Architectural Engineering Program


Program Description

Throughout history, architecture was witness to the most significant reflections of culture and civilization.  In today’s world, architects are compelled to challenge critical global issues through holding responsibility of the built environment, responding to societal needs and conserving natural resources. The program is committed to offering well-rounded future generations of skilled professional architects through an education that is rooted in culture, sustained with theory and progressive with technologically advanced methods. This program is dedicated to sustain creativity with knowledge and practice.

Career Prospects

It is intended that graduates of the Architectural Engineering program will acquire critical thinking and enhance design creativity in order to take a leading role in the professional practice. Graduates will be eligible to work in architectural design firms; in design, tender documents, as well as urban design and detailed planning.   Moreover, they will be qualified for working in construction industry, building technology, rehabilitation, conservation of buildings, urban context, and physical planning. Additionally, they can be enrolled in graduate studies in universities or research centres.

Program Concentrations

The program of Architectural engineering encourages undergraduate students, in the beginning of Level 4, to participate in one of four concentrations responding to the professional demands:

  1. Architecture.
  2. Building Technology.
  3. Urban Design.
  4. Urban Planning. 

These concentrations develop abilities and specialized skills that would serve students in the workplace and beyond. The concentrations require that the student has passed compulsory and elective courses in levels 1, 2 and 3 along with the prerequisite courses needed. Students will be addressed 8 credit hours “Graduation Project”.

  1. Architecture Concentration: The Architecture Concentration allows students to develop a comprehensive broad understanding of the concepts and methods for advanced design, technical and professional aspects of design of built environments.
  2. Building Technology Concentration: The Building Technology Concentration introduces students to building science and technologies. It enables them to develop an understanding of building performance requirements and building construction process; starting from the design development phase and ending with the preparation phase of tender documents.
  3. Urban Design Concentration: The Urban Design concentration main goal is to apply innovations to reform urban design practice to meet the dynamic new urban problems. This Concentration allows students to have a well-developed understanding of urban places and the inter-dependencies of the fabric of buildings, landscapes, public ways, social interactions and the environmental context that shape them.
  4. Urban Planning Concentration: Urban planning Concentration aims to broaden students' appreciation of planning and urban theory whilst providing them with the necessary skills to engage in critical and creative problem-solving and to think critically in analytical ways across the different city scales, from strategic to local.  This concentration allows students to explore international practices in urban development policy, planning and management that address contemporary spatial, socio-economic and political transformations in cities.

Agreements with another University

The program is not yet partnered with another university.

Program Competences

In addition to the competences for all Engineering Programs (A-Level) and the competencies for the Architectural Discipline (B-Level), the Architectural Engineering Program graduate must be able to (C-Level):

  • C1: Apply digital architecture software to produce, render, and present in design.
  • C2: Demonstrate deep understanding of the advanced construction materials, methods and techniques.
  • C3: Recognize different design methods and approaches.
  • C4: Identify contemporary housing problems and apply polices, and designs.
  • C5: Apply advanced lighting, acoustics, and smart systems techniques in design.
  • C6: Demonstrate additional abilities related to the field of the concentration within Architectural Engineering as listed below.
Concentration Graduate attributes
Architecture C6a. Demonstrate comprehensive ability to design innovative architectural projects based on the most contemporary trends and theories of architecture.C7a. Apply digital technologies and software as design aiding tools to generate parametrically designed sophisticated architectural forms and Information modelling in design.
Building Technology C6b. Demonstrate comprehensive ability to design architectural buildings of sophisticated technical systems and advanced/mega structure systems.
C7b. Apply digital technologies and software as design evaluation and optimizing tools for architectural buildings.
C8b. Produce a full set of tender documents for complex projects.
C9b. Demonstrate an understanding of the buildings rehabilitation process needs and procedures.
Urban Design C6c. Demonstrate comprehensive ability to design urban projects that exist in thematic/heritage context with deep responsiveness to environmental issues and problems that face the society and built areas.
C7c. Apply digital technologies and software as urban design aiding tools for geo/spatial Information modelling and analysing.
C8c. Solve the urban mobility that serve urban context that ensure its sustainability.
Urban Planning C6d. Demonstrate comprehensive ability to analyse and solve the urban planning problems with the necessary skills to engage in critical and creative problem-solving.
C7d. Solve conflicts between the engineering systems that serve urban context and its urban values.
C8d. Demonstrate understanding of the economic forces of urban context and its dynamics

Admission Policy

To maintain the quality and excellency of the “Architectural Engineering Program”, the candidate students applying to the program, either Freshman students who have passed Level 0, or Sophomores transferred from other programs, should qualify to the program needs.

