The Faculty of Architecture - Design & Built Environment offers the following programs at Tripoli Campus:

Program Description

The Bachelor in Architectural Engineering degree (BArch Eng.) requirements consist of a total of 170 credit hours taken as follows: • Mandatory Courses: 136 Cr. • Faculty Elective Courses: 22 Cr. divided into: * 200’s Level Courses: 4 Cr. * 300’s Level Courses: 6 Cr. * 400’s Level Courses: 6 Cr. *500’s Level Courses: 6 Cr. • General University Requirements: 12 Cr. divided into: *University Mandatory Courses: 5 Cr. *University Elective Courses: 7 Cr.


Objectives :

The teaching of Architecture employs a progressive strategy to achieve the following broad objectives:

  • To create and maintain a positive educational environment that promotes learning and personal development;
  • To deliver high-quality architectural education, through a developed curriculum and syllabus with inherent flexibility and freedom of selecting different fields of specialization;
  • To adopt progressive learning methods which lead to developed knowledge and acquired skills, ensured through adequate delivery and testing processes at each stage of study;
  • To provide students with a comprehensive basis of awareness, knowledge, understanding, and aptitude, through covering a wide spectrum of theoretical and practical studies in such fields as Environment, Art, Culture, Technology, Sociology, and Economy; and
  • To implement an ongoing process of monitoring and development of performance, driven by the emphasis on future advances, within the domain of architecture as well as related disciplines.

Admission Requirements :

To be accepted for an undergraduate degree, applicants must:

  • Hold the official Lebanese Secondary School Certificate in a branch relevant to the chosen undergraduate field of specialization, or an official equivalent;
  • Successfully pass an entrance exam to measure the level of proficiency in English Language (or provide evidence of English Language abilities such as TOEFL, ILETS…), and an aptitude test (thinking skills, technical and architectural skills), as well as attend a Personal Interview.

Learning Outcomes :

The Faculty offers the Bachelor Degree in Architecture in a five-year cumulative program (10 semesters). After the fifth year, the undergraduate student is a qualified architect and eligible to practice professionally with the following abilities and skills:

  • Full understanding of all architectural and engineering concepts and practices.
  • Knowledge of the evolving nature of the profession, and the rapidly changing conditions in which architects currently practice, and in which the traditional expertise, capacities and authority are increasingly being challenged.
  • Understanding of modern and contemporary architectural theories that explain the latest philosophies by well-known architects and the local architecture in order to preserve the local identity.
  • Use of several skills, necessary to their professional practice like: career development, continuing education and life learning, multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary tasks (esp. administration and operation management); marketing: exploring contextual dynamics and micro-economics complementary activities and ancillary duties, technological awareness, self-driven training and capabilities, engineering and development of new materials, computer software, construction methods, resource efficiency, sharing and transfer of technologies, and heritage management: formulation of policies and practicable approaches.

Career Opportunities :

Many graduates will take up a career in private practice or government. Many become specialists in heritage, sustainable design or commercial projects. However, because an architect’s skills and training are so broad, there are also many opportunities outside the mainstream of architectural practice. An architect may practice:

Architectural design; Development of execution drawings; Project management; Construction management; Site supervision; Interior design; Building renovation; Urban planning, Urban design and Landscaping.

Graduation Requirements:

Program * University Requirements + ICDL Program Requirements Total Credit Hours
Mandatory
Courses
Elective Courses Major Core Courses Free and Major Elective Courses
ARCH 5 Cr. 7 Cr. Design studios, essential theoretical and technical requirements, execution design and building technology courses, and courses in Architectural Engineering (136 Crs.)
  • 200 Level courses: 4 Crs.
  • 300 Level courses: 6 Crs.
  • 400 Level courses: 6 Crs.
  • 500 Level courses: 6 Crs. (22 Crs.)
170
ARCH: Architecture

* A total of 12 credits is required as General University Requirements; 5 credits are selected from the University Mandatory Courses list including ARAB 001 (2Cr.), ENGL 001 (2Cr.), BLAW 001 (1Cr.) and another 7 credits are selected from the University Elective Courses list + ICDL.

Program Overview :

The undergraduate curriculum for the degree of Bachelor in Architecture consists of 170 credit hours + ICDL. However, University Requirements have a total of 12 credits which leaves 158 credits for Architecture courses. Architecture courses thus form a total of 93% of the required courses for graduation.

