Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts

Bachelor and Master in Architecture (Combined Program)

193 credits


General Studies - Graduate General Studies - Undergraduate
English and French Communication
6 credits
General Education - Civic Engagement
2 credits
General Education - History of Lebanon
3 credits
General Education - Religious Sciences
3 credits
General Education - Science and Health
6 credits
General Education - Sports
1 credits
DAA241General History of Art
3 credits
MAT216General Mathematics
3 credits
AVP203Introduction to Photography
3 credits
3 credits
3 credits
Principles of anatomy and studies in the canons of human anatomy. A study of the relationship between human proportions and the natural and built environments.
Professional Studies - Graduate
ARCH505Architecture Research Methodology
3 credits
Introducing students to and familiarizing them with the methodology of research, making them aware of the European and American standards of academic research so as to best prepare them to write their thesis.
ARCH540Graduation Project Thesis
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: ARCH 505
The course aims at developing the students' critical thinking via the writing of an academic work on a particular topic related to their profession and domain.
ARCH570Master Architecture Design Studio I
6 credits
Thematic workshops from all branches of architecture initiating students to real-life working. Some of the themes students can explore are city, landscape and territory, built heritage, sustainable architecture, mankind and society, architecture and new technology.
ARCH580Master Architecture Design Studio II
6 credits
Thematic workshops from all branches of architecture initiating students to real¬ life working. Some of the themes students can explore are city, landscape and territory, built heritage, sustainable architecture, mankind and society, architecture and new technology.
ARCH545Professional Internship
1 credits
The purpose of professional internship is to gain experience and knowledge by being involved with the activities of professionals, in architectural firms as well as on site and where construction work happens, within all engineering disciplines.
ARCH670Senior Project I
6 credits    |    Pre-requisite: ARCH580 And ARCH570 And ARCH540
This course synthesizes previous knowledge which has been developed through the students' academic years, sharpening their theoretical and practical knowledge and combining them into a coherent whole.
ARCH680ASenior Project II - A
6 credits    |    Pre-requisite: ARCH670
This course synthesizes previous knowledge which has been developed through the students' academic years, sharpening their theoretical and practical knowledge and combining them into a coherent whole.
ARCH680BSenior Project II - B
ARCH510Theory and Critic of Contemporary Architecture
3 credits
The course initiates students to and covers the critical study of the theories of architecture and international styles.
Professional Studies - Undergraduate
ARCH2152-3D Representation Skills
2 credits
Students will learn and apply geometric representation in 2D and 3D, while comprehending theories and laws of construction from a scientific perspective as applied to the practical standards of the habitat.
ARCH230Architecture Analysis and Perception
4 credits    |    Pre-requisite: ARC212 Or ARCH220 Or ARC208 Or DAA208
Students will develop an understanding of the culture and awareness of the concept of space. This course will initiate students to comprehend the built environment while encouraging their sense of investigation and experimentation in order to develop the aptitude to analyze and use the scientific jargon appropriately.
ARCH345Architecture Design Studio I
6 credits    |    Pre-requisite: (ARC214 Or ARCH230) And (ARC212 Or ARCH220)
The workshop introduces the visual interpretation of variables and parameters for an architectural project.
ARCH350Architecture Design Studio II
6 credits    |    Pre-requisite: ARC201 Or ARCH345
Students are introduced to architectural production in order to comprehend the chain of events from concept to execution.
ARCH405Architecture Schematic I
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: (ARCH230 Or ARC214) And (ARCH345 Or ARC201)
This workshop takes the students through targeted short exercises with the ability to develop techniques of expression, in addition to providing creative tools to visualize the architectural object within its spatial setting.
ARCH455Architecture Schematic II
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: ARC203 Or ARCH405
The workshop consists of short exercises at advanced level which enable the students to perfect their architectural expression while adapting it to their own personal style.
ARCH205Basic Design I
2 credits
Students will enhance and elaborate their knowledge of applied structure, through this course covering introductory concepts of forms and abstract compositions as applied to organization, proportions, equilibrium, rhythm, and density.
ARCH225Basic Design II
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: ARCH205 Or ARC205
Analyze and deduce logically the abstract notion of orders and structures while applying it in 2D and 3D formats with chromatic variations.
ARCH330Building Technologies
2 credits
The course aims at identifying different construction materials and familiarizing students with a variety of building systems and integrating different materials to define an architectural composition, while also familiarizing them with the description of an execution report.
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: ARCH210 Or ARC210
Introduce and familiarize the students with various software for producing graphic 2D results on different scales which would allow a 3D interpretation of their work.
ARCH475Construction Document
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: ARCH450 Or ARC302 Or (ARC361 And ARC461)
Initiate students to the concept of the execution report within acceptable international norms, so they become familiar with real­-time work requirements.
ARCH445Design Studio III
6 credits    |    Pre-requisite: ARC202 Or ARCH350
Architecture project in a social and cultural context.
ARCH450Design Studio IV
6 credits    |    Pre-requisite: ARC301 Or ARCH445
Architectural project with urban and rural residential character.
ARCH485Design Studio V
6 credits    |    Pre-requisite: ARC302 Or ARCH450 Or (ARC361 And ARC461)
Architectural project with a symbolic and public character.
ARCH425Electrical and Lighting
2 credits
Initiate the students in power supply systems and lighting within security and protective norms.
ARCH490Final Design Studio
6 credits    |    Pre-requisite: ARC401 Or ARCH485
Final Project.
ARCH310History and Culture of Architecture I
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: DAA241 Or ARI241 Or DAA208
The course aims to introduce concepts of architectural theory, from antiquity till the Renaissance, in a historical chronological order and to emphasize the movements, structural system, composition values and cultural aspects of each period through the works which mostly shaped it.
ARCH410History and Theory of Architecture II
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: ARCH310 Or ARC240
The course will familiarize the students with the principles of theory critique and application, starting with the Industrial Revolution of the 20th century, in addition to providing knowledge of chronological events, architectural movements and situating them within historical and political contexts.
ARCH340Reinforced Concrete I
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: ARCH335 Or ARC221
Introductory concepts of materials and their behavior. Simple twist, shear, centered posts, cement – steel adherence.
ARCH440Reinforced Concrete II
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: ARCH340 Or ARC324
Based on the prerequisite Reinforced Concrete I this course will tackle and emphasize torsions, tiles, floors and continuous beams.
ARCH420Sanitary and Mechanical Equipments
2 credits
Introduce students to the installations which facilitate the use of clean water and the evacuation of used water, in addition to introductions to the maintenance of artificial ambiance which allow humans to be able to live and function properly.
ARCH470Standards, Codes and Building Laws
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: ARC302 Or ARCH450 Or (ARC361 And ARC461)
Introduce students to urban zoning laws, construction laws, building quotas and other practical legal matters pertaining to their profession.
ARCH235Strength of Materials I
3 credits
Study of the physics of static forms and the particles of solid objects in order to apply it to the resistance of materials. This course will familiarize students with problems in equilibrium of forces, and how the cumulative forces apply to the ground in static constructions, and provides useful tools demonstrated through practical examples.
ARCH335Strength of Materials II
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: ARCH235 Or ARC220
Based on the prerequisite when the students were introduced to the idea of equilibrium of forces and moments in addition to the flow of forces within a structure, the aim of this course is to become acquainted with the mechanical characteristics of materials, concepts of constraints and deformations and dimensioning of pieces subject to fundamental changes, be they axial, flexing, shearing or torsion.
ARCH320Structural Design
2 credits
Initiation to forms and their characteristics and materials and different structures, in addition to studying the behavior of materials and elements they are made from.
ARCH210Technical Drawing
2 credits
Initiating students to producing graphic documents, while being compatible with up to date and international norms, so they can improve their representation of the architectural object in 3D.
ARCH460Urbanism I
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: (ARCH450 Or ARC302 Or ARC361 Or ARC461) And (ARCH410 Or ARC241)
Enhance the students' knowledge of the history of cities, pre­industrial cities, and urban modernity in Europe at the beginning of the 20th century, in addition to an introduction to critical ideas of the functionality of the city and postindustrial settings.
ARCH465Urbanism II
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: ARCH460 Or ARC 441
The course will familiarize students with urban planning of territory and zoning, and applying it to urban spaces. Students will be shown real­ life situations and will be placed with local authorities, where they will learn how to best work within the real constraints, as well as being exposed to global views of the issue.
ARCH220Vernacular Architecture
4 credits
The aim of this course is to enhance the students' abilities in finding constraints which are at the base of any architecture, while applying this insight to the concept of habitat, under whatever form, from its first inception to today's comprehension of the world. Students will understand the nature ­human ­technology interaction and develop their ideas of applying it logically in the production of a habitat.
Required Optionals - Professional Practice - Graduate
ARCH550Construction Scheduling and Management
3 credits
The Objective of the course is to initiate the students to the Different approaches of managing a construction project during the execution phase, of which; time, cost, outcomes and risk. In addition, The students will examine the use of software tools.
FIN501Essential of Finance
3 credits
The main focus of this course entitled essentials of Finance is to grant an overview on the basics issues applied in this field. The curriculum includes, time value of money theory, future and present value followed by its applications, sensitivity analysis through interest rate movements, measuring portfolio risk return as well as other fundamental subjects such as balance sheet structure and liquidity measuring, asset liability management, financial statement analysis. In addition, many numerical examples will be implemented followed by class sessions’ exercises.
ARCH535Working Documents for Project Management
3 credits
The course introduces students to all legal and technical documents needed, from blueprints to contracts and legal papers, office management and workshop organization.
Required Optionals - Research Workshop - Graduate
ARCH640Aesthetic Theorizing and Poetics of Architecture
3 credits
