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FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING

Faculty of Architectural Engineering

History………………………………………….

Mission

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Vision…………………………………………

Undergraduate Program ……………………… Program Description…………………… Curriculum… ………….…………….…

Postgraduate Program………………………… Offered Degrees………………………… Program Description…………………… Curriculum……………………………….

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HISTORY

The Faculty of Architectural Engineering 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 students in 1962 prospering to a total of 375 students in 2007, at various levels of the curriculum. 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 inline with the university's expansion plans. The faculty constantly updates its programs and their 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). 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 was awarded in 2005.

MISSION

Consistent with the master plan of BAU, the Faculty of Architectural Engineering is committed to delivering a professional architectural education necessary for those who seek to enter the architectural practice. The Faculty's academic mission is to advance the discipline and practice of architecture through a seamless program of undergraduate and postgraduate studies that pursue 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 to practice in a manner that is responsive and responsible to 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.

VISION

The vision of the Faculty of Architectural Engineering 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.

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UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The faculty offers a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering Degree where the standard duration of study is 10 semesters. The degree requirements consist of a total of 180 credit hours taken as follows:

Mandatory Courses: 132 Cr. consisting of the fundamental structure of the program, which include Design Studios, Execution Design, the essential theoretical and technical requirements, as well as courses in Civil Engineering;

Faculty Elective Courses: 32 Cr. divided into:

* Preliminary & Intermediate Levels (200's and 300's courses): 16 Cr.

* Advanced Level (400's courses): 16 Cr.

General University Requirements: 16 Cr. divided into:

* University Mandatory Courses: 5 Cr.

* University Elective Courses: 11 Cr.

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BACHELOR OF ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING Curriculum

(180 Credit Hours)

First Semester

Credit

ARCH

101*

Architectural Design Fundamentals I

5

ARCH

103*

Building Construction I

3

ARCH

105

CAD Drawing

2

ARCH

107

Theory of Architecture I

2

CIVE

201

Theory of Structures for Architects

2

 

Elective (General) 1

2

Elective 2

2

 

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Second Semester

 

ARCH

102*

Architectural Design Fundamentals II

5

ARCH

104*

Building Construction II

3

ARCH

106

Computer Graphics

2

ARCH

108

History of Architecture I

2

CIVE

202

Surveying for Architects

2

 

Elective (General) 1

2

Elective 2

2

 

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Third Semester

 

ARCH

201*

Architectural Design I

5

ARCH

203*

Building Construction III

3

ARCH

205

Lighting and Acoustics

2

ARCH

207

Theory of Architecture II

2

CIVE

301

Reinforced Concrete for Architects

2

 

Elective (General) 1

2

Elective 2

2

 

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Fourth Semester

 

ARCH

202*

Architectural Design II

5

ARCH

204*

Building Construction IV

3

ARCH

206

Theory of Colors

2

ARCH

208

History of Architecture II

2

CIVE

302

Steel Structures for Architects

2

 

Elective (General) 1

2

Elective 2

2

 

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Fifth Semester

ARCH

301*

Architectural Design III

ARCH

303*

Execution Design I

ARCH

305

Specifications and Quantities

ARCH

307

Theory of Architecture III

CIVE

303

Soil Mechanics and Foundations for Architects

 

Elective (General) 1

Elective 2

Sixth Semester

ARCH

302*

Architectural Design IV

ARCH

304*

Execution Design II

ARCH

306

City and Town Planning

ARCH

308

History of Architecture III

MECE

301

HVAC and Sanitation for Architects

Elective (General) 1 Elective 2

Seventh Semester

ARCH

401*

Architectural Design V

ARCH

403*

Execution Design III

ARCH

405*

Urban Design I

ARCH

407*

Interior Design I

 

Elective (General) 1

Elective 2

Elective 3

Eighth Semester

ARCH

402*

Architectural Design VI

ARCH

404*

Execution Design IV

ARCH

406*

Urban Design II

ARCH

408*

Interior Design II

 

Elective (General) 1

Elective 2

Elective 3

Ninth Semester

ARCH

501

Architectural Design VII

ARCH

503

Execution Details

ARCH

505

Architectural Programming

Elective 3

5

Credit

5

3

2

2

2

2

2

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5

3

2

2

2

2

2

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5

3

2

2

2

2

2

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5

3

2

2

2

2

2

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5

5

2

6

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Tenth Semester

Credit

ARCH

599

Graduation Project

10

ARCH

504

Building Regulations and Professional Practice

2

 

Elective 3

6

 

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1 A total of 16 credits is required as General University Requirements; 5 credits are selected from the University Mandatory courses list including ARAB 001 (2 Cr.), ENGL 001 (2 Cr.), LAWS 001 (1 Cr.) and another 11 credits are selected from the University Elective courses list.

