About the School

“IGNITE”, The Fifth edition of the Fashion Design graduating class 2022.
Students in the Workshop are initiated in the art of Woodworking.
Architecture Students’ work featured at the 2021 ECC Exhibition in Venice. Photo credit: Riccardo Grassetti.
Architecture & Interior Design students expand their horizons through the International Studio. Photo: Norway, 2018.
“Serpentine”, Stephanie Nicolas’ Fashion Design senior collection.
“Mirath”, Aya Jouni’s Fashion Design senior collection.

The LAU School of Architecture and Design continues on the path of establishing itself as a first-rate institution for education in arts, design, and architecture in Lebanon and the region. After its consolidation as a school in 2009, it has emerged as a role model in setting educational standards and fomenting a creative, open, multi-disciplinary and proactive design culture.

The School of Architecture and Design encompasses programs in Fine Arts, Design Foundation, Architecture, Interior Design, and Graphic Design under one school. These programs had a long history at LAU, with the program in Fine Arts dating back to 1957, Interior Design to 1982, Architecture to 1993 and Graphic Design to 1994. In fall 2013, the School also launched the Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design, in collaboration with the international fashion designer Elie Saab.

The School of Architecture and Design is structured into two main departments: the Department of Art and Design and the Department of Architecture and Interior Design

The School offers Bachelor degrees in Fine Arts, Architecture, Graphic Design, and Fashion Design. Moreover, the school offers a Master degree in Islamic Art.

The Bachelor of Architecture degree is officially recognized by the French Government, which allows our graduates to practice in France and the European Union. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) which accredits all architecture programs in the United States has recently approved the eligibility for candidacy of the Bachelor of Architecture. View the NAAB Reports.

At the School of Architecture and Design, we don’t believe that old-time reputation is a laurel bestowed upon anyone forever. Rather, the artistic field impels us to constantly challenge our long-held convictions, and to ‘think outside of the box’, as a key to success. Our commitment to excellence is reflected in part by our efforts to seek international accreditation, something that impacts positively on our educational system, and in other part by our self-motivation to seek new horizons, to constantly re-assess, re-evaluate, and redefine our educational system.