School of Built Environment & Development Studies


About the School

The School of Built Environment and Development Studies is an answer to some of the long-held questions regarding the relationship between the construction of physical infrastructure and the people who either have to use the infrastructure, or live in and around it locally and internationally.

It is appropriately placed to work with both national and local governments in promoting the synergistic relationship between the built environment and social, economic, culture, political and environmental development.  

The School has 1038 registered students across all disciplines ranging from undergraduate to Postgraduate qualifications together with 45 academic staff.

The School offers Architecture; Town Planning and Housing; Population Studies and Community Development and Development Studies. It boasts an experienced, balanced and high calibre group of academic staff who are experts in their fields and committed to their students. The School produces resourceful and capable students that are both eminently employable and are also able to create employment themselves. World class facilities include Carpentry workshop, dedicated Computer Lan and its own architecture library.

The School prides itself in the Technical Library in conjunction with the Barrie Biermann Architecture Library: The provision of information services, physical and digital, to staff, students and the wider architectural community. Focusing on historical drawings, maps, technical information in hard copy and digital formats.

Studios and Critical Rooms: The provision and upkeep of desks, screens, chairs, tables, computers and security: to ensure a safe and conducive environment for students to work and staff to teach and work to be displayed.

Workshop:  The provision and maintenance of tools and the provision of materials for model building and constructing projects in a safe environment.  These include large drilling machines, band saws, guillotines, laser cutter and hand held tools such as drills, screw drivers, jig saws both electric and non-electric.  Supervising of use of tools.

LANS:  The provision of computer hardware and the relevant software that are necessary and unique to the programmes taught within the School. These include, computers, printers, scanners and the relevant software that supports these functions.

The School is located on the Howard College campus, 8th floor Denis Shepstone Building.

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