Bachelor of Architecture

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 176 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 + 176 credits*)
Initial Candidacy granted: 2013
Next visit for continuation of candidacy: 2017
Projected year of initial accreditation: 2019

* This major is under revision and will be reduced to 169 credits starting Fall 2017.

Curriculum

Year I

Fall & Spring Semesters

See: Foundation Program.

Summer Semester

Number Name Cr.
ARC/DES/GRA240 Sketching 2
ARC/DES/GRA/FAS241 Technical Graphics 2
Art Elective 3
LAC Elective 3

Year II

Fall Semester

Number Name Cr.
ARC331 Design Studio III 6
ARC351 Computer Graphics I 2
ARC341 Technical Graphics II 3
ARC371 History of Architecture I 3
ARC361 Theory I 2

Spring Semester

Number Name Cr.
ARC332 Design Studio IV 6
ARC352 Computer Graphics II 2
ARC342 Technical Graphics III 3
ARC372 History of Architecture II 2
ARC363 Theory II 2

Summer Semester

Number Name Cr.
ARC311 Building Systems I 3
Professional Elective 2
LAC Elective 3
LAC Elective 3

Year III

Fall Semester

Number Name Cr.
ARC431 Design Studio V 6
ARC421 Building Technology I 2
ARC312 Building Systems II 3
LAC Elective 3

Spring Semester

Number Name Cr.
ARC432 Design Studio VI 6
ARC422 Building Technology II 2
ARC411 Building Systems III 3
Professional Elective 3
PED— Physical Education 1

Summer Semester

Number Name Cr.
ARC481 Construction Documents 4
LAC Elective 3
LAC Elective 3

Year IV

Fall Semester

Number Name Cr.
ARC531 Design Studio VII 5
ARC501 Design Workshop I 1
ARC521 Building Technology III 2
ARC523 Environmental Systems I 3
ARC581 Urban Planning I 3
ARC— History and Theory Elective 2

Spring Semester

Number Name Cr.
ARC412 Building Systems IV 3
ARC532 Design Studio VIII 5
ARC502 Design Workshop II 1
ARC522 Building Technology IV 2
ARC524 Environmental Systems II 3
ARC561 Seminar 2

Summer Semester

Number Name Cr.
ARC538 Internship 1
Professional Elective 3
LAC Elective 3

Year V

Fall Semester

Number Name Cr.
ARC631 Design Studio IX 5
ARC601 Final Project Research 1
ARC584 Building Codes and Laws 1
Professional Elective 2

Spring Semester

Number Name Cr.
ARC632 Design Studio X 5
Professional Elective 2
LAC Elective 3

History & Theory Electives

Number Name Cr.
ARC375 Introduction to Islamic Art 3
ARC376 Introduction to Islamic Architecture 3
ARC461 Topics in Architecture Theory 2
ARC470 History of 20th Century Architecture in the Middle East 3
ARC471 Contemporary Trends 2
ARC472 Classical Art and Architecture 2
ARC473 Architecture of the Renaissance 2
ARC475 Islamic Art and Architecture in the Age of Empires 2
ARC476 Art and Architecture of the Mamluks 2

Professional Electives

Number Name Cr.
ARC373 History of Landscape Design 2
ARC375 Introduction to Islamic Art 3
ARC376 Introduction to Islamic Architecture 3
ARC404 Landscape Design Workshop 2
ARC405 Design Workshop – IAAD 1
ARC435 Design Studio – IAAD 4
ARC451 Digital Modeling 3
ARC452 Computer Animation 3
ARC454 Dynamic 3D Modeling 3
ARC461 Topics in Architecture Theory 2
ARC470 History of 20th Century Architecture in the Middle East 3
ARC471 Contemporary Trends 2
ARC472 Classical Art and Architecture 2
ARC473 Architecture of the Renaissance 2
ARC475 Islamic Art and Architecture in the Age of Empires 2
ARC476 Art and Architecture of the Mamluks 2
ARC477 Art and Architecture of the Umayyads 2
ARC478 The Decorative Arts of Islam 2
ARC482 Regional Architecture I 2
ARC483 Regional Architecture II 3
ARC484 Regional Urbanism 3
ARC551 Computer Graphics Studio 4
ARC580 Topic in Architecture 3
ARC582 Urban Planning II 2
ARC585 Professional Practice 2
ARC591 International Studio 3
ARC592 International Workshop 2
ARC595 International Studio – IAAD 3
DES403 Furniture Design Workshop 2
DES484 Furniture Design 2
GRA301 Intermediate Computer Graphics 3
GRA302 Advanced Computer Graphics 3
GRA484 Web Design 3
GRA487 3D Animation Techniques 3
PHO341 Architectural Photography 3
PKG570 Introduction to Packaging 3
PKG572 Packaging Dynamics and Permeation 3
PKG573 Packaging Types and Processes 3
PKG574 Paper and Paperboard Packaging 3
PKG575 Corrugated Packaging 3
PKG576 Rigid Plastic Packaging 3
PKG577 Packaging for Food, Drugs and Cosmetics 3
PKG578 Food Preservation Packaging 3
PKG579 Special Topic in Packaging Engineering 3
PKG580 Packaging Design 3
PKG582 Structural Packaging 3
PKG584 Package Branding 3
PKG586 Computer Graphics for Packaging 3
PKG588 Packaging Applications 3
PKG589 Special Topic in Packaging Design 3