Bachelor of Architecture

NAAB Accreditation

The professional degree of Bachelor of Architecture enables graduates to practice architecture in its wide range of applications, or to pursue graduate studies in a range of fields including architecture, urban design, urban planning, landscape design, construction management, or related fields.

This comprehensive approach begins with a common foundation year in which students are introduced to design as a general field, from which they proceed in their specialization. The program offers a wide exposure to current issues and problems of theoretical and practical nature, complemented by a number of activities such as international studios, workshops, visiting critics and exchanges with architecture and design institutes worldwide.

The total number of credits required for graduation with a Bachelor of Architecture degree is 169 credits, which can be completed in a minimum of five academic years after the freshman year, including summer semesters.

In the United States, most registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a preprofessional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

The NAAB grants candidacy status to new programs that have developed viable plans for achieving initial accreditation. Candidacy status indicates that a program expects to achieve initial accreditation within six years of achieving candidacy, if its plan is properly implemented. 

In order to meet the education requirement set forth by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, an applicant for an NCARB Certificate must hold a professional degree in architecture from a program accredited by the NAAB; the degree must have been awarded not more than two years prior to initial accreditation. However, meeting the education requirement for the NCARB Certificate may not be equivalent to meeting the education requirement for registration in a specific jurisdiction. Please contact NCARB for more information.

Lebanese American University, School of Architecture & Design, is in candidacy for accreditation of the following NAAB-accredited degree program:
B. Arch. (Baccalaureate + 169 credits)
Initial Candidacy granted: 2013
Next visit for continuation of candidacy: 2017
Projected year of initial accreditation: 2019