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 specialized 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 cultures and backgrounds; such 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, the expansion of human habitats, and the way these affect our life. This brings us to the issue of sustainability.
College of Architecture Engineering and Design envisions becoming a renowned hub offering quality higher education and research that contributes to knowledge economy vision of Bahrain and to the comprehensive development of local and regional built environment
College of Architecture Engineering and Design is committed to providing students with inspiring research-based educational experience that integrates theory and practice. The offered academic programs are designed according to the national, regional, and international academic and industry standards. This guarantees distinctive and global-minded graduates who are highly sensitive to current and emerging trends in the discipline and are capable of dealing with challenging Bahraini community needs.
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 labor 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 labor market and ensure benchmarking of the course against the 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 favorably 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 ensure 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
College Graduates Attributes
The college of Architecture Engineering and Design seeks certain attributes in all its graduates that are an important part of the academic framework within which the programs are situated. It aspires to produce a graduate who is:
- G1. Pragmatic: Applying in-depth knowledge and understanding of theoretical aspects of the discipline
- G2. Lifelong learner: Aware of contemporary global challenges and emerging trends, and able to update knowledge and assimilate knowledge and skills.
- G3. Effective communicator: Communicating and justifying ideas and proposals effectively through various methods and media.
- G4. Creative Designer: Responding to human, societal, cultural, and environmental needs with design ideas and solutions.
- G5. Critical thinker and Problem Solver: With proper organizational skills.
- G6. Leader: Working effectively in a multidisciplinary team, managing and leading a team, making professional and ethical decisions.
- G7. Entrepreneur: Demonstrating skills and motivation to contribute effectively to Bahrain’s economic prosperity.