Passing the course of “Projection and Engineering Graphics” is a must for all applicant students. These students should also successfully pass an aptitude test that indicates their validity and ability to join the program. This exam will be assessed blindly by a jury of professors of architecture. The exam will evaluate the following skills and talents for each student:

  1. The Imagination skills.
  2. The ability to express visually.
  3. The ability to read images.
  4. The ability to think creatively.
  5. The ability to read and conduct basic and simple architectural drawings.

Required Courses

In order to get a Bachelor of Science Degree in this program, and to satisfy the Program Competences, the following set of courses need to be completed.

Table 20 List of Architectural Engineering Program Requirements courses.

Code Course Title Credits and SWL Contact Hours
CH ECTS SWL Lec Tut Lab TT
University Requirements Courses 14 21 525 14 8 0 22
Faculty Requirements Courses 42 92 2300 36 25 14 75
General Architectural Engineering Requirements Courses 63 111 2775 27 74 1 102
ARC142s Digital Presentation of The Built Environment 2 4 100 1 0 3 4
ARC221s Design Methods 3 5 125 2 2 0 4
ARC241s Modeling of The Built Environment 2 5 125 1 0 3 4
ARC251s Building (3): Advanced Construction and Finishing Works 3 5 125 2 3 0 5
ARC311s Smart Systems Design Studio 4 8 200 0 8 0 8
ARC361s Lighting in Architecture 2 3 75 1 2 0 3
ARC362s Acoustics in Architecture 2 3 75 1 2 0 3
UPL351s Housing Studies 3 4 100 1 4 0 5
Architectural Engineering Elective Course (1) 2 4 100 1 2 0 3
Architectural Engineering Elective Course (2) 2 4 100 1 2 0 3
Architectural Engineering Elective Compulsory Group Courses 26 52 1300 9 34 0 43
Total 170 321 8025 97 166 21 284
Architectural Engineering Elective
ARC322s Architectural Criticism and Project Evaluation 2 4 100 1 2 0 3
ARC323s Built Environment Accessibility 2 4 100 1 2 0 3
ARC341s Photography and Architecture 2 4 100 1 2 0 3
ARC363s Renewable Energy and Buildings 2 4 100 1 2 0 3
UPL334s Site Analysis (Spatial Analysis and Land Mapping) 2 4 100 1 2 0 3
UPL371s Human Behavior and the Built Environment 2 4 100 1 2 0 3
UPL381s Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 2 4 100 1 2 0 3
Architectural Engineering Elective Compulsory Group
Architecture Concentration
ARC411s Thematic Design Studio 4 8 200 0 8 0 8
ARC421s Ergonomics and Interior Design Principles 2 3 75 1 2 0 3
ARC441s Building Information Modeling (BIM) 3 5 125 1 4 0 5
ARC442s Principles of Parametric Design 3 4 100 2 2 0 4
ARC491s Architecture and Building Technology Graduation Project (1) 2 4 100 1 2 0 3
ARC492s Architecture Graduation Project (2) 6 18 450 0 12 0 12
Architecture Building Technology Concentration Elective Course (1) 3 5 125 2 2 0 4
Architecture Building Technology Concentration Elective Course (2) 3 5 125 2 2 0 4
Building Technology Concentration
ARC412s Technological Design Studio 4 8 200 0 8 0 8
ARC451s Working Design (3): Execution Documents Complexity 3 5 125 1 4 0 5
ARC461s Daylighting and Thermal Performance 3 4 100 2 2 0 4
ARC464s Sustainable Rehabilitation of The Built Environment 2 3 75 1 2 0 3
ARC491s Architecture and Building Technology Graduation Project (1) 2 4 100 1 2 0 3
ARC493s Building Technology Graduation Project (2) 6 18 450 0 12 0 12
Architecture Building Technology Concentration Elective Course (1) 3 5 125 2 2 0 4
Architecture Building Technology Concentration Elective Course (2) 3 5 125 2 2 0 4
Urban Design Concentration
UPL411s Mega Projects Urban Design Studio 4 8 200 0 8 0 8
UPL434s Sustainable Urban Mobility 2 3 75 1 2 0 3
UPL461s Contemporary Environmental Issues 3 4 100 2 2 0 4
UPL481s Urban Informatics 3 5 125 2 2 0 4
UPL491s Urban Design Graduation Project (1) 2 4 100 1 2 0 3
UPL492s Urban Design Graduation Project (2) 6 17 425 0 12 0 12
Urban Design Concentration Elective Course (1) 3 5 125 1 4 0 5
Urban Design Concentration Elective Course (2) 3 5 125 1 4 0 5
Urban Planning Concentration
UPL421s Town and Regional Planning 2 3 75 1 2 0 3
UPL431s Strategic Action Planning Studio 4 8 200 0 8 0 8
UPL432s Urban Engineering 3 4 100 2 2 0 4
UPL481s Urban Informatics 3 5 125 2 2 0 4
UPL493s Urban Planning Graduation Project (1) 2 4 100 1 2 0 3
UPL494s Urban Planning Graduation Project (2) 6 17 425 0 12 0 12
Urban Planning Concentration Elective Course (1) 3 5 125 2 2 0 4
Urban Planning Concentration Elective Course (2) 3 5 125 2 2 0 4
Urban Planning Concentration Elective
UPL423s City Governance and Land Management 3 5 125 2 2 0 4
UPL433s Land Management and Land Subdivision 3 5 125 2 2 0 4
UPL436s Urban Renewal 3 5 125 2 2 0 4
UPL463s Environmental Impact Assessment 3 5 125 2 2 0 4
UPL473s Urban Sociology & Human Settlements 3 5 125 2 2 0 4
UPL482s Introduction to Geo Design 3 5 125 1 4 0 5
Urban Design Concentration Elective
ARC441s Building Information Modeling (BIM) 3 5 125 1 4 0 5
UPL433s Land Management and Land Subdivision 3 5 125 2 2 0 4
UPL435s Urban and Architectural Heritage 3 5 125 2 2 0 4
UPL451s Housing Studies & Real Estate Development 3 5 125 2 2 0 4
UPL463s Environmental Impact Assessment 3 5 125 2 2 0 4
UPL473s Urban Sociology & Human Settlements 3 5 125 2 2 0 4
Architecture Building Technology Concentration Elective
ARC422s Human Aspects in Architecture 3 5 125 2 2 0 4
ARC423s Identity and Contemporaneity in Middle East Architecture 3 5 125 2 2 0 4
ARC424s Introduction to Modern Art Movements 3 5 125 2 2 0 4
ARC441s Building Information Modeling (BIM) 3 5 125 1 4 0 5
ARC472s Maintenance of Buildings 3 5 125 2 2 0 4
ARC473s Building Life Cycle Assessment 3 5 125 2 2 0 4
UPL435s Urban and Architectural Heritage 3 5 125 2 2 0 4
UPL463s Environmental Impact Assessment 3 5 125 2 2 0 4
Total 170 321 8025 97 166 21 284

