Architecture courses in Sri Lanka

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In Sri Lanka there are only few ways to become a Chartered Architect. As many professions, architecture has its professional standards. University of Moratuwa and City School of Architecture are the only two possible ways to be an architect in Sri Lanka. After receiving the degree from any of above institutions, it is essential to acquire the Charter by the Sri Lanka Institute of Architecture to practice individually and perform institutionally.

University of Moratuwa provides the opportunity for over hundred students every year to follow the architecture courses; specializing architecture/ built environment or design. Students fulfill required academic qualifications in G.C.E.A/L exam, will be directed to a placement test and then selected for the course. Each student has to follow seven years of academic study consisted both Bachelors (B.Sc) and Master’s degrees (M.Sc). Then they have to consult the Sri Lanka Chartered Institute of Architecture (SLIA), for their charter where they have to spend nearly 30,000 LKR for completion. However they would be able to work under the supervision of any charted architect from their 3rd academic year in university and till they receive the charter or even after that. Most of the Sri Lankan architects who receive this particular efficacy are tend to work independently as they can perform their own creativity and the innovativeness.

Yet there are limited spaces provided from the government body for the architectural studies, some more positions are also available at City School of Architecture (CSA). Though it is a private institution the standards, and the responsibility are not have been declined and inevitably represents a higher national institutional body which empowers the country’s reputation. Same as in University of Moratuwa, students at CSA has to follow seven years of full time education in completion degree requirements. Similar assessment methods and training possibilities are also available as found in the university. After seven years of academic education at CSA the students may eligible to follow the chartered examination for architects which might allow them to practice on their own.

Both institutions have theoretical and practical aspects where students could either select their carrier as a professional architect or as an academic who explore the theories behind the bricks.

University of Moratuwa also provides M.phill and Ph.D degrees for students and charted architects who wish to follow their higher studies in Sri Lanka, thus CSA offers some higher national and advanced certificate diplomas in architecture.

University of Moratuwa- B.Sc (Architecture)

Course details- B.Sc (Architecture/ Built environment)
B.Sc (Design architecture)
Course duration- 5 years fulltime (B.Sc)

2 years fulltime (M.Sc)

No of students selected- 105 every year
55 for built environment and 50 for design
* After completion of the B.Sc and M.Sc it is essential to get the charter form SLIA

• At least one simple pass for biology, arts, chemistry, physics, geography, higher mathematics or combined mathematics in G.C.E A/L examination.
• Simple passes for any other subject/ subjects.
• At least a simple pass for G.C.E. O/L English and Mathematics.
• Should pass the placement test exerted by University of Moratuwa.

Colombo School of Architecture (CSA)

Course details- B.Sc (Architecture)
Course duration- 7years (Part time)

SLIA Professional Practice Examination – Part I
Duration: 4 Years (Part Time)
GCE A/L Sri Lanka or equivalent – 3 Passes
Pass in GCE O/L in one sitting with Credit Passes in Mathematics & English
Pass the Aptitude Test & Interview conducted by the Board of Management – CSA

SLIA Professional Practice Examination – Part II
Duration: 3 Years (Part Time)
Pass the SLIA Part I Examination or B.Sc (Built Environment) Degree from University of Moratuwa or equivalent.
One year work experience under a Chartered Architect.
Course fee- Approximately 225,000 LKR per year + VAT

For Details Contact
Colombo School of Architecture (CSA)
Sri Lanka Institute of Architects
120/7, Vidya Mawatha,
Colombo 07, SRI LANKA.
Tel: 00 94 11 2697109, 00 94 11 2691710, 00 94 112682472, Fax: 00 94 11 2682757

Chartered examination for Architects

*Each student from CSA or University of Moratuwa should follow this examination for acquire the valid authority to perform individually.
Entry requirement- Valid degree qualification either from t he university or CSA
Course fee- 30,000 LKR
Counseling fee per annum- 6,000 LKR

Other Study Options you may also like to consider:
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Online degrees in Sri Lanka
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CIMA – a quick guide

Educational Loans by Sri Lankan banks
German Technical Training Institute Moratuwa
National Institute of Business Management-NIBM
Sri Lanka Law College
Degree -John Kotelawala Defence University Academy
Open university of Sri Lanka



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  1. Sasshrika January 5, 2016 at 8:26 pm -  Reply

    Dear sir,
    I have done my A/Ls in bio science.
    And I have failed in one subject. (Physics)
    But I do have A passes for O/L English, maths and art.
    It is my soul objective to become an architect and I am perfectly confident about my artistic skills…. I have made great accomplishments in the field of art. I am also currently following graphic designing and auto CAD courses in recognized govenment institutions.
    Is it still possible for me to apply for the course? If not please be kind enought to inform me about any other possible qualification that you accept
    Thank you..

