The Faculty of Architecture - Design and Built Environment was founded in 1962 as the fourth faculty at BAU. Since commencement, it has played a key role in addressing and serving the needs of students from Lebanon and the entire Middle East. The faculty started with 36 undergraduate students in 1962 prospering to a total of 750 students in 2014; 575 in Debbieh Campus and 175 in Tripoli Campus. This year the Faculty will celebrate the congregation of its first class graduated from Tripoli Campus and its 49th class from Debbieh Campus.

The postgraduate programs were launched in 1972, and the first Master Degree in Architecture and Urban Design was awarded in 1974. The postgraduate programs were temporarily stopped due to the Civil War and restarted with the Diploma program in 1996. Registration for the PhD and Master programs commenced in 2000 and the first of both were awarded in 2005. Up till now, the faculty has awarded 25 Master degrees and 2 PhD degrees in several specialties.

The faculty was initially located at the main building in Beirut campus. However, in 1987 and in order to accommodate the increasing number of students and facilities, it moved to the now labeled "Hariri Building" and occupied the top four floors. It remained there until October 2006 when it became the first BAU faculty to reside in the newly established Debbieh campus in the Shouf District in line with the university's expansion plans. Moreover, the Faculty has recently expanded to the Tripoli Campus that now hosts around 175 architecture students, and this year the Faculty will celebrate the congregation of its first class graduated from Tripoli Campus.

The faculty constantly updates its programs and their associated structure ranging from the extended academic year system to the two academic terms scheme in 1993. More recently, in 2005, the faculty implemented the Credit Hour system thereby offering students a more adaptable and responsive program spreading over a ten-semester period (minimum).

In June 2012, the 5-year Bachelor program in Architecture has been awarded unconditional validation for RIBA Part1. This year, the program structure has been revised and re-organized aiming that Part 1 to be met on completion of 4 years (140 credits taken over 8 semesters) and Part 2 after the completion of 2 additional years (58 credits taken over 4 semesters). Accordingly, the offered degrees are the Bachelor of Architectural Engineering by the completion of 170 credits taken over 10 semesters, and a newly launched Master degree in Architecture (MArch.) offered by the completion of 28 credits taken over 2 additional semesters.

In September 2014, Faculty of Architecture launched the Design Programs offering a Bachelor degree in the following majors: Interior Design, Graphic Design, Fashion Design and Landscape Design.

The vision of the Faculty of Architecture 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.

Consistent with the University strategy, the Faculty of Architecture 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 respecting individualism and diversity, and fostering for creativity and rationalism in design and construction process. The Faculty seeks to educate diligent architects who practice their career in a responsive manner towards the society, culture and environment at the local, regional and international level.

The Faculty of Architecture has a set vision and mission, and 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
  • To implement an ongoing process of monitoring and development of performance, driven by the emphasis on future developments, within the domain of architecture as well as related disciplines

The Postgraduate programs offered at the Faculty of Architectural Engineering lead to the award of: