Introduction

The Department of Architecture Engineering in Kingdom University focuses on linking the modern academic studies with practical application through a range of activities which train the student to commit to meet the needs and aspirations of the community and the labour market in the Gulf region and around the globe. The department works towards building the student’s professional character, enabling him/her to compete fairly in his/her career with the knowledge and skills gained.

The excellence of Architecture Engineering department graduates is demonstrated in their access to good employment following graduation, whether in the private sector in engineering and consultancy offices, or in the public sector, as a part of Ministries, Municipalities and other similar bodies. Thus by keeping track of alumni as well as other steps which are taken to scan the labour market and ensure benchmarking of the course against local and international provision and professional body requirements, the Department of Architecture ensures that it is into continuously tracking the latest developments which need to be reflected in the curriculum content.

Program Aims

The program of Bachelor of Science in Architecture Engineering at Kingdom University aims to:

  • Provide a stimulating, innovative and creative education and learning environment
  • Enable learners to understand social, cultural, functional, technical, aesthetic, economic and environmental aspects of human settlement
  • Prepare students to become effective members of society with the ability to shape a sustainable built environment that satisfy human needs
  • Produce graduates with multiple skills to be able to actively enter and engage in the profession as reflective practitioners.

Program Learning Outcomes

 

     A. Knowledge and Understanding Skills

 

           After Successful completion of the program requirements, student should be able to:

  • A01- Understand design theories, aesthetic principles, and cultural, social and intellectual factors that influence the socio-spatial and technological aspects of architecture.
  • A02- Define the relationship between human behavior and built environment, and effects of functional, environmental and human factors on design.
  • A03- Relate the historical development of architecture and design with fine arts, and their influence on spatial, social, and technological aspects of civilizations.
  • A04- Describe the development of cities, the theories, principles and processes of urban design and planning, and understand contemporary issues and factors of relevance to design development.
  • A05- Identify the types and applications of structural systems and construction techniques, and relate the properties and use of materials, components, and assemblies to design and construction.
  • A06- Know and understand the use of building services, various factors related to the building environment and comfort, and their integration in design and construction.
  • A07- Understand professional practices, management theories, and business principles in the context of building projects and the construction industry.

 

     B. Subject-Specific Skills

 

          After Successful completion of the program requirements, student should be able to:

  • B01- Document the site and context, collect required data, and develop a brief considering the client’s and users’ needs, and taking into account any relevant regulations.
  • B02- Assess design and planning problems and parameters, and interpret climatic, socio-cultural, environmental, economic, and legal implications in a design and planning development process.
  • B03- Apply basic architectural and environmental principles to create designs of different scale, complexity and style that satisfy functional, technical, and aesthetic requirements.
  • B04- Evaluate materials, processes and techniques, and cost factors related to design and construction of varying building types.
  • B05- Apply professional ethics, codes and regulations related to the practice of Architecture Engineering in the country and the region.

 

     C. Thinking skills

 

         After Successful completion of the program requirements, student should be able to:

  • C01- Appraise and synthesize information relevant to current issues and apply analytic, critical thinking to make effective decisions.
  • C02- Evaluate evidence and precedents relating to function, organisation and technology, and apply sound judgments in proposing alternative solutions to architecture design problems.
  • C03- Recognize and identify with the role of architects in serving the client, user, builders, co-professionals and the society, and in improving the safety and quality of life.

 

     D. General And Transferable Skills (Other Skills Relevant To Employability And Personal Development)

 

          After Successful completion of the program requirements, student should be able to:

  • D01- Apply various methods and techniques to communicate ideas and proposals.
  • D02- Use appropriate research methods in order to evaluate alternative methods, process, and techniques, and apply results in solving real-life problems.
  • D03- Lead and coordinate various professionals and work effectively in a multidisciplinary team by applying skills to manage a team or a project.

Program philosophy

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.

Career Opportunities

The program prepares students for elite, promising and challenging careers in governmental and private sectors on national, regional and international levels. Graduates can work as

  • Architectural Designers
  • Urban Designers
  • Urban Planners 
  • Quantity Surveyors
  • Site Engineers 
  • Contractors and Project Managers 
    Moreover, after a certain period of experience, they can establish their own private engineering firm.