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 modules.

In the United States, most state 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 U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-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 consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre- professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

The Lebanese American University, School of Architecture of Design, Department of Architecture and Interior Design, offers the following NAAB-accredited degree program:
B. Arch. (Total of 176 credits)*

Next accreditation visit for the Bachelor of Architecture program: 2015

* This major is under revision and will be reduced to 170 credits starting Fall 2016.

Curriculum

Year I

Fall & Spring Semesters

See: Foundation Program.

Summer Modules I & II

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 Modules I & II

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 Modules I & II

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 Modules I & II

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 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
ARC381 Architectural Photography 2
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 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
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