Program Study Plan

Code Course Title Credits and SWL Contact Hours Prerequisites
CH ECTS SWL Lec Tut Lab TT
Semester 1
PHM012 Mathematics (1) 3 5 125 3 2 0 5
PHM021 Vibration and Waves 3 5 125 3 1 1 5
PHM031 Statics 3 5 125 2 2 1 5
MDP011s Engineering Drawing 3 6 150 1 3 2 6
PHM041 Engineering Chemistry 3 5 125 2 1 2 5
CSE031s Computing in Engineering 2 4 100 2 0 0 2
Total 17 30 750 13 9 6 28
Semester 2
PHM013 Mathematics (2) 3 5 125 3 2 0 5 ( PHM012 )
PHM022 Electricity and Magnetism 3 5 125 3 1 1 5
PHM032 Dynamics 3 5 125 2 2 1 5 ( PHM031 )
CEP011s Projection and Engineering Graphics 3 6 150 1 3 2 6
MDP081s Production Engineering 3 5 125 2 0 3 5
ENG011s Fundamentals of Engineering 2 4 100 2 1 0 3
Total 17 30 750 13 9 7 29
Semester 3
ARC111s Principles of Architecture Design Studio 3 6 150 1 5 0 6 ( CEP011s )
ARC131s History of Arts and Architecture (1): Ancient Civilizations 3 4 100 3 0 0 3 none
ARC141s Architectural Representation 3 5 125 1 4 0 5 ( CEP011s )
ARC151s Building (1): Conventional Construction Systems 3 5 125 2 3 0 5 ( CEP011s )
CES115s Structural Analysis for Architecture Engineering 2 4 100 1 2 0 3 ( PHM031s )
PHM111 Probability and Statistics 2 4 100 2 2 0 4 ( PHM013 )
Asu Elective B Course 2 2 50 2 0 0 2
Total 18 30 750 12 16 0 28
Semester 4
ARC142s Digital Presentation of The Built Environment 2 4 100 1 0 3 4
ARC112s Creativity and Design Studio 4 8 200 0 8 0 8 ( ARC111s )
ARC132s History of Arts and Architecture (2): History of Islamic and Western Architecture 3 5 125 2 2 0 4 ( ARC131s )
ARC152s Building (2): Finishing Works 3 5 125 2 3 0 5 ( ARC151s )
CEP113s Surveying 2 4 100 1 1 1 3
ASU112s Report Writing & Communication skills 3 4 100 2 2 0 4
Total 17 30 750 8 16 4 28
Semester 5
ARC221s Design Methods 3 5 125 2 2 0 4 ( ARC112s )
ARC241s Modeling of The Built Environment 2 5 125 1 0 3 4 ( ARC142s )
ARC251s Building (3): Advanced Construction and Finishing Works 3 5 125 2 3 0 5 ( ARC152s )
UPL211s Context and Place Design Studio 4 8 200 0 8 0 8 ( ARC112s )
UPL212s Principles of Urban Design and Landscape 3 4 100 2 2 0 4
CES151s Structures and Properties of Construction Materials 2 4 100 2 1 1 4 ( PHM031s )
Total 17 31 775 9 16 4 29
Semester 6
ARC211s Building Type Design Studio 4 8 200 0 8 0 8 ( ARC112s )
ARC261s Control of Thermal Environment 2 3 75 1 2 0 3
UPL221s History and Theory of Urbanism 3 4 100 2 2 0 4
MEP241s Technical Installations 2 3 75 1 2 0 3
CES225s Concrete & Steel Structures for Arch. Engineering 3 5 125 2 2 0 4 ( CES115s )
Architectural Engineering Elective Course (1) 2 4 100 1 2 0 3
Asu Elective A Course 2 3 75 2 1 0 3
Total 18 30 750 9 19 0 28
Semester 7
ARC361s Lighting in Architecture 2 3 75 1 2 0 3 ( PHM022s )
UPL351s Housing Studies 3 4 100 1 4 0 5 ( UPL221s )
ARC321s Theory and Philosophy of Contemporary Arch. 3 5 125 3 0 0 3
ARC351s Working Design (1): Execution Drawings Coordination, Annotating and Coding 3 6 150 1 4 0 5 ( ARC152s ) AND ( MEP241s ) AND ( CES225s OR CEP251s OR CES225s )
UPL311s Urban and Landscape Design Studio 4 8 200 0 8 0 8 ( UPL212s )
Architectural Engineering Elective Course (2) 2 4 100 1 2 0 3
Total 17 30 750 7 20 0 27
Semester 8
ARC311s Smart Systems Design Studio 4 8 200 0 8 0 8 ( ARC211s )
ARC362s Acoustics in Architecture 2 3 75 1 2 0 3 ( PHM021s )
ARC352s Working Design (2): Blow-Ups Detailing, Items Specifications and BOQs 3 6 150 1 4 0 5 ( ARC351s )
ARC371s Architecture Project Management 2 4 100 2 1 0 3
UPL331s Planning and Urban Upgrading 3 5 125 1 4 0 5 ( UPL221s )
