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.
I would like to welcome you to the official website of the College of Architecture Engineering and Design. The College academic staff and educational environment support the student-centered approach in education. Within the main motto of Kingdom University in dealing with our valuable students (Nurture, Incubate, Cultivate, Educate) or NICE, the College deals with each student as a continuous improvement challenging project. We believe in how it is important to Nurture our students through continuous academic advising, guidance, and support; Incubate their individual potentialities and innovative ideas; Cultivate their personalities and strength integrating research and extra-curricular activities in our academic programs; Educate them through well-structured and globalized academic programs.
There are two energetic academic departments in the College: Department of Architecture Engineering and Department of Interior Design. The former offers a Bachelor in Architecture Engineering, whereas the later offers a Bachelor in Interior Design. The two programs are supported by state-of-the-art physical and digital infrastructure.
The academic and admin staffs are our precious human resources. They are energetic, dedicated individuals who are keen on Continuous Professional Development (CPD). This is supported by the institutional staff development plan, and achieved through interaction with the global professional network and acquiring the latest prestigious professional certificates in their field of experience and in the education field. All our academic staff members are either “Fellow” or “Senior Fellow” of Higher Education Academy in the UK.
We believe in the importance of having a significant impact on the community. The College maintains and sustains robust links with Industry and Government. These links further support the educational experience in the College. Moreover, through our link with professional societies, our students and graduates can apply for membership in the Bahrain Society of Engineers (BSE).
Dean of College of Architecture Engineering and Design
Dr. Ashraf Soliman
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 modern academic studies with practical application through a wide variety of activities that prepare students to meet the needs and aspirations of the community and the labor market in the Gulf region and around the world. Our department promotes the development of the student’s professional skills and builds his/her professional character to enable them to compete fairly in their careers.
The excellence of Architecture Engineering graduates is demonstrated in their access to good employment following graduation, whether in the private sector in engineering and consultancy firms or in the public sector, as part of Ministries, Municipalities, and other similar agencies. The architecture engineering department keeps track of alumni as well as improving its benchmarking against local and international provision and professional body requirements to continually track the latest developments within the curriculum.
Department of Interior Design
The department of interior design at Kingdom University aims to provide distinctive learning of space design engineering through an updated academic program offered in the College of Architectural Engineering and design. The department attracts 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 Interior Design Program has been reviewed through quality standard procedures including an extensive benchmarking against local, regional, and international similar programs and accreditation standards. That lead to developing a significantly revised program (2020-2021), which has been aligned with the professional standards of The Society of British & International Interior Design (SBID) and professional Standards of Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) in the USA and reviewed and commented upon favorably by professors from the wide world. The Revised Programme is offered from January 2021.
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 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 program is delivered to the learners among interactive learning strategies, such as Design stimulation, Problem-solving and creativity, Research and lifelong learning, Work-based learning, Flipped learning activity, Competitions. and extra-curricular activities.
The breadth and depth of the 142 credits curriculum structure ensure efficient delivery of the following fields:
- Interior design
- Scenography/ Furniture/ Adaptive Design Engineering,
- Construction and Materials application in interior design
- Computer-aided drafting and design
- Human Factors and society need.
- Environmental Sustainability, smart and green design
- History and theory of architecture, art, and Design
- Design Professional Practice, and Management
- Visual, verbal, and written communications.
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.