College of Architecture Engineering & Design
Within our framework of catering to the needs of the Bahraini and Gulf society, Kingdom University decided to inaugurate a college for Architectural Engineering and Design. The College was established to provide high quality education to specialised graduates who would combine academic learning with practical skills and training, and contribute to enhancing the architectural development already being undertaken in the area. The first academic program in Architectural Engineering started at the beginning of 2005 with no more than eight students, and this number has now increased to over 100 students. At the end of 2007, the university celebrated the graduation of its first set of Bachelor’s degree holders in Architectural Engineering and Design.
After having an academic career in different parts of the world, I have found that the College of Architecture Engineering and Design at KU is exceptional. The College includes academicians from different regions with different culture and background; such a diversity contributes to enhancing the education process and learners’ experience. Globalization is one of the main challenges in the field of architecture and design; it is always a struggle to meet modern developments without losing the essence of our culture and identity. Another major challenge is the rapid development of science and technology, expansion of human habitats, and the way these affect our life. This brings us to the issue of sustainability.
College Vision & Mission
The College envisions becoming a distinguished leader in education and research in the fields of Architecture and Design, catering to the needs of local community in order to enhance the quality of its built environment.
The College mission is to provide architecture and design education by combining both theory and practice in order to prepare the students to embark upon the challenges of the distinct and competitive career, locally, regionally and internationally. The College also commits to conducting applied-research that responds to the most urgent needs of people in everyday built environment and design issues.
Department of Architecture Engineering
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.
Department of Interior Design
The department of interior design at Kingdom University aims to attract imaginative students from varied study backgrounds, ages, gender, and nationalities to develop their knowledge, skills and attributes transform them into professional innovators in the interior design of built environments.
Recently, the department team has conducted an extensive review of the B.Sc. in Interior Design Program including an extensive benchmarking exercise and the result is a significantly revised program (2015-2016), which has been aligned with the Professional Standards of the Council for Interior Design Accreditation in the USA and reviewed and commented upon favourably by professors from USA and Canada. The Revised Programme is offered from September 2015.
The Interior Design curriculum is well organized to provide academic progression year on year and course by course, and balance the number of courses and credits evenly over the program as a whole to provide a suitable workload for students. Students learn in a stimulating studio-based educational environment. Students are taught, learn, and work collaboratively to gain the design experiences of several types of interior environments. In the design studios the students are supported to gain theoretical, historical and technical knowledge and practice in a teamwork environment in which the students also cultivate their oral, written and visual communication skills.
The breadth and depth of the 142 credits curriculum structure ensures an efficient delivery of the following fields:
· Interior design
· Problem solving and creativity
· Construction and Materials application in interior design
· Computer aided drafting and design
· Human Factors and society needs
· Environmental Sustainability and green design
· History and theory of architecture, Art and Design
· Design Professional practice and Management
· Visual, verbal and written communications
· Research and lifelong learning