Bachelor of Science in Architecture

Overview

Originally introduced in 1954, the Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BS Architecture) of FEU is a five-year program for aspiring architects. The program develops professional architects who embody the FEU core values of fortitude, excellence and uprightness. BS Architecture offers a well-rounded curriculum comprised of general education, wellness and recreation, and professional architecture courses designed to develop morally-upright and globally competent Filipino professionals.

Students under the BS Architecture program must complete a total of 226 units of coursework. They are also required to perform architecture research work, among other assessments.

BS Architecture graduates belong to Level VI (Baccalaureate) of the Philippine Qualifications Framework (under qualification code number 60731) and are also recognized under the ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework. They are also qualified to take certification assessments from the Professional Regulation Commission – Board of Architecture, along with other certifications from global professional architecture organizations.

Additionally, the BSA program has achieved Level I formal accreditation status under the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA) since 2017.

The program welcomes all interested students from any senior high school track provided they reach the required minimum score for BS Architecture in the FEU College Admission Test (FEUCAT). Applicants must also pass a skills and assessment test to qualify for this degree program. The program also accepts transferees during the first semester of each academic year.

All incoming first year students must adhere to the University’s admission requirements as prescribed by the Admission and Financial Assistance Office.

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The BS Architecture program aims to develop the following outcomes:

  1. Perform standard competencies in accordance with the scope of the global and local practice of architecture;
  2. Show traits of professionalism, sense of responsibility, equality and patriotism
  3. Receptiveness to new ideas and knowledge through scientific research;
  4. Direct and focus the thrust of architecture education to the needs and demands of society and its integration into the social, economic, cultural and environmental aspects of nation building;
  5. Instill understanding of the basic philosophy and fundamental principles of the multi-dimensional aspects of architecture, and the direct relationship between man and his environment;
  6. Knowledge in collaborative design, conventional and emerging business models, construction operations, ethical and legal responsibility of architects, service to society, public welfare and safety and contract law; and
  7. Ability to recognize the varied talent found in interdisciplinary design project teams in professional practice and work in collaboration with other members of the design team.

The minimum standards for the BS Architecture program are expressed in the following learning outcomes:

  1. To keep abreast with the development in the field of architecture practice;
  2. The ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing using both English and Filipino;
  3. The ability to work effectively and independently in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams;
  4. A recognition of professional, social, and ethical responsibility;
  5. Creation of architectural solutions by applying knowledge in history, theory, planning, building technology and utilities, structural concepts and professional practice;
  6. Use of concepts and principles from specialized fields and allied disciplines into various architectural problems;
  7. Preparation of contract documents, technical reports and other legal documents used in architectural practice adhering to applicable laws, standards and regulations;
  8. Interpretation and application of relevant laws, codes, charters and standards of architecture and the built environment;
  9. Application of research methods to address architectural problems
  10. Use of various information and communication technology (ICT); media for architectural solutions, presentation, and techniques in design and construction;
  11. Acquisition of entrepreneurial and business acumen relevant to Architecture practice;
  12. Involvement in the management of the construction works and Building administration;
  13. Ability to participate in the generation of new knowledge such as pioneering concepts and ideas of site and building designs beyond the regular physical and location boundaries and contexts;
  14. Ability to demonstrate an initiative for self-learning; and
  15. To develop and acquire a sense of holistic wellness.

Graduates of the architecture program may go into the following fields and become: architectural draftsmen, CADD operators, project coordinators, project supervisors / inspectors, project estimators, renderers (manual and electronic) and scale model makers.

Professional graduates of the architecture program may specialize in the following fields of practice:

  • Architectural design
  • Pre-design services for architecture
  • Housing
  • Physical planning
  • Urban design
  • Community architecture
  • Facility planning
  • Construction technology
  • Construction management
  • Project management
  • Building administration and maintenance
  • Real estate development
  • Architectural education, research and development
  • Restoration and conservation
  • Architectural interiors
  • Expert witness service
  • Design-build services

The BS Architecture program uses varied approaches in professional architecture education, adapting to the needs of our students and the demands of the changing global work environment in the architecture industry. This allows the program to stay competitive and relevant in the field.

