Department of Architecture at Ardhi University (ARU) former University College of Lands and Architectural Studies (UCLAS) is a diversified architectural firm founded and registered with the Architects and Quantity Surveyors’ Registration Board (AQRB) under the Practicing Architectural Institution category in 1999 with registration number APL 37.44.04/99. The move to formulate Architectural Consultancy services was a part of institutional transformation programme, and as a way of fulfilling one of its main objectives which is to enhance consultancy services. Specifically the Unit endeavors to increase the quality and quantity of contracted consultancy jobs with a view to contributing to national development agenda items. On this period of 9 years of its operation Ardhi University-Department of Architecture has expanded and progressed to all major areas of Architectural consultancy projects and has implemented more than 210 projects in Tanzania. The consultancy and advisory services had been offered to local and international organizations including Government Ministries and local authorities. Financiers of these projects have included Private sector cooperation, Parastatal organization, Institutions, NGO’s and Government of Tanzania.
The Department of Architecture at ARU has a concentration of well trained architects and engineers, architectural and technical equipment, reference books and scholarly journals and other facilities which can be used for research and consultancy activities.
ARU-Department of Architecture has a reputation for designing buildings which fully satisfy client requirements, offer commercially viable solutions on difficult sites, integrate successfully into their surroundings and are appreciated by building users, the general public and local authority, planners and alike.
ARU-Department of Architecture approach to delivering technical assistance and management services reflects our awareness of the ways in which policy reform, economic growth, and individual welfare are related. We recognize that Tanzania as a developing country has a unique set of priorities, strengths, and limitations that require tailor-made approaches to problem resolution.