The School of Built Environment and Development Studies provides answers to some of the long-held questions regarding the relationship between the construction of physical infrastructure and the people who either have to use
the infrastructure, or live in and around it locally and internationally. It is appropriately placed to work with both the national and local government in promoting the synergistic relationship between the built environment
and social, economic, cultural, political and environmental development.
UKZN recently engaged in a reconfiguration exercise which gave birth to the College model. Within the College of Humanities, the School of Built Environment and Development Studies was formed. It is one of six Schools in the College
and comprises three former Schools: Architecture; Planning and Housing; and Community Development and Development Studies. It is fully operational on the Howard College campus.
The School offers mostly non-applied or professional programmes and many of the modules serve as popular service subjects for other programmes within the College. The School of Built Environment and Development Studies
boasts an experienced, balanced and high caliber group of academic staff who are experts in their fields and committed to their students.