2 Selected from the list of Faculty Elective Courses offered at the “Preliminary and Intermediate Levels".

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

* Courses consisting of two modules extended over two semesters. Each module is assessed individually (individual GPAs) at the end of the relevant semester. However, successful completion of this course entails a passing average of both GPAs. In case of Failure, the failed module(s) must be repeated.

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ELECTIVE COURSES:

Preliminary Level (2 Cr. Each)

ARCH 209 Free-Hand Drawing, ARCH 210 Model Making, ARCH 211 Visual Studies, ARCH 212 Social Studies in Architecture, ARCH 213 Environmental Studies, ARCH 214 Environmental Sustainability in Architecture, ARCH 215 Perspective and Rendering, ARCH 216 Virtual Reality, ARCH 217 Graphic Design.

Intermediate Level (2 Cr. Each)

ARCH 309 Research Techniques, ARCH 310 Statistics for Architects, ARCH 311 Project Management, ARCH 312 Feasibility Studies, ARCH 313 Contemporary International Architecture, ARCH 314 Theory of Housing, ARCH 315 Site Planning, ARCH 316 Architectural Landscape , ARCH 317 Urban Landscape.

Advanced Level (2 Cr. Each)

ARCH 409 Vernacular Architecture, ARCH 410 Design and Building Economics, ARCH 411 Building Re-use, ARCH 412 Architectural Criticism, ARCH 413 Conservation of Historic Buildings, ARCH 414 Intelligent Buildings, ARCH 415 Geographic Information Systems in Urban Studies, ARCH 416 Environmental Assessment, ARCH 417 Urban Morphology, ARCH 418 Land Use Controls, ARCH 419 Urban Infrastructure, ARCH 420 Transportation Planning, ARCH 421 Furniture Styles and Design, ARCH 422 Furniture Specifications, ARCH 423 Interior Landscape, ARCH 424 History of Arts, ARCH 425 Textiles, ARCH 426 Ergonomics.

University Requirement Elective Courses ARCH 001 Photography (2 Cr.), ARCH 002 Arts History (1 Cr.), ARCH 003 Introduction to Music

(2Cr.).

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POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMS

OFFERED DEGREES

The Postgraduate programs offered at the Faculty of Architectural Engineering lead to the award of Diploma, Master of Science (M.Sc.) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in the following fields:

1. Architecture

2. Urban Design and Planning

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

DIPLOMAS The Diploma requirements consist of 24 Credit hours taken as follows:

Mandatory Courses: 18 Cr.

Elective Courses:

6 Cr.

MASTER DEGREES The Master Degree requirements (both specializations) consist of 40 Credit hours taken as follows:

Mandatory Courses: 18 Cr.

Elective Courses:

12 Cr.

Thesis:

10 Cr.

PHD DEGREES The PhD requirements (both specializations) consist of 50 Credit hours taken as follows:

Mandatory Courses: 12 Cr.

Thesis:

38 Cr.

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DIPLOMA IN ARCHITECTURE Curriculum

(24 Credit Hours)

First Semester

Credit

ARCH

601*

Architecture Studio I

6

ARCH

603

Strategies of Academic Writing

3

 

Elective 1

3

 

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Second Semester

 

ARCH

602*

Architecture Studio II

6

ARCH

604

Building Technology

3

 

Elective 1

3

 

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1 Selected from these elective courses (3 cr. Each):

ARCH 611 Architectural Evaluation, ARCH 612 Environmental Design, ARCH 613 Design Processes, ARCH 614 Independent Studies in Architecture.

