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 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

To view the curriculum prior to Fall 2016, click here.

Curriculum (as of Fall 2016)

Year I

Fall Semester

Number Name Cr.
FND201 or FND202 Drawing for Foundation or
Photography for Foundation
3
FND231 Design Studio I-A 3
FND232 Design Studio I-B 3
FND235 Shop Techniques 1
FND251 or FND281 Digital Media or Design Culture 3

Spring Semester

Number Name Cr.
FND201 or FND202 Drawing for Foundation or
Photography for Foundation
3
FND236 Design Studio II 6
FND251 or FND281 Digital Media or Design Culture 3
 
ENG202 Sophomore Rhetoric 3

Summer Semester

Number Name Cr.
ARCH201 Architectural Drawings 3
COM203 Fundamentals of Oral Communication 3

Year II

Fall Semester

Number Name Cr.
ARCH311 Structural Concept 3
ARCH331 Design Studio III 6
ARCH351 Digital Drawing 3
ARCH361 Theory I 2
ARCH371 History of Architecture I 3

Spring Semester

Number Name Cr.
ARCH332 Design Studio IV 6
ARCH352 Digital Modelling 3
ARCH362 Theory II 2
ARCH372 History of Architecture II 3
- LAC Elective 3

Summer Semester

Number Name Cr.
- LAC Elective 3
- Physical Education 1
- Professional Elective 3

Year III

Fall Semester

Number Name Cr.
ARCH421 Materials & Methods of Construction 3
ARCH422 Climate & Energy 3
ARCH431 Design Studio V 6
ARCH463 Landscape Architecture 2
- LAC Elective 3

Spring Semester

Number Name Cr.
ARCH411 Structural Design 3
ARCH423 Building Technology 3
ARCH424 Building Services 3
ARCH432 Design Studio VI 6

Summer Semester

Number Name Cr.
ARCH481 Construction Document 4
- Professional Elective 3

Year IV

Fall Semester

Number Name Cr.
ARCH531 Design Studio VII 6
ARCH541 Urban Planning I 3
ARCH581 Professional Practice I 3
- LAC Elective 3

Spring Semester

Number Name Cr.
ARCH441
or ARCH442
or ARCH443
Regional Architecture 
or Modern Architecture in Lebanon
or Architecture in the Middle East
3
ARCH461 Contemporary Trends 2
ARCH511 Advanced Building Systems 3
ARCH532 Design Studio VIII 6
- Professional Elective 3

Summer Semester

Number Name Cr.
ARCH501 Internship I 4
ARCH582 Professional Practice II 3

Year V

Fall Semester

Number Name Cr.
ARCH502 Internship II 4
ARCH631 Final Project Research 3

Spring Semester

Number Name Cr.
ARCH632 Final Project 6
- Professional Elective 3

Professional Electives

Number Name Cr.
ARCH441 Regional Architecture 3
ARCH442 Modern Architecture in Lebanon 3
ARCH443 Architecture in the Middle East 3
ARCH444 Regional Urbanism 3
ARCH462 Seminar in Architecture Theory 3
ARCH542 Urban Planning II 3
ARCH580 Topics in Architecture 3
ARCH591 International Studio 3
IAA375 Introduction to Islamic Art 3
IAA376 Introduction to Islamic Architecture 3
IAA481 Contemporary Art in the Islamic World 3
IAA482 Islamic Art & Architecture in the Age of Empires 3
IAA595 International Studio 3
IAA741 Byzantine and Early Islamic Art and Architecture 3
IAA742 Ayyubid and Mamluk Art and Architecture 3
IAA744 Ornament in Islamic Art and Architecture  3
IAA745 Calligraphy in Islamic Art and Architecture 3
IAA746 Geometry in Islamic Art and Architecture 3