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Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.)

Architecture centers on the art and science of designing buildings; the structure and construction of buildings and spaces intended for human activities.


The Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) degree at AUD is an accredited five-year program, taught by a faculty whose combination of academic qualifications and experience clearly delivers on the promise of producing highly skilled, employable and world-class architectural graduates. The program is complemented with extensive Accreditation & Associations that position it on the global landscape. Beyond rigorous on-hand experience, students have access to the Career Development Information as a dedicated resource to facilitate their professional careers and pursuits.


The Mission of the Bachelor of Architecture program is to prepare highly qualified graduates for employment in the building industry. Students will be educated in the fundamental skills and knowledge of architecture, while integrating history and theory, as well as technological, digital, artistic, socio-cultural, legal, and financial dimensions. The program will promote professional ethical values, cultural diversity, and contextual and environmental awareness.


The Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) degree is a five-year program consisting of 166 hours of required credit. The course aims to prepare highly qualified graduates for professional employment in the field of architecture by equipping them with the fundamental skills, knowledge and business acumen required to succeed in a fast moving industry.


  • Prepare students who are able to think in a multidimensional and integrative manner that combines design skills, with human and physical aspects of the architecture profession; 
  • Prepare students for making choices and decisions with regards to technologies available in the market;
  • Instill a critical attitude in students’ approach to the history and theory of architecture; 
  • Prepare students who understand the human, socio-cultural, and economic dimensions of architectural design;
  • Prepare students who are aware of the contextual and  environmental challenges; 
  • Prepare graduates who are ethically and technically prepared to embrace the profession of architecture;
  • Prepare students who are able to communicate effectively.


Upon completion of the B.Arch., students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a multidimensional, comprehensive and integrative approach to design;
  • Produce design that integrates building technology, construction, systems, and materials in a creative and original manner;
  • Produce design that demonstrates knowledge in history and theory of architecture;
  • Produce design that acknowledges and integrates the human, sociocultural, and economic aspects at the local, regional, and global levels;
  • Produce design that demonstrates awareness, concern, and understanding of the physical context, as well as environmental issues;
  • Demonstrates an understanding of architectural practice in administrative, financial, and legal terms and observes ethical standards;
  • Demonstrate the ability to produce and present architectural designs by communicating clearly and effectively in oral, written and graphical forms, as well as in advanced digital software and media.

All B.Arch. students must follow the specified Degree Requirements with more than 35 modules ranging from the theory of architecture to sustainable urbanism. Our Program Leaflet highlights the course details.


  • The Department of Architecture maintains several well-equipped and advanced computer labs and lounges.
  • Hardware is updated or upgraded on an annual basis and can accommodate all architecturally-led software including 2D graphics, 3D modeling and rendering, 4D animations and walkthroughs.
  • A dedicated IT services team is on hand to help keep all resources running smoothly, as well as troubleshooting personal laptops.
  • In-house scanners, printers and large format plotting are all available.
  • A dedicated model and furniture making workshop is located on campus.
  • A design center serves to engage faculty and students in research and outreach to the architecture community at large.


All applying students must have:

  • A high school/secondary school certificate or equivalent from an institution accredited by the Ministry of Education in the U.A.E. or by the relevant national or regional institutional accrediting body;
  • International TOEFL®or Academic IELTSTM or the equivalent score on another internationally-recognized English exam. PBT is accepted from specific centers in the UAE.
  • Applicants with a SAT score of 560 or above may register directly in MATH105 (Precalculus for architecture), those willing to register in MATH 210 (Calculus for architecture), will have to sit for the AUD Accuplacer and test out of MATH105. In the absence of the SAT or if the min. score is not obtained, students can sit for the Math Accuplacer test at AUD instead

Students should consult the Admissions Office for details at


Dean, School of Architecture Art & Design & Prof of Architecture
Nabyl Chenaf
Director of the Center for SAAD Research, Innovation and Design (CRID) and Associate Professor of Architecture
Georges Kachaamy
Chair, Department of Architecture & Associate Professor of Architecture
Anna Cornaro
Associate Professor of Architecture
Abdellatif Qamhaieh
Professor of Architecture
Alex Albani
Assistant Professor of Architecture
Ghada Yaiche
Assistant Professor of Architecture
Ignacio Nieto de la Cal
Associate Professor of Architecture
Jose A. Carrillo
Assistant Professor of Architecture
Mohammed Balila
Assistant Professor of Architecture
Mohannad Abu Suhaiban
Assistant Professor of Architecture
Takeshi Maruyama


Administrative Assistant, Architecture
Ruchellie Bernardo
Senior IT Support Specialist
Fakruddin Ali Ahmed
Lab Technician – School of Architecture, Art and Design
Joel Oliveros
Workshop and Printer Center Operator
Jude Gagan
Mac Specialist
Nikhil Rao

Architecture at AUD was my first choice for its great reputation among other universities in the UAE


I am grateful to have made the choice to join the architecture program at AUD. Foremost, I have made lifetime friends thanks to the studio culture applied in the Department