Is architecture a kind of philosophy? How would the architect and the philosopher approach the space of architecture? Philosophy falls within the framework of construction and occupies an essential place in architecture, its purpose being to know, it is related to the logos, the word and the speech, while the purpose of architecture, its being to construct, its philosophy is related to the building. The philosophical analysis is therefore understood as an objective genitive: what philosophy and philosophers tell us about architecture. The objective is to know when, how and why there is a theory of architecture. To know how to differentiate between many principles: concept, doctrine, philosophy, party, idea, etc. Another objective of this course is to familiarize students with a particular methodology to understand what the phenomenology of space is, and to explore several issues in their historical, geographical, philosophical, sociological and aesthetic dimensions.
ARCH635Archeology and Restoration Workshop
3 credits
Lebanon, due to its history and geographical position, has very many strata which reveal, above and below the ground, incomparable riches. Students will be able to reflect, analyze and capitalize on this knowledge.
ARCH615Architecture and New Technologies Workshop
3 credits
Architecture and NTIC (New Technologies in Information and Communication) as a combined framework within a workshop that experiments and tries to push boundaries for students.
AVS625Architecture, Visual Arts and Communication Workshop
3 credits
ARCH630 Built Heritage Workshop
3 credits
This workshop aims to meet a certain need: the adoption of a coherent policy and an effective approach in the field of built heritage. The overall spirit of the workshop is to give a concrete meaning to identity in the work of students and to reduce any anxiety about cultural uniformity.
ARCH610City, Landscape and Territory Workshop
3 credits
The workshop centers specifically on the notion of the architect as a partner within the social and urban development, in order to create spaces which are harmonious and bring a better quality of living for the inhabitants.
ARCH620Sustainable Architecture Workshop
3 credits
Mankind, built spaces and environment are some of the concepts and interactions explored within this course that aims to give a balanced view of the students to their surroundings.
Student Chosen Optional - Graduate
ARCH530Architecture Detailing
3 credits
This course aims to develop the critical and rational thinking of students within the framework of architecture by applying them to details within the built project.
ARCH515Complex Buildings Structural Systems
3 credits
This course improves the knowledge of students in the area of complex frames within the realm of the conception and execution of a building.
ARCH520Intelligent Buildings
3 credits
Robot and artificial intelligence within the domain of architecture and building.
ARCH645Intercultural Architecture
3 credits
The course aims at widening the students' knowledge and understanding of how to build within parameters specific to the community and culture, including ethical and social values and norms, so that the project will thrive and take shape.
Student Chosen Optional - Undergraduate
ARCH435Acoustics and Insulation
2 credits
Enhance the students' knowledge of battling against undesired elements such as water, heat, noise and cold.
ARCH486Architectural Heritage Buildings
3 credits
The course aims to acquaint students with their national built heritage in the traditional Lebanese habitat.
ARCH480Building Modeling and Information
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: ARCH315 or ARC222
Introducing students to computer aided 3D models, execution plans, and synchronization, quantitative elements and major factors influencing their design.
ARCH355Geographic Information Systems
2 credits
The course will familiarize students with the basics of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and its application to architecture and urbanism, in addition to understanding and comprehending numerical and alphanumeric data.
2 credits
In this course, the students will learn to manipulate images on software to be applied in architecture and to implement them in the real world of urban and/or rural spaces.
ARCH487Intercultural Contexts Studies
3 credits
The student experiments with different international cultures and civilizations in order to expand his historical and contemporary architectural knowledge.
ARCH484Landscape Architecture
3 credits
Introductory principles of landscape management and structures.
ARCH365Safety and Physical Disability Regulations
2 credits
Students will be introduced to new laws covering fire security and people with physical disability while observing their integrative norms for the architectural composition. The course will familiarize students with the introduction of outside factors and how to be aware of applying architecture within operational laws.
ARCH360Soil Mechanics
2 credits
Introduce students practically to the structural property of floors, fragile elements and real ­time constraints (consolidation, shearing) and works (supporting walls, superficial and deep foundations).
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: ARCH330 Or ARC230 Or ARC231
A comprehensive and progressive approach and analysis of traditional and modern building using natural stone, in addition to initiating the students in details, practical knowledge and expertise, material selection, methods of work, and chosen tools.
2 credits
Initiate students to the use of practical topographic instruments as applied to the ground in situ with real field knowledge.
ARCH325Virtual Reality in Architecture
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: ARCH315 Or (ARC222 And ARC322)
Principles of virtual reality and architectural simulation will be introduced in the course, while emphasizing its geometrical parameters, materials and virtual lighting. Real ¬time animation allows the students to implement and impact the project within the built architectural environment. Special attention will be given to the conception forms and transformations and their impact on the conception of formal architecture.
The Master in Architecture is a combined program of undergraduate and graduate studies that requires students to earn 193 credits in order to graduate. However, students are eligible to obtain the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies while completing the 138 credits.