  2. Imesh September 14, 2015 at 9:07 am -  Reply

    Can i know when the next aptitude test is??

  3. Dhanushka December 28, 2014 at 6:01 pm -  Reply

    My 2nd shy maths stream z score is -0.4978 , Can i follow this University of Moratuwa- B.Sc (Architecture) degree program.

  4. Dumindu December 3, 2014 at 9:10 am -  Reply

    I’m studying in mathematics stream at a/l & i want to be an architect. What are the requirements to follow the course at University of Moratuwa- B.Sc (Architecture) ?

  5. bindhu gowda November 22, 2014 at 9:15 am -  Reply

    im studyin degree in architecture in India and am i eligible to study my master degree in sri lanka?

  6. Shaqhi November 4, 2014 at 11:43 am -  Reply

    Sir/madam iam a after A/L student.Iam waiting for my A/L result. I do the A/L metametical(phisical science) stream in this year. I have good passes in O/L English & Maths. Can i join with archtecture course? Please replay me soon.

  7. Risly S May 5, 2014 at 10:52 am -  Reply

    sir iam a final year student in BSc civil engineering … as well as i like to follow the architecture course and i have to complete within 5 month from this update.. i do not want degree level just i like to follow diploma level which is enough to encourage my field

    • Hiran May 5, 2014 at 10:50 pm -  Reply

      Contact: Sri Lanka Institute of Architects, 120/7, Vidya Mawatha, Colombo 07, SRI LANKA.
      Tel: 00 94 11 2697109

  8. sanduni December 24, 2013 at 5:24 pm -  Reply

    Dear Sir, I got two passes in A/L Mathematics stream.So will I be able to follow the architecture course? If so could I get details regarding the course (course fee, duration, requirements).

  9. P.M.Sethunga December 19, 2013 at 1:37 pm -  Reply

    I have passed the A/L examination in maths I apply to this course?

  10. ATHEEB December 2, 2013 at 9:35 am -  Reply

    SIR, i have good result in o.l but failed a.l in meths stream. is there is any opportunity to study arhcitecture?

  11. sampath bandara February 9, 2013 at 8:26 pm -  Reply

    Dear sir,pl sent me about part time architects course
    i like study it
    Im pass o/l exam in 1997 art and maths
    D pass
    all in maths in 2000 pass chemstry only
    2001 flow the drafsmen course and pass tecnical in one and harlf year. Sir pl sent me many details thanks

  12. Mohamedusman December 15, 2012 at 8:11 pm -  Reply

    Dear sir , I have done my A/L Examination in arts stream in 2012 if I want to do architecture when I want to apply ?

    • Hiran December 16, 2012 at 10:54 pm -  Reply

      Mohamedusman: Contact UGC or University of Moraturwa for details on the date of the BSc Architecture aptitude test. You have to sit and qualify from this test.

  13. Maheshwaran Manoharan July 12, 2012 at 2:52 pm -  Reply

    Dear sir/madem
    I’m M.Mannoharan from Nuwara-Eliya.I really disire to study in architec.I need some information(course fee,educational requreimen,and duriation)about architectural built.if you could send sone information about the course i will greadfull to you.

    Thangs for seems me

    • Hiran July 17, 2012 at 7:49 am -  Reply

      Please contact Institute for details.

  14. Achinthya September 17, 2011 at 12:04 pm -  Reply

    No, you have to have at least 3 passes from your A/L examination to follow a degree. But also you should pass O/L maths and English

  15. Upali September 16, 2011 at 10:25 pm -  Reply

    Thanks. It seems you can follow architecture course with O/L results?

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