Architectural Education


Becoming an Architect

Architecture is one of the most influential professions in the world today. Architecture as a profession strives to create better built environment for the present and the future.

Architecture is an amalgamation of arts, sciences and traditions. The profession of architecture has the ability to that influences the way in which the built environment is planned, designed, made, used and maintained.

An architect combines creative design with a wide range of technical knowledge to provide integrated solutions for built and natural environments. Architects are not only involved in mainstream architectural practice but are working increasingly in a wide variety of occupations ranging from urban planning and property development to teaching, furniture design and disaster relief.

The typical route to qualifying as an architect in Sri Lanka is a combination of academic studies and practical experience. Sri Lanka Institute of Architects (SLIA) define this process in a 3 stage program, SLIA Part I, SLIA Part II and SLIA Part III.


SLIA Part I

The objective of the SLIA part I level of education is to provide spatially and visually sensitive design skills with creative synthesis of functional and technological coherence and environmental awareness.

The Part I to be delivered through a full time course of minimum 3 year duration, or a part time course of minimum 4 year duration; and to have a minimum of 1200 student/staff contact hours for design studios, a minimum of 900 student/staff contact hours of theory based lectures and a minimum of 400 student/staff contact hours in design communication.

SLIA Part II

The objective of the SLIA part II level of education is to provide sensitive, coherent and well-resolved design; be philosophical and practical in their synthesis with spatial, visual, environmental and technological skills.

The Part II to be delivered through a full time course of minimum 2 year duration or a part time course of minimum 3 year duration; and to have a minimum of 850 student/staff contact hours for design studio, a minimum of 50 student/staff contact hours for dissertation guidance and supervision and a minimum of 300 student/staff contact hours for theory based lectures.

SLIA Part III

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.

Information for Secondary School Students Who Wishes to Study Architecture

In Sri Lanka Part I and Part II architectural education is provided by architectural educational institutions accredited by the SLIA. A list of such accredited programs is available under the section ‘Validation of Architectural Courses’.

Generally entry criteria for architectural programs under government run national universities are set by the University Grant Commission (UGC) of Sri Lanka. Entry criteria for private educational institutions could be obtained from those institutions.


Educational path become a qualified Architect

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