Bachelor of Architecture

The architecture programme at IVS remains committed to familiarizing students with ways to approach architecture holistically, conscientiously, and within specific contextual conditions (physical, social, economic, cultural, and climatic) that characterize a neighbourhood, city, country or region. Besides developing an aptitude for building functionality, materials and methods of construction, structural systems, and energy-conscious design thinking, the programme encourages and facilitates a research-driven, user-centric and context-sensitive approach to design of buildings and their surroundings.

The curriculum is designed and periodically updated to meet these goals. Major components are Architecture Design, Architectural Analysis and Visual Communication, History and Theory of Architecture, Architecture and the Environment, Urban and Landscape Theories, Urban Open Space Design, Building Technology: Materials, Construction, Structures, and MEP Systems and Services, Digital Tools for Architects, and Professional Development.

The Department recognizes the need for integrating coursework offered by the Liberal Arts Programme to support the IVS mission. Acquisition of knowledge is carefully balanced with the development of skills. Finally, the curriculum aligns carefully with the recommendations and guidelines of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan, as well as the Pakistan Council of Architects and Town Planners (PCATP).

Architecture Design (l.ll.lll.lV.V.Vl

These studio based courses form the core of the programme. Over the course of seven semesters, students are introduced to a variety of projects growing in scale and complexity. Third semester studio lays down the foundations for architecture design and thinking. Through various small scale and experimental design projects, students are introduced to fundamental architectural elements, relationships and ordering principles involved in the making of form and space. Scale and complexity of studio projects expand in the fourth semester, in which students learn to organize two or more forms in ways to evolve coherent architectural compositions. Students learn to construct appropriate design concepts and strategies through analysis of simplified building programmes, site and users. Scale and complexity of studio projects continue to expand in fifth and sixth semesters. Emphasis is on constructing appropriate functional, spatial and formal relationships based on comprehensive research and analysis of building programme, site and context, and user. Students are encouraged to use information gained in the coinciding Architecture and the Environment course to propose environment friendly design solutions. Through research and analysis, students are expected to develop appropriate design guidelines, and use them to evolve architecture that is functional, contextual, energy efficient and thought provoking. In seventh semester, the emphasis is on design in challenging urban conditions. Students are expected to draw critical lessons from coinciding Urban Theories course. Concepts of “community building” and “building for community” are key. Sites are selected in dense urban settings. Students perform comprehensive research and analysis of physical, social, cultural, historical and climatic conditions, programmatic requirements and users, to evolve appropriate design guidelines. Eighth semester studio focuses on affordability and quality of public housing — a key issue in the local built-environment. Throughout fourth year, students are required to propose comprehensive proposals that illustrate an understanding of building structure, materials and methods of construction, MEP services and vehicular parking. The ninth semester begins with the identification of a personal area of interest, which may come in response to current architectural issues or an idea. This idea is developed in the form of a research question formulated into a problem statement that determines the direction of study for the remainder of the semester. The student develops the idea through a consideration of its theoretical aspects and its potential application as a design project in the given urban, rural, cultural and/or climatic context. The development of site and project selection helps in defining the thesis idea and its translation into design. Following successful completion of fourth year, students proceed to the fifth and final year of the programme (please see Thesis Design).

Architectural Analysis and Visual Communication (l.ll)

This course spans two consecutive semesters and constitutes two modules. The first module, Architectural Analysis (l.ll), is a theory- based module. Each week, carefully selected works of architecture in both regional and international settings are introduced and analyzed. Emphasis is placed on developing fundamental architectural vocabulary and  understanding  ideas, elements,  relationships and principles involved in the making of architectural forms and spaces within specific conditions. Through this course, students are encouraged to draw critical lessons that can inform their thinking in the coinciding architecture design studio. The second module, Visual Communication (l.ll), is a studio-based course introducing students to fundamental architectural drawings, tools and techniques. Emphasis is on developing effective visual communication skills using a range of mediums including pencils, pen and ink, pastels, water colour, etc. Students are also introduced to basic digital tools, including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Google Sketch-up, later in the course.

History of Architecture (l.ll.lll)

This course spans three consecutive semesters beginning in second year and concluding in the third year of the programme. It is a chronological survey of the development of architecture across Eastern and Western hemispheres spanning from ancient civilizations to Modern times. The course develops critical tools for analysis and appreciation of architecture through history within specific cultural, political and technological contexts.

Building Materials, Construction and Structures (l.ll)

This course is offered over two consecutive semesters and serves as a prerequisite to the Advanced Building Materials and Construction course. It introduces students to fundamental building materials, construction  methods  and  structural  systems.  Study  visits  to construction sites are an integral component of the course. These visits provide students with the opportunity to experience practical application and behaviour of the various building materials, construction methods and structural systems introduced in class.

Advanced Building Materials, Construction and Structures (l.ll)

This course is offered over two consecutive semesters in the third year of the programme. It introduces students to advanced building materials, construction methods and structural systems appropriate for production of medium to large-scale buildings. Study visits to construction sites provide students with the opportunity to experience practical application and behaviour various building materials, construction methods and structural systems discussed in class. The course encourages students to engage with these technologies in an exploratory environment to develop an understanding of the relationship between design and construction.

