Program Description

The vision of the Faculty of Architecture - Design and Built Environment is to foster a challenging learning environment and to continually compete as well as lead advances in architectural education, in order to prepare innovative, critical and industrious graduates able to improve, through their future careers, the quality of the built environment. Mission

Consistent with the master plan of BAU, the Faculty of Architecture - Design and Built Environment is committed to delivering a professional architectural education necessary for those seeking to enter the architectural practice. The Faculty's academic mission is to further develop the discipline and practice of architecture through a seamless program of undergraduate and postgraduate studies pursuing the following: Maintaining the strength of the faculty through focusing on the core areas of the profession:

 

  • Architectural and Urban Design, Execution Design, Urban and Regional Planning, Environmental Analysis, as well as Construction Engineering, while integrating and evolving theories, practices, and technologies into the curriculum.
  • Providing an educational atmosphere that respects individualism and diversity, while fostering the development of articulated, creative and rational design & problem-solving process.
  • Educating architects and planners in order to practice their career in a responsive manner, thus being responsible to the society, culture and the environment.
  • Advancing architectural knowledge through research and critical thinking; and using all attained knowledge to benefit local, regional and global communities.
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The vision of the Faculty of Architecture - Design and Built Environment is to foster a challenging learning environment and to continually compete as well as lead advances in architectural education, in order to prepare innovative, critical and industrious graduates able to improve, through their future careers, the quality of the built environment.
The faculty offers a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering Degree (BArch. Eng.) where the standard duration of study is 10 semesters, and a Master in Architectural Engineering Degree (MArch. Eng.) where the standard duration of study is 2 semesters:

B.A. in Architectural Engineering

Bachelor of Architectural Engineering (BArch. Eng.) (170 Credit Hours)

Semester One

Name Number Description Credits
ARCH 271* Architectural Design Fundamentals: Visual Studies 6
ARCH 273* Building Construction I 2
ARCH 275 History of Architecture I 2
ARCH 277 CAD Drawing 2
ARCH 279 Architectural Sketching 2
Elective (General)1 2
Elective (General)1 2
Total 18

Semester Two

Name Number Description Credits
ARCH 272* Architectural Design Fundamentals: Physical Studies 5
ARCH 274* Building Construction II 3
ARCH 276 Theory of Architecture I 2
ARCH 278 Computer Graphics 2
ARCH 280 Academic Writing 2
Elective (General)1 2
Elective (General)1 2
Total 18

Semester Three

Name Number Description Credits
ARCH 291* Architectural Design I 5
ARCH 293* Building Construction III 3
ARCH 295 History of Architecture II 2
ARCH 297 Theory of Colors 2
CVEE 231 Theory of Structures for Architects 2
Elective (General)1 2
Elective 2 2
Total 18

Semester Four

Name Number Description Credits
ARCH 292* Architectural Design II 5
ARCH 294* Building Construction IV 3
ARCH 296 Theory of Architecture II 2
ARCH 298 Indoor Environmental Controls 2
CVEE 232 Concrete and Steel Structures 2
Elective (General)1 2
Elective 2 2
Total 18

1 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.

2 Selected from the list of Faculty Elective Courses offered at the “200 Level”.

These core modules are separated and independently graded courses. Students failing the first module (Fall Sem.) is not allowed to register in the second one (Spring Sem.).

Semester Five

Name Number Description Credits
ARCH 331* Architectural Design III 5
ARCH 333* Execution Design I 3
ARCH 335 History of Architecture III 2
ARCH 338 City and Town Planning 2
MECH 431 HVAC and Sanitation For Architects 2
Elective 3 2
Elective 3 2
Total 18

Semester Six

Name Number Description Credits
ARCH 332* Architectural Design IV 5
ARCH 334* Execution Design II 3
ARCH 336 Theory of Architecture III 2
ARCH 337 Interior Design 2
ARCH 339 Environmental Design 2
Elective 3 2
Elective 4 2
Total 18

Semester Seven

Name Number Description Credits
ARCH 431* Architectural Design V 5
ARCH 433* Execution Design III 3
ARCH 435 Urban Design 2
ARCH 437 Project Management 2
CVEE 331 Soil Mechanics & Foundations, and Material Properties & Testing 2
Elective 4 2
Total 16

Semester Eight

Name Number Description Credits
ARCH 432* Architectural Design VI 5
ARCH 434* Execution Design IV 3
ARCH 436 Research and Programming 2
ARCH 438 Specifications and Quantities 2
CVEE 332 Surveying for Architects 2
Elective 4 2
Total 16
TOTAL RIBA Part 1 – (Semester 1 to 8) 140

3 Selected from the list of Faculty Elective Courses offered at the “300 Level”.

4 Selected from the list of Faculty Elective Courses offered at the at the “400 Level”.

These core modules are separated and independently graded courses. Students failing the first module (Fall Sem.) is not allowed to register in the second one (Spring Sem.).

Semester Nine

Name Number Description Credits
ARCH 537 Architectural Design VII 5
ARCH 539 Project Programming 3
ARCH 534 Graduation Thesis 2
ARCH 535 Building Regulations and Professional Practice 2
ARCH 541 Architecture Internship 0
Elective 2
Elective 2
Total 16

Semester Ten

Name Number Description Credits
ARCH 540 Senior Project 8
ARCH 533 Architectural Criticism 2
ARCH 536 Design and Building Economics 2
Electives 2
Total 14
TOTAL BArch. Eng. – (Semester 1 to 10) 170