SADA aims to produce the finest architects and designers. Being a new school, we have the opportunity of starting out with a fresh approach towards design education. To achieve this goal, we plan to provide students with a sound and extensive base of knowledge from their first semester by introducing the Basics of Design. We believe in learning by doing. We are one of the very few Pakistani schools with a studio culture for the first-year foundation course.
Our studios aim at creating an expressive and participatory environment through slide talks, seminars, guest lectures, practical assignments, film screenings and workshops. A diverse mixture of first year assignments attune students to work with a variety of materials and skills whereas the studio projects help students discover their individual voice and personal expression through freedom and creative learning.
An architect is responsible for designing buildings, making working plans and then often supervising construction. The field is more related to arts, however, during the process of designing, architects are in coordination with engineers of various disciplines.
In totality, the five years provide a progressive, incremental sequence of design study and application. An emphasis on 3D visualisation within the first year becomes the most advantageous link of the Basics of Design to Architectural Design; the second year design studio, where an introduction to conceptualising and designing a project is taught. It focuses on familiarising students to the basics of architecture design, after they have been put through a rigorous course in the first and second semesters, which is primarily concerned with form making, elements of form making and design.
The students in the second year studio learn to deal with human space, programme, scale, and the site itself.
The third year while building on the learning outcomes of the second year explores contextual issues relating to the street, and urban space. Architecture as discipline in itself will also form part of the studio.
The fourth year deals with large-scale work such as high-rise and long-span structures along with housing and social projects. In the final year, the students are encouraged to display their interests and vision through independent research and a final design thesis