Architecture encompasses designing, creating and developing forms and spaces for buildings that inspire, cultivate and satisfy human needs and aspirations.
As the region's most prestigious architecture program, we offer a comprehensive curriculum as well as a diverse studio environment, both of which encourage creative, critical approaches to design. Our Bachelor of Architecture program is the first program of its kind outside North America to be granted accreditation by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) of the United States.
Our program, which requires five years of university studies plus professional training, is for students who seek a professional career in architecture. Our curriculum is designed to meet the requirements for licensure that prevail in the United Arab Emirates and to prepare our graduates for professional practice throughout the region. All students in the College of Architecture, Art and Design must complete the one-year foundations' program before advancing into their major field of study. Through this program, our students develop a basic practical and critical understanding of design principles.
Students are given the opportunity to exhibit, discuss and present their work in a variety of different forums, including settings involving professionals from the field. Our faculty members are all highly qualified, creative and experienced in their respective fields and approach instruction from an interactive and interdisciplinary perspective.
Our graduates become practicing professionals who have an impact on the region's design, architecture, and urbanism. Many also attend high-profile graduate programs in Europe and North America.
What do we offer?
The Department of Architecture has two degree programs: a five-year Bachelor of Architecture and four-year Bachelor of Interior Design. Our Bachelor of Architecture program is the first program of its kind outside North America to be granted accreditation by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (N.A.A.B.) of the United States.
Both programs offer a design-oriented curriculum based on the most current information and practices. While most architecture and allied disciplines within the region occupy sub-departments of engineering schools, the architecture and interior design programs at AUS are housed within a College of Architecture, Art and Design that specializes in these fields.
Who are the architecture and interior design students?
We attract a diverse, multilingual student body with unique cultural backgrounds and quality academic histories. Our students' academic work has been recognized in international competitions and is regularly published in journals as a demonstration of their hard work and excellence.
Where do our graduates end up?
Since the first commencement cycle for the BArch degree program in Spring 2003, we have graduated over 250 architects and interior designers. Department alumni have been recognized in international competitions, employed at globally operating architectural firms and accepted into prestigious academic institutions in Europe and North America such as Harvard University, Columbia University, MIT, the Architectural Association (London) and many others.