The TUT Department of Architecture has its origins in 1970. Forming part of the then College for Advanced Technical Education, it was located in the Pretoria CBD with a cohort of approximately 30 students. Following the merger of three former Technikons (Technikon Northern Gauteng, Technikon North-West and Technikon Pretoria) the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) came into being in 2004. During the merger, the respective departments training draughtspersons, technologists and architects were consolidated into the current Department of Architecture at the Tshwane University.
The School of Architecture at TUT currently offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in architectural design and architectural technology to approximately 350 full time students. Students are prepared for professional registration as Senior Architectrural Technologists and Professional Architects with the SA Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP). TUT is the only University of Technology in South Africa offering a professional Master’s degree in architectural design allowing successful candidates to registrar as candidates for Professional Architect (PrArch) registration with SACAP. The doctoral programme (DArch) will be launched in 2019, further distinguishing the TUT Architecture Department.