The GSA is the only school in Africa to run the renowned Unit System, a uniquely transformational pedagogical environment that places student experience and imagination at the heart of their studies. We encourage an open-ended, experimental spirit of enquiry that responds to shifts in society, technology and culture. We promote excellence across all our programmes, constantly challenging our staff and students to think beyond the boundaries of the profession and discipline as we currently understand them.


Master of Architecture (M8AT1Q)

The Master of Architecture is a validated professional qualification leading to Candidate Architect status, as defined by SACAP. This programme also provides students with a solid intellectual and professional understanding of the history, theory, technology and design practices of architecture. It further introduces students to advanced critical perspectives on contemporary architectural issues. This programme is taught through the Unit System.

The expectation is that students at this level will, through reading and design research, define their own particular area of study in relation to the conceptual frameworks of the Units. The course stresses innovation and highlights the value of creative architectural propositions, their social impact and professional requirements. Design is thus always conducted within a broad and rigorous intellectual framework provided by the Unit tutors, the culture of the School and the external expectations placed upon it.