The program of Bachelor of Science in Architecture Engineering at Kingdom University provides a mixture of enjoyable and challenging educational opportunity. The curriculum is delivered by multi-cultural academic and professional staff. Interdisciplinary experience and collaborative work are achieved by inspiring studio-based learning environment.
The program structure explores the creative nature of Architectural Engineering as a combination between art and science. Theory and field-based practice ensure covering all functional, technical, aesthetic, economic and environmental factors that affect decision making in Architectural Design.
The outcome-oriented program promises unique multi-skilled architects. Life-long learning, self-independence, decision making, managerial and leadership attributes are among assets and employability skills that promote the program graduates to be effective members in the public and private sectors in the locally and globally challenging market of the twenty first century. Furthermore, the program prepares students to become effective members in society by creating sustainable built environments that satisfy human needs and respond to quality of life.
The revised Architecture Engineering Program (2015-2016) includes four distinguishing features:
A. Experience Architecture as an Art & Science:
The students discover the artistic and scientific aspects of architecture throughout the program that allows them to achieve the ability to make balanced designs. The artistic side is covered by Theory and History courses, while the scientific side is covered by Construction, Material, Structure, Technology and Environmental courses.
B. Mixture of Studio-Based and Field-Based Learning:
Most of the courses are taught in a studio-based environment where the students can individually and collaboratively apply knowledge and skills achieved through other courses to develop design ideas and solutions. They flourish the spirit of investigation and develop their sense of context through field-based learning. The students experience this in Surveying and various Design courses.
C. Research-based Graduation Project:
Graduation project is the culmination of all knowledge gained from the program. It incorporates a range of research methods preparing the students for the challenging design experience. Case study analysis, evidence based design, users’ needs analysis and site analysis are examples of such methods that the students go through before articulating their findings into ideas. This assures that the graduates would be able to work in harmony with professional teams in real life by proposing realistic, effective and sustainable solutions to design problems.
D. Foundation Year:
This unique approach provides a shared forum for the students in both the programs of Architecture Engineering and Interior Design by providing a common basis in developing an aesthetic sense, presentation and communication capability, general understanding of historic and artistic context, and a basic orientation to technical aspects of a building that will enable to undertake other courses in either program.