Minor in Architecture

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

16 credit hours
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Program Overview

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

The Minor in Architecture at AUD is a one semester program which allows students to develop their knowledge in areas of theory and history of Architecture, construction and building materials, and architectural design.

Led by a faculty of academic and professionally qualified individuals the course is open to all students except those majoring in Architecture.

Program Details

The Minor in Architecture will provide a general understanding and appreciation of architecture as a discipline. It offers an introduction for further study at undergraduate or graduate level.

Up to two courses from a student’s General Electives may be counted towards fulfilling the requirements for the Minor in Architecture. In addition to university-wide degree requirements, students must complete 16 credit hours divided as follows:



Credit Hours


Architectural Design Studio II


ARCH 151

History and Theory of Architecture I


ARCH 201

Architectural Design Studio III


ARCH 211

Materials and Methods of Construction


Total Minor Requirements





  • 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.
  • The University administers the ACCUPLACERTMExam (Math) to place students at the appropriate mathematics level. Students may substitute the SAT for this, depending on the score.

Students should consult with the Admissions Office for further details at


Director of the Center for Research, Innovation and Design (CRID) and Professor of Architecture
Georges Kachaamy
Chair of the Department of Architecture and Professor of Architecture
Anna Cornaro
Associate Professor of Architecture
Abdellatif Qamhaieh
Professor of Architecture
Alex Albani
Associate Professor of Architecture
José A. Carrillo


Administrative Assistant, School of Architecture, Art and Design
Leila Darwiche
Sally Al Jaderi, Bachelor of Architecture

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

Omar Abou Nader, Bachelor of Architecture

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.

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