The mission of the Master in Architecture program is to prepare students for a profession as an architect by offering undergraduate and graduate courses that provide them with an educational experience in architectural Design, architectural history and theory, structures and materials, building technology, vernacular and regional studies, with a strong focus on heritage preservation and social and environmental responsibility.

Program Educational Objectives

1. The Master in Architecture program qualifies its graduates to become registered professional architects and allows them to grow into active members of different civil societal bodies through ethical and social engagements that improve the livelihood of their communities.
2. Graduates will be able to have leading professional roles as both entrepreneurs and efficient members of projects that are larger and in more complex architectural settings.
3. In addition to conceptual design, execution, site development and management, graduates will be able to employ their architectural education to adapt and evolve existing requirements by engaging in heritage preservation and restoration, scenography, building technology, urban planning, landscape and sustainable architecture, and development in a professional and ethical manner.
4. Graduates will be able to lead teams as well as be effective team members who can work and communicate effectively with diverse team members to identify and solve problems and make responsible recommendations.

Program Outcomes

a. Students will be able to interact between different components (social, theoretical, cultural, and contextual) in the process of design thinking, and communicate clearly with the appropriate tools and media.
b. Students will be able to comprehend that projects can be built both by respecting the environmental charts and by transmitting technical information.
c. Students will be able to gather and comprehend the essential value of research within the design process, analyzing and evaluating the different options related to the predesign issues, and synthesizing the different scenarios related to different analysis in integrating architectural solutions. Solutions must respond to different environmental issues.
d. Students will be able to understand the typical career path of an architect and the means of progressing. They will recognize and preserve the valuable role of different partners and disciplines by the application of legal codes, professional responsibilities, and ethical values.
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