Architectural Theories: Since 1900

This sixth semester course marks the culmination of the History of Architecture courses offered in previous semesters. It investigates the prevailing ideas and values that surfaced throughout the 20th Century and how these shaped buildings across the globe. The course also examines the ideas and values that are emerging in the 21st Century and how these may shape buildings in times to follow. Emphasis is on the effects of globalization and issues of cultural identity.

Architecture and the Environment

This semester-long course constitutes two modules. The first module, Sustainable Design, introduces students to sustainable design as a conscious approach to energy conservation in the design of the built-environment. It introduces students to ways of minimizing the negative impact of buildings on the environment, and simultaneously maximizing occupant comfort at micro (building) and macro (urban) scales. Critical lessons are drawn from study of vernacular architectural practices in the country and the region. Study trips within the city and province are arranged to aid this process. The second module, Architecture, Place and Identity, focuses on the complex relationship between humans and their surroundings. It focuses on the issues of place and cultural identity in contemporary times. It steers discussion toward the need to counter the growing sense of rootlessness and alienation prevalent in local and regional built-environments by advocating for an architecture that maintains and/or inculcates a sense of belonging and association. Both modules are designed to aid proceedings in the coinciding architecture design studio.

Digital Tools for Architects (l.ll)

This course is offered over two consecutive semesters beginning in the third and concluding in the fourth year of the programme. It introduces students to concepts Building Information Modelling (BIM) using Autodesk Revit Architecture. The course begins with understanding fundamental features of Autodesk Revit Architecture, leading up to and concluding with schematic design, construction documentation, design visualization, and analysis.

MEP System

This advanced building technology course is offered in the seventh semester. It familiarizes students with a conceptual understanding of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems and services involved in building design and construction, particularly in relation to energy and water consumption and conservation.

Urban and Landscape Theories

This theory-based course is offered in the seventh semester of the programme and constitutes two modules. It serves as a prerequisite for the studio-based course Urban Open Space Design offered in the following semester. The first module, Urban Theories, explores significant urban theories, spanning from 19th Century to present times. Lectures cover a broad range of western and eastern theoretical positions that have influenced the shape of urban environments. Emphasis is on the validity and application of these theoretical positions in local context. The second module of the course, Landscape Theories, introduces students to ideas, elements, relationships and principles involved in design of landscapes at both micro and macro scales. Emphasis is on analyzing prominent works of landscape design across the world and how they have been shaped within specific contexts.

Urban Open Space Design

This semester-long, studio-based course is offered in the eighth semester of the programme. It investigates the relationship between people and public spaces, between nature and the built fabric. The course enables students to identify the issues and potentials of existing urban open spaces in the City and re-think these as arenas for public use and recreation by drawing the many strands of place making, ecological responsibility, social equity, community building and economic viability. This exercise is aided by the knowledge gained in the Urban and Landscape Theories course offered in the previous semester.

Professional Practice and Project Management

This semester-long professional development course is offered in the final year of the programme and constitutes two modules. The first module, Professional Practice, provides students with an overview of architectural practice. It introduces students to the diverse roles and responsibilities of an architect while encouraging an awareness of  social,  ethical  and  professional  obligations.  Students  are introduced to various stages of an architectural project along with the components within each stage. Topics include relationship between architects, clients and contractors; significance, types,  making and management of contracts; statutory bodies and professional associations; and professional training. The second module, Project Management, familiarizes students with the significance of project management in the design and construction of small and large scale architectural projects. Students are introduced to theories, methods and quantitative tools used to effectively organize, plan, monitor and control projects.

Thesis Design (l.ll)

This final  studio course  marks  the culmination  of the  five-year programme. Students undertake a major architectural project that results in an architectural solution to a stated theoretical position, which may be directly, or indirectly, informed by the subject of final research paper in the previous semester. Thesis projects are expected to be comprehensive in their development and execution. At the end of the semester, students present their thesis projects to a panel of external jurors consisting of both architectural practitioners and academicians. Final evaluation is based on the combination of assessment scores by internal studio instructors and the panel of external jurors.

 

3rd Semester
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
 AR301 Architecture Design l  6
 AR309 History of Architecture l  3
 AR327 Architectural Analysis and Visual Communication l

Module 01: Architectural Analysis l

Module 02: Visual Communication l

 3
 AR334 Building Materials, Construction and Structures l

Module 01: Building Materials and Construction l

Module 02: Building Structures l

 3
LA308 Islamic and Pakistan Studies 3
 Total Credits 18
4th Semester
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
AR401 Architecture Design ll 6
AR409 History of Architecture ll 3
AR427 Architectural Analysis and Visual Communication ll