Program curriculum and retention policy

Following the mandate of CHED, the 2018 BS Architecture curriculum remains as a five-year program.

General Education (GE) courses comprise most of the required units during the program’s first two years. These are university-wide courses intended to develop the students’ key academic skills and competencies such as persuasive communication, analytic and creative thinking. The university upholds that developing such basic competencies helps prepare students towards becoming independent learners as they progress in their respective programs and eventually, their careers.

Alongside their GE courses, BS Architecture students must also undertake professional architecture courses which serve as the basis for the content of the annual qualifying examination held at the end of each academic year. To be eligible for the qualifying examination, BS Architecture students must pass all board-related courses in any given semester.

In case a student fails in any board-related course, they can retake the course and pass it to be eligible to take the qualifying exam. In case a student fails the qualifying examination or the remedial qualifying examination, the student can retake it after a year, during which refresher courses may be given by the institute on a case to case basis.

The program also offers three specialization tracks, namely: Urban Design, Housing Design and Building Construction. The Urban Design Track covers concepts and solutions for livability in cities, conservation of the build environment and ecological design in cities. Meanwhile, the Housing Design Track deals with the design of green housing and communities, conservation of heritage and traditional settlements, and current and future trends in urban residential housing. The Building Construction Track equips the students with the tools and skills necessary in the construction planning and management of buildings.

Students are also trained to become well-rounded, socially and morally responsible citizens through the National Service Training Program (NSTP) and the Wellness and Recreation Program (WRP) of the University. Under WRP, students can choose to attend a diverse array of short courses intended to develop their physiological and emotional well-being as well as their sense of belonging in the community and their social responsibility.

Teaching and learning methods

Student-centered learning

With the alignment of the university aim to be a student-centered university, the program promotes ‘Interactive Classroom’ as a new learning space for students and faculty.

Design communication method

The use of technology thru digital software (computer and software programs) were used as a major tool in architecture practice and aims improve design presentation. Sketching is one of the main approaches and skill to communicate a design and it allows the students to explore and discover new solutions to given problems. Miniature modeling is also a design communication method that allows the students to present their idea in 3d forms.

Lecture method

The lecture method of instruction is usually employed in theory and history of architecture courses and law related subjects for students with limited background knowledge on the principles, concepts, ideas and all theoretical knowledge about the topic.

Group dynamics

This method allows the students to participate and interact with their fellow students to develop teamwork and prepare them in the professional practice through group projects and group reports.

Assessments

During the entire program, teachers are encouraged to use formative and summative assessments.

Internship

The program includes off-campus skills development and practical learning aimed at providing the students:

  1. The opportunity to gain experience and familiarization with the various specialty works by training in private architectural firms, government and non-government offices engaged in design, planning, construction and other related fields;
  2. The venue to appreciate the theories and principles and its applications, validations in actual work situations of professional practice; and
  3. The benefits in terms of credits not only in the subject but also in thesis preparation including the diversified experience required in the PRC licensure-board examination for architects.

Students must render 240 hours for the internship, undertaken with industry partners of the university.

Learners must complete a total of _____ hours of course work, including the 240 hours of internship. Learners must pass all the Qualifying Examinations and maintain a QPA of ___ towards the end of the program.

AR. MARK JOSEPH G. MERCADO
Program Head
mmercado@feu.edu.ph
09190005648


ARCHITECTURE DEPARTMENT
Room 311, Architecture and Fine Arts Building, Far Eastern University
Nicanor Reyes Street, Sampaloc, Manila
87777-338 local 251
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Archt. Raquel Baquiran

Dean, Institute of Architecture and Fine Arts

Archt. Mark Joseph Mercado

Program Head, Architecture

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Program Head, Fine Arts

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