Architecture as a building environment is developed for human needs as dictated by the life of a culture. The fulfillment of physical and spiritual needs is then interpreted into space and form by the architecture. Through spatial design and form, the architect tries to create positive influences on the environment and people. In that sense architecture can be viewed as an adaptive optimization of various normative values and external factors, which continuously seeks balance creating a final form. It is a process that requires creativity, imaginative and innovative research and design based on rational and empirical knowledge.
The architectural program at ITB was established on October 25th, 1950. It envisioned itself as a regional/southeast-Asian hub for learning tropical architecture and sustainable building environment in developing countries. The educational program is focused on the developing a capability to comprehend a wide range of issues required to answer the challenges that lie ahead in the field of architecture. Broad-based curriculum is introduced to catch up with the science of architecture that grows and develops in tandem with changes of human civilization and culture, science and technology, art and design.
The curriculums for undergraduate and graduate degree programs are developed as an integrated structure, taking into consideration the following aspects:
Graduates of the program are expected to be professional, practicing architects and/or development practitioners who have a wide knowledge in architectural design and building environment issues. Their levels of competence are stratified according to the degree awarded: