The role and significance of architecture cannot be overestimated. Affecting both people and the environment on many levels, the field is inherently related to a wide variety of areas in terms of aesthetic, technological, social, cultural, economic and political issues. The Department of Architecture (ARCH) consequently has an important role to play in producing architectural skills and knowledge through research, and in providing high quality education to both students and practitioners of architecture alike. It will also enhance the much-needed dialogue among the parties directly or indirectly involved in its production: the architectural community, other professionals and the public.
Central to the philosophy of the programme of studies in architecture is the concept of integrated design which stresses the necessity of a balanced focus on the various aspects of architecture that make it the complex and fascinating field that it is. The challenges for both the discipline and the profession are many and diverse but they could perhaps be summed up as follows: to preserve the past, accommodate the present and plan for the future; to allow for the cultural while respecting the natural; to identify the local within the global; to allow for differences and bring out the similarities; to be innovative; to create.
As an outstanding academic centre of studies in the wider European region, the Department of Architecture aims at educating students to become architects who can perform successfully worldwide but who will also have the knowledge and sensitivity to respond to and influence positively the built environment of the eastern Mediterranean region.