Architecture today is an art, a technology and a business. In the modern building industry, the architect is the one person who considers the building as a whole end product. A building that serves a purpose, is built of materials using technology, has a cost, made for a client, provides an environment of space, light and human interaction, changes its context by its location and form and conveys artistic meaning.

For small buildings the architect can lead and manage the whole process. As projects become larger and more complex, the architect becomes a member of a team or sometimes the leader of the team, often just one member but always from the beginning sees the end product as a whole. From a comprehensive study of the requirements for a building the architect prepares a design concept which is continually adjusted and refined over the life of the project. The architect’s role is one of continual creativity.

The Architecture program provides graduates with an understanding of the forces that shape buildings and with the skills to guide those forces to a desired end product. The Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) degree requires full time attendance for five years including a six-month practical experience taken concurrently with program progress and prior to the final year graduation project. A total of 168 credits is required.

The program is built around a balanced structure of course categories, core and elective, that include in addition to university requirements and Art and Design Foundation (ADF), design studios (0), the technical category (1), the history and theory category (2), the design tools category (3), the building systems category (4) and the professional category (5).

Design studios are spread out evenly throughout the program; so are history and theory courses, which are meant to develop in complexity as design studios do. In a design studio, a graded series of design exercises or projects enable students to demonstrate the practical application of history and theory, mostly through individual work, but sometimes as group work demonstrating team skills and communication techniques. Courses from the technical and design tools categories are mostly concentrated in the first half of the program, where skills need to be developed for use in accompanying and later design studios. Professional and advanced courses are obviously pushed to the last 2 years where the professional market becomes closer at hand. Electives, from within the major as well as the faculty as a whole, also spread in the last 2 years where students are mature enough to choose and concentrate on specific tracks including computer aided design, furniture design, Islamic design, studio arts, and photography.

Curriculum for (BArch)

University Requirements

Course # Course Name cr.
ARAB 201 Introduction to Arabic Language 3
COMP 201 Computer Applications 3
CS 201 Cultural Studies I 3
GHN 201 General Health and Nutrition 3
ENG 201 Academic English 3
5 courses Subtotal: 15


Faculty Requirements (Art and Design Foundation)

Course # Course Name cr.
ADF 100 Basic Design 3
ADF 101 Space-Form Design 4
ADF 111 Freehand Drawing 3
ADF 112 Perception & Communication I 3
ADF 113 Perception & Communication II 2
ADF 121 History of Art 3
ADF 215 Photography I 3
ADF 335 Portfolio Presentation 2
ENG 202 Advanced Academic English 3
8 courses Subtotal: 26


Major Requirements

Course # Course Name cr.
ARC 202 Architecture Design I 4
ARC 203 Architecture Design II 4
ARC 304 Architecture Design III 4
ARC 305 Architecture Design IV 4
ARC 406 Architecture Design V 4
ARC 407 Architecture Design VI 4
ARC 508 Final Project Design I 5
ARC 509 Final Project Design II 6
ARC 316 Surveying 2
INT 316 Wood and Metal Shop 2
ARC 221 History of Architecture I 3
ARC 222 History of Architecture II 3
ARC 323 Contemporary Architecture 3
ARC 424 Urbanism 3
ARC 425 Landscape Architecture 3
ARC 231 Computer Aided Design I 3
ARC 232 Computer Aided Design II 3
ARC 333 Architecture Execution Drawings I 3
ARC 434 Architecture Execution Drawings II 3
ARC 241 Statics 3
ARC 242 Structural Analysis 3
ARC 343 Structural Design 3
ARC 244 Building Construction I 3
ARC 245 Building Construction II 3
ARC 346 Advanced Building Construction 3
ARC 347 Building Services I 3
ARC 348 Building Services II 3
ARC 449 Energy Efficient Design 3
ARC 351 Architecture Internship I 1
ARC 452 Architecture Internship II 1
ARC 553 Architecture Internship II 1
ARC 554 Construction Management 3
ARC 555 Building and Urban Regulations 2
ARC 556 Business Practice for Building Design 2
34 courses Subtotal: 103


FAD Major Electives

Six approved courses of 3 credits each from Architecture electives or from other majors within FAD. A student can choose to concentrate on one particular area.

Electives in Architecture are subject to change as different electives may be introduced every term:

Course # Course Name cr.
ADF 012 Principles of Architecture 3
ADF 013 Sketching 3
ADF 014 Model Making 3
ADF 015 Design Thinking 3
ARC 011 Presentation Techniques 3
ARC 013 Architecture Communication 3
ARC 021 The Architecture of Tripoli 3
ARC 022 Islamic Architecture 3
ARC 023 The Islamic City 3
ARC 024 Drama for Designers 3
ARC 025 Contemporary Art & Space 3
ARC 026 Regional Architecture 3
ARC 031 Digital Modeling 3
ARC 032 AEC Packages 3
ARC 033 GIS Technology 3
ARC 034 Building Information Modeling 3
ARC 041 Smart Buildings 3
ARC 042 Architectural Materials 3
ARC 043 Architecture Restoration 3
ARC 044 Applied Restoration 3
ARC 051 Housing Issues 3
ARC 052 Elements of Urban Planning 3
6 courses Subtotal: 18


Free Electives                                             

Two approved courses of 3 credits each from other faculties at CityU.

Examples of such free electives are:

Course # Course Name cr.
PDS 201 Personal Development Skills 3
PDS 202 Advanced Personal Development Skills 3
CS 201 Cultural Studies II 3
SOC 201 Sociology 3
PSY 201 Psychology 3
MGT 201 Principles of Management 3
MUS 201 Music 3
2 courses Subtotal: 6

56 courses