Architecture provides solutions for a wide area of problems varying from arranging your garden properly to psychological effects of lighting. From where does one learn all these? How do I confirm that my architect is qualified and reliable? In this week, we are digging deep on how to become a qualified architect in Sri Lanka.
What is Architecture?
Architecture is the art or practice of planning, designing and constructing buildings and structures. It is a field of study which incorporates creative thinking with the required sciences. As such, an architect (or a relevant undergraduate) should have
- Fundamental knowledge in fields such as science and arts
- Ability to think creatively in solving problems
- Skill to look at a problem with novel ideas and from vivid angles
- A sense of traditions and cultural influences
Architects continue their careers in many paths in addition to pure core architecture, varying from town and urban planning to interior designing.
How to become a qualified Architect in Sri Lanka?
In Sri Lanka if one asks, “What is the path to become a qualified Architect?” the answer is quite straightforward. One should follow the education path prescribed by the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects. Sri Lanka Institute of Architects (SLIA) regulates the practice of the architectural profession by the SLIA Law No.01 of 1976 and SLIA (Amendment) Act No. 14 of 1996 and the regulations framed there under.
Although the answer is quite straightforward the journey is not a path of roses. Usual architecture programs worldwide include at least a 5 year course of study including an industrial training period.
As of writing this article, Sri Lanka has two options to offer for aspiring architects Island wide. There are 2 accredited architectural programs in Sri Lanka;
- Arch. Program at the University of Moratuwa
- Diploma and Higher Diploma Program at the City School of Architecture, Colombo 08
How does one join these programs?
B. Arch. Program at University of Moratuwa
The B.Arch. Program offered at the University of Moratuwa is a 5 year degree program.
The degree program includes three phases of progression namely,
- Exposure and Discovery – (Levels 1, 2 & 3)
- Apprenticeship and Integration – (in plant training)
- Synthesis and Consolidation – (Levels 4 & 5)
An undergraduate completing this program has an equivalent qualification of SLIA Part II level and is recognized for exemption from the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects (SLIA) Part II Examinations, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA).
To join the B. Arch. program one has to follow the University Grants Commission (UGC) application procedure. This includes a minimum of 3 S passes of G.C.E. Advanced Level Examinations and selection is based on the Z score. The university then calls for applications for an aptitude test published in newspapers later on (generally in the month of January). The final selection is based off the results of this Aptitude test. Proposed intake is 70 as of 2018/19.
Higher Diploma Program at the City School of Architecture
City School of Architecture (CSA) conducts their program under two parts:
- CSA Part 1 (Year 1): Diploma in Architecture. 3 year full time course equivalent to SLIA Part 1. The enrollment procedure includes calling of applications, an aptitude test and interviews. Aptitude tests are generally held in September. Refer CSA website for further details.
- CSA Part 2 (Year 5): Higher Diploma in Architecture. 3 year Part–time course equivalent to SLIA Part-II. This requires a 52 weeks of practical training experience under a Chartered Architect after completion of CSA Part I. Refer CSA website for further details.
What about SLIA part III?
Once the completion (or exemption of) SLIA Part II, one may sit for the SLIA Part III through the SLIA. The objectives of the SLIA part III level of education is to provide adequate training in practice, managerial and entrepreneurship skills, and to create a morally, ethically sound and socially responsible professional architect. The Part III course will be delivered by the SLIA during the period of practical training.
To apply for the Part III examination, the applicants shall have;
- Successfully completed or exempted from the SLIA Professional Practice Examination Part I & II,
- Shall posses 104 weeks of SLIA monitored full time* practical training (work experience) under a corporate member of the SLIA after obtaining SLIA Part I, of which 52 must be gained after obtaining SLIA Part II and,
- Shall have obtained the graduated membership of the SLIA. (Having a student membership is a prerequisite for the graduate membership)
*or equivalent part-time as decided by the SLIA for the first 52 weeks after obtaining SLIA Part I
The registration for Part III generally takes place in January while the lecture period starts in May.
So if you are an aspiring architect, we wish you all the best!
|Sri Lanka Institute of Architects||120/7, Vidya Mw., Colombo 07.||0112697109, 0112691710||http://www.slia.lk/|
|University Grants Commision||20, Ward Place, Colombo 07.||0112695301, 0112695302, 0112692357, 0112675854||http://www.ugc.ac.lk/|
|University of Moratuwa – Faculty of Architecture||Faculty of Architecture, University of Moratuwa, Katubedda, Moratuwa.||011 2640200, 0112650216||https://www.mrt.ac.lk/web/foa|
|The City School of Architecture||104, Kitulwatta Road, Colombo 8||0115737120, 0115737121, 0112678270||http://www.csacolombo.edu.lk/|