About the Caribbean School of Architecture

The Caribbean School of Architecture at the University of Technology, Jamaica is a unique school established in 1988 to provide for the education of architects for the English –speaking territories of the Caribbean.  This academic year we are celebrating thirty years of offering the Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies and the professional Master of Architecture degrees, (equivalent to RIBA Part 1 and Part 2).  The courses of study are validated internationally by the Commonwealth Association of Architects and accredited by The University Council of Jamaica.

The network of Small Island Developing States includes the archipelago of Caribbean territories. Here, aspects of size and proximity designate the Sea and issues of climate, landscape, low and high resource, vulnerable settlement as well as varied histories and cultures as Geo-Sites for interrogating Architecture. The Design Studios at CSA are led by lecturing teams who research and explore the connections between environmental, social and economic exigencies of such Sites with projects forged through partnerships in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean. The Music Museum of Jamaica and The Simon Bolivar Cultural Centre Annex are projects fulfilling the designation of Kingston as a Creative City in Music by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.  Research on the coastal towns of Black River, St. Ann’s Bay, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay (2020) Jamaica continue to investigate urban renewal and resilience.

Through Action Research our students develop ways of seeing and understanding the world with hands-on experience, constructing and valuing decisions from the tropical experience.  Theoretical, environmental, technological, digital and practice management competencies of the curriculum are integrated through formal lectures, seminars, workshops, laboratory tutorials, site visits and field trips.

Regional and Extra-Regional Urban Study travels provide cultural immersion studies of cities and towns, drawing corollaries with histories of diversity. The Study Tour programme, a core component of the Design Studio, connects academia and practice in a live setting through fieldwork, charrettes and architecture interventions in the place of study.   The CSA is a hub for research on towns and cities of the Caribbean as we continue to increase our database with Architecture of the region. The Association of Commonwealth Societies of Architects member states, Architects and Schools of Architecture in Latin America and Francophone territories mediate travel and exchanges.

The CSA receives support from our Alumni Association, former and current students who are building a global community of CSA architects. Our students receive continued scholarship support from PANJAM Investment Ltd., Gore Brothers Ltd., the Ministry of Education, The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and the Jamaica USA Chambers of Commerce. Internships are supported by The Urban Development Corporation of Jamaica and The Jamaican Institute of Architects.


Arch Jacquiann T. Lawton

Head of School