Module 01: Architectural Analysis ll

Module 02: Visual Communication ll

3
AR434 Building Materials, Construction and Structures ll

Module 01: Building Materials and Construction lI

Module 02: Building Structures lI

3
LA457
LA467
LA463
LA472
Electives:
Contemporary Art, Design and Architecture
Islamic Art and Architecture
Tracing Contemporary Art
Psychoanalysis and Art
3
 Total Credits 18
5th Semester
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
AR501 Architecture Design lll 6
AR509 History of Architecture lll 3
AR537 Advanced Building Materials, Construction and Structures l

Module 01: Advanced Building Materials and Construction l

Module 02: Advanced Building Structures l

3
AR538 Architecture and the Environment

Module 01: Sustainable Design

Module 02: Architecture, Place and Identity

3
LA564
LA535
LA548
LA576
LA577
 Art Electives:

Art in the Time of the Raj
Introduction to Performance Art
Culture on Display
Sonic Force in Contemporary Art
Screening the Body: Gender, Race & Nation
in Visual Culture

 

 

3
 Total Credits  18
6th Semester
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
AR601 Architecture Design lV 6
AR636 Architecture Theories: Since 1900 3
AR637 Advanced Building Materials, Construction and Structures ll

Module 01: Advanced Building Materials and Construction ll

Module 02: Advanced Building Structures ll

3
AR635  Digital Tools for Architects l 3
LA673 Conflict and Urban Society 3
 Total Credits 18
7th Semester
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
AR701 Architecture Design V 6
AR739 Urban and Landscape Theories

Module 01: Urban Theories

Module 02: Landscape Theories

3
AR735 Digital Tools for Architects ll 3
AR740 MEP Systems and Services 3
LA752
LA766
LA729
LA726
LA775
General Electives:
Critical Notions of Space and Place
Politics & Power in Literature
Urdu Adab
Philosophical Inquiry
Sustainable Cities and Communities
 3
 Total Credits  18
8th Semester
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
AR801 Architecture Design Vl 6
AR824 Urban Open Space Design 3
LA812 Research  Methodology
(Pre-Req for Final Research Paper)
3
LA896
LA870
LA853
AR871
Electives:

Dialogues in Philosophies of Photography
Past is Prologue: Theories in Historiography
Introductory  Psychology
Music and Ideas

 

3
 Total Credits 15
9th Semester
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
AR943 Thesis Design I 9
AR941  Professional Practice and Project Management

Module l: Professional Practice

Module ll: Project Management

3
LA968 Final Research Paper 3
 Total Credits 15
10th Semester
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
AR1043 Thesis Design II 12
AR1029  Internship 3
 Total Credits 15

Total Credits Semesters 1-2: 35
Total Credits Semesters 3-10: 135
Total Credits required for a Bachelor of Architecture Degree: 170

Disclaimer: Curricula are continuously under review and Indus Valley School reserves the right to alter, substitute, eliminate from or add to the list of courses and details at any time without any notice.

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Acting Head
Assistant Professor

Sami Chohan

MA IAD, University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart,
Germany Exchange Semester, Design in Cultural Context,
Istanbul Technical University, Turkey B. Arch, IVS, Pak

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Assistant Professor

Ira Kazi

M.Arch. Urban and Regional Planning, New York Institute of Technology, USA
B.Arch., Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro, Pak

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Assistant Professor

Durreshahwar Alvi

M.Sc. UMD, Institute of Housing and Urban Development Studies,
Rotterdam, The Netherlands B.Arch., NCA, Pak

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Assistant Professor

Sumaila Palla

M.A. Urban Planning, New York University, USA
B.Arch., IVS, Pak

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Assistant Professor

Zohaib Zuby

M.A. Muslim Cultures, The Aga Khan University International, London, UK
B.Arch., IVS, Pak

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Lecturer

Hammad Anis

B.Arch from IVS

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Lecturer

Nida Jawed Ahmed

Masters in Architectural History,
from Middle East Technical
University, Ankara

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Academic Programme Assistant

Jessica Anum

BBA (Hons.), Iqra University, Pak

Engr. Ainul Abedin

BSc Mechanical, East Pakistan UET, Bangladesh

Ar. Arif Belgaumi

M. Arch, University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA BA, Design of the Environment, University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA

Ar. Ammar Shakil

B. Arch, IVS, Pak

Urban Planner Farhan Anwar

MA, Urban and Regional Planning, NED, Pak BE, Civil Engineering, NED, Pak

Ar. Hamir Soomro

B. Arch, Arizona State University, USA

Ar. Hussain Jesserwala

MSc, Arch, Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy B. Arch, IVS, Pak

Ar. Mujahid Sadiq

Dip. Arch, NCA, Pak

Ar. Najeeb Omar

Dip. Arch. NCA, Pak

Engr. Nadeem M. Hasan

BE Civil, NED-UET, Pak

Ar. Naveed A. Sheikh

B. Arch, UET, Pak

Ar. Priya Pinjani

MSc, Design and Urban Ecologies, Parsons the New School of Design, New York, USA B. Arch, IVS, Pak

Ar. Qaizar Colombowala

BSc, Arch, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, USA

Ar. Salman Jawed

B. Arch, IVS, Pak

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