ASU113s Professional Ethics and Legislations 3 4 100 2 2 0 4
Total 17 30 750 7 21 0 28
Semester 9
Compulsory Group In Architecture
ARC411s Thematic Design Studio 4 8 200 0 8 0 8 ( ARC311s )
ARC421s Ergonomics and Interior Design Principles 2 3 75 1 2 0 3
ARC441s Building Information Modeling (BIM) 3 5 125 1 4 0 5 ( ARC241s ) AND ( ARC351s )
ARC442s Principles of Parametric Design 3 4 100 2 2 0 4 ( ARC241s )
ARC471s Feasibility Studies 2 4 100 2 1 0 3
ARC491s Architecture and Building Technology Graduation Project (1) 2 4 100 1 2 0 3 ( ASU112s )
ASU114s Selected Topics in Contemporary Issues 2 2 50 2 0 0 2
Total 18 30 750 9 19 0 28
Compulsory Group In Building Technology
ARC412s Technological Design Studio 4 8 200 0 8 0 8 ( ARC311s ) AND ( ARC361s ) AND ( ARC362s )
ARC451s Working Design (3): Execution Documents Complexity 3 5 125 1 4 0 5 ( ARC352s )
ARC461s Daylighting and Thermal Performance 3 4 100 2 2 0 4 ( ARC241s ) AND ( ARC261s )
ARC464s Sustainable Rehabilitation of The Built Environment 2 3 75 1 2 0 3
ARC471s Feasibility Studies 2 4 100 2 1 0 3
ARC491s Architecture and Building Technology Graduation Project (1) 2 4 100 1 2 0 3 ( ASU112s )
ASU114s Selected Topics in Contemporary Issues 2 2 50 2 0 0 2
Total 18 30 750 9 19 0 28
Compulsory Group In Urban Design
UPL411s Mega Projects Urban Design Studio 4 8 200 0 8 0 8 ( UPL311s )
UPL434s Sustainable Urban Mobility 2 3 75 1 2 0 3
UPL461s Contemporary Environmental Issues 3 4 100 2 2 0 4
UPL471s Urban Economics 2 4 100 2 1 0 3
UPL481s Urban Informatics 3 5 125 2 2 0 4 ( ARC142s )
UPL491s Urban Design Graduation Project (1) 2 4 100 1 2 0 3 ( ASU112s ) AND ( UPL311s )
ASU114s Selected Topics in Contemporary Issues 2 2 50 2 0 0 2
Total 18 30 750 10 17 0 27
Compulsory Group In Urban Planning
UPL421s Town and Regional Planning 2 3 75 1 2 0 3
UPL431s Strategic Action Planning Studio 4 8 200 0 8 0 8 ( UPL311s )
UPL432s Urban Engineering 3 4 100 2 2 0 4
UPL471s Urban Economics 2 4 100 2 1 0 3
UPL481s Urban Informatics 3 5 125 2 2 0 4 ( ARC142s )
UPL493s Urban Planning Graduation Project (1) 2 4 100 1 2 0 3 ( ASU112s ) AND ( UPL311s )
ASU114s Selected Topics in Contemporary Issues 2 2 50 2 0 0 2
Total 18 30 750 10 17 0 27
Semester 10
Compulsory Group In Architecture
ARC492s Architecture Graduation Project (2) 6 18 450 0 12 0 12 ( ARC491s )
Architecture Building Technology Concentration Elective Course (1) 3 5 125 2 2 0 4
Architecture Building Technology Concentration Elective Course (2) 3 5 125 2 2 0 4
ASU111s Human Rights 2 2 50 2 1 0 3
Total 14 30 750 6 17 0 23
Compulsory Group In Building Technology
ARC493s Building Technology Graduation Project (2) 6 18 450 0 12 0 12 ( ARC491s )
Architecture Building Technology Concentration Elective Course (1) 3 5 125 2 2 0 4
Architecture Building Technology Concentration Elective Course (2) 3 5 125 2 2 0 4
ASU111s Human Rights 2 2 50 2 1 0 3
Total 14 30 750 6 17 0 23
Compulsory Group In Urban Design
UPL492s Urban Design Graduation Project (2) 6 17 425 0 12 0 12 ( UPL411s ) AND ( UPL491s )
Urban Design Concentration Elective Course (1) 3 5 125 1 4 0 5
Urban Design Concentration Elective Course (2) 3 5 125 1 4 0 5
ASU111s Human Rights 2 2 50 2 1 0 3
Total 14 29 725 4 21 0 25
Compulsory Group In Urban Planning
UPL494s Urban Planning Graduation Project (2) 6 17 425 0 12 0 12 ( UPL431s ) AND ( UPL493s )
Urban Planning Concentration Elective Course (1) 3 5 125 2 2 0 4
Urban Planning Concentration Elective Course (2) 3 5 125 2 2 0 4
ASU111s Human Rights 2 2 50 2 1 0 3
Total 14 29 725 6 17 0 23