and means, skills in their employment is expected to be perfected in the world of practice.
SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES OF ARCHITECTURAL EDUCATION PROGRAMME
a) To prepare students for professional practice in the field of architecture. In this regard, emphasis is placed on understanding conceptual principles and patterns as well as on developing operational skills necessary for practice.
(b) To help students in developing a high level of architectural design competence through sequential courses and studio projects under rigorous but non-doctrinaire academic leadership.
(c) To expose students to global human settlements issues and in particular the complex problems of designing for a country like Nigeria undergoing rapid cultural and economic changes. To this end, emphasis is placed on acquiring knowledge to solve the practical problems of the Nigerian society.
(d) To accommodate through flexibility in course offerings, the interests of two categories of students are provided for, namely:
(i) The academic & research oriented students;
(ii) The action-oriented students with a strong vocational motivation.