In May of 2020, The School of Architecture & Design became the first in Lebanon and the third internationally (outside the US) to obtain full accreditation for its Bachelor of Architecture from NAAB, the US agency entitled to accredit professional degree programs in architecture.
The NAAB accreditation entitles graduates of the B.Arch program, who have the legal right to work in the United States, to sit for the licensure exam in the US, provided they complete the required training. Graduates of NAAB accredited program are in a better position to compete for architecture jobs in the region and internationally.
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.
Lebanese American University, School of Architecture & Design, offers the following NAAB-accredited degree program:
B. Arch. (Baccalaureate + 169 credits)
Next accreditation visit: Spring 2023.
NAAB Accreditation Documents
- Architecture Program Report – Continuing Accreditation
- 2020 NAAB Conditions for Accreditation
- 2020 NAAB Procedures for Accreditation
- NAAB Letter of Accreditation
- SArD Response to the Visiting Team Report
- Visiting Team Report for Initial Accreditation
- Architecture Program Report - Initial Accreditation
- 2014 NAAB Conditions for Accreditation
- NAAB 2015 Procedures for Accreditation