Studio materials for URP and Architecture students

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Studio materials for URP and Architecture students

Studio materials for URP and Architecture students

As a fresh student of the department of urban and regional planning and the department of architecture in faculty of environmental design, there are a lot to know about this courses since they have both practical and the theory aspects. So in this article we are focused more on the the project called parts and have some few notes on the theory aspect.

the main aim of this article is for students to be familiar with studio materials which each and every last one of them will be needing forstudio practical’s sessions. We have also attached some frequently asked questions by students of Nigerian universities.

This article is a case study of Ahmadu Bello universities Zaria, The practical studio materials mentioned in this article may be the same or almosr for other institutions apart from this university. We will make sure all the materials are listed below with their various types and possible purposes and how to apply them during the studio session.

We will also look into frequently asked questions about these courses like, how many years is urban and regional planning, how many universities offer Urban and regional planning, is Urban  and regional planning in marketable course?,  where can graduate of urban and regional planning or a town planner work?, why is first class really hard to get in urban regional planning department, is urban and regional planning a good course in Nigeria.

We will at that of architecture too, like is architecture a four years course,  Can student of architecture earn money while still studying?, is architectue a hard course to study?, what is the subject combination for architecture in ABU?, can I transfer from geography to architecture?, can I gain admission in architecture without technical drawing?.

All these questions will be answered and provided with a short note, so to find out a bit about your URP and Architecture in Ahmadu Bello university and every other university in Nigeria would recommend reading this post down to the conclusion.

Before going to the material let’s look briefly into the two departments separately and then list down the studio materials needed by each of these departments.

Department of urban and regional planning

Urban and  regional planning is a professional course under the faculty of environmental design, this course runs for five years, which means that student will spend five years studying this course from 100 level to 500 level running both practical and theory aspect of the course at some point in modeling practices would also be carried out.

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This course is a combination of two courses urban  planning and regional planning this should answer why some people may question the five years duration of this courses. Urban and regional planning deals with land use and management or as we mentioned in the the other article urban and regional planning is architecture on a large scale which makes this course a lucrative and a marketable one that can be used in many sector in the Nigerian today especially the housing and civil road areas. This course is yet to gain its popularity so it is perceived as a less competitive course in many universities and polytechnics in Nigeria till date.

This course is both practical and theory, the theory aspects deals with theory lectures, while the practical aspect have to deal with the studio sessions which involve the use of studio materials which will provide and list them below.

list of material student of urban and regional planning needs for Studio

Comprehensive list of all the studio materials each and every student of urban and regional planning needs in his or her first year for a smooth studio session note that the list of this materials is very well approved from the technical office of the department.

  • Sketchbook
  • Card Board and A3 paper
  • Pencils
  • Stencils
  • Scale rule
  • Adjustable setsquare
  • Tape
  • Clutch pencils (0.5 and 0.7)
  • Erasers
  • Sharpeners
  • Liner pens (0.1, 0.2,….0.9)
  • French curves
  • T-square
  • Cutters

Department of Architecture

Unlike urban and regional planning architecture is a four (4) years degree course under the faculty of environmental design. This course as we know it is a very competitive course and it deals with the act and science of designing aesthetically pleasing structures.

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This department has been In Ahmadu Bello university for over 50 years and have graduated a fine number of architects into our society. This course is highly marketable and lucrative making it a very competitive course.

Architecture is mostly very practical with less theory aspect, this means that students start studio sessions right from the very first semester of their freshman year into the course. The practical aspects are of two forms which are designs and modeling so this article is aimed at preparing all architecture fresh student ready for their studio sessions.

List of studio materials for Architecture students

In this list you will find all the basic studio materials used by architecture students from 100 level to 400 level below university. These materials are not only used by students but are also used by professionals who are into the field and are used by many other departments doing practical designs.

NOTE: Some of these materials are expensive and most students can’t afford them both you can find students ready to sell theirs or maybe even rent out this to do materials.

  • Sketchbook
  • Card Board and A3 paper
  • Pencils
  • Stencils
  • Scale rule
  • Adjustable setsquare
  • Tape
  • Clutch pencils (0.5 and 0.7)
  • Erasers
  • Sharpeners
  • Liner pens (0.1, 0.2,….0.9)
  • French curves
  • T-square
  • Cutters

Frequently Asked Questions About URP and Architecture

How many years is urban and regional planning

Five (5) years…Urp is a five years course, because it’s a merged course of urban planning and regional planning. Many universities in Nigeria offers them as single courses while in some universities they are together.

How many universities offer Urban and regional planning

Many universities offers urban and regional planning as a course some of them will be listed below, some of this universities are:

  • Ahmadu Bello university
  • Osun state university
  • Covenant University
  • University of Ibadan
  • University of Nigeria, UNN Nsukka
  • Nile University of Nigeria
  • Federal University Of Technology Akure

Amongst many others, this are just a few mentioned.

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Is Urban  and regional planning in marketable course?

Yes…it is a good and a marketable course, graduates tend to work in many available places in Nigeria both private and public Administrations.

Where can graduate of urban and regional planning or a town planner work?

Graduates from urp tend to work in many places of choice, from private firms to working with the federal government, the course Is a broad one that deals with almost everything in the society.

Why is first class really hard to get in urban regional planning department

Getting first class in urp is really hard as to an extent, why because they believe that urban and regional planning students are still learning even after they are graduates they have not known all. So to have a first class in this degree you really need to prepare.

Is urban and regional planning a good course in Nigeria

Yes…the location where the course is studied really does not matter but the effort the student put in studying the course.

Is architecture a four years course

Yes…This course is studied for 4 consecutive years at Ahmadu Bello University zaria, many other institutions may tag this courses as a 5 years duration course.

Can student of architecture earn money while still studying?

Yes….Architecture students with ambition and good marketing skills could be earning little to large sum of income while still in school.

Is architectue a hard course to study?

We can’t really tell, why because everyone have their own perspective on the course, but since architecture is a more practical course then it can be perceived as a stressful course.

what is the subject combination for architecture in ABU?

When applying for this course, it is really good to know the best combination for it with right combination admission can be secured.

Here are subjects combination for jamb: the candidate could select from the below subjects.

  • Mathematics
  • English language
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • Technical drawing

Can I transfer from geography to architecture?

For ABU, No..not so sure that a transfer like that is sure possible, it can also be a risky one. Maybe other institutions may consider it okay to do so.

can I gain admission in architecture without technical drawing?

Yes… one don’t really need to have an experience or write technical drawing (TD) in jamb to be considered for admission into architecture.

Wrapping up

In conclusion these materials are essential to all architecture and urban and regional planning students or those aspiring to study any of these practical courses, these materials are necessary in helping the students keep their designs neat and eye-catching.

like it is mentioned above some of these studio material are very expensive while some are not in a must get situation for now but as time goes on and as student level up from 100 level to 500 level they are advised to get them for future purposes.

If you find this article helpful do well to share so others may know what to get before school resumes if you have any more questions notes part of the answered frequently asked questions above by students then you can comment it below or you can contact us directly by visiting the contact page.

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