Toward an excellent architectural education institution with regional and international recognition


To deliver excellent architectural education that leads the development of architectural knowledge and promotes meaningful application of knowledge for the society.


  • To produce graduates with excellent knowledge of architecture, design skills and academic ethics.
  • To promote excellent research outputs that can compete at regional and international level.
  • To promote the relevance of knowledge for the society.

Overview of Department of Architecture

Department of Architecture at the Universitas Indonesia (formerly known as Architectural Engineering Major) was established in 1965 under the UI Faculty of Engineering (FTUI) in Jakarta (established a year earlier through Presidential Decree No. 76 dated July 17, 1964). In the early days, education at the FTUI Architectural Engineering Major was done through a system of per-level or per- year full professional education. The average completion time was 7 years with an Engineer (Ir.) degree. Then in 1978, the Semester Credit System (SKS) went into effect with a minimum number of acquired semester credit units of 160 credits. The average duration of the study was five years, and the title was still Engineer (professional education). Since 1996, a four-year bachelor’s education program was implemented with a total of 144 credits, producing an academic degree Bachelor of Engineering (ST). In the same year, after 31 years of existence, Architecture Program of Study at UI received its decree by the Directorate General for Higher Education No. 215/DIKTI/ KEP/1996 dated July 11, 1996. 
Since 2000, Department of Architecture streamlined the curriculum by publishing the 2000 Curriculum (streamline of the 1996 Curriculum) along with the application of problem-based learning method (PBL), collaborative and student-centered learning (SCL). The 2000 Curriculum established more clearly that the direction for bachelor’s architecture education is pre-professional, and not a professional one.
In the same year, the program opened Master of Architecture program with 2 specializations in the Architectural Design and Urban Design. Over the years, the master’s program has grown into 6 streams, in addition to the two already mentioned earlier, the specialization program of Urban Housing and Settlements, Real Estate, History and Theories of Architecture and Urbanism and Building Technology and Sustainability were established. At this time, through the new curriculum (2012 Curriculum), the six specializations were streamlined into three which are:

  • Creative process stream: Architectural Design, Urban Design, Property Development
  • Humanities stream: History and Theories of Architecture, Urban Housing and Settlement
  • Technology and sustainability stream: Building Technology

In 2004, the name of Architecture Major changed to Department of Architecture. The degree for its graduates was also changed from Bachelor of Engineering (ST) to Bachelor of Architecture (S.Ars) for the bachelor’s and Master of Architecture (M.Ars) for the master’s. Since 2000 until 2012, the Department of Architecture went through several changes, namely 2004 Curriculum followed by 2008 Curriculum, and perfected through 2012 Curriculum. The curriculum is more integrated. From the collection of a wide range of courses in the earlier periods, a merger of the basic main courses of architecture went to effect which is its design aspect; supported by the method of design, research and theories. In the 2012 Curriculum, the adjustment of the curriculum focuses on four main points which are:

  1. Referring to the National Education System based on Competence.
  2. Flexibility in following the development of science and technology.
  3. Curriculum structure that is market-oriented for fulfilling the demands of professionals within national and also inter- national level.
  4. The core material of curriculum that refers to the development of curriculum in Indonesia in respect to the professionalism program (in collaboration with IAI) and international standards which is the UIA.

In addition to the Master of Architecture program, since 2008 the UI Department of Architecture opened up a new study program which is Interior Architecture (bachelor’s degree); emphasizing the design aspects of interiority in architecture. The opening of this Interior Architecture study program allows the opportunity for those who want to explore the field of interior architecture which is in unity with the science of architecture.

In 2009, the Department of Architecture opened a PhD program and a one-year Education of Architects Profession Program (PPAR). For PhD program, this program is intended to strengthen the Department of Architecture as a leading architectural research-based institution. PhD student’s research is focused on two areas: major research areas (research based on architectural issues) and minor research area (related to specialized area of study) in which PhD program students have the opportunity to take courses outside the discipline of architectural discipline to specifically support the knowledge, thoughts, and methods of its major. The learning process is done through the exploration of the width and depth aspects of knowledge about the studied issues.

Meanwhile, for PPAR, the education is done in 1 year to produce graduates who are ready to enter the world of professional architecture practice. Graduates of PPAR are also possible to make credit transfers to continue to pursue the master’s degree.

Department of Architecture has also currently opened a Special International Class (KKI) in the form of bachelor’s single degree (8 semesters at UI), or in the form of double degree in collaboration with leading universities in the world such as the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Curtin University (Australia) and Politecnico di Milano (Italy). In addition, S1 students who have superior academic achievement are able to get into a three-year Fast-Track program (bachelors) + 2 years (masters), a total of 5 years, to get a Master of Architecture at UI or partner universities abroad.