The total credit hours of design studio and supporting courses are 118 out of 158, thus constituting 75% of the total Architecture credit hours. This total number of design studio credit hours is formed of Design Studio Courses.

Design Supporting Courses are calculated in different percentages according to their effective relevance to design studio courses.

Study Plan:

Course Code Course Title Credits Hours Distribution Course Type
First Semester
ARCH271 ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN FUNDAMENTALS: VISUAL STUDIES 6 2LEC, 8STU PCC
ARCH273 BUILDING CONSTRUCTION I 2 1LEC, 2STU PCC
ARCH275 HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE I 2 2LEC. PCC
ARCH277 CAD DRAWING 2 1LEC, 2LAB PCC
ARCH279 ARCHITECTURAL SKETCHING 2 4STU PCC
------- Program Elective Course 2 2 PEC
Second Semester
ARCH272 ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN FUNDAMENTALS: PHYSICAL STUDIES 5 0Lec, 10Stu PCC
ARCH276 THEORY OF ARCHITECTURE I 2 2Lec PCC
ARCH278 COMPUTER GRAPHICS 2 1Lec, 2Lab PCC
ARCH280 ACADEMIC WRITING 2 2Lec PCC
------- Program Elective Course 2 2 PEC
Third Semester
ARCH291 ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN I 5 10STU PCC
ARCH293 BUILDING CONSTRUCTION III 3 1LEC, 4STU PCC
ARCH295 HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE II 2 2LEC PCC
ARCH297 THEORY OF COLORS 2 1LEC, 2STU PCC
CVEE231 THEORY OF STRUCTURES FOR ARCHITECTS 2 1LEC, 2TUT PCC
------- Program Elective Course 2 2 PEC
Fourth Semester
ARCH292 ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN II 5 0Lec, 10Stu PCC
ARCH298 INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROLS 2 2Lec PCC
CVEE232 CONCRETE AND STEEL STRUCTURES 2 1Lec, 2Tut PCC
------- Program Elective Course 2 2 PEC
Fifth Semester
ARCH331 ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN III 5 10STU PCC
ARCH333 EXECUTION DESIGN I 3 1LEC, 4STU PCC
ARCH335 HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE III 2 2LEC PCC
ARCH338 CITY AND TOWN PLANNING 2 1Lec, 2Stu PCC
MECH431 HVAC AND SANITATION FOR ARCHITECTS 2 2LEC PCC
------- Program Elective Course 2 2 PEC
Sixth Semester
ARCH332 ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN IV 5 10Stu PCC
ARCH334 EXECUTION DESIGN II 3 3Cr.: 1Lec, 4Stu PCC
ARCH336 THEORY OF ARCHITECTURE III 2 2Lec PCC
ARCH337 INTERIOR DESIGN 2 1Lec, 2Stu PCC
------- Program Elective Course 2 2 PEC
Seventh Semester
ARCH431 ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN V 5 10STU PCC
ARCH433 EXECUTION DESIGN III 3 1LEC, 4STU PCC
ARCH435 URBAN DESIGN 2 1Lec, 2Stu PCC
ARCH437 PROJECT MANAGEMENT 2 2Lec PCC
CVEE331 SOIL MECHANICS & FOUNDATIONS, AND MATERIAL PROPERTIES & TESTING 2 1Lec, 2Tut PCC
------- Program Elective Course 2 2 PEC
------- Program Elective Course 2 2 PEC
Eighth Semester
ARCH432 ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN VI 5 10Stu PCC
ARCH434 EXECUTION DESIGN IV 3 1Lec, 4Stu PCC
ARCH436 RESEARCH AND PROGRAMMING 2 1Lec, 2Stu PCC
ARCH438 SPECIFICATIONS AND QUANTITIES 2 1Lec, 2Stu PCC
CVEE332 SURVEYING FOR ARCHITECTS 2 1Lec, 2Lab PCC
------- Program Elective Course 2 2 PEC
------- Program Elective Course 2 2 PEC
Ninth Semester
ARCH 539 GRADUATION PROJECT PROGRAMMING 3 1Lec, 4Stu PCC
ARCH534 GRADUATION THESIS 2 1Lec, 2Stu PCC
ARCH535 BUILDING REGULATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE 2 2Lec PCC
ARCH537 ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN VII 5 10Stu PCC
ARCH541 ARCHITECTURE INTERNSHIP 1 0Lec. PCC
------- Program Elective Course 2 2 PEC
Tenth Semester
ARCH533 ARCHITECTURAL CRITICISM 2 2Lec PCC
ARCH536 DESIGN AND BUILDING ECONOMICS 2 2lec PCC
ARCH540 GRADUATION PROJECT 8 16Stu PCC

Program Elective Course(PEC)

Course Code Course Title Credits Hours Distribution Course Type
ARCH261 INTRODUCTION TO PAINTING 2 1Lec, 2Stu PEC
ARCH262 HISTORY OF ARTS 2 2Lec PEC
ARCH263 ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHY 2 1Lec, 2Stu PEC
ARCH264 INTRODUCTION TO SHAPE GRAMMARS 2 1Lec, 2Stu PEC
ARCH361 ARCHITECTURE AND ENVIRONMENT 2 2Lec PEC
ARCH362 SOCIAL STUDIES IN ARCHITECTURE 2 2Lec PEC
ARCH363 THEORY OF HOUSING 2 2Lec PEC
ARCH364 VIRTUAL REALITY 2 1lec, 2Lab PEC
ARCH365 GRAPHIC DESIGN 2 1lec, 2Lab PEC
ARCH461 ARCHITECTURE LANDSCAPE 2 2Lec PEC
ARCH462 VERNACULAR ARCHITECTURE 2 2Lec PEC
ARCH463 INTELLIGENT BUILDINGS 2 2Lec PEC
ARCH464 GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEM 2 1Lec, 2Lab PEC
ARCH465 BUILDING INFORMATION MODELLING 2 1Lec, 2Lab PEC
ARCH466 ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY 2 2Lec PEC
ARCH468 PARAMETRIC DESIGN AND DIGITAL FABRICATION 2 1Lec, 2Lab PEC
ARCH561 HISTORY OF ISLAMIC ARTS 2 2Lec PEC
ARCH562 CONSERVATION OF HISTORIC BUILDINGS 2 2Lec PEC
ARCH563 REGIONALISM IN ARCHITECTURE 2 2Lec PEC
ARCH564 SITE PLANNING 2 1Lec, 2Stu PEC
ARCH565 URBAN MORPHOLOGY 2 2Lec PEC
ARCH566 ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT 2 2Lec PEC
ARCH567 TOPICS IN ARCHITECTURE 2 2Lec PEC

University Requirements (UR)(CUR)

Course Code Course Title Credits Hours Distribution Course Type
ARCH001 PHOTOGRAPHY 2 1Lec CUR
ARCH002 HISTORY OF ARTS 1 1Lec CUR
ARCH003 INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC 2 2Lec CUR

Program Description

  • UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENT (18 Credit Hours)
  • COMMON FOUNDATION REQUIREMENTS (22 Credit Hours)
  • MANDATORY CORE COURSES (59 Credit Hours)
  • MAJOR ELECTIVE COURSES (9 Credit Hours)

Mission :

The mission of the Interior Design Program at Beirut Arab University is to provide learning opportunities that integrates critical thinking skills with a wide variety of creative experiences in the field of Interior Design. Very broadly, the Interior Design Program seeks to provide students with the highest professional standards to advance a human-centered practice of interior design that contributes positively to the health, safety and well-being of people in local, regional and global contexts.

Objectives :

The broad aim of interior design program is to provide a variety of transformative learning opportunities to shape creative, rational, and socially and environmentally responsible design professionals. This thorough goal is supported through the following objectives:

  • To sustain premium standards for interior design education through professional accreditation.
  • To provide students with necessary skills for interacting with multiple disciplines in collaborative environments.
  • To promote communicative design methods which define and achieve users’ needs in various environments.
  • To develop effective communication skills, with a solid background of design theories, histories, environmental responsiveness, and standards; along with creative, abstract and critical thinking skills.
  • To influence students with a high sense of social and ethical responsibilities.

Learning Outcomes :

Graduates of this program acquire the essential knowledge and skills of successful practitioners in the field of Interior Design. Six critical outcomes are identified as essentials for students to achieve the above mentioned aim. Graduates will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Formulate a complete understanding of the historical and theoretical fundamentals and universal principles of interior design.
  • Develop a comprehensive, human-centered, socially and economically responsive design through creative problem-solving within interior environments.
  • Integrate designs within the context of building technology systems using appropriate materials and products.
  • Develop attitudes, traits and values of professional responsibility, accountability and effectiveness.
  • Communicate effectively and express ideas in writing, orally and graphically.
  • Acquire the necessary knowledge for applying laws, codes, regulations, standards and practices that maintain the health, safety and welfare of the public.
  • Attain a managerial foundation required for professional practice.

Career Opportunities :

A graduate of this program will be qualified to create the physical environments that are functional, sustainable, stimulating and healthy.

Interior Design jobs cover a wide spectrum of firms and industries involved in the design for built environments including residential, commercial, hospitality, healthcare, office, retail, entertainment, exhibit, educational and industrial facilities, as well as, lighting / furniture / textile manufacturing.”

Study Plan:

Course Code Course Title Credits Hours Distribution Course Type
First Semester
ARTD201 DESIGN FUNDAMENTALS 4 1 LEC; 6 STU PCC
ARTD203 PHOTOGRAPHY 3 2 LEC; 2 SEC PCC
ARTD205 HISTORY OF ARTS I 3 3 LEC PCC
ARTD207 COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING AND DESIGN I 3 2 LEC; 2 LAB PCC
ARTD209 FREEHAND DRAWING 3 1 LEC; 4 STU PCC
Second Semester
ARTD206 HISTORY OF ARTS II 3 3 LEC PCC
INTD202 INTERIOR DESIGN STUDIO I 4 0 LEC; 8 STU PCC
INTD204 BUILDING SYSTEMS 3 1 LEC; 4 STU PCC
INTD208 COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING AND DESIGN II 3 2 LEC; 2 LAB PCC
INTD210 THEORY OF COLORS 3 2 LEC; 2 SEC PCC
Third Semester
ARTD309 ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY 3 3 LEC PCC
INTD301 INTERIOR DESIGN STUDIO II 4 0 LEC; 8 STU PCC
INTD303 INTERIOR MATERIALS AND SPECIFICATIONS 3 1 LEC; 4 STU PCC
INTD305 HISTORY OF INTERIORS AND FURNISHING 3 3 LEC PCC
INTD307 INTERIOR PERSPECTIVES 3 2 LEC; 2 STU PCC
Fourth Semester
INTD302 INTERIOR DESIGN STUDIO III 4 0 LEC; 8 STU PCC
INTD304 INTERIOR EXECUTION DESIGN AND DETAILING I 3 1 LEC; 4 STU PCC
INTD306 TEXTILE AND FURNISHING MATERIALS 3 3 LEC PCC
INTD308 LIGHTING DESIGN 3 3 LEC PCC
Fifth Semester
INTD401 INTERIOR DESIGN STUDIO IV 4 0 LEC; 8 STU PCC
INTD403 INTERIOR EXECUTION DESIGN AND DETAILING II 3 1 LEC; 4 STU PCC
INTD405 FURNITURE DESIGN 3 1 LEC; 4 STU PCC
INTD407 INTERNSHIP 1 1 LEC PCC
Sixth Semester
INTD402 INTERIOR DESIGN SENIOR PROJECT 6 0 LEC; 12STU PCC
INTD404 INTERIOR DESIGN PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE AND ETHICS 3 3 LEC PCC

Program Elective Course(PEC)

Course Code Course Title Credits Hours Distribution Course Type
INTD220 SCENOGRAPHY 3 2 LEC; 2 STU PEC
INTD221 BUILDING INFORMATION MODELING 2 2 LEC; 2 LAB PEC
INTD222 ACOUSTICS DESIGN 3 3 LEC PEC
INTD223 HISTORIC INTERIOR PRESERVATION 3 3 LEC PEC
INTD224 INTRODUCTION TO ISLAMIC ARTS 3 3 LEC PEC
INTD225 GRAPHIC DESIGN 3 2 LEC; 2 LAB PEC
INTD226 PARAMETRIC DESIGN & DIGITAL FABRICATION 3 2Lec; 2 Lab PEC
INTD227 SPECIAL TOPICS IN INTERIOR DESIGN 3 3 LEC PEC