* ARCH 601 and ARCH 602 together constitute an extended course taught over two academic semesters. Each module is assessed individually (individual GPAs) at the end of the relevant semester. However, successful completion of this extended course entails a passing average of both GPAs. In case of failure, the failed module(s) must be repeated.

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DIPLOMA IN URBAN DESIGN AND PLANNING Curriculum

(24 Credit Hours)

First Semester

Credit

ARCH

605*

Urban Design & Planning Studio I

6

ARCH

603

Strategies of Academic Writing

3

 

Elective 1

3

 

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12

Second Semester

 

ARCH

606*

Urban Design & Planning Studio II

6

ARCH

604

Building Technology

3

 

Elective 1

3

 

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1 Selected from these elective courses (3 cr. Each):

ARCH 615 Planning Appraisal, ARCH 616 Environmental Planning, ARCH 617 Planning Processes, ARCH 618 Independent Studies in Urban Planning.

* ARCH 605 and ARCH 606 together constitute an extended course taught over two academic semesters. Each module is assessed individually (individual GPAs) at the end of the relevant semester. However, successful completion of this extended course entails a passing average of both GPAs. In case of failure, the failed module(s) must be repeated.

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MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ARCHITECTURE Curriculum

(40 Credit Hours)

First Semester

Credit

ARCH

701*

Architecture Studio I

6

ARCH

703

Research Methodology

3

 

Elective 1

6

 

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Second Semester

 

ARCH

702*

Architecture Studio II

6

ARCH

704

Advanced Building Technology

3

 

Elective 1

6

 

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Research Thesis

 

ARCH

799

Thesis

10

 

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1 Selected from these elective courses (3 cr. Each): ARCH 711 Design Methodologies and Evaluation, ARCH 712 Sustainable Architecture, ARCH 713 Integrated Systems in Buildings, ARCH 714 Advanced Project Management, ARCH 715 Conservation Issues in Architecture, ARCH 716 Advanced Design Economics, ARCH 717 Architectural Design and Decision Support Tools, ARCH 718 Advanced Architectural Landscape.

* ARCH 701 and ARCH 702 together constitute an extended course taught over two academic semesters. Each module is assessed individually (individual GPAs) at the end of the relevant semester. However, successful completion of this extended course entails a passing average of both GPAs. In case of failure, the failed module(s) must be repeated.

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MASTER OF SCIENCE IN URBAN DESIGN AND PLANNING Curriculum

(40 Credit Hours)

First Semester

Credit

ARCH

705*

Urban Design & Planning Studio I

6

ARCH

703

Research Methodology

3

 

Elective 1

6

 

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Second Semester

 

ARCH

706*

Urban Design & Planning Studio II

6

ARCH

704

Advanced Building Technology

3

 

Elective 1

6

 

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Research Thesis

 

ARCH

799

Thesis

10

 

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1 Selected from these elective courses (3 cr. Each): ARCH 719 Planning Processes and Evaluation; ARCH 720 Sustainability and the Built Environment, ARCH 721 Integrated Urban Systems, ARCH 722 Management of Urban Projects, ARCH 723 Conservation Issues of Urban Heritage, ARCH 724 Advanced Urban Economics, ARCH 725 Urban Policies and Decisions Support Tools, ARCH 726 Urban Landscape.

* ARCH 705 and ARCH 706 together constitute an extended course taught over two academic semesters. Each module is assessed individually (individual GPAs) at the end of the relevant semester. However, successful completion of this extended course entails a passing average of both GPAs. In case of failure, the failed module(s) must be repeated.

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PhD IN ARCHITECTURE Curriculum

(50 Credit Hours)

Courses

Credit

ARCH

801

Focused Studies in Architecture I

4

ARCH

802

Focused Studies in Architecture II

4

ARCH

803

Focused Studies in Architecture III

4

 

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Research Thesis

 

ARCH

899

Thesis

38

 

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PhD IN URBAN DESIGN AND PLANNING Curriculum

(50 Credit Hours)

Courses

Credit

ARCH

804

Focused Studies in Urban Design and Planning I

4

ARCH

805

Focused Studies in Urban Design and Planning II

4

ARCH

806

Focused Studies in Urban Design and Planning III

4

 

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Research Thesis

 

ARCH

899

Thesis

38

 

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