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About Department

Discipline of Architecture and Planning-Dawood University of Engineering and Technology (DAP-DUET), entails a broad framework of design sensitivity. It also includes relative courses based on theory and a wider range of architectural design. The architectural design with focusing on social environment in the contemporary connotation in context of Vice Chancellor’s guidelines and motivational approaches.


The education of Architecture in Karachi began in the year 1954. It started from “Chai Khana” named of Café Al Mehran, the first venue where classes of School of Architecture were initiated by Pak PWD. In 1956, the school was housed in a purpose built premises at Shahra-e-Kamal Attaturk, this was designed by the founder Architect Mehdi Ali Mirza. In 1972, the school was upgraded to a degree program, Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch) and was merged with Dawood College of Engineering and Technology Karachi. The peculiar achievements of this Department after 1972 are, (a) The Golden Jubilee Celebration (2004). (b) Four abroad study tours like India, Bangladesh, Iran, Turkey. (c) In addition country wide Industrial trips are arranged every year. (d) The Affiliation with MIT and Harvard-USA, under the umbrella of Agha Khan Award in Architecture. Teachers’ Exchange Program was also a part of Agha Khan Award venture. (e) Commencement of “Design Spectrum Lecture Series” (2008) in which eminent Architects visited the Department and shared their expertise with students.(f) Recognition given by Architects Association of England through which DAP-DUET students were awarded exemption in 2 levels of Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). (g) Strong interaction with the Alumni of DAP-DUET through the DUAA forum to do attempts towards academic up gradation. The department also arrange Study Tour (visits) to different sites to have exposure of Practical/ Professional knowledge to the students of Architecture. From the year 1995, the Department of Architecture and Planning has been established at an exclusive premise, namely the Iqbal Campus. On completion of five year courses based on theory and design, including thesis design I and II, the department offers Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture (B.Arch). Considering the present needs of developing countries including Pakistan, for up gradation of social environment to overcome the housing, shelter and other related problems in urban and rural areas, the department intends to restart a Masters program in Urban Design. This will include Environmental Design and Management in order to improve socio- economic status of deprived communities in Pakistan.

Address: Department of Architecture and Planning
Dawood University of Engineering and Technology
IQBAL CAMPUS, ST-6, Block-17, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi- 75300
Tel: 021- 99243874, 99243866, 34821696
Email: depdcet@gmail.com, dapduetkhi@gmail.com