Introduction

In a rapidly globalized and technocentric environment, the core subject of Architectural Design demands interdisciplinary knowledge, multiple sets of skills and a process of decision-making. In the Department of Architecture Engineering, we believe that every student possesses the skill of imagination and creativity in a unique combination and is entitled to self-development and realizing one’s potential. As part of our education, we foster our students to become ethical professionals who care for the community and the environment.

 

Students in the five-year Bachelor in Architectural Engineering program are exposed to a combination of art, science, and technology. The curriculum is also responding to diversified global markets, national aspirations towards Vision 2030 & beyond. In maintaining our identity, the program was benchmarked and reviewed to reflect the standards for the National Qualification Framework (NQF) of Kingdom of Bahrain, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and the Royal Institute of British Architect (RIBA) of United Kingdom. Graduates of the program will be eligible to join the Bahrain Society of Engineers on completion of the program.

 

Our pedagogical approach integrates design studio with communication and computer skilled courses, technological and engineering courses, environmental science courses, history and theory courses, urban design and landscape courses, and professional practice and management courses. Our program also provides students with the opportunity to engage in a 300hour industrial internship and expose them to potential career paths in the future. The design studios are structured in a way to gradually develop and reveal each person’s potential and ability. At the basic level of design courses, we emphasize hands-on activities and practical experience related to design, while at the advanced level, students will participate in research-based design approaches with a particular emphasis on developing skills of innovation, creativity, and critical thinking related to the built environment.

 

The educational experience is enriched by unique opportunities that we create for students to participate in activities outside the academic requirement such as workshops, site visits, study tours, sports events, international conferences and community engagement activities. Additionally, students have many opportunities to interact with experienced instructors from diverse backgrounds and professionals who serve on design reviews. The Department of Architecture Engineering provides students with state-of-the-art facilities including private studios, spacious classrooms, computer labs with the latest programs, a model-making workshop, printing facilities, a sports hall, and multi-purpose rooms. Despite the many advantages you’ll enjoy studying at the College of Architecture Engineering & Design, our tuition fees are among the lowest in Bahrain.

Program Aims

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

  • • Provide a stimulating, innovative and creative education and learning environment
  • • Develop an inquisitive mind driven by a passion for knowledge on socio-cultural, functional, technical, aesthetic, economic and environmental aspects of human settlement and built environment
  • • Contribute positively to society and to shape the built environment through responsible and ethical practices within their profession
  • • Recognize the challenges of new knowledges and practices in architecture, in technologies, in society, in environment and economic aspects to arrive at novel solutions to complex problems with evidences based on sound research.
  • • Develop transferrable and multiple skills to actively engage in the profession and to be confident in applying these skills in a real-life context.

Program Learning Outcomes

 

     A. Knowledge and Understanding Skills

 

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

  • AO1: Identify and discuss core theories, principles, concepts, and systems in the field of Architecture Engineering and Built Environment.
  • AO2: Demonstrate critical knowledge and understanding of methodologies, process, techniques, and systems of Architecture Engineering & Built Environment.
  • AO3: Define and interpret values & requirements between human behavior, built environment and the profession

 

     B. Subject-Specific Skills

 

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

  • BO1: Apply methodologies, design process, planning process, techniques, and systems to determine complex aspects in Architecture Engineering and Built Environment
  • BO2: Organize and acquire new concepts by evaluating theories, principles and systems in Architecture Engineering and Built Environment
  • BO3: Use design tools, experimental techniques, ICT and numeracy to provide valid conclusions to complex Architecture Engineering & Built Environment issues
  • BO4: Develop integrated sustainable solutions to solve real world problems to achieve required end results in Architecture Engineering & Built Environment

 

     C. Thinking skills

 

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

  • CO1: Assess and interpret complex Architecture Engineering & Built Environment problems and theories to make effective decisions
  • CO2: Develop core skills to acquire, retrieve and analyze evidence and precedents
  • CO3: Evaluate materials, resources, and evidence to solve complex Architecture Engineering and Built Environment issues

 

     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:

  • DO1: Apply various methods & techniques to communicate ideas and justify decision using appropriate terminologies
  • DO2: Demonstrate collaboration and coordinate in multidisciplinary teamwork
  • DO3: Exercise ethical judgements and entrepreneur skills based on fundamental concerns of the discipline & sustainability values in executing tasks and projects.

Program philosophy

The program of Bachelor in Architectural Engineering at Kingdom University provides a mixture of enjoyable and challenging educational opportunities. The curriculum is delivered by multi-cultural academic and professional staff. Interdisciplinary experience and collaborative work are achieved by inspiring a 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 of society by creating sustainable built environments that satisfy human needs and respond to the quality of life.

 

 

The revised AE Programme (2020-2025) includes four distinguishing features:

 

A. Experience Architecture as an Art, Science & Technology:

Within the programme, the students learn about the artistic creativity, scientific methodology and technological applications of architecture, allowing them to achieve the ability to make balanced designs. Theory and history courses emphasize the artistic side of creation, while science and technology courses encourage the humanistic and experimental phases of creation, while construction, material, structure, technology, and environmental courses emphasize the realistic aspects of design.

 

B. Mixture of Studio-Based and Skill-Based Learning:

The majority of courses are taught in a studio-based environment where students apply their knowledge and skills acquired through other courses to develop design ideas and solutions. Through hands-on learning, they develop their understanding of application while cultivating a spirit of inquiry. Drawings, computer application, structural and civil engineering courses, as well as various design courses, expose students to this.

 

C. Research-based Design Studio:

The research-based design process emphasizes creative solutions, exploration of many different ideas and concepts, and continual testing and redesign of the design solutions. This approach will explore providing evidence based on sound research or using simulations to analyze performance. The advanced design studio projects and the final architecture graduation projects bring together all the knowledge gained from the program. Using a research-based design approach, students are prepared for the challenging design experience. Case study analysis, evidence-based design, the user need analysis, and contextual and environmental analysis are some of the methods students undertake before they articulate their findings into ideas. As a result, the graduates would be able to work in harmony with professional teams in real life by proposing realistic, useful, and sustainable design solutions.

 

D. Employability & Entrepreneurship:

Our outcome-oriented program promises multi-skilled designers. Students will gain life-long learning, self-independence, decision-making, and managerial and leadership skills that will enable them to function effectively in the local and global job market of the 21st century. In addition, the program prepares students to exercise ethical judgment based on an understanding of the fundamental concerns of architecture, society & cultures, and sustainable built environments that satisfy human needs and improve quality of life.

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:

  1. Careers in Architecture
    • Architect Engineer
    • Construction Manager
    • Site Supervisor/ Engineer
    • Design Consultant
    • Conservation & Restoration Architect
    • Landscape Architect
    • Urban Designer
    • BIM Specialist
    • Draftsman
    • Real Estate Developer
    • Architectural Model Specialist
    • Lighting & Acoustic Designer
    • Architecture Structure
  2. Careers in Art & Design
    • Graphic Designer
    • Architecture visualizer/ Animation Designer
    • Architecture Photographer
    • Architectural Journalism
  3. Other Careers
    • Event Organizer
    • Educator / Professor
    • Philanthropist
    • Politician
    • Renewable energy technology specialist</l

Architectural Engineering Study Plan

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