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Department of Architecture Handbook

The department of Architecture strives to nurture a holistic approach towards education and a critical understanding of architecture and the built environment in the global environment by balancing the creative and professional aspirations with the aspirations and pragmatic requirements of contemporary society.


  • To empower students through quality teaching, research and the practical application thereof
  • To build capacity and promote sustainable partnerships with industry and the community within a national and international context
  • To encourage entrepreneurial and vocational development that promotes analytical and creative thinking
  • To instill ethical values and professional responsibility in the profession

The department of architecture enjoys validation (accreditation), by The South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP), of both the National Diploma: Architectural Technology and the BTech: Architectural Technology. The Architectural Professions Act 44 of 2000 (referred to as the Act hereafter) allows for graduates to register in the following professional categories:

National Diploma: Architectural Technology: Candidate Architectural Technologist
Bachelor of Technology: Architectural Technology: Candidate Senior Architectural Technologist
Bachelor of the Built Environment in Architecture

Candidate architectural technologists / candidate senior architectural technologists are required by the Act to undergo a period of mentorship in a registered architectural practice and to pass professional practice exams in order to register as professional architectural technologists / professional senior architectural technologists respectively. Registered professionals may work in a practice or to engage in private practice.

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Bachelor of Technology Architectural Technology (BTech) Entrance Requirements
Bachelor of the Built Environment in Architecture (BBE)  Entrance Requirements
Master of the Built Environment (MBE) Entrance Requirements
Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture (PhD) Entrance Requirements

NOTE: Phase out of information for the BTech in Architectural Technology 

As gazetted in the Government Gazette, Vol. 613, No. 40123, 06 July 2016, the last date for first time entering students enrolling in academic programmes that are not aligned with the Higher Education Qualifications Sub-Framework is the 31st December 2019. This means that you will not be able to enroll for a Bachelor (BTech) Degree at DUT, or at any other institution in South Africa after this date.


Contact Information


Architecture hod Head of Department: Mr L Du Plessis
Tel: 031 373 2857 / 6532
Fax: 031 373 2006
Location: S5 Level 5
Campus: Steve Biko Campus


Nomthandazo Secretary: Ms N Sibisi
Tel: 031 373 2857 / 6532
Fax: 031 373 2006
Location: S5 Level 5
Campus: Steve Biko Campus