The Bachelor of Science in Architecture at HAU is an enhanced five-year degree program which centers on providing students with technical skills and aesthetic knowledge about designing the built environment with respect to the natural environment. Guided by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the Philippine government agency in charge of upholding quality higher education, and the Philippine Architecture Act of 2004, the degree program aims to produce graduates with knowledge and skills in architectural design and all other areas linked to the discipline.
In SY 2003-2004, the University reviewed its mission and vision and reaffirmed its commitment to provide accessible quality education, uphold academic excellence, foster community linkages, and promote local history and culture. In that same school year, HAU commenced the B.S. Architecture program to address an emergent need for its offering.
The program is designed to prepare students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSA) that are indispensable in the practice of the profession. The five-year BS in Architecture degree course covers a period of 10 semesters, with each semester lasting 18 weeks.
The professional and specialization courses in the 2018-2019 curriculum are systematically structured in a ladder-type method designed to prepare students for the on-the-job training during the fourth year summer term and the post-baccalaureate two-year diversified architectural experience, consisting of 3,840-hours, before the Architectural Licensure Examination (ALE). The professional courses are inter-related to strengthen the topics for each course and establish mastery.
The program received Level 1 accredited status for a period of three years until 2021 from the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA). HAU has been acknowledged as one of the best architecture schools in the Philippines, rating 10th in for 2018 and 11th in 2019 in the rankings made by Localpulse.net, an independent online site which tracks licensure examination performances of Philippine universities. The Architecture Department produced board examination topnotchers who placed third in 2013, sixth in 2014, and second in 2018.
Achievements and Accreditation Status
The program received Level 1 accredited status for a period of three years until 2021 from the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA). HAU has been acknowledged as one of the best architecture schools in the Philippines, rating 10th in for 2018 and 11th in 2019 in the rankings made by Localpulse.net, an independent online site which tracks licensure examination performances of Philippine universities. The Architecture Department produced board examination topnotchers who placed third in 2013, sixth in 2014, and second in 2018. In 2019, the Architecture Department was awarded by the United Architects of the Philippines – Office of the National President, a service award for its partnership with programs of the professional organization.
The Philippine Commission on Higher Education (CHED) elevated HAU to autonomous status starting in 2003, a recognition which the University continues to hold to the present. A number of HAU academic programs are internationally-certified.
HAU has been awarded International Organization for Standardization certification in 2019, and re-accreditation in 2020, for its quality management system encompassing both academic programs and support services in basic and higher education. The University is also one of a handful of higher educational institutions in the country to receive the Philippine Quality Award.
Integrated Institutional Student Learning Outcomes (ISLOs) in Architecture
Architecture Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)
Within a few years after graduation, the graduates of BS Architecture program should have:
Relationship of the Program Educational Objectives to the Mission of the School of Engineering & Architecture:
|BS Architecture Program Educational Objectives (PEOs):||Mission|
|Within a few years after graduation, the graduates of the BS Architecture Program should have:||The School shall provide accessible quality engineering and architecture education leading to highly competent professionals.||The School shall continually contribute to the advancement of knowledge and technology through research activities.||The School shall support countryside development through environmental preservation and community involvement.|
1. Demonstrated professional competence, including design and problem solving skills as evidenced by:
2. Shown a commitment to life-long learning and receptiveness to new ideas and knowledge through scientific research.
3. Shown success in their chosen profession or career.
4. Directed and focused the thrust of architecture to the needs and demands of society and its integration into the social, economic, cultural and environmental aspects of nation building.
Architecture Program Outcomes (POs)
After finishing the BS Architecture program graduates should be able to:
Relationship of the BS Architecture Program Outcomes to the Program Educational Objectives:
|BS Architecture Program Outcomes (POs):||PEOs|
|At the time of graduation, BS Architecture program graduates should be able to:||1||2||3||4|
|1) Create architectural solutions by applying knowledge in history, theory, planning, building technology and utilities, structural concepts and professional practice|
|2) Use concepts and principles from specialized fields and allied disciplines into various architectural problems.|
|3)Interpret and apply relevant laws, codes, charters and standards of architecture and the built environment.|
|4) Apply research methods to address architectural problems.|
|5) Use various information and communication technology (ICT) media for architectural solutions, presentation, and techniques in design and construction.|
|6) Demonstrate entrepreneurial and business acumen relevant to architectural practice.|
|7) Involve themselves in the management of the construction works and building administration and preparation of contract documents, technical reports and other legal documents used in architectural practice adhering to applicable laws, standards and regulations.|
|8) Recognize the professional, social and ethical responsibilities and the service orientation of the architectural profession.|
|9) Effectively communicate orally and in writing using English or Filipino.|
|10) Perform effectively and efficiently in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams in diverse fields of practice.|
|11) Participate in the generation of new knowledge such as pioneering concepts and ideas of site and building design beyond the regular physical and location boundaries and contexts.|
|12) Engage in service-learning program for the promotion and preservation to local culture and tradition as well as to community and pastoral initiatives.|
|13) Participate in various types of employment, development activities, and public discourses particularly in response to the needs of the communities one serves.|