One-Year Postgraduate Programme
SAC’s Advanced Architectural Research Programme (AARP) offers students with an advanced standing to spend one year conducting in-depth, advanced research on a select topic related to architectural design. The AARP researchers conduct their work under the principle and close guidance of the candidate’s chosen, main advisor among the SAC faculty. To be accepted to the programme, applicants must present a research proposal that must be adopted by the main advisor. This may include admission to the programme pending revisions to the research proposal.
AARP offers unique opportunities for acquiring advanced, architectural expertise for careers in practice and/or academia. Over the last few years, the need for such expertise has increased exponentially in architecture and shows no sign of abating. While partly driven by an intense influx to architecture of processual, material and constructional technologies, the situation also presents an acute call for reasserting architectural design agendas in the midst of this technological incursion. SAC's AARP provides this opportunity.
AARP is specifically tailored to equip its candidates with higher qualifications for applying to PhD programmes, which in their competitive nature, require candidates to be equipped with individual research and disciplinary knowledge and skills. AARP provides this on the basis of practical research combined with theoretical training and endows its graduates with the necessary abilities to carry out independent research and become experts within their chosen area of interest.
While open to applicants with a Master degree in architecture or the equivalent, AARP specifically offers its most recent graduates a unique opportunity to extend a personal research commitment in architecture and pursue this with intense, personal guidance and consultancy from SAC faculty members and specialists within SAC’s academic, research and professional network.
Upon the successful completion of the programme, the research candidate is awarded SAC’s Advanced Architectural